Snatching beauty from despair

Thank you to all who have purchased my book and taken the time to write a review. I’ve already sent two checks off to Canine Adoption Rescue League. (  The tails they are a wagging! Very grateful for all who have helped.

5.0 out of 5 stars Snatching beauty from despair, November 5, 2014
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This review is from: His Name was Ben (Kindle Edition)
I don’t like sad endings. I prefer happy or fantastic stories. Strangely, this one is all three and it entertains in spectacular fashion.The story centers around a budding relationship between two cancer patients. Poignancy enough there to pull the heartstrings, but the author doesn’t go for the cheap win. Instead, there is such rich development, not just of the love story but of the inherent nature of love and bravery.Filled with lush descriptive narrative and insightful examination of motivations, both positive and ugly, there is so much contained within the story to engross the reader.It’s a rewarding read, with lessons about life that would be beneficial for all to pay attention to.
5.0 out of 5 stars Such conviction and heart felt love, November 11, 2014
This review is from: His Name was Ben (Kindle Edition)
Wow Paulette has done it again, she has taken my breath away with this beautiful story about a couple that meet during their battle with Cancer. This is a love story about Living and Loving and accepting a life like no other. I just can’t imagine not shedding tears while reading this book. Sara, Ben and Tazzie(Sara’s dog) learn how to live in the face of death. I love Paulette’s writing because she writes with such conviction and heart felt love. I recommend this book to everyone out there. Please read and enjoy. Thank You Paulette for writing another amazing book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Make the journey worthwhile, November 6, 2014
This review is from: His Name was Ben (Kindle Edition)
A beautifully written, tender and thought provoking story.
Sara and Ben, have family issues and a history of failed relationships, leaving them untrusting and aloof. As a couple they slowly take down their barriers as they learn to trust and live again. Together they have the courage to confront their past and make new memories.
“In accepting their fate and directing their attention to the real world as it moved moment to moment, they found inner peace, with each other and individually.”
The urgency of their love and need to live in the moment, free of past nightmares, is intensified as they met each other in an oncologist’s waiting room.
Like many others, my life has been turned upside down by the devastation of cancer, and I have a tendency to veer away from books, about the big, ‘C.’ But this book was about the deep connection between two people as they found the courage to be open, enjoy each moment as it came and make the journey worthwhile.
The characters were likeable and believable, as they made mistakes as they overcame their doubts and fears. I felt Sara’s pain when she thought she could never be desirable after her double mastectomy and realised she needed only one person to find her desirable to feel that way and let go of her inhibitions.
This book is an affirmation of life and not the sad book I feared it might be.
The message was clear, whether your journey is short or long, make it count.
I highly recommend this book to anyone and it is one I will re-visit in the future.
“…time isn’t measured by the clock, but by the moments of shared love.”
5.0 out of 5 stars A Romance you’ll Never Forget!, November 7, 2014
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This review is from: His Name was Ben (Kindle Edition)
Sarah Phillips is a cancer patient, a young woman who has been through a lot…mastectomies, chemotherapy, and more. She’s contemplating suicide. Her dog is her tether to sustenance, providing someone she cares for, and someone who loves her in the way that only a dear pet animal could. A last hope is presented to her in the form of a new cancer treatment study that is being done by a Dr. Zimmerman. In the office waiting room of Dr. Zimmerman’s practice she sees a young man, Ben, and finds to her surprise that she is interested in him. She’s close enough to see on some forms that he has provided his name and telephone number. She memorizes the number, and is able to write it down. The predicament of whether or not to call him is deftly dealt with by the author’s use of Sarah’s dialogue, both inner with herself, and outward with others. She finally calls him—the personal tone of the phone call and the deeply emotional undertones of their exchange are relayed to the reader dramatically through well-written dialogue. Anyone who has had a cancer diagnosis should read this book. Having personally been through a similar situation myself, I felt deeply for Sarah and Ben, and so will you when you read this lovely novel of a romance against all odds. (Review by Howard Lipman, pen name PanOrpheus, author of the alternate history, sci-fi fantasy ‘Delphic Oracle’ and Tesla’s Tower’ book series.)
5.0 out of 5 stars … Paulette’s previous book ‘The Persecution of Meldrene Dunlap’ and loved it. She worked her magic again in ‘His …, November 8, 2014
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This review is from: His Name was Ben (Paperback)
I read Paulette’s previous book ‘The Persecution of Meldrene Dunlap’ and loved it. She worked her magic again in ‘His name was Ben’. A healing love story that everyone needs to read.
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars again to Paulette Mahurin, November 9, 2014
This review is from: His Name was Ben (Paperback)
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I’m usually read non fiction or historical fiction, but having enjoyed Paulette Mahurin’s first book I thought I’d give this one a try.I found my self drawn in and committed to the book and the characters half way through the first chapter.The author has a way of making the characters seem so familiar, that it’s like I was sitting at the dinner table with my own family working out the big issues of American Life.

5 stars again to Paulette Mahurin

5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, good story and a great message, November 10, 2014
This review is from: His Name was Ben (Paperback)
At the beginning of this book, it seemed to me that the plot would spiral downwards to a tragic ending. But as the story unfolds it became clear that it is more about hope in the face of defeat. (These kinds of stories are always a favourite of mine)The author does a great job in her writing, always setting the scene and capturing my imagination enabling me to be able to empathise with the characters involved.

“His name was Ben” is a very real account of the feelings and journeys of two cancer patients finding hope in each other’s company and hope in their battle.

I found this to be a very inspirational read, and it was the first book that I have read by Paulette Mahurin. Her writing captured my attention from start to finish. Good read, good story and a great message.

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About The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; Richard Olney, United States Secretary of State, expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in settling a boundary dispute between the United Kingdom and Venezuela; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for "gross indecency" under Britian's recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When the news of Wilde's conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wildes' imprisonment. It is chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing. Paulette Mahurin, the author, is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their two dogs--- Max and Bella. She practices women's health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time. All profits from her book are going to animal rescue, Santa Paula Animal Shelter, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA, where she lives. (see links below on Ventura County Star Article & Shelter) To find out more please go the The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap on facebook or Amazon or e-mail us at the gavatar addresses. Thank you. (photos: of Paulette, her family, and a reading at The Ojai Art Center, July 2012)
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46 Responses to Snatching beauty from despair

  1. tazzielove says:

    Reblogged this on tazziesplace and commented:
    Profits from Paulette’s book are going to Canine Adoption Rescue League making dogs happy.

  2. tazzielove says:

    Very nice on all account.

  3. I’m so glad that this book is helping out the shelter already. Your halo is beaming brightly. ❤

  4. I bought a copy too, but haven’t been able to get to it yet. You are on my list 🙂

  5. kanzensakura says:

    I have it on my kindle to read after I finish several others. You always do so much good – with your words, your heart, and your money to help animals in need.

  6. You are such a beautiful soul. I love your giving heart. Love, Sheri

  7. Another stupendous review. ❤

  8. So well deserved Paulette! ❤

  9. jmgoyder says:

    So sorry I haven’t made time to purchase or review – sick with what has now been diagnosed as pneumonia – I will get back into swing of things soon and I really admire what you have done here, Paulette – Jxxx

    • Oh for Pete’s sake, my sweet friend, take care of you. And, when you do that, do it again and again. The book will be here for whenever. You’ve got a lot on your plate and I expect nothing of you other than to do your best to take care of yourself as you move through your days. My heart is with you, Jules. These words here from you are more than enough. Sending you love and gratitude that I get to be a fly on the wall in your most precious life. Love Paulette ❤ p.s. CNS (chicken noodle soup)

  10. Clanmother says:

    I just bought your book via! Looking forward to reading it. Now I have two books by my wonderful friend, Paulette! Many hugs coming your way…

  11. Bravo Paulette. You are the best. And so are the animals for which you work.

  12. Sage says:

    I love reading all the wonderful reviews about your new book. The amazing support you are providing for animals in need is really admirable. Thank you, Paulette.

  13. Francina says:

    I see , I have to congratulate you with your new book, dear Paulette! Good for you! ❤

  14. Noodle Cat says:

    Sounds like a great book we will check it out…

    Noodle and crew

    • Aww, Noodle Cat, I just love your name and that you stopped by to make a new friend over here. I especially love connecting with other animal loving cyber pals. I just clicked on your name and landed on your facebook page and sent a friend request so we can have a peek at each others fur babies. And, thank you so much for the comment on my book. 🙂

  15. jakesprinter says:

    Very interesting post my friend 🙂

  16. Kev says:

    Nice one Paulette! 🙂

  17. Clowie says:

    More great reviews and it’s lovely to know that tails are wagging!

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