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.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
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.