“Flawlessly intertwined history with an emotionally charged work of fiction”


My book The Seven Year Dress is continuing to rank in the top 100 best sellers in the kindle bookstore in the literary-fiction-historical, literary fiction, and the young adult categories. 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 #87 in the literary fiction category for The Seven Year Dress. See photos below.

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  Hopster, Coco, Charles, Reese, Teagan, Ross, Trooper, Rio, Ricardo, Maddison, Jack, Dharma, Sonny, Galaxy, and Munesco (see below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 145 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 click on the books cover:



on September 10, 2016
Read this book in one night Tender and touching story.
on September 14, 2016

This book was historical fiction at it’s finest. The ugly words were intricately weaved into a beautiful story of strength and perseverance. My heart ached with pain and swelled with inspiration. The circumstances Helen overcame were gut wrenching and awful. She lost loved ones, was humiliated in more ways than one, and in the end had lasting emotional scars.

The story was about a young girl trapped in a real life nightmare… Helen is a jew and Hitler wants rid of all jews… Her friend Max enlists to protect her and when times become too dangerous for her to remain at home, he hides her and her brother. They remain in hiding for years before the monsters come knocking down their door. While the cellar always seemed like a prison, when the S.S. come to take them away, they know things will only get worse. Together they embark on a terrible journey to hell (or Auschwitz) and when they arrive, they are separated and she is left with the images of murder in her mind. She finds her strength to survive illness, rape, and physical abuse in her father’s words and a dirty dress.

I finished the book hours ago, yet my brain is still within the pages. I was so captivated by the horror and utter raw reality. To think that actual people lived through similar things makes me sick to my stomach. It also makes me very appreciative for the life that I live. While reading Helen’s story I felt so twisted thinking how fortunate she was, but to think how many people were killed… in some twisted way, Helen was lucky. She went through hell for that luck and had to sacrifice her health, innocence, and pride for that luck or as other’s would call it, life. Her story is one that should be read by all. The Author’s writing flawlessly intertwined history with an emotionally charged work of fiction. I loved it!



on September 16, 2016
Story held my interest . Though it a fictional story it was quite believable. Many many stories so similar have been written about scenarios almost like this one. The only thing is no one really died. Many many families came out with only themselves . Alone…this was a tragedy yet the only remaining family to survive did so for the ones who did not…..



on September 15, 2016

I’ve read a few of this author’s books before. She excels at incredibly difficult subject matter that most writers (and I dare say readers) would be afraid to touch. This one is no exception. Tackling the emotional suffering of Jews weathering death camps and the holocaust is about as difficult as it gets. Just how do you tell a tale so horrifying you’re shattered by reading on as surely as those spirits broken by the torturous ordeals themselves? If you’re wondering, you might need to pick up this book. You might notice the book’s very high ranking on amazon (in the top 750 of paid as of this review), and in my opinion, it’s richly deserved.

There were several things I was grateful for in reading this book. The first is that this period of history, already so tread-worn—how many films and books have been done on the subject?—came alive for me like never before. This owed to the author finding ways to infuse little known, but all-important facts into the story that heighten the emotional drama and that cast damning guilt on more than just the Nazis. The personal stories she chose to share are different from those usually shared in the popular media. When was the last time you saw a film or read a book on the price homosexuals paid during the holocaust years in Germany? Another reviewer said it well: this isn’t so much an exposé on the death camps as a very personal story of our heroine and the people’s whose lives she touched. That personal connection with her and her humanity is what gets us through this very difficult material. It’s what makes the story unique in an over-written genre.

Highly recommended even for those who are not historical-fiction buffs as the author has a way of writing that transcends genre, and has a way of pulling almost any reader in.

on September 14, 2016
Riveting story on the courage and strength to stay alive and fight for life. An exceptional read that was hard to put down!
on September 13, 2016
This was a great book, I would highly recommend it.




Hopster’s freedom photo


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Coco’s been rescued


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Coco’s freedom photo. What a happy girl.


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Charles has been rescued



Charles’ freedom photo



Charles going for a walk.


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Reese has been rescued

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Reese’s freedom photo



Reese going home



Teagan’s been rescued


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Teagan doing to his new home




Teagan’s freedom photo.



Ross has been rescued


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Ross getting his goodbye hug before going to new home


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Ross getting a cuddle from new mom



Trooper & Rio’s freedom photo


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Trooper & Rio in new backyard

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Trooper loving on new dad




Rio in new yard smiling a thank you


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Ricardo’s been rescued


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Maddison’s been rescued


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Maddison’s freedom photo


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Jack’s been rescued


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Jack’s freedom photo


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Jack checking out his new home


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Dharma’s freedom photo


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Sonny’s been rescued


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Sonny’s freedom photo


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Sonny happy in new bed in new home


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Galaxy has been rescued




Galaxy’s freedom photo. What a big happy smile.


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Munesco’s freedom photo


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Munesco in new backyard.




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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)

34 Responses to “Flawlessly intertwined history with an emotionally charged work of fiction”

  1. tazzielove says:

    Wow, 145 dogs this year! And the reviews for your books keep coming in. Great!

  2. Reblogged this on writerchristophfischer and commented:
    It’s Saturday, it’s history’s, its flawless

  3. More happy faces….such a reward!

  4. Littlesundog says:

    Such soulful eyes… your compassion is the gift of your writing. Thank you for all that you do.

  5. I had no idea when I bought the book that proceeds were going to save dogs, and that’s an added bonus. A brilliant read – a story everyone should be told. I can’t praise it highly enough.

    • Lucinda! Wow, you’ve made my day. You know how much I love your writing and your books and this coming from you is such a treat. Thank you. And yes indeed, all the profits from all my books go to help get dogs out of kill shelters. Thankfully, I’m able to do this and also thankfully this book has really done well and a lot of dogs are benefiting. You’ve certainly helped with this effort. ❤

  6. Pilgrim says:

    I was bragging about you this morning to my friend who does wonders for the dog kingdom. Love, love, love….

  7. ❤ for all of the misery out there Paulette, you put ripples in the world to counteract it.

  8. I always love seeing the rescued dogs! Jack looks sort of like a miniature Choppy.

  9. Simona says:

    Molto belli ❤

  10. natuurfreak says:

    You do a fanastic Job.Respect to you lady

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