Light cannot be obliterated by darkness

I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review one of my books. All profits from my books go to help get dogs like GiGi, Warner, Duke, Florence with her six puppies, Mikey, Winslow, Cheri, Loralei, Tessa, Ashley, Pixie and Precious (photos below) out of kill shelters. We’re off to a good start in 2017 with the freedom of 63 dogs. In in 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 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.  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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My books continue to be ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTION BEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.






on January 27, 2017
very moving

on January 26, 2017
I truly enjoyed this book, if enjoyed is the proper word. Having met one of the survivors of this horror this book brought her story back to mind.
on January 26, 2017
This is not an easy book to read. I felt so much sorrow and frustration that this is truly what happened to the Jewish people.
No one should ever have these kinds of experience. And yet in countries around the world. Such torture still exist . We have to understand our history if we truly want to demonstrate love for our fellow men. No matter what their race, religion and culture.

on January 26, 2017


on January 25, 2017
I truly enjoyed the seven year dress. I learned a lot more about the nasty things that went on during Hitler’s reign. Oh so sad.
on January 24, 2017

This is a harrowing story, but one that is important, one that should not be forgotten or denied and one that everyone should acknowledge as true.

History has shown the terrible things that happened to the Jewish people during Hitler’s reign, but there are still those who deny the atrocities committed by the German people (those that remained silent and those that enjoyed it), so books such this are vital in the hope that some may learn from it. Although, when we look at today’s world…

This was well written and easy to follow yet it is not an easy read due to its disturbing topic – though we must not turn away from the truth.

I have only one criticism and that is I don’t think some of the sexual ‘pleasure’ scenes were necessary. Yes, I understand Helen was growing up and discovering her sexuality, however, these scenes didn’t fit into this particular story.

Overall, a brilliant piece of writing – informative and terrible but well done.

Extremely thought-provoking.

Recommended to those who want to think and are not afraid of the truth, however awful. And hopefully it may help build a better future?


on January 25, 2017
The story of Helen rings with historical evidence and the sorrow of the characters life in concentration camp will give you pause.




on 23 January 2017

The Title of this book attracted me to read it. The connection between the real dress and the storyline does not become clear immediately.

Love and human kindness are found in this historically based book. In the midst of hell of the death camps.
The dress is a special gift, an expression of love.
Painful to read, at times, this book repays the effort of reading
It does keep you reading. The storyline unfolds and the event described show that Light cannot be obliterated by darkness.






on 4 October 2016

This book isn’t another one of those about Hitler and his atrocities against the Jewish people in World War II. No, it isn’t; instead it is the definitive book about those horrific events and everyone should read it, especially at a time of a shallow media, weak populist politicians selling hate, an adventurist Russia and mayhem in the middle east.

It is a story of Helen, a German Jew, caught up in Hitler’s Final solution where the Jewish people are demonised and blamed for everything that is wrong with Germany. It exposes the savagery, lack of humanity and sadism of the time and is full of pathos, emotion and hope, yes hope, for a better world.

This book should be compulsory reading for all who believe in simple answers because it presents a stark warning of where hate leads and, told well in this book, it isn’t pleasant.

TOP 500 REVIEWERon 12 October 2016
I found this book to be compelling. It was heartbreaking and inspirational. The characters were warm and the overall story excellent.
on 16 December 2016
Heart wrenching moments some filled with angst others with gratefulness . This book is an example of triumph of the human spirit.
on 18 January 2017
I like the book, read the whole book in one go, I was in tears while reading this books liked it
le 16 mai 2016
Paulette Mahurin’s historical novel about the Dreyfus affair, ‘To Live Out Loud’ was such an amazing feat I was wondering if she could pull off a similar coup with her new book about the Holocaust, ‘The Seven Year Dress’. No need to worry, Mahurin fans. This book, like its predecessor, will get you right in the heart and the gut. Here is an author who is not afraid of taking on big subjects.
Injustice, persecution and a ruined life for a courageous man bent on upholding his principles were some of the themes of the previous book. In ‘The Seven Year Dress’ we are faced with the ultimate horror, the Nazi-driven ideology to create a super race from which all undesirable elements (principally Jews) would be expurgated. The result, staggering in its enormity, was the Holocaust. The story has been told many times. How, I wondered, would the author engage the reader once again, how address what some have called ‘compassion fatigue’?
There are times reading the opening pages of a book when you know immediately something amazing awaits. It’s as if the author is holding out a promise to the reader. In the Prologue, we witness a confrontation between two strangers. Irma, a 20-year-old nursing student, is looking for a room to rent. She meets Helen, who has a room to let. As the interview proceeds, Irma is seized with a feeling of unease. Who is this old, worn out woman, whose apartment is curiously devoid of personal items and mementoes except for a piece of faded dress material in a frame under which is written ‘Nothing Lasts’? A woman with a tattooed number hidden beneath her sleeve, and who exudes an air of ‘restrained desperation’? The tension builds, then Irma, on the point of leaving to look for other accommodation, changes her mind, and a precious friendship is born. It is a friendship which, though neither woman knows it at the time, will lead to Helen’s story being told to the world.
In the next section we change narrators, stepping back in time to the Germany of the early 1920s. The youngest child of a large Jewish family in Berlin Helen recounts their happy family life with its scenes of domesticity, their friendship with the neighbours, whose son Max becomes an important figure in the narrative. But already the storm clouds are gathering. Helen has scarcely time to enjoy her childhood before the shadow of Adolf Hitler falls like a guillotine on the future of this one particular family, mirroring that of millions of others.
The story is a mixture of documented historical fact and artistic imagination. Like a black and white news reel we follow the relentless rise of the dictator: his vile anti-Semitic propaganda regretting that the ‘Jewish corrupters’ had not been wiped out by the poison gas of the First War, the rise of the Hitler youth movement, the passing of the Nuremberg laws, the emergence of nightmarish figures and institutions, Himmler, the SS, the Gestapo. Somewhere in a place called Dachau the first of the death camps is being built. Others will follow, haunted by devils, Rudolf Höss, Josef Mengele, Adolf Eichmann.
The events are only too familiar, but they take on a new resonance and impact as we move from the general to the particular, seeing all of this through the eyes of Helen, a normal, happy child, ‘with love in her heart’ who gradually realises her country is changing, that ‘bad things are happening’, that Hitler’s message has permeated society, become ‘a stench in the air’. First banned from attending school, she then becomes increasingly isolated, a victim of segregation, prejudice and growing violence until the realisation finally bursts upon her: ‘I was now a vermin Jew’.
Events accelerate. As Hitler invades country after country he simultaneously develops his policy of racial hygiene, the final solution to the problem of the Jewish question. The turning point for Helen is Kristallnacht, after which she begins a long descent into horror and suffering. The following years are recounted by Mahurin in a series of relentless episodes: the loss of Helen’s entire family, her years spent in hiding, the deportation to Auschwitz, and her experiences there. This is the part of the book that is most harrowing. It is in Auschwitz that, subjected to repeated humiliation and degradation, Helen is stripped of her identity, conditioned like one of Pavlov’s dogs, ‘dismantled’ as a person. And, amazingly, how she endures, heals, becomes resilient, by observing the altruism of others, by undergoing innumerable transformations, by the realisation that ‘nothing lasts’.
I have already said that the story of the Holocaust has been told many times. It needs to be told many times more, as a metaphor of man’s ultimate cruelty. Years ago Emile Zola stood up and said ‘J’accuse’. The same message is implicit in these events which took place more than seventy years ago but which, like the Dreyfus affair, brings past and present face to face.
Two questions recur throughout the book:
How much can the human spirit endure?

‘Nothing lasts,’ says Helen. Today, reading reports of 21st century slave markets for 9-year-old Yazidi girls, raped and driven to madness by ISIL, of similar fates for the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls forced to become ‘Boko Haram wives’, we are tempted to add ‘Nothing changes.’
‘The Seven Year Dress’ is dedicated to the real Helen Stein, who, Mahurin tells us, ‘bestowed upon me a gift of compassion and humility in sharing her story with me’. She adds: ‘In telling this story, I hope I serve her well.’
You do, Paulette, you do. Now Helen will be forever in our hearts, too.



Jan 22, 2017 Barbara rated it really liked it
I downloaded to read at the gym and I hated when time was up. I was caught up into the main character’s life and had anxiety as the story went on. I keep hoping for events to happen to help her. I liked how I felt the anguish of the character as the story went on. Fast and simple read packed with emotion.





on January 22, 2017

Ms. Mahurin artfully weaves the timely and historical topics of 1895 into a splendid account of what happens in the life of a not so attractive, small town, kind and generous woman when the townswomen, led by the town “yenta”, learn about the prison sentence received by Oscar Wilde for gross indecency.

Although this book takes place in 1895 Nevada, it could not be more timely during the 2016 election season, as we saw what gossip (& “fake news”) did to flame fear, bigotry, intolerance and hatred in the hearts of seemingly educated Americans.

Ms. Mahurin excellently depicts how prejudice, hatred and bigotry can finally be overpowered by friendship, loyalty and truth. A very powerful and topical tale.








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Gigi’s been rescued


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Gigi’s freedom photo




GiGi’s vet visit. She was rescued by Little Paws in So. Calif and taken to the vet for badly needed medical care. Bless the angel, Judy Race (who runs that rescue) for helping GiGi, a senior dog.


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Warner’s been rescued




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Warner happy and safe in her new home




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Florence and her six puppies have been rescued



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Florence getting loving at her vet check




Florence’s six babies




Forence’s babies in new home. Vet gave them all a clean bill of heal. Bless Cheryl Goldsmith who saved them all.


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Mikey’s been rescued


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Tessa’s smiling a big thank you for being rescued


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Ashley has been rescued


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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)

30 Responses to Light cannot be obliterated by darkness

  1. tazzielove says:

    63 DOGS!!! All fantastic.

  2. Wonderful people who help these poor souls.

  3. natuurfreak says:

    I hope you resive a lot of reviews

  4. makagutu says:

    Hello Paulette?
    It’s always great reading these reviews of your book.
    Keep doing what you do

  5. Always happy to see so much more new faces of the doggies, Paulette. You rock gurl 😀 Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend 🙂 ❤

  6. I love all the big dog smiles!

  7. Deziz World says:

    Aaaaaaaaaaaw Puppies!!!! ConCats on all da pawsum reviews. And look’it, not even 200 more to go to surpass last year and it’s only January. 🙂 Big hugs to all.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

  8. Wow. Wow. Wow. Congratulations, Paulette. Stupendous reviews.
    Charming and happy puppies too. ❤

  9. Littlesundog says:

    I just love you… these posts always brighten my day and lift my heart!

  10. dgkaye says:

    Paulette, I’m so looking forward to reading The Seven Year Dress on vacation. Of course I will review when done. 🙂

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