A heartfelt thank you to mysmsbooks for this beautifully written review. I hope my cyber friends will have a stop by to this most generous blogger who features many authors.
Paulette Mahurin is one of my favourite authors. Her books are always well-researched and well-written. The Seven Year Dress is no exception. Helen Stein was just a teenager when Hitler came to power in Berlin. Her family was Jewish. Her best friend, Max, was homosexual. Before long both would have their families torn apart and their lives in extreme danger. This is Helen’s story.
Myra is a young nursing student at UCLA looking to rent a room near the hospital. She is struggling with her Jewishness. She moves in with Helen. One night, upset by her experience in the emergency room where a gunshot patient died, Helen offers her the opportunity to talk. The tables turn, and, over a fresh pot of tea, Helen begins the story of her terrifying experiences in Germany when her family became separated — years she and her brother spent in hiding, unspeakable indignities…
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