First reviews are in for A Different kind of Angel

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has purchased my book and taken the time to write a review. All profits from all my books go to help get dogs out of kill shelters.
A Different Kind of Angel KINDLE FRONT COVER 24 August 2018 final(1) copy 2

Inspired by real events chronicled by a journalist for The World News, Elizabeth Cochrane (pen name, Nellie Bly), in 1887.

Klara Gelfman’s life in Kiev was serene until she turned nineteen. That’s when Russia’s Tsar Alexander II was assassinated, and a vicious propaganda campaign spread that blamed the Jews for his death. Klara and her family became victims of the many pogroms breaking out throughout Russia. None were so violent as what hit Kiev in 1881. It was there that Klara’s family was torn asunder and her world changed forever.

This is the story of what happens to this traumatized, orphaned, young Jewish woman when she escapes Russia and crosses an ocean to arrive on the rough streets of New York City able to speak only a few words of English. There, in the land of the free, Klara’s life is thrown into turmoil when she is mistaken for a drunken prostitute. Mistreated by those entrusted to protect her—the police, a judge, doctors, and nurses—she is condemned to an unrelenting hellscape when she is incorrectly and involuntarily committed to a lunatic asylum.

At a time when women had no political, economic or professional rights, comes a story where corruption by the powerful was as overt and commonplace as was garbage on the New York City streets. From the award-winning, international best-selling author of The Seven Year Dress comes an unforgettable story of the devastating effects of persecution, hatred, and arrogance. A Different Kind of Angel is also a story of love, family, friendship, and loyalty. It is a journey into the nature and heart of the resilience of the human spirit that will leave readers thinking about the story long after they finish the book.

on September 6, 2018
Ms. Mahurin has highlighted a shameful truth about cruelty, exploitation and dehumanization in the late 1800s to the downtrodden and disadvantaged members of society: immigrants, women, Jews, the poor, and the sick (especially the mentally unwell) in her most recent novel. Does any of this sound remotely familiar? This brilliant storyteller has helped me to realize that we are not as modern or cultured or civilized as we may have thought. Indeed, in many ways, we continue to relive the sins of our past.

You may be wondering, but what about the book? The beauty of every Paulette Mahurin book is that the fiction she weaves around historical fact is so compelling that you have to wonder what parts are fictional. Klara, the protagonist, is both brave and timid, ready to fight for her life in the asylum into which she was unjustly placed and ready to give up (if only briefly). The women she meets in the dorm of asylum makes the reader wonder if insanity is the only sane way to cope with the endless, capricious, savagery to which they are subjected. And in the midst of all the misery, this talented author does not let us forget that kindness glows warmly in the darkest and coldest of corners.

Each authority figure in or out of the asylum has a unique flavor of malice that drives them to behave in such loathsome ways towards the women who fall victim to imprisonment in the asylum and social discrimination. Ms. Mahurin, in effect, has deftly created in these opposing forces: the powerless female patients and the hateful, often violent “caretakers;” the greater and the lesser selves that we all carry inside of ourselves—the ultimate battle of good and evil, of angels and demons.

I shudder to think about how much of it is true. But I did some amateur research and found out that the conditions Ms. Mahurin describes in the Blackwell Asylum and the kinds of tortures these women underwent are all real. So is the character of Nelly Bly. Much of what anyone knows about the inside of insane asylums comes from her groundbreaking investigative journalism in the 1880s.

A Different Kind of Angel is a book you will never regret buying or reading. I can’t stop thinking about it and the lessons we could use today to treat unfortunate others with more compassion. This is the kind of gift this book gives to you beyond several hours of good, old-fashioned reading pleasure.

on September 3, 2018
Every time I pick up a new Paulette Mahurin’s book, I know that I’ll be immediately immersed into an unforgettable world of brilliantly-written historical fiction, where darkness and hope coexist side by side, and where characters are so real, I feel like I know each and every one of them personally by the end. “A Different Kind of Angel” was no exception. It’s a thoroughly researched novel that offers a glimpse into one of the darkest parts of American history – a New York women’s asylum where terror and abuse are given free reign, and where no hope of escaping exists. I couldn’t help but feel for Klara, a Jewish refugee who speaks no English and who has just narrowly escaped certain death in one of the Kiev’s pogroms, just to be thrown into a new hell. Klara was a wonderful central character: strong, resilient, highly intelligent, and sympathetic to her fellow “inmates” as I can’t quite call them patients for no doctor ever stepped inside to check on the women’s well-being. As I read, I was appalled not only by the horrifying conditions in which the women had to live but the brutal treatment of the guards and nurses, some of which drew some sadistic pleasure from abusing their charges. To be completely honest, such blatant disregard of a human being’s life and well-being reminded me of German concentration camps. It was even more appalling to think that such institutions existed on American soil, where freedom and justice for all were supposed to be the rule.
The part where the journalist Nellie Bly steps through the doors of the asylum is probably known to some readers who are familiar with the story. I absolutely loved how masterfully fact and fiction were interwoven in this novel, bringing to life the secrets long lost to the shameful American past. If you love historical fiction – definitely add it to your must-read list. Highly recommended!

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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27 Responses to First reviews are in for A Different kind of Angel

  1. Jean-Jacques says:

    Really looking forward to reading your book.

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  3. I have it! Can’t wait to read it!!!!

  4. natuurfreak says:

    Feels good lovely lady Paulette

  5. Well deserved recognition. Bravo!

  6. dgkaye says:

    Congratulations Paulette. ❤

  7. Tejasv Kalra says:

    All the best for your book!!

  8. Deziz World says:

    Sounds like a great book. We couldn’t find any social media links to share it with. But, we know it’s gonna be a hit the same as your other books. So, we’re sendin’ big hugs fur big success.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

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