Soulful and compassionate, love against all odds.

A review from a reader in Balkbrug, Overijssel Netherlands. I’m truly grateful for everyone who has purchased my book and taken the time to write a review. All profits are going to help rescue dogs.

4.0 out of 5 stars Soulful and compassionate, January 10, 2015
This review is from: His Name was Ben (Paperback)
Hearing the “cancer” verdict often throws a patient in an emotional roller coaster ride. Paulatte Mahurin took the story of two friends as basis for her novel His Name Was Ben. Sara Phillips was diagnosed for having breast cancer. A short life expectancy, maybe relief from experimental drugs. At her oncologist’s she notices a fellow cancer patient, of whom she only captures his name: Ben. How do you contact a total stranger, who you think is gorgeous. Will he embarrass you? Take your removed breasts for granted? Will he be in for a deep relationship? Finally connected an interesting process of getting to know each other beyond the health indicator promiscuity is described from alternating perspectives. Both Ben and Sara have their say and limits in opening up for each other. Soulful and compassionate, love against all odds. Think of Ben’s alcoholic parents, Sara’s bullying mother, a schizophrenic brother, and the unhappy ended marriage with Henry. Honesty and realism on the chances of remittance and nearing death. Love gives a reason to live every minute and enjoy relationships, overcome problems and face reality. Even more than The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, I liked the writing style, readability, conversations, and colour of the characters.
5.0 out of 5 stars … cancer related story dissolved quickly as I fell in love with the characters Paulette crafted with such depth that …, January 27, 2015
This review is from: His Name was Ben (Paperback)
My apprehension of reading a cancer related story dissolved quickly as I fell in love with the characters Paulette crafted with such depth that I forgot I was reading a work of fiction.
I want to call the book a bittersweet love story, a love that developed between two people that happened to have cancer, after they met by chance in an oncologist’s waiting room. It isn’t just that. This is more a story about life and living than it is about illness and dying. It is a life story.
This story left me surprisingly uplifted and reminded me that love will find us when and where we least expect it and that there are absolutely no coincidences in this world.
I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good love or life story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book, January 22, 2015
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This review is from: His Name was Ben (Paperback)
Paulette writes so beautifully ~ her characters spoke to my heart. I read the persecution of Mildred Dunlap and this is just as perfect. We all desire to be accepted and loved. I love paulette writing and loved this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!, January 24, 2015
This review is from: His Name was Ben (Kindle Edition)
Wonderful book full of hope and life! The story of Sara and Ben is one of that fills a reader with love.
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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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54 Responses to Soulful and compassionate, love against all odds.

  1. tazzielove says:

    Very nice, all the way from the Netherlands. πŸ™‚

  2. Jean-Jacques says:

    Great to see the support continues!

  3. ladysighs says:

    Each review reveals a bit more about the characters and book for us who have not read it. I am happy for the support it is getting from lands far away. πŸ™‚ I guess with the Internet etc we really are not far away from anywhere. πŸ™‚

  4. I was going to say the same as ladysights. We love to read the reviews to feel your book Paulette. Another beautiful review from a fellow-countryman πŸ™‚ Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend πŸ™‚ ❀

  5. jmsabbagh says:

    The review is touchy and lively.Have a great 2015.

  6. Wonderful review, Paulette. All the way from the Netherlands. Better still. ❀

  7. natuurfreak says:

    I also love to read the revue everytime again

  8. More ❀ is never too much and never enough. πŸ™‚

  9. Well deserved. Such a great book! πŸ™‚

  10. makagutu says:

    Very nice. This must make you smile with pleasure.
    Congratulations good friend

  11. jakesprinter says:

    Great story ..More power to your blog πŸ™‚

  12. I sense more checks rolling in for the pups and kitties! ❀

  13. The Netherlands! Yay!

  14. I wanna read your book πŸ™‚

  15. Clowie says:

    Congratulations on more great reviews!

  16. All that fuss about sex!

  17. natuurfreak says:

    Congrats for so many great revew.

  18. jmsabbagh says:

    Prayer and support,bring healing , blessings.jalal

  19. BroadBlogs says:

    Looks like an excellent book. And it’s cool that we have so much in common: UCLA, SDSU, the bay area…

    Best of luck with the book!

    • We love the bay area. Lived up there for many years before jobs brought us down to So. Calif. Thank you for your kind words. It’s always a pleasure to make a new cyber friend in this great community of talented and interesting people. Wishing you tons of luck with your endeavors as well. πŸ™‚

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