A review for The Seven Year Dress that left me speechless. And 2017 has been a good year for 207 dogs rescued from kill shelters.

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 Heathrow, Deacon, Pancho, Bentley, Lola, Walter, Lucy and Emma (photos below) out of kill shelters. We’re off to a good start in 2017 with the freedom of 107 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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AMAZON RANKING
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 FICTIONBEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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RECENT REVIEW FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS

on February 6, 2017
Mahurin’s “The Seven Year Dress” is an exceptional piece of historical fiction that vividly depicts the atrocities of the Holocaust as experienced by a Jewish girl-child/young woman, Helen, whose entire world crumbles step-by-step under the Third Reich’s unspeakable reign.

We of a certain age know the factual horrors (and the indisputable veracity) of this shameful history. The descendants of those murdered in the death camps have the personal, still-shattering narratives that have been passed down in their families. It is imperative that generations to come grasp the unspeakable depths to which human beings are capable of descending.

That said, Mahurin’s achievement in The Seven Year Dress is reminding us that mankind’s goodness will ultimately, collectively (if not individually) trump its brutality. Helen’s capacity to retain her core kindness and decency in the face of soul-and-body lacerating savagery is profoundly impacting proof of this truth.

In the highest praise I can offer Mahurin, Helen personifies what Viktor Frankl, famed Austrian neurologist and victim of the Holocaust (Man’s Search for Meaning), identified as common to death camp survivors: the selflessness and empathy Helen extends to her fellow prisoners gives meaning and purpose to her personal suffering, from which an unimaginable (to me) resiliency develops.Helen’s maturation from a confused, blindsided child into the woman she ultimately becomes rings with organic authenticity in Mahurin’s hands—never rushed.

I finished The Seven Year Dress over a week ago, but wanted some time to write this (still woefully inadequate) review. Our Western culture falsely promises that hedonic pursuits and accumulation of the newest toys will bring us happiness. Mahurin here reminds us, once again, that “happiness” cannot be achieved directly, but is rather a byproduct of what we give freely to others, particularly under abject conditions in which we “have nothing to give.”

One version of the well-known St. Francis Prayer (“It is better to love than to be loved, to comfort than to be comforted,” etc.) contains the phrase “for it is in self-forgetting one finds.” I have always appreciated the philosophical depth and mystery of those words; now when I read, or hear, or think on them, I will see Helen Stein’s face in my mind’s eye.

 

 

RECENT REVIEWS FOR TO LIVE OUT LOUD

on February 5, 2017
This is a great book for anyone that loves history and is a well written account of a great man.

 

 

DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS

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Heathrow has been rescued

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Heathrow’s freedom photo

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Deacon’s been rescued

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Deacon’s freedom walk

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Deacon’s freedom photo

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Pancho has been rescued

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Pancho feeling his freedom

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Pancho’s freedom walk

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Pancho’s freedom photo

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Bentley has been rescued

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Bentley’s freedom walk

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Bentley’s freedom ride

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Bentley’s freedom photo

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Lola waiting for her freedom

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Lolas’ been rescued

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Lola’s freedom walk

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Lola’s freedom ride

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Lola chilling in new home sweet home

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Walter’s been rescued

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Walter’s freedom photo. Home sweet home with his new sibling.

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Lucy has been rescued. She was immediately brought to the vet for a facial abscess.

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Lucy’s freedom photo

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Lucy getting badly needed vet attention

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Lucy recovering well and enjoying a treat

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Emma has been rescued

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Emma’s freedom ride

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Emma’s freedom photo

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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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29 Responses to A review for The Seven Year Dress that left me speechless. And 2017 has been a good year for 207 dogs rescued from kill shelters.

  1. tazzielove says:

    Incredible review! And fantastic on the 107 dogs.

  2. Clowie says:

    That’s a beautiful, touching review.

    You are in very good company on that list!

    Lovely to see the rescued dogs smiling.

  3. I am sure the review is accurate as your writing is fantastic. I need to feel strong enough to read such a powerful piece. I know other Holocaust books have left me very uneasy and the images don’t leave my mind.
    You are amazing and strong Paulette!

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  5. Jean-Jacques says:

    Having acquired and read all three of your very interesting, highly enjoyable books, I can ascertain the many reviews these books have received are indeed without doubt most accurate as well as truly deserved. Bravo again Paulette…!

  6. Deziz World says:

    Aaaaaw So many happy puppies. Concats!!! Can you ‘magine da nummer in December? We’re ‘maginin’ it, and we see a big’un. Y, With da nummer already over a hunnerd, just think, ifin ya’ could do dat every month. OMC!!! Even a doggy a day. MeOW Big hugs fur all.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

  7. Wonderful and exciting. Congratulations, Paulette.
    Lots of lucky puppies too. 🙂

  8. Littlesundog says:

    Lucy’s condition about broke my heart. It always makes me sad to think they suffer more than the psychological trauma. Glad they are all doing well!! Thank you, Paulette!

  9. What a wonderful and well deserved review.
    And what happy faces!

    • That review really got to me, especially in these days when “we” all collectively need to be talking about kindness, love, doing what’s right by another. We usually don’t get feedback on how our words impact other, the ripple effect, and this time it was really something! I’m happy to share it with you my friend in this life trying to make a difference, albeit however small or otherwise. I love those happy faces. A few more to come with next blog. Have a good day to you and Leo. ❤

  10. kelleysdiy says:

    ‘Awesome post! Adopted doggies are the bestest!!!!!

  11. natuurfreak says:

    You write so well and thanks of your books there are so much happy adopted dogs

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