The Seven Year Dress latest reviews: immaculately researched and beautifully written book

All profits from my books go to rescue dogs like the ones featured below from kill shelters. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has purchased one of my books,
taken the time to write a review, and helped to spread the word. I’m truly grateful. And so are the dogs.
Recent reviews from The Seven Year Dress
on May 29, 2016
A wonderful and well written book depicting this tragedy through a woman’s eye. Hard to pause while reading. This story would be an excellent read for the younger generation (teens) to help them visualize the atrocities that occurred to the Jews in the 1940’s. I liked that it covered all aspects of a coping mechanism to survive and persevere. I have read other books by this author and this is my favourite.
on May 30, 2016
Having read Paulette Mahurin’s three previous books, one knows upon opening the first page of her fourth book, The Seven Year Dress, you are in for a treat of history, a dive into feelings ranging from the sad to the triumphant, an awareness opening understanding of human actions, all wrapped up in a great story whose pages you can’t stop reading. In this book Paulette immerses the readers into a world view of friendship, shock, bafflement, horror, courage, strength, and survival as we experience the life of a German Jewish girl who endures the rise and fall of the Nazi regime. The story is gripping and emotional, folding events and insights from the streets of Germany and the capitals of the world, into a comprehensive experience. Mahurin is a gifted novelist. I recommend this book.
on May 29, 2016

Myra, a young student, seeks new lodgings. When she meets Helen, she thinks the old woman may be mentally unbalanced. Helen reveals the tattoo on her arm.

Youth and age meet in a poignant vignette. Helen shares her story, chronicling her unbelievable hardship when Hitler’s vendetta against the Jews ripped her from her life and into hell. Myra takes away the marks of blood, now tattooed on her soul.

Paulette Mahurin continues to breathe life long-ago events with her own special brand of insight and imagination. If you like The Seven Year Dress, then be sure and read To Live Out Loud, based on the story of Alfred Dreyfus, an innocent man unfairly committed of a crime he didn’t commit. Also, Ms. Mahurin generously donates her profits to dog rescue.

on May 27, 2016

As we move deeper into the twenty-first century, away from the horrors of the Second World War, books like The Seven Year Dress become increasingly important. History has a habit of repeating and of romanticizing, so even the most evil of men are seen as heroes: Richard III, a child murderer to many is now a hero to some. And men with black hearts and no souls still strut the political stage and win support. With that background in mind, the author has served humanity well with her splendid book, The Seven Year Dress.

In keeping with its subject matter, there are sections of this book that are distressing. However, the author’s graceful writing style and empathy for her subject ensures that these sections are written with sensitivity and without sensation. In short, the book engages the emotions, an essential quality of any great story.

There is tragedy in this book, but there is also hope, courage and even love. The story highlights the worst of people and the best of people. It is tempting to think what life would be like if these two strands of humanity could be separated to live on different planets. Maybe we would name those planets Heaven and Hell.

The Seven Year Dress is an immaculately researched and beautifully written book, a book about the past, yes, but also a book for our time, for all time. It is essential reading.

on 25 May 2016
This is the story of a holocaust survivor. We relive the story through the eyes of Helen, a young Jewish girl. Mahurin’s description of Helen’s experiences as she lived through Hitler’s atrocities are masterful. She combines the warm family relationships of the Stein family in direct contrast to the developing hatred against them. She writes of the bravely of Max and Helen’s friendship . The human spirt is a powerful thing and this story will test not only Helen’s but the readers. I simply could not put it down. I read if from start to finish in one sitting. Well researched and well written this is a book that will leave an impression. Although the story has been told before I believe Mahurin’s fresh and engaging approach will leave the reader in no doubt that this book is a must read. Thoroughly recommend.

Jax has been rescued

Jax's been saved what a handsome boy

Handsome senior Jax found a new home

Jax's freedom photo

Jax with new dad.

Mia's freedom photo-rescued by

Mia’s freedom photo

Neo's been rescued from the Downey Shelter.jpg

Neo’s been rescued

Onasis 12+ y:o male lab has been rescued

Onasis-12 y/o male lab- has been rescued

Remy's been rescued.jpg

Remy’s freedom photo

Robin is safe with new family

Robin is safe with new family

Thrumpkin's been rescued.

Thrumpkin’s been rescued

Uhura thanking new daddy

Uhura thanking new dad

Uhura's freedom photo.jpg

Uhura’s freedom ride

Uhura's freedom ride to new home

Uhura blowing licks to new family on ride home

Ulise's freedom photo - senior girl dog

Ulise’s freedom photo

Veronica and her two puppies are safe.jpg

Veronica and her two puppies have been rescued

Xiao Xiao is no longer a number, no longer on a kill list, today he's free came from his new mom Bonnie.jpg

Xiao Xiao’s freedom photos

Yogie's freedom photo

Yogi’s freedom ride

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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30 Responses to The Seven Year Dress latest reviews: immaculately researched and beautifully written book

  1. tazzielove says:

    Some great reviews and love the photos of all the dogs.

  2. Fan-tab-u-lous and then s.o.m.e. ❤ ❤ ❤

  3. Wonderful reviewing. Thanks to you for your love and generosity for our furry friends. Beautiful dogs, young and old. Love these kinds of scenes.

  4. I hear the puppy chorus now. 🙂 Singing their love for you. ❤

  5. Congrats on the wonderful reviews, Paulette. Love those sweet doggie faces. 🙂

  6. What great reviews – and so happy as always to see all the happy dogs!

  7. Love the happy dog faces. We are having our own little issues with our rescue, Gibbs. He’s fine with us, but he won’t have anything to do with anyone else. We went away overnight leaving my son in charge. He would not eat until we came home. I’m not sure what to do. We can’t never go anywhere … but I also can’t have Gibbs starving himself to death.

    • Sorry to hear this. I’d try resocializing him all over again with positive reinforcement. He may have been traumatized by being removed from a past owner and when left alone that gets triggered? I’m not remembering what his history is. I’d introduce him to friends to can come over and sit with him, feed him, while you’re there. Then leave him alone with them for 30 minutes at meal time for them to try to feed him. In other words try to extend his “safe” family to others, including dog sitters and expanding out to others until he’s comfortable. (fingers crossed this will help) Good luck with this.

  8. natuurfreak says:

    Felicitations for those reviews

  9. Deziz World says:

    ConCats. It’s always nice to have peeps rave ’bout your writin’. And of course all da doggies dat will be helped is furbulous.

    Luv ya’


  10. My heart is happy. 🙂

  11. We always have to smile when we are here ❤ Pawkisses for a Happy Day 🙂 ❤

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