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.
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RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
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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.
“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
Lincoln with new dad
Holly’s been rescued
Holly’s freedom photo
Chase has been rescued
Chase freedom photo
Cri-kee’s been rescued
Cri-Kee’s freedom photo
Puppy Gypsy’s been rescued
Gypsy’s freedom photo
Gypsy being welcomed by new siblings
Gypsy settling into new bed.
Tasha’s been rescued
Tasha’s freedom photo
Amy’s been rescued
Amy falling in love with new dad
Amy says “THANK YOU FOR SAVING MY LIFE”