I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. A special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book, in the name of tolerance. And with all profits going to help get dogs out of kill shelters, lives are being saved.
on June 14, 2016
I am a big fan of Paulette Mahurin’s books and “The Seven Year Dress” exceeded my expectations in every way. The story is told as a personal account through the eyes of Helen Stein, a holocaust survivor. She begins her tale when she was a young toddler growing up within her happy Jewish family. Her account unfolds with events as she is growing up and leads to when she is a young woman during Nazi Germany. The story is not an easy read by any means and yet the author’s voice is clear, strong, and precise as the horrific events are shared.
The story is fiction and yet the historical facts are so well-researched that it felt like I was reading a true account. It is a powerful and unforgettable novel. The writing is articulate and uncluttered. I admire the title very much and feel it is brilliant and painfully poetic.
Do not think you can read this book and remain unchanged.
on June 14, 2016
It’s hard not to cry at this moment, just finishing the book, and think over what I read. Such a amazing story of courage in horrifying circumstances.
on June 18, 2016
Paulette did it again!!!!!!!. What a great story although it was a tough story to read it flowed like butter on a piece of toast and I couldn’t put it down. As I was reading the book flashes of my family would go through my head. My 4 Grandparents where from Russia, Poland and England. They could have been there at the time of Hitler. But they had enough courage to leave their homelands and venture across the ocean to America. They came around the middle of the 20’s. My Mom and Dad born in the late 20’s would have been very young children. Thinking of all of them being there…….:(
Its so hard for me to understand one person hatred and to get all those other people to follow him is beyond my comprehension.
I’m not sure if i would have the courage or the strength to go through 7 years of hell. But reading about Helen her thoughts, her courage and her strength to get through hell was a wonder in it self. God Bless you Helen!!!!! And all the millions of others that had to go through this horrible time.
on June 11, 2016
I feel l was in Auschwitz concentration camp after reading this book. It was so humanly told by the main character Helen. I couldn’t put the book down. Riveting told story.
on June 17, 2016
This is a holocaust story so deals with issues that are horrendous. At the same time this is the story of a person who lives through this era. Helen begins her story when she rents out a room to a young trainee nurse, for now is the time to tell it, many years after. She survived but not unscathed, but this is the story of how.
The details and the character development make for an emotional read. What is really impressive is there are good people caught up in the madness who try to do what they can to help, despite what they are ordered to do. Not all in uniform are monsters and not all those oppressed are worthy of compassion. Be warned to keep the Kleenex handy.
on June 9, 2016
This is a well written, brilliant and moving story of a girl that found the spirit to survive what the nazis did to her in the war and the prison/death camp of Auschwitz. I couldn’t put it down, just had to know the next bit and the next. Really top book, would recommend it to anyone. I don’t know if it is based on a genuine meeting with this woman, but it certainly reads like it was. Very real.
on June 8, 2016
“The Seven Year Dress” by Paulette Mahurin is a story that needs to be told, over and over, lest we forget where history has taken us at the hands of a despot and continue to make the same mistakes. It wasn’t just during WWII that millions perished but all massive wars, civil revolutions, and designs to cleanse or overthrow a race of peoples. This is not a light story but is has been told by Mahurin with heart and that balances the devastation and cruelty done to the victims. Mahurin brilliantly shows us that to survive takes courage, strength, attitude, but more significantly the kindness of others, selfless acts of kindness is the antidote for evil actions. I was skeptical when I purchased this book. What more could be told about the plethora, portrayed in movies and stories for the last 150, that has been written on the subject of Hitler’s regime? There is no dearth of stories about the holocaust. But where this novel, this inspirational novel, differs is with the personal touch that doesn’t hold back, and doesn’t forget that wherever we go there we are in all our collective humanness: the good, the bad, the beautiful, the soulful, and it is in this difference this unforgettable novel shines. Highly recommend.
on June 10, 2016
Some books explain history. Some books show history. And some books make you feel history.
This is one of the latter.
This story takes one of the most horrific and difficult to process periods in history and brings it down to the personal level, where the idea that we are all neither fully-good nor completely bad is explored. The book deals with challenging topics in an honest, yet sensitive way which leaves an impression long after the last page has been turned.
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on June 13, 2016
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