Many families were affected, but seeing the world through Helen’s eyes brought home to me how one family was torn apart simply because they didn’t fit with the ideals of the country’s leader.

My book is continuing in the top 1% for sales in the Amazon Kindle Store and is #21 in top 100 for the literary-fiction-historical category. And it is now in the top 100 for the Literary fiction and Teen category. I’ve also been ranked by Amazon as the #58 top ranking author for two of my books, The Seven Year Dress and To Live Out loud, in the historical fiction category. And I made it to the top 100 (#87) in the literary fiction 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 Turk, Brahma, Natasha, Barbie, Gary, Reggie, Sanders, and Devon (see below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 105 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 books

Recent Reviews for The Seven Year Dress
on August 27, 2016

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is a very touching story. I loved it!

Myra is a young student, training to be a nurse at UCLA. Looking to rent a room near the university, she meets Helen Stein. A little wary of her prospective landlady at first, she comes to realise that Helen has faced unimaginable horror and has survived through one of history’s most darkest times.

Helen is a wonderful character, I really liked this brave but wounded soul. This is her story and told in first person narrative.

When I was contacted by this author and asked to read this book I quickly said yes, even though I knew I would be in for an emotional roller coaster ride of enormous proportions having previously read another book written by her.

I started to read this story and within minutes had tears streaming down my face. This story took me on a journey into Germany and the political turmoil leading up to the outbreak of war in 1938 and beyond. Many families were affected, but seeing the world through Helen’s eyes brought home to me how one family was torn apart simply because they didn’t fit with the ideals of the country’s leader.

Helen’s story is full of horror, but there are moments of light that made me smile. Helen’s family consisted of her father, Irving, her mother, Rose and three siblings: Lawrence, Shana and Ben. Helen was the youngest. I loved getting to know them, they were a warm and loving family. We are also introduced to Helen’s neighbor and best friend Max, who also plays a pivotal role in this tale.

War is not a pretty subject and I felt the author did an amazing job in bringing the hardship and horror to life with her emotive and descriptive writing. I felt the horror and despair that Helen felt as her life imploded, I shuddered at the brutality brought on the people of Germany whether they were Jewish or not and felt the joy of being rescued from the awful concentration camps.

Genocide is not an easy subject to face never mind write about and my heart broke for all of the people (living and dead) affected by the second world war, however, I feel that the author broached the subject with sensitivity and tact. Soldiers were ordered to commit terrible atrocities against their own citizens and families, whilst ordinary hardworking families were torn apart or killed all in the name of a “pure race”. Helen’s tale, although dark at times, also showed me that even though they survived the war, scars still remained within those who lived long after the war finished. The pain of loss that they live with is unimaginable to me. However, their bravery and determination to survive against insurmountable odds made me feel proud of them too.

Although Helen is a fictional character, her story is not. I feel that she is the voice of all those who are (or were) unable to speak for themselves. Some people would like to sweep this terrible moment in history under the carpet where it could be forgotten. However, I feel that we should never forget the events so that it never happens again; I am not in favour of letting history repeat itself.

Paulette Mahurin has written another fantastic historical fiction novel. I love her descriptive writing style, which made the past and the characters come to life. I also love the flow, which kept me turning pages. She has a firm fan in me and I am now looking forward to reading more of her books in the future.

Due to scenes of violence, I do not recommend this book to young readers. However, I highly recommend this book as a MUST READ if you are looking for a fantastic story that will touch you deeply. – Lynn Worton

 

 

 

 

Turk- 2 y:o mail chow's been rescued

 

2 year old Turk’s been rescued and his eye infection is being handled by a vet

 

Turk the handsome boy is safe now

Turk being transported to new home

 

Turk's freedom photo

 

Turk’s freedom photo

 

 

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Brahma’s freedom photo

 

Natasha's been rescued

Natasha’s been rescued

 

Natasha's freedom photo

 

Natasha’s freedom photo

 

Natasha's on her way home

 

Natasha’s on her way home

 

Barbie's been rescued

 

Barbie’s been rescued

 

Barbie's freedom photo

 

Barbie’s freedom photo

 

Gary's been rescued

 

Gary’s been rescued

 

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Gary’s freedom photo

 

 

Gary- handsome and getting some loving on his way home

Gary on his way to new home

 

 

Reggie's been rescued and having a good safe nap

 

Reggie’s been rescued and is safely taking a nap

 

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Reggie’s freedom photo

 

Reggie in new home

 

Reggie in new home

 

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Sander’s has been rescued

 

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Sander’s freedom photo with new family

 

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Sander’s getting some loving at the vet check

 

Devon's been rescued

 

Devon’s been rescued

 

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Devon’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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27 Responses to Many families were affected, but seeing the world through Helen’s eyes brought home to me how one family was torn apart simply because they didn’t fit with the ideals of the country’s leader.

  1. tazzielove says:

    Reblogged this on tazziesplace and commented:
    105 dogs helped with the profits from Paulette’s books.

  2. tazzielove says:

    105 dogs! Fantastic!

  3. natuurfreak says:

    a lot of dogs helping by your profits of the books that’s fantastic.Lot respect to you

  4. Pilgrim says:

    Freedom is just not another… Love it.

  5. Pilgrim says:

    … Just not another word. The are looking for a home… La la la….

  6. Congratulations! You are doing a great and beautiful thing!

  7. Yay! I especially like the big dog love to start out today’s rescues!

  8. Kev says:

    Keep it up, Paulette!

  9. That is so fantastic about your book, but then you deserve it.

  10. paws2smile says:

    No, I haven’t forgotten about you… 🙂 I just know I am super behind on reading your posts that I wanted to get some others out of the way so I can focus on your blog! 🙂 Fabulous job with the reviews! I am so happy for you!

    • Hi there paws2smile! I understand getting behind on blogging, and other things. Too much to do, too little time. Never worry about that with me. And I know you’re hanging at that doggy center having a great time. Now that makes me happy. Also, thank you for your kind words about the reviews. I feel fortunate my books are getting attention and dogs are reaping the benefits. Have a great day. 🙂

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