For those of you have been following my blog for a while you know that it was the loss of my 15+ year old rottweiler, one of the great loves of my life, that inspired me to donate all profits from my first book to the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County ( http://www.santapaulaarc.org/). The profits from His Name Was Ben are going to Canine Adoption Rescue League ( http://carldogs.org/)
Portrait I painted of Tazzie when she was a teenager. She was a purebred rottie sold through a pet store to a couple who had her a month or two and brought her to a kill shelter when she was hit by a truck and broke her femur. It was an aligned fracture, easy to fix, and so me the nurse went to walk dogs one day and brought her home. That leg never bothered her into the ripe old age of 15+. She’s a prominent character in my new book, His Name Was Ben. A special homage to one of the great loves of my life.
Press article about my relationship with Tazzie and profits to dogs:
Heartwarming Love Story with a Dog!!! Fantastic!
, October 10, 2014
This review is from: His Name was Ben (Paperback)
His Name was Ben by Paulette Mahurin surprised me only because I am not easily drawn to stories about illness, especially cancer patients. I guess they touch a little too close to home for me so, my tendency is to run in the other direction. I didn’t do that this time. The story drew me in right away as we are introduced to Sara and her beloved Rottweiler, Tazzie. We discover that Sara has been treated for breast cancer and is being accepted into a new and promising study by her oncologist, Dr. Zimmerman. While in the waiting room she sees Ben, another patient (pancreatic) and is immediately attracted to him in spite of their unconventional circumstances. She memorizes Ben’s phone number as he fills out his information form and eventually gets the courage to call him. Sara talks all of this over with her best friend, Ellen, just as the author also gives us glimpses into Sara’s home life (her mother is a grouse and her brother is a schizophrenic) The good news for the reader is that Sara, Ellen and Ben are extremely likable characters so as the story continues we can’t help but sympathize with them and the situation at hand. I got a particular kick out of Sara’s increasing libido as her cancer drugs were working! There were even a few moments where it got a little racy ~ go Sara! The story is told with great compassion and authenticity as medical information is revealed just as if it were real life. (Mahurin is a nurse and it shows in her writing)
But, this isn’t a typical love store between two cancer patients. There is another layer here that really made the book stand out and capture my heart. The awesome inclusion of the dog, Tazzie buffers all of the difficult things that Sara and Ben must deal with. Near the beginning of the story, Mahurin says that: “Sara’s life had been empty until she got a dog.” Indeed it was! Tazzie reigns throughout this narrative as great companion and stress reliever, offering all the things that dogs do: unconditional love, support, sympathy companionship. As Sara and Ben traverse the mountain before them: the difficulties with their imperfect families, the bleakness of serious illness, the struggles of a new relationship, Tazzie is there urging them on in her own way. The relationship between human beings with each other and humans with animals is one that this author knows well. I loved this story and so will you!
, October 11, 2014
This review is from: His Name was Ben (Paperback)
I have read others’ reviews of this endearing story and I have nothing by way of a useful review to add regarding the story itself or the writing. I agree with what others have said in theirs. However, . . . .What I would like to acknowledge is the wonderful courage and amazing heart possessed by this story’s author. In her inimitable down-to-Earth style, in her unique way, Paulette tells, not just her own or another’s story, but generically each of our own stories too, demonstrating to us how it is possible to escape the self-generated shackles, the self-protective illusions in our minds, to ignite and stoke our true potential for love, enabling us to create our own lives, moment by precious moment, as we live them.
A great read!
, November 2, 2014
This review is from: His Name was Ben (Kindle Edition)
I loved “His Name was Ben” so much I read it twice! The first time for entertainment and the second time paying more attention technically, not that I’m any sort of an author, literary agent or even know how to write a short story. This is such a great love story which reminds us that despite facing seemingly unbeatable odds, life is still worth living. Being a personal friend of Paulette, I so loved the little bits of her personal life she infused into the story: Ojai, details of her house indoor and out, Tazzie, UCLA, NASA, her experiences as an NP working in the ER with true, accurate medical details and more. Congratulations Paulette on the success of the book. Can’t wait for your next one!