Could be another Nightingale…Beautifully written…Human resilience, love, and the power of healing…a novel rich in historical context.

My book is in the top 1% for sales in the Amazon Kindle Store and is #31 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 Bobby,  Blanca, & Alexis (below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 71 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.

LINK TO PURCHASE ALL MY BOOKS and to see all reviews for all my
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on July 31, 2016
Very well written but heartbreaking of course.
on July 31, 2016
Heartbreaking and beautifully written account of the survivors of World War II.
on July 31, 2016

Paulette Mahurin’s The Seven-Year Dress is a powerful story that engages readers from the first page, weaving a tale they’ll remember long after they finish reading. The story begins with Myra, a nursing student looking for an apartment and nothing more. Her new landlady, Helen, is an obsessively neat, elderly Jewish woman. When Myra sees the number tattooed on Helen’s arm, she knows there’s more to the woman than she first imagined. As the two come to know and trust each other, Helen eventually shares her story – a story of death and survival, of hate and ultimately love.

Paulette Mahurin skillfully intertwines fact into fiction as she tells the story of one Jewish family living in Berlin as the Nazi Party and Adolph Hitler come to power. The insidious way people turned against each other; the brutality as Jews were isolated and persecuted; the horror of life in the concentration camps – all come into sharp focus through Mahurin’s writing, which is rich with historical detail. Since Helen is a child when the story begins but is telling her story from the vantage point of decades later, she is able to include what she learned after the war about Hitler’s rise to power, assassination attempts, and action or inaction by other world powers. This makes The Seven-Year Dress not only the story of one family but also a novel rich in historical context.

As Helen talks, we come to know her parents and siblings as well as her friends. It is through one of Helen’s very good friends from childhood, Max, that we most clearly understand the complexity of life in Nazi Germany. Max is a non-Jew. He is also gay. To protect himself, he joins the Nazi party, yet he uses his position to help Helen and her family as much as he can. Until he can’t protect them – or himself – any longer.

As Helen tells her story of pain and loss so many years later, she finds love. As Myra hears the story, she gains understanding and compassion. In The Seven-Year Dress, Mahurin tells a powerful story, an important story of human resilience, of love, and of the power of healing through storytelling. This is a book well worth reading.


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Bobby's been rescued

Bobby the sweet elder had all but given up when he was rescued

Bobby's freedom photo. What a difference love makes

Bobby’s freedom photo. What a difference love makes.


Blanca's Freedom photo

Blanca’s freedom photo

Alexis' freedom photo

Alexis’ freedom photo


Alexis in new home with new sibling

Alexis in new home with new sibling

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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25 Responses to Could be another Nightingale…Beautifully written…Human resilience, love, and the power of healing…a novel rich in historical context.

  1. tazzielove says:

    Reblogged this on tazziesplace and commented:
    Paulette’s book is ranked 31 in the top 100 in the kindle bookstore category literary fiction historical

  2. tazzielove says:

    Wow on the ranking 31, great reviews, and all the dogs saved. ❤

  3. patgarcia says:

    First, congratulations. I haven’t read your book yet but I will be reading it and when I do, I will post a review.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem,

  4. Look at that face!!!!! 🙂

  5. Pawsome! You deserve it! Pawkisses for a wonderful day 🙂 ❤

  6. I could see all the pics on my ‘phone, but not on my laptop…but just look at little Bobby!

    • I can see them all in my e-mail but not on the post. I have tried to do everything with the wordpress tools but can’t cut them down or space them to show. It’s the way they were put on line. Thankfully sweet Bobby’s face is showing: before and after. So glad you stopped by to see him and caught a glimpse of the other two. ❤

  7. Oh, Bobby – so glad you found a home in particular. That oldster face just slays me!

  8. natuurfreak says:

    31 on the ranking that’s wonderful

  9. Deziz World says:

    We has nominated ya’ fur da Brotherhood of da world award here: It doesn’t matter ifin ya’ don’t do awards, we just wanted to let you and everypawdy else know dat we think ya’ll are pawsum.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

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