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 Jeremiah, Camille, Cupcake, Reiki and Babs (see below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 150 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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RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
on September 24, 2016
Truly enjoyed it.
Helen’s story like so many others is about the strength of the human spirit.
Surviving atrocities most of us couldn’t.
on September 23, 2016
The subject matter is as you will have guessed from the cover picture – a tale of the Holocaust and as such doesn’t make pretty reading. But is a wonderful, poignant and heartbreaking story and one that I found I couldn’t put down. Helen lives in an affluent area of Berlin with her parents and older siblings, a close and loving family in post WW1 Germany. Hitler’s rise to power fills them with unease yet her father refuses to believe that things are as bad as they seem until it’s too late. With the help of her friend Max, she manages to hide away in an abandoned farmhouse cellar with her brother Ben. The rest of her family are not so lucky. Unfortunately Helen and her brother are caught and sent to Auschwitz.
A harrowing story of endurance and hope. Great read.
on September 23, 2016
I was very moved by Mahurin’s prior book, “To Live Out Loud”, and though my expectations were high, “The Seven Year Dress” did not disappoint. Helen, a German girl, is a character I could instantly engage with, and I really wanted to know more of her story. We really follow her movement though life as a normal girl with a good life, to someone in hiding, separate from much of her family, to a prisoner in a concentration camp and finally, a survivor of the war. It’s not an easy book to read, but one I found unable to put down, engrossed in Helen’s fate, and once again, saddened and appalled by what happened not so long ago.
Mahurin is good at slowly peeling away the layers of her story, revealing plot and insights into the thoughts and lives of her characters. The story is sad, of course, centered around the atrocious time of the Third Reich, but there are moments of light and humanity, which make this a book I think most readers would benefit from reading. The story is accessible, and prose and deep character development are mature and memorable. I recently read Art Spiegelman’s “Maus”, which also centers around the Holocaust and Auschwitz, and reading both books in the same time span was at once disheartening and difficult – being confronted with the unimaginable horrors so many had to suffer – and yet important, too. Memory can be a fickle thing, and parts of history fade too quickly from our collective minds, but books like these really remind us that we must never forget and never allow something like this to happen again.
on September 21, 2016
I chose 5 stars because this book is well constructed and captures the horror of the Holocaust. The protagonist is a spirited survivor who endures unspeakable abuse. This book also speaks of the acts of kindness, courage and grace shown by Helen, her family, friends and fellow prisoners of war.
I really enjoyed how well the author captured the tensions of war time, the Jewish faith and the courage demonstrated, day after day, year after year, of a people persecuted.
This book should be read any student of World history; young or old.
on September 21, 2016
The Seven Year Dress is beautifully written. It’s the honest and heartbreaking story of a Jewish girl in Nazi Germany who holds onto her sanity, her faith in humankind and in her own humanity despite being subjected to rape, torture and other unimaginable horrors at the hands of her captors. What I loved most was how authentic Helen Stein’s voice is. The author does a great job of realistically depicting a wide range of emotions, including hope, despair and even lust, in the context of something so horrible that it tends to overshadow those individual human qualities. Excellent!
on September 21, 2016
Because it was a true story and we must never forget what these poor people went through. I could not put it down. Everyone should read this story.
on September 18, 2016
It explains the devastation and horrific conditions the prisoners went through and how they had such a strong will to survive.
on September 16, 2016
Although the book was written as a fictional novel, it is a true story in every way. It focuses on the experience of a young Jewish woman caught in the horror of the holocaust. The book is very well written and takes the reader into the emotional turmoil of the characters. It also shows the humanity, caring. generosity and love that people can show during such a painful time in their lives. Even though It is a difficult and tearful read, it important because the people who suffered and died in this insane event should never be forgotten. It is a reminder that humans are capable of the worst atrocities. It is a confirmation that we all need to focus on peace and love in ourselves and for others so that this will not continue to happen.
on September 19, 2016
I loved this book, I felt what the storyteller was writing. I felt her fear her anguish and her happy moments. It was a very touching story survival of the human soul.
on September 17, 2016
I loved this book the author takes you on an incredible journey which will have hoping that all is going to be ok.I cried and cheered for these chosen few who made it out alive. Well written,have the tissues ready. This is a must read.
on September 20, 2016
Please read it. Well written. Couldn’t put it down. Recommended to anyone.
Jeremiah’s been rescued
Jeremiah’s freedom photo. With new mom.
Camille’s freedom photo
Cupcake’s been rescued
Cupcake’s freedom photo
Cupcake with her new family
Reiki’s been rescued
Reiki’s freedom photo
Babs’ freedom photo