A POWERFUL BOOK. A must-read for all, especially politicians and world leaders! Characters, from the most loving to completely deplorable war criminals, are depicted in elegant detail.

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 top ranking author for two of my books, The Seven Year Dress and To Live Out loud, in the historical fiction category and the Teen/Young Adult category. And  in the literary fiction category for The Seven Year Dress. And  my book His Name Was Ben is #12 on the Amazon Best Sellers in General category. 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 Jules, Lincoln, Holly, Chase, Cri-Kee, Gypsy, Tasha and Amy (see photo below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 185 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 30 October 2016
Compelling and also harrowing to read, but I couldn’t read it fast enough. Found I had tensed up shoulders most of the time reading it. It’s also a story about how strong the human spirit can be, and the kindness of others experiencing the same atrocities. A must-read for all, especially politicians and world leaders!
on 30 October 2016
Iwept from sadnesses and then from relief I felt compelled to continue reading right until the end. This should never be forgotten





on November 3, 2016
Mahurin is a wonderful storyteller. This novel about a survivor of Auschwitz is so humanizing and sensitive in descriptive detail that you feel you are witnessing it firsthand. Characters, from the most loving to completely deplorable war criminals, are depicted in elegant detail. I highly recommend this book!


on November 3, 2016
I read this book in 1 day. I COULD NOT put it down


on November 2, 2016
This was another book I picked about the Nazi Regime. It was another time that should not be forgotten. They are not the only people who have suffered at the hands of our fellow mankind, but many of those who experienced this first hand either did not live through it or they have reached the ends of life as we know it. To say the Holocaust never happened is unfathomable.


on November 1, 2016
Like Anne Frank, what is it like to spend years in hiding only to be caught and put in a camp. What is it like to lose everyone you love? What do you cling to for at least a memory? The Seven Year Dress will answer all.
on October 31, 2016
One of the greatest books I have read in months.
on October 30, 2016
I have recommended this book to several people.


on October 28, 2016
Excellent read could not put it down. To this day it’s hard to realize the suffering and the great strength so many endured. Thank you.


on October 28, 2016

I suppose one would never use that word regarding the ho

I suppose no one would regard this word as one of the many words to describe the Holocaust. But it does show that when faced with extraordinary circumstances and coming out the other side we have enlightenment. I am not saying that you would have a good outcome but there would be change and enlitenment. That you very much for writing this book. It’s an awesome dawnsom! Count of 5 stars.



on October 28, 2016
A haunting story that skillfully blends historical fact with fiction.


on October 28, 2016
Loved the book. Hate the reality of what happened during those years.


on October 27, 2016
very good
on October 25, 2016
How could anyone deny that the Holocaust happened? It was the worst time in history in my opinion. Hitler was an absolute MONSTER! This book was a great example of what one person experienced during that time period. Thank God for the outcome. Millions were not so lucky.
on October 25, 2016

“The Seven Year Dress” is historical fiction based on the true-life account of Helen Stein as told to the author. The story begins in the present day when Myra rents a room from Helen, who was once an inmate at a concentration camp. The only item in Helen’s apartment that is vaguely personal is a framed swatch of material that is faded and stained. When she is finally ready to open up, Helen tells Myra her story.

Beginning in the early 1920s, Helen recounts the tale of her childhood, growing up as a Jew in Berlin with her best friend Max who, although Christian, is homosexual. Helen’s story serves as a conduit to give us an insight into the inner workings of the Nazi regime and Hitler’s rise to power. With Max taking on a senior clerical position with the SS, Helen becomes privy to information not available to the general public. Her account is full of foreshadowing which builds the suspense as, even though we know Helen will survive her ordeal, the question is: at what cost?

The narrative is full of minor details that bring the story to life. There are mentions of real-life people and situations, e.g., Albert Einstein, Jesse Owens, the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, and the broadcast of H. G. Wells’s “War of the Worlds”>. We are also given detailed accounts of the events of Kristallnacht and the atrocities committed in the concentration camps. And, of course, we discover the significance of the framed dress.

I wasn’t sure about the story being told as a reminiscence to a third party but, by the end of the book, I could see what the author was trying to achieve. I also don’t think the sexual descriptions are necessary, even though the author explains her reasoning at the beginning of the book. Despite these small issues, this is a moving tale of triumph over adversity and the resilience of the human spirit in the wake of unimaginable human tragedy. Her father’s words, “Life is precious”, are a constant source of hope and encouragement to Helen, as are the extraordinary kindnesses of fellow inmates in spite of their dire circumstances.

This is a story that will stay with you for a long time to come.






Jules’ has been rescued



Jules’ freedom photo




Lincoln’s been rescued




Lincoln’s freedom photo


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Lincoln with new dad




Holly’s been rescued


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Holly’s freedom photo


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Chase has been rescued



Chase freedom photo


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Cri-kee’s been rescued



Cri-Kee’s freedom photo



Puppy Gypsy’s been rescued


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Gypsy’s freedom photo




Gypsy being welcomed by new siblings




Gypsy settling into new bed.


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Tasha’s been rescued




Tasha’s freedom photo


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Amy’s been rescued



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Amy falling in love with new dad











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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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48 Responses to A POWERFUL BOOK. A must-read for all, especially politicians and world leaders! Characters, from the most loving to completely deplorable war criminals, are depicted in elegant detail.

  1. tazzielove says:

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  2. tazzielove says:

    Great reviews and WOW ON 185 DOGS.

  3. Littlesundog says:

    Wonderful reviews… and I love seeing all of those scared faces turn into happy ones! Thank you so much for the love you spread and the miracles you make happen.

  4. Jean-Jacques says:

    So wonderfully positive to read that your book sales continue to succeed at such a pace and in the process profits your care giving to the otherwise sad and unjust end to the dogs you save. Bravo again, dear friend!

  5. It’s a powerful book, one that doesn’t preach to the reader but lets the reader feel the horror for himself.
    I know I’ve said it before…but the change in those doggy faces is something that warms the heart.

    • We can never say it enough, about the doggy faces that is! It never ceases to amaze me. When I see a dog’s demeanor change so rapidly from sorrow to joy, it makes me feel hopeful. A good feeling in these dismal times. Have a good weekend and stay safe. ❤

  6. Your good karma is shooting through the roof! 🐾💕🐾

  7. I love the work you do and more so your writing x

    • Wow, Sharon Brownlie, what a treat to have you stop by. Thank you so much! For anyone reading this comment, this wonderful woman is an incredible author with several books out on the market. She takes on very difficult subject matter and puts it into a can’t put down read. ❤

  8. Lovely news that your book/s continue to be at the top. And I salute for your generosity for the shelter dogs and cats. I see that this group contained lots of Chihuahuas.

    I love seeing the pics of the animals that have been rescued and adopted. It makes me very happy to see the wonderful things happening with the sale of your books. You are an angel.

    • Hi Yvonne and thank you so much for your very supportive words. Yes, chihuahuas are showing up more with the rescue group I’m working with. They seem to be the most commonly dumped dogs and thankfully there are a lot of “small dog” rescue groups out there willing to help. One woman, Pamela Yin, here in So. Calif recently rescued 30 little guys from kill shelters. I’ve donated profits to help her along with many others involved in the rescue activities.

      I feel very lucky with how well my book has been doing and really it surprises me that it’s continuing to sell well now after being out since May. And I feel very blessed to be able to put the funds toward helping dogs. Food for my heart and I know you know how that feels.

      Take good care. ❤

  9. I love the contrasts here from the original photos to the freedom photos – such happy dogs!

  10. Heartwarming so many homeless dogs are no longer. This bunch looks especially sweet. C.o.N.g.R.a.T.u.L.a.T.i.O.n.S., Paulette. Wonderful to hear about your super reviews. ❤ ❤ ❤

  11. natuurfreak says:

    Gorgeous review that helps dogs more and more thanks to your books.

  12. ❤ you are full of love Paulette. It shows.

  13. Guess who is smiling again 🙂 Pawkisses for an Easy Sunday 🙂 ❤

  14. The source of your inspiration has once again created new life from old. And brought liberty to those imprisoned. The precious life for those who need forever homes.

  15. Deziz World says:

    Well, we’re tryin’ again. ConCats on a pawsum review. Da furst foto of Cri-kee made our heart heart. To see such a pawerful doggy look so defeated and beaten. We are so glad there was a rescue and pawssiblity fur a pawtastic furever in his future. Da holidays just got all better fur all those doggies. Big hugs fur all.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

    • Ahhh, bless your sweet hearts for coming back. I don’t know why the first comment didn’t post or show up somewhere but alas here you are. I know what you mean about that first photo of Cri-kee, who must have been with a family for many years then to be dumped as a senior: his heart must’ve been broken but look how happy he looks with his new beautiful mommy. Thank goodness for people with big loving hearts, the angels who adopt/rescue senior dogs. The holidays sure did get better and I bet the families and all who helped are going to have a happy place in their hearts come this Thanksgiving. Luv ya from all of us ❤

      • Deziz World says:

        Yep, he looks so much happier. We just couldn’t have ‘magined dumpin’ sis Lexi off and dat’s what we see when we see those kinds of fotos. We just don’t unnerstand peeps doin’ such things. But yes, bless those dat rexcued his heart and all da hearts and make a difference in da lives of so many. Makes our hearts happy again.

        Luv ya’

        Dezi and Raena

      • I’m with you on our fur babies our family and you don’t dump family. I understand extenuating circumstances, like the owner died, and no family to help the pet but aside from that it’s very heartbreaking. And yes yes yes thank goodness for those wonderful animal loving people who help with rescue efforts. Have a puuuurrrrrfffffect day my friends. wag wag ❤

  16. This was an amazing book, please read it highly recommended.

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