Reader’s Favorite Review of The Seven Year Dress

I just received notification that my book The Seven Year Dress has been reviewed by the Reader’s Favorite site.  I’m thrilled to start my day with this great review from such a prestigious site.




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Review Rating:
5 stars!
Reviewed By Raanan Geberer for Readers’ Favorite

The Seven Year Dress by Paulette Mahurin tells of the rise of Nazism in Germany and the concentration camps, as related by aged survivor  to a young nursing student who rents a room in her apartment. There have been numerous holocaust memoirs, but most deal with the Jews of Eastern Europe, while this one focuses on Germany itself. Through Helen’s eyes, we see the progression of anti-Semitism throughout the 1930s, from harassment of Jewish businesses to the prohibition against Jews working in certain professions, from racial laws prohibiting marriage or sexual relationships between Jews and non-Jews to the seizure of radios and firearms from Jews. Like many older Jews, Helen’s father takes a “wait-and-see” attitude toward Nazism, but the young Helen almost immediately sees Nazism for what it is. After the violence of Kristallnacht, a non-Jewish friend secretly offers Helen and her brother, Ben, a hiding place in the basement of an old farmhouse, but their troubles have just begun.

Paulette Mahurin’s The Seven Year Dress is well written — as a journalism graduate, I was pleased to see that she uses short paragraphs, a minimum of adjectives and adverbs, and so on. It doesn’t shy away from difficult topics, such as Helen’s and Ben’s separate sexual fantasies while they are hiding in the basement. Perhaps more than in most such memoirs, you can vividly feel the tragedy of the holocaust; Helen is the only one of four siblings who survives the war. It’s also inspirational how Helen still clings to humanity, as witnessed when the non-Jewish friend (who joins the SS, but mainly as a “cover”), brings Helen some of her favorite books that he has salvaged from their family home (all of them American novels, by the way). All in all, I heartily recommend The Seven Year Dress. And what of the dress itself? You’ll have to read the book to find out.



For clarification: I was the nursing student who rented a room from the real Helen, the aged survivor. I made mention of this at the bottom of the review at the Reader’s Favorite site.

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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20 Responses to Reader’s Favorite Review of The Seven Year Dress

  1. congrats on the review! I would love to read this, I am definitely going to try and hunt it down to read during this holiday break!

  2. tazzielove says:

    Great review. And from a journalist graduate!

  3. Lovely review…and from such a source!

    • I know, I was so happy to see she had a journalist degree and approved of my grammar and short paragraphs. You know the pains we writers take to avoid someone commenting on those things! But truth be told from my experience the job of the editor and picking up grammar errors is endless. The rules of writing are so varied and annoying. Who talks like that anyway?!! Happy morning to you and hope your day is a good one, for both you and Leo. ❤

  4. Nice review 👍👍👍

  5. How wonderful Paulette!

  6. Jean-Jacques says:

    You keep getting these accolades, for a very good and obvious reason, that of being the author you are with a style that invites a readership of all tastes. As a humble scribbler, it is indeed a pleasure to witness your well deserved escalating success. Bravo again, Paulette!

  7. This is awesome awesomeness, right? I’m speechless with congratulations. 😀 😀 ❤

  8. Well deserved. Happy Xmas ❤

  9. natuurfreak says:

    Great revieuw Paulette.Wish you all the best

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