Recent reviews for my books

 Thank you to all who have purchased one of my books and taken the time to write a review. I’m grateful for your feedback. All profits from all my books are going to help get dogs out of kill shelters. A few of the recent dogs we’ve helped save:
Chucko freedome ride

Chucko’s freedom ride home

Hazel happy at last with a home

Hazel happy at last with a home

Pee Wee has found a home

Pee Wee isn’t scared anymore. He’s found a home.

on September 7, 2015

The synopsis states clearly time and place and, most importantly, world circumstances which will soon impact the lives of two women, Mildred Dunlap and her cousin, Edra. The two have lived in the same family since girlhood and until Edra announces to Mildred her love for her. However, no one else knows of their relationship as lovers.

Core to the story is a fatal flaw in the human character bearing the label “gossip.” In the small Nevada town Mildred and Edra call home, the female population thrives on gossip of any kind. But once word of Oscar Wilde’s arrest for indecency based on his sexual relationship with another male is on the wind, the gossips are ready to have a go at Mildred and Edra whom they “suspect” of similar circumstances.

The book is well written, plotted, and thought out. There are a couple of instances of what, in my opinion, rank as current day colloquialisms, “freaking out” and use of the words, “babysit” and “babysitting.” It seems words more suited to the late 1800s would have given the book a greater sense of authority and professionalism. However, the instances are few enough not to distort the story line for the reader.

Character development is exceptionally well done. The characters are typical of time and place, and their behaviors sometimes verge on the comedic giving the book light moments amid other, more dark scenes.

Once the synopsis is read, you might almost look at it and envision today’s world. We live in times very similar. Fortunately, many states have resolved issues resolving gay and lesbian relationships but there will always be those who wish to find fault with or judge others based on life choices. I do not understand why, nor do I want to know how they find themselves so well suited for the judgment seat.

If you are a fan of historical fiction and LGBT fiction, I believe you will enjoy reading The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap. Paulette Mahurin has taken the time to bring us a tale which could be written for today. She located and placed a quotation from Oscar Wilde which perfectly suited the chapter following. A very nice touch bridging yesterday’s history with today’s history.

on September 24, 2015
Awwww, started slowly but picked up the pace at the near end of this book, unexpected twist that had me in tears….negatively story all in all.
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on September 16, 2015
Most people have been touched by the dreaded word “cancer” in one way or another. This is a beautiful love story (not sappy romance) about two broken people piecing their lives together while they deal with cancer. Some of it is all too real for me having watched two family members die of the disease. Ben and Sara have to overcome the obstacles of the disease while trying to bring closure to events from their childhood. They learn to lean on and trust each other, healing their souls in the process. In the end, they learn what love really means. It’s a book worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 starsA beautifully written, well-researched, 5 star read.
Bycarissa backhermson September 17, 2015
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First, I must admit that I knew very little about the Dreyfus Affair and Emile Zola going into this book. I was immediately engaged with the story, which is based on real historical events. Kudos to the author because the writing was gorgeous, and the amount of time and research she put into this book was obvious. The story begins in 1895 with a Jewish military officer who is unfairly accused of treason in France. However, the real story comes from our MC, Emile Zola, who challenges France’s decision and is determined to prove Dreyfus’s innocence. Although the story took place in a different time period and country than my own, there were so many issues of social significance that this book addressed. Specifically, the importance of individuals challenging the masses, whether it’s the army, high government, or judiciary system. This was a surprisingly quick read for me, but it flowed nicely. The author put a lot of time and effort into this book, and this piece is something to be admired. Easy decision on this one — 5 stars.
5.0 out of 5 starsA powerful written piece of art…
ByNicole L Walkeron September 19, 2015
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An amazingly powerful book. Knowing only small tidbits about Emile Zola and the Dreyfus affair, I was still drawn into this piece of work by Paulette Mahurin. My mantra in life is to “live out loud”, so reading such a strong piece of history speaks to my heart. Paulette did a fantastic job of bringing to life a dark time in French history where the people were ruled by the Catholic church and there was no separation of church and state.The story tells of a day and age where people were ruled by their beliefs, instead of being open-minded to the fact that no one person thinks the same or believes the same. Something we still have an issue with, but has come leaps and bounds since this moment in history.I was highly impressed with the way Paulette told the story of Emile Zola through the eyes of his beloved friend, Charles. What a beautiful tribute to a man who clearly gave his life for justice and truth. Beginning the book with the Dreyfus trial and showing the persecution of the Jewish people was an enlightening way to start the book. Paulette moved into the story of Zola, by speaking of the time Charles first met him when he was a child. As the story progressed, you could feel the love Charles had for Zola as he spoke of his friend and his choices in life. A great read. I would highly recommend this piece of work to anyone.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe past comes alive
ByPatrickon September 17, 2015
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I suspected I might enjoy this book and I was right. In my earlier years I was a student of European history and came to this book very familiar with the story of Emile Zola and the Dreyfus affair. Many people have heard of his open letter to a Paris newspaper ‘J’accuse’ without ever knowing the story behind the story and the French Naturalist writer who was responsible for it. The late 19th century was a time of turmoil, suspicion and anti-Semitism and Paulette Mahurin captures the essence of the time here perfectly. This book is based on actual events but uses a fictional friend and narrator to bring it to life and in the process playing with some of the more interesting facts. That Emile Zola died in suspicious circumstances is relatively well known, some accept that it was an accidental misfortunate death but because of his lifestyle, writing and politics, he had many enemies so conspiracy theories have always surrounded his passing. This is a hard hard book to pull off, but the author has done it with ease, turning a period of history that many will not have accessed into an enjoyable book. Even though I pretty much already knew much of the finer detail, (I suspect most won’t ) that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of this book. A great story from the past , perfectly crafted into an entertaining and enjoyable read.
on September 14, 2015

Emile Zola, the writer and journalist comes across information that Alfred Dreyfus, an officer in the French Army and a Jew, has been wrongly compartmentalized for treason. Through the medium of Zola’s fictional friend the story of prejudiced and unfairness unfolds. Yes, a document has been delivered to another country that was sensitive, but it wasn’t done by Dreyfus. Even when the real culprit is discovered, he gets away with his crime because the Army cover it up. The man is a Frenchman and an officer, not a Jew, so therefore can’t be guilty.

Zola tries to champion the unfairly imprisoned Dreyfus and ends up discovering just how far people will take racial hatred. This is a powerful work and obviously well-researched. It is so sad people will treat other people in this dreadful way in the name of their religion, for that is where the goad was coming from. A great read for those interested in true history.

on September 10, 2015

I don’t think I’ve ever read an historical novel that seemed less like a novel than To Live Out Loud by Paulette Mahurin.

What this talented author has done has taken the famous “J’Accuse” letter of Emile Zola’s to the President of France, in the late nineteenth century and woven a fictional account of his life during this period.

This book is impressively accurate in the details that surround the libel case faced by Zola when he had the temerity to accuse the powerful French Army of a cover-up. The author has gathered her facts well and wound them around the tale of a bystander, a friend of Zola’s, who watches his friend commit political and professional suicide simply because he is not prepared to stand by and watch an innocent man be incarcerated for a treason he did not commit.

The writing is stunning and although at only 170 odd pages on Kindle, I was left wanting so much more, this was a compelling read that had me riveted from the first line.

I think more important than the tale of Zola’s brave stand against anti-semitism in France and the entrenched powers that be that conspired to cover up the truth, are the big questions that are raised in the book; The rights of the individual to a fair trial, the importance of religious freedom and the separation of church and state.

This is truly is a wonderful read and I continuously had to remind myself that this was essentially fiction, so accurate was the historical detail. A real credit to Mahurin and absolutely deserving every one of the five stars I gave it.

on September 8, 2015
Charles Mandonette is our guide in Paulette Mahurin’s clever re-telling of the Dreyfus scandal and Emile Zola’s tireless crusade to right a terrible wrong. Mandonette, the fictitious narrator, is based on two people who were close to the action and to Zola. I felt as if I was being lead by the hand through the labyrinth of machinations, particularly during Zola’s trial on libel charges. Parallels to the present day are striking: vested interests still intervene to suppress and manage information. The importance of an unfettered judicial system and robust media organisations has rarely been so starkly realised as it is here. To Live Out Loud gave me a new appreciation of Emile Zola. A bonus is that every chapter is introduced by a quote from the great writer.
5.0 out of 5 starsA journalist, Emile Zola, takes up the fight …
ByCris Pasqueralleon September 21, 2015
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A journalist, Emile Zola, takes up the fight to clear the name of Alfred Dreyfus, a French, Jewish, military officer wrongly sentenced to life imprisonment. Zola uncovers evidence suppressed by the military that can prove Dreyfus innocent, but facing an uncooperative military, and an oppressive church of France, can Zola continue the fight? A well written novelization of an historical incident, To Live Out Loud is a must read.
on October 16, 2015
I’m not a big history buff, nor am I that experienced with historical fiction. That being said, I really enjoyed this book and hope that author Paulette Mahurin continues offering us glimpses into the unknown stories of history. The characters are good, honest people. Emile Zola was awesome, and it was nice getting to witness his character growth through the eyes of his mentor, Charles. I loved every page they were together; I could really sense their familial bond, even though they weren’t related. I also enjoyed that the reason why the characters get invested in the cause has to do with their own personal conflicts.

Since I’m not too familiar with history, I can’t tell you if everything is 100% factual (if you’re a stickler for that kind of thing). However, the writing convinced me that there was truth in the author’s tale. The little details made it seem legit, and because the writing eases you in to a lot of heavy concepts, I never once got lost or felt I needed more context. I loved that as the book went on, you got a sense for how chaotic Parisian society was becoming.

If there was one suggestion I’d make to the author in the future, it would be to add more. This book is really short, and I felt like there was plenty of room to add more detail and character development. Sometimes I felt like I was reading out of a well-written history book where the events are glossed over rather than shown. I think it would have helped a lot with the major conflict, and it would have given us a tighter emotional bond to the characters. There were times I wanted to be in suspense, only to have the next chapter tell you everything you need to know, which bummed me out. Like I said, I really enjoyed these characters, and I wanted to see more of them. The dialogue itself is especially strong here, and it would have made some of the bigger bouts of exposition more manageable.

That being said, I still enjoyed myself. It’s one of the better indie books I’ve picked up this year. When you purchase this book, know that proceeds will be donated to help local dog shelters. Even without that bonus, I still say this book is worth buying.

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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)

48 Responses to Recent reviews for my books

  1. Excellent as always. And the good you do in the name of animal love is commendable.

  2. tazzielove says:

    Poor little Pee Wee looks so frightened before finding his family. So glad he’s saved. And all the others.

  3. Jean-Jacques says:

    Ever so pleased for the continued success of your marvellous books, for you and your wonderful cause.

    Have just recently received your book, To Live Out Loud, and looking forward to reading it, it having to do with the Alfred Dreyfus affair, a subject of great importance with which I am well familiar. It is the 1st book I will read as soon as I complete my near finish book twelve final read.


  4. You write so well….and in such a good cause

  5. Great reviews and even greater reward from the sale of your all your books. I enjoy seeing the photos of the pets that were adopted. You are marvelous and so unselfish.

  6. Congratulations on excellent reviews of your most recent book, Paulette. I haven’t read them in detail – I’m waiting for winter to read the copy that just arrived in the mail. (Fall is just too busy to spend much time indoors.) And thank you for sharing the heart-warming photos of some of the dogs who find forever homes because of your generosity.

  7. ❤ multiplied by every little bark. And big barks too.

  8. What a handsome bunch you’ve got here in the family album. Cheers —

  9. seeker says:

    Just makes my heart soar, P. Would be great to see the photos after the adoption for comparison.

    • With you on heart soaring. Unfortunately don’t have all the before and after. Some never post an after photo and we just hear Rover’s been saved. The photos are so wonderful though. I can assure you from dogs I’ve personally rescued and/or been involved in, photo or not, the results are dramatic. Never seen a more rapid response and turn around to love than from a dog. Have a good weekend P. ❤

  10. Lara/Trace says:

    I am planning to be your biggest fan after I read your books! ❤

  11. We’re so happy they all found a furrever home. They all deserve it. Thank you for your support on my moving, Paulette. That really meant a lot to us 🙂 Extra Pawkisses 🙂 ❤

  12. BroadBlogs says:

    Thanks for doing this!

    I’m in a bit of a conundrum right now and don’t know if you could offer any advice on a topic that’s kind of related.

    I was in Kauai last week and there were some feral cats at the condos I was staying at. Some of them were starving. And one was starving and trying to feed her baby kittens. The cats hung out of the barbecues and my husband and I gave them quite a bit of food because we had purchased too much, anyway. But we were only there for a week. I called the Humane Society but they expect the hotel/condos to take initiative. I talked to the condo management and they said that they were in the process of trying to catch them and bring them to the Humane Society. But I’m not sure I believe them, given that I kept seeing the same kittens and cats over and over again. I feel so helpless to do anything over here in California. Any advice?

    • So sad that there are so many situations like this but bless your sweet heart for wanting to help. My suggestion would be to contact this cat rescue group: which is exceptional in the county I live in and ask them if they know of any groups in Hawaii or whichever Island you were on that you may contact them to help out. The other thing is perhaps check with the local newspaper there to see if they’ve been featuring the cats and what groups/people are helping them? You may be able to find someone you can connect with. Then if you do contact a group you can ask them how to help and perhaps set up a fundraiser on your blog site, etc.? Wish I could come up with something that could help your feeling of hopelessness immediately but this is such a complicated and sorrowful situation and we have to just do one step at a time to see if we can connect with someone to help. Again, bless you for caring. Love, Paulette

  13. jmsabbagh says:

    Hi ,l really enjoyed reading the reviews .Wishing you health and success.Jalal

  14. Congratulations on your wonderful writing, Paulette. Love these photos, and so happy that Pee Wee has found a family to love him. 🙂

  15. blondieaka says:

    I just chanced upon your site and have read how tirelessly you work for our furry friends. I have just adopted a Soi Dog ( Street Dog) from the Soi Dog Foundation
    who like you do wonderful work to rehome dogs and also work tirelessly to stop the Dog Meat Trade which is very active in this part of the world and most horrific. Have a nice day 🙂

  16. Clowie says:

    I hope they’ll be very happy.

  17. natuurfreak says:

    It’s fantastic.You do so much for the animals

  18. Just wanted to stop by and give you my “HIGH FIVE” on the work you are doing on behalf of the animals. I love that you are a voice for them. God Bless!

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