Riveting, emotional, captivating read. A must read for all.

My book is in the top 1% for sales in the Amazon Kindle Store and is #50 in top 100 for the literary-fiction-historical category. I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Cameo, Twinkle Toes, Murdock, and Jaguar (below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 65 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 dogs were freed.

AND please for everyone who’s purchased a book could I humbly ask you to write a review when you’ve completed the read. I have just found out that Amazon promotes and ranks books according to number of reviews in addition to sales. Every voice helps spread the word and that is an energy that can help a dog.


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on July 22, 2016
What a riveting, emotional, captivating read. Paulette is one author that never disappoints. She has such a talent for taking fact and blending it with fiction in such a way that I have never seen done before. I was immediately captured by the characters she created, they way their stories were told and they way the events unfolded were emotionally devastating. Even though I knew what was to come I still could not stop myself from the emotional outpouring that happened with the characters fate. This book is an absolute must read. I cannot even express how much I believe that everyone should have to read this book it really helps open the eyes on so many terrible acts were hidden and shut out. Light should be shed, knowledge is power, and Paulette brings that power with this riveting novel.
on July 24, 2016
I enjoy WW ll stories. This book explains in vivid detail the suffering of the Jews in concentration camps. It is a wonderful story of love and survival.
on July 22, 2016
I’ve read a lot of historical fiction based on Nazi Germany and The Seven Year Dress is a great addition to the genre. The tragic story of Helen Stein will have you reaching for the tissues, but her outlook on her situation always remains hopeful.
I am a huge fan of historical fiction, but I’m also very picky about it being an accurate representation of the period and a vehicle for fact. I really enjoyed the story and I respected the author’s execution of the facts. Genre fans will definitely enjoy The Seven Year Dress (and its beautiful cover will certainly draw them in). I couldn’t put it down.
on July 23, 2016

Myra is a young student looking for a room, she is interviewed by an elderly woman, Helen Stein asked a lot of personal questions. Myra debates on whether or not to rent the room but decides that she does need a place that she can afford.

There is a reason behind all of Helen’s personal questions she asks of Myra. Finding out that Helen has a number tattooed on her wrist is the clue to Helen’s background. Helen tells the story of how she ended up with the tattoo, see, all inmates of the concentration camps are tattooed with numbers and once behind that fencing, are no longer a person, no longer have identities. That is the horror of Nazi Germany and the atrocities that one race of people inflicted on another.

Helen’s story starts out in the 1920’s, born of a Jewish family, living in Berlin. She was born after the Great War, at a time when Germany was floundering and looking for a leader, they found it in Adolf Hitler. Helen really didn’t realize at a young age how the Nazi party was going to affect her and her family and what she was going to lose as a result of one man’s hatred of the Jews.With the advent of Kristallnacht, Helen and her family’s lives implode into a horrible series of events that find Helen interred at Auschwitz.

Helen’s story is one of many to come out of this terrible time in history, even though this is historical fiction, I could tell by the author’s words, that this was a story she wanted to tell with compassion and honesty about a woman who could very well have lived during this time and experienced the atrocities of the fanatics that were the Nazi Party. I enjoyed it immensely.

I received this book for review purposes and my honest opinion.


on July 26, 2016
The Seven Year Dress was a moving story that cannot fail to draw the reader in to the horrors of the holocaust.

We meet Helen Stein in the 1920s when life was good for her, although the shadow of Hitler’s Nazi Germany was creeping insidiously into her life. At first these changes are unnoticeable and the disbelief of many of those who will be affected is well depicted. It is this disbelief that prevents many of them escaping while there is still time to do so.

Helen’s father, a well respected attorney working for the government, loses everything, even his life. Her friend Max joins the Hitler Youth and then the SS, in an attempt to hide his homosexuality. But it is Max who comes to Helen’s rescue by hiding her in the cellar of his family’s farm, and he pays the price for this with his life. Helen and her brother remain in the cellar for 4 years before they are captured and sent to Auschwitz, where Helen, the only survivor of her family remains for the next three years, enduring all sorts of horrors before being rescued by the Russians.

Helen’s life is one of hardship, persecution, and torture, but her will to live ensures she is a survivor. This book is not easy to read, but I’m glad I did.

on July 22, 2016
Wonderful story a must read for all ! So glad I found this book! Great job Paulette!
Cameo has been rescued

Cameo has been rescued

Cameo's freedom photo

Cameo’s freedom photo

Cameo another freedom photo

Cameo free and happy

Cameo getting more family love

Cameo getting some loving from new mom

Cameo with her new family getting some loving

A smiling happy Cameo


Twinkle's been rescued

Twinkle Toes has been rescued


Twinkle his her new home

Twinkle Toes’ freedom photo in her new home


Murdock's been rescued

Murdock’s been rescued

Murdock's proud freedom photo

Proud Murdock’s freedom photo


Jaguar's been rescued

Jaguar has been rescued

Jaguar has been rescued-freedom photo

Jaguar’s freedom photo

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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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18 Responses to Riveting, emotional, captivating read. A must read for all.

  1. tazzielove says:

    Great on all counts.

  2. tazzielove says:

    Reblogged this on tazziesplace and commented:
    Paulette’s book is ranked 50 on the top 100 in the Amazon kindle bookstore category literary fiction historical. And 65 dogs have been freed from kill shelters with the help of profits from her books. Last year 148 were freed.

  3. Amazing work you do…I’ll try to get the review up shortly…sorry for the delay!

    • It’s easy to help the dogs and I’m fortunate I’m able to do it. No apologies needed for any delay but I am looking forward to your take on the latest. Not an easy book to write-the research was grueling. Hard to believe. Special cyber hug to you and your gang. ❤

  4. I love Cameo’s markings – so cool!

    And, as always, love the great reviews and the saved dogs!

  5. natuurfreak says:

    Wonderful work you do.You have all my respect.

  6. Deziz World says:

    What cute woffies. We are always sooooo impurressed and purroud dat you’s #1. ConCats to you and all da woofies dat got helped. And here’s to a happy and healthy furever.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

  7. Oh, those wonderful fuzzy smiling faces 🙂 It makes my heart go pitipat.

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