All I can say is “Wow”! What a beautifully written prose that touches upon one of the most heart-wrenching themes of the twentieth century – the Holocaust.

I’m deeply moved by this review and extremely thankful to the reader who took the time to write it. All profits from my books go to help get dogs out of kill shelters.
I’ll post again when the paperback is out. Meanwhile if anyone wants to purchase the kindle book please scroll down for the link:
on May 17, 2016
All I can say is “Wow”! What a beautifully written prose that touches upon one of the most heart-wrenching themes of the twentieth century – the Holocaust. Told from the point of view of a young Jewish girl, living in Berlin and witnessing Hitler coming to power, and slow and terrifying changes that her country starts going through, Helen still tries to follow her father’s advice and keep her optimism. However, with the Kristallnacht all her hopes shatter, and she finds herself on a long way to survival through the horrors of Auschwitz…
I couldn’t help but admire Helen’s willpower and desire to survive just to outlive her tormentors, yet trying her best to help her fellow inmates and not harden her heart in the conditions where one was ready to sell out anyone for a molded piece of bread. The brutal treatment of the inmates, together with the very rarely discussed subject of rape of Jewish inmates by the SS are accurately depictured in all their brutal honesty. Max’s story, a German boy who grew up with Helen and remained friends with her despite the new course that Germany took and his joining the Hitlerjugend and later the SS, was both touching and incredibly sad.
All in all, this is definitely a must-read for all fans of historical fiction. Brilliant!
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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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22 Responses to All I can say is “Wow”! What a beautifully written prose that touches upon one of the most heart-wrenching themes of the twentieth century – the Holocaust.

  1. Fantastic review for a brilliant book! Congratulations!

  2. tazzielove says:

    Reblogged this on tazziesplace and commented:
    A reader writes: “All I can say is “Wow”! What a beautifully written prose that touches upon one of the most heart-wrenching themes of the twentieth century – the Holocaust.”

  3. And we’re off!🙂

  4. Fantastic review, Paulette. Congratulations. ❤ ❤ ❤

  5. That is well deserved. I feel often with you, God blesses you in your writing carrreer because of how you help Hus creations from your proceeds.
    You have a good heart.
    Yisraela

  6. As a history teacher I had disdain for historical fiction. Until I started reading Jack Whyte’s Camulod Chronicles series about post Roman Britain. Now read the genre by other authors as well.

    • I can certainly understand the initial disdain, especially being you’re a history teacher. And I certainly understand that once happening upon a really good (and accurately adhering to historical facts) fictionalized story set in a historical context it changes how we feel. I’ve seen readers blast authors in their reviews for inaccurate inclusion of historical data – that raises the standard of writing for all of us. This one was especially hard to do the research on, not because there’s a dearth of data but rather the subject matter was hard to take in as you can well imagine. So glad you stopped by and joined the conversation.❤

  7. Deziz World says:

    ConCatulations. It’s good to remind peeps of da past lest we repeat it today. And of course helpin’ da doggies is always a good thing.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi

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