I cried, I yelled in anger and frustration and I wept with joy, much like Helen, the poor subject of the story

My book is in the top 1% for sales in the Amazon Kindle Store and is #39 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 Princess, Snowberry, and Nike (below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 68 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 29, 2016
When it comes to writing about the Holocaust it is a very difficult and emotional subject, especially when the story is told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman. Mahurin is simply a superb craftsperson who draws you into the story and wraps it around you. I cried, I yelled in anger and frustration and I wept with joy, much like Helen, the poor subject of the story. Simply put, this is an unbelievably fantastic read that although hard and at times very difficult to stomach, is so reaffirming of humanity, that you simply cannot look away. I would recommend this book as compulsory reading to anyone jaded by the twenty-first century. Learn from our past. Brilliant work Mahurin.
on July 28, 2016

In her new novel, The Seven Year Dress, Paulette Mahurin, digs in World War II, a theme many authors already wrote about, both fiction as well as non-fiction. For a contemporary writer, therefore a challenge to find a spot that may or not may unique, but has opportunities to interest an audience quite familiar with the grand story of Nazism, Holocaust, and the devastation brought to European society. In the Seven Year Dress the personal story of Jewish Helen is revealed for the first time to Myra, a young student looking for an apartment and still struggling whether or not to regard herself as Jewish.

Helen was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. The upcoming separation of Jews and Aryans, the rise of Adolf Hitler, his ideology and the Endlösung for Jews, homosexuals, gypsies impacts Helen’s family and friends directly. Max, keeping his homosexuality a secret, joins the Hitlerjugend, while Helen learns to sew in order to have a job and earn money, once she’s no longer allowed to go to school. Max proves to be a unique human, protecting Helen and her brother Ben where possible. It will cost his life, whereas Helen’s other family members died or got missing in the course of war. Helen survives the Auschwitz concentration camp, although her virginity and feminity were brutally taken from her. Nothing lasts, and life’s too special to lose it are the hopes she anchored to. What makes this novel special is the attention paid to all kinds of human sexuality, both in the Berlin youth years, the shelter in a farmhouse near Brandenburg, as well as in the concentration camp. A moving story set in the darkest decades of the 20th century Europe.


on July 28, 2016
How do you start to write about the Holocaust?
This book has the answer…you present the way in which people – children – accept, deal with, the small hurtful changes of life which produce a totally new society…one of fear and hatred where the innocents end in a man made hell.
This is a book of clarity and balance….the obvious victims are not the only focus….and written with a sensitivity which avoids hammering the lesson into the reader, who is allowed to appreciate it for themselves.


on July 28, 2016
A heartbreaking account of hope and kindness spooled within the threads of hatred and unimaginable cruelty. Helen is a story that needed to be remembered.
on July 26, 2016
This book is quite emotional it really puts the reader back in time and into the Holocaust. We follow Helen on her journey of growing up into a young woman. Helen’s family has been murdered and her only hope is hiding in a friend’s house but that doesn’t work in her favor either. Helen has been thrown into a concentration camp and we follow her amazing path of hope and love that keeps her going even though she wants to give up. This is a very emotional read that takes you back in time and shows us how great life is currently. Very interesting read, I am not typically a huge fan of historicals but this book really brought the story to life and left me cheering for a happy ending.
on 26 July 2016
A difficult subject to write about because so many have already told these stories. This is a impressive addition to the narrative. I thoroughly enjoyed this because the characters were well rounded.
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Princess before rescue

Princess has been rescued

Princess has been rescued

Princess post surgery freedom photo. She’s now with her foster family and doing very well. Sweet girl.


Snowberry's freedom photo

Snowberry’s freedom photo

Nike's been rescued

Nike’s been rescued

Nike's freedom photo on new dad's lap

Nike’s freedom photo: sitting on new dad’s lap


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)

26 Responses to I cried, I yelled in anger and frustration and I wept with joy, much like Helen, the poor subject of the story

  1. tazzielove says:

    Reblogged this on tazziesplace and commented:
    Paulette’s book is ranked #39 in the top 100 for sales in the Amazon Kindle Bookstore category literary fiction historical.

  2. Success so richly deserved….and look at those little faces…whoever could have dumped them in the first place! So glad that they are free.

    • So great to see you pop in as I wanted to extend a very special heartfelt thank you to you or taking the time to read my book and write a review. I’ve recently found out that Amazon promotes books based not just on sales ranking but reviews received. Therefore, this from you, and all the others who have taken the time to do a review are helping contribute to “those little faces”; those irresistible little faces. I’m with you, so glad they are free. More to come. ❤

      • Your book moved me…in particular by its tone – not hitting me with a hammer, but letting the horror appear, page by page.
        Sorry to have taken so long to put up the review….moving has taken it out of me this time!.

      • No apologies, please. There’s nothing to apologize for. You’re been a terrific cyber friend and I’m grateful for all you’ve done to help me and the dogs. You’ve had a lot going on and trust me, I understand. Thank you again for your kind words about the book and my writing. Very appreciative. ❤

  3. Clanmother says:

    This is exciting news!!! Celebrating with you – many hugs.

  4. Deziz World says:

    You know we are always so happy and purroud to see so may 5 star reviews fur ya’. It must be really satisfyin’ fur you. And then to see da doggies is just da icin’ on da cake. ConCats.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

    • Ahhh, Dezi & Raena, so sweet of you purrrrring friends. It is a very good feeling to get positive feedback on my books. But the best is freeing a dog, seeing them have a second chance at life, and they sure do show instant appreciation. Ya’ll understand that. Take it easy today. Ya’ll had a busy week. Luv ya right back ❤

  5. Thank you for your contribution to the literary and animal welfare fields.
    You’ve been richly blessed with gifts that you share to help our animal family.
    Thank you
    PS I’m getting married Aug 21. That’s why you haven’t seen me much. Been busy with that great blessing..

    • Congratulations Yisraela! May you both have many wonderful years together. Thank yo so much for stopping by and sharing your good news. I’m very happy for you. And once again thank you for your kind & supportive words concerning my book and dog rescue work. Very appreciated. ❤

  6. Congratulations, Paulette. Such sweet little darlings! ❤

  7. Woohoo! More great reviews and happy dogs – I can never get enough!

  8. I love how one reviewer picked up on what makes the book so different–the human sexuality that you handled so well! Bravo! 🙂

  9. natuurfreak says:

    Amazing and lovely news Paulette

  10. Every time I read a new post in your blog it touches me. What a divine work you are doing.

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