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 Blackie, Gumdrop, Rusty, Gretzky, Kylee, Allie, Addi, Evie, Buck, Morty, Shadow, bonded siblings Silas & Sebastian, bonded siblings Lady & Layla, Milo, Fergie, Princess, Bonded siblings Thelma & Louise, Bella, Humphrey, bonded siblings Bam Bam & Pebbles, McKenna, Anne, King, Atlas, Rigo, Zora, Cora, Jessie, Maisie, bonded elderly siblings Tito & Jessa, Rocky, Little Boy, Maggie, Sasha Pierce, Stannis, Priscilla, Levi, Ginger, Bruno, Abby, Bronson, Cesar, Sunny, bonded siblings Bella & Lala (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2019 260 dogs have been rescued. In 2018 670 dogs have been rescued. In 2017 we’ve helped free 904 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 149 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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May 28, 2019
May 27, 2019
May 26, 2019
May 24, 2019
May 24, 2019
I have read other novels from Ms. Mahurin and this one stacks up well against the others. She has the unique ability to describe characters, locations, emotions and actions with such intricate descriptions, it makes you feel as if you are right inside the story, elbow to elbow with the characters. In my opinion, this book is well worth the time.
May 22, 2019
The main character, Irma, is complex and passionate, which instantly had me personally invested in the fate of the characters, and of the mystery that she was trying to solve. As Jeff Goldbloom said over twenty years ago, “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not you could that you didn’t stop to think if you should!” That’s a quote that echoes throughout this novel in conjunction with the mystery itself.
Then, enter Peter, a heart surgeon at the crux of a murder investigation… although my skeptical mind wanted to assume that he was guilty, I also hoped that he wasn’t, he was written in a sense that you feel invested in his general motivations and the struggle of who he really is deep down is always just scratching at the surface. I don’t want to give away the twists or the ending, but this is definitely a fast-paced, well-developed page turner and I absolutely plan to check out more of Paulette’s work!
May 21, 2019
May 19, 2019
This book delivers at so many levels. The prose entices with a harmony that is both beautiful and unique to this writer’s voice; ‘The door to her closed heart had been kicked open.’ I could share many powerful phrases like that one, and thus Irma’s Endgame Kicks open the reader’s curiosity and anticipation.
I don’t like to review with spoilers and that is a hard thing to do with this multifaceted story-line in which one explores dynamics in unique relationships. The kind of encounters that fate thrust upon people with no warning or expectation.
As the characters suffer, as a reader I felt their pain. When they found light, I did as well. I cannot stop thinking of so many aspects in the story-line.
I took a four-hour train ride after I finished the book and found myself talking to a fellow traveler, a stranger, about cellular memory as explored in this storyline. He wrote down the book’s title. I know in the next few weeks I will Google it often!
The story takes place during the course of several years. This was written with a clever backdrop of global events, as a reader it placed me right there.
The type of brilliant book that is thought provoking and lingers on long after one reads the last page.
May 18, 2019
I particularly felt for Peter, his outward appearance and inner reality were so much at odds. His complexities are well described and you are left wondering if you dislike him, or feel sorry for him. Either way, I found myself hoping he would be vindicated.
I would recommend this book for people who are looking for something a bit more than a way to waste a few hours in a book. You will need to think and feel to fully enjoy the story.
May 14, 2019
May 12, 2019
May 24, 2019
.Mahurin weaves in historical events and trends from political crazes to environmental crises, from horrific threats to peace and reason to significant potential for changes. Mahurin’s medical background, familiarity with the court system and her love of dogs come through loud and clear. Thank you Paulette Mahurin for always shining the light on important issues.
May 10, 2019
May 9, 2019
Sorry to disappoint. I love finding new authors and this was one for me. This was like no other book I had read before. It was original and well written and kept me engaged. I guess what kept me most tuned in was the fact that it was loosely true from event cases of transplant patients.This is surely a highly recommend read.
April 28, 2019
April 25, 2019
27 May 2019
I was not disappointed!
I had never heard of personality transfer in transplant cases, but as Irma the lawyer forges on in her attempt to save her first love, a distinguished heart surgeon, from accusations of murder, this proves to be, dare one say, at the heart of the matter, where a transplant case gives rise to personality change and the consequences which this has on famly and others….leading to murder.
Well drawn characters…the author is tops at showing rather than telling…..who bear you along with them as the story unfolds in a context which first of all appears to the layman to be incredible but which becomes all too real.
A great read.
25 May 2019
Not my usual read, but boy, was I glad I picked this one up.
It’s a roller coaster ride of emotions as we follow the lives of these well written and believable characters in this medical thriller. No, spoilers, but I’d highly recommend you get to know Irma and her ex, you won’t be disappointed.
23 May 2019
A very different and original plot. What stood out the most for me about this book was, aside from being well-written, it was a treasure trove of the characters’ personalities and emotions and how they were described in such a detailed way and to such a level to bring rise to questions to connections within ourselves.
The world-building of this story and the level of description is second to none and the storyline unfurls to reveal hidden branches, of which I won’t go into here as there has been enough been written about the plot in other reviews.
It leaves me to say that I really enjoyed this book and will be very interested to see what the author brings next.
16 May 2019
9 May 2019
Paulette Mahurin’s writing is engaging, with a great sense of time and place. I loved the references to real-world current events to place the story in time.
A wonderful, multi-layered read.
8 May 2019
It’s hard to describe the enormous value of this book without giving away plot twists and some of the surprises that hit me so hard while reading this book.Irma is a lawyer who takes on the seemingly hopeless case of her ex-boyfriend, a surgeon on trial. Set in the world of heart transplants the book touches on many deeper issues and philosophical questions related to organ donation.Woven into this are complex characters and strange personal developments between the characters that come together in a truly unbelievable denouement. Mahurin never lets up the tension and drama, pushes us to think about ethics and surprises us with facts and connections I never saw coming.Fast paced, engaging and thought-provoking, informative on a medical level and satisfying on an emotional level this is Mahurin at her best. While I perferred her historical novels in the past, I feel the medical thriller genre has found a new kid on the block to watch out for.
29 avril 2019
When renowned transplant surgeon Peter Dayton removes the heart from the victim of a road traffic accident, Lexi Parkhouse, and transplants it into the dying body of Jeffrey Kincaide, a chain of events is set in motion with devastating consequences. In the sumptuous Bel Air mansion that is home to the wealthy Kincaide family, the couple’s previous domestic harmony turns sour as Jeffrey recuperates with his new heart. Initially overcome with gratitude at the miraculous intervention that saved her husband’s life, Amelia Kincaide, becomes increasingly disturbed by what she perceives as abnormal changes in him, changes that inspire suspicion and hatred. At the same time, Lexi’s grieving widower, Randolf Parkhouse, is struggling unsuccessfully to get over the loss of the woman he loved. In an attempt find solace, he starts to explore far-fetched, quasi-spiritual notions about communion with the dead, becoming gradually convinced that he is still somehow connected to his wife, whose presence lingers on earth through the heart which now beats in the chest of Randolf.
Unaware of all this, surgeon Peter Dayton continues to operate. He is a man who, on the surface, has everything–money, prestige, a brilliant career and international reputation–but, apart from his job and his affection for his dog, Bella, he is carrying out a meaningless existence in a loveless marriage, consumed by regret for the woman he loved and lost years ago through his own bad choices. Unknown to him, that woman, Irma Mullins, is about to enter his life once more when she opens a newspaper and reads that her former lover has been arrested on charges of killing one of his patients. ‘Involuntary manslaughter…’ Shocked to the core, Irma has no doubt as to her ex-lover’s innocence, and, convinced he is the victim of a vendetta, determines to clear his name.
What starts as a classic, suspenseful whodunnit gradually turns into something far more complex and multi-layered. Author Paulette Mahurin puts her characters under the microscope, scrutinising what is going on in their ‘hearts’ in the wider sense of the term, dissecting in forensic detail the way they live, their innermost feelings and passions, how their backgrounds have shaped their personalities, the motivations behind their behaviour and, more immediately, their reactions as events unfold with a frightening inevitability, sweeping them along like a flash flood. The tempestuous rumblings in their personal stories are eerily mirrored in what is happening on a planetary scale. Global political and economic upheaval, growing social divides in Western societies, the devastation raging in war torn countries, the apparent increase in extreme weather events–all these contribute to an ominous feeling that the world is off kilter, out of balance, chaotic. We sense that things are slipping beyond our control, our belief in the rational, the scientific, the provable, is shaken, our certainties over-turned. As Irma remarks, becoming more and more stressed by the agonising drag of the legal process and the seeming impossibility of altering its course, it is ‘like trying to mold pottery with over-wet material while in handcuffs.’ The tension builds as the characters react to the growing pressure (I found myself experiencing sympathetic stomach pains), with even those most convinced of Peter’s innocence, including himself, beginning to have doubts.
By crafting such detailed portraits of her characters and their growing emotional turmoil, Mahurin anchors her story in the real, the every-day, and is thus able to give credibility to the incredible, when at last Irma’s team begin to make progress, discovering a thread which, unbelievable as it may appear, offers a chance of building a solid case in Pete’s defence: ‘a small, barely visible thread that (leads) to a Sherman tank.’
It’s impossible to do justice to all the admirable qualities of this author’s latest work in a short review. Suffice it to say that that ‘Irma’s Endgame’ is one of those books which not only keeps us captivated until the last page, but also prompts us to ask questions about our own lives, the mistakes we make, the paths we choose and their validity, and our dimly perceived apprehension of the greater truth behind Hamlet’s words: ‘There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamed of in your philosophy.’
25 April 2019
This books mingles the factual story of Nelly Bly with fictionalised characters whose backstories are based on fact.
Investigative journalist Nelly Bly had her self committed to a mental institution in the 1880s in order to expose the mistreatment that was common practice. Using fictional characters, the story become more humanised, exploring the lot of both women in need of mental care and those who found themselves there because they were an inconvenience to someone with more power than them. You can’t help be moved by this story and by the support the inmates give each other in this bleak existence and oppressive cruelty.
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April 29, 2019
This was such a heartbreaking, emotional, and wonderful read. Two cancer patients – both with issues from their past, the will to live, and the hope to find meaning in living. I found this to be a profound look at life, love, and the choices we make along the way. Such a beautiful story of the human spirit and overcoming adversity. Be prepared for all the feels.
Word Building: 5/5
Story Flow: 5/5
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May 24, 2019
1 May 2019
I find the subject of holocaust to be fascinating and depressing at the same time. Every time I read a book that covers holocaust, whether real or fiction, it leaves me drained for days. The Seven Year Dress is the story of a real survivor presented in a fictional form.
The story starts with a young girl looking for accommodation and meeting Helen Stein. She feels that the questions asked by Helen were very personal and though she feels uncomfortable, she ends up renting from Helen. The readers then find out more about Helen who was born and brought up Germany in 1930s. She grew with love from her family and seeing hatred on the streets. This book is her journey from being a young carefree girl to ending up in Auschwitz.
The author has done an impeccable job of painting the character of Helen. The character grew through the book from a young soul to that of an old soul through her experiences. Through the protagonist, the author has painted a picture of what life was like for the common people and the Jews in that period. What I liked the best about the book was the part in Auschwitz that portrays human bonds at its rawest form. The fact that there was hope and kindness in a camp like that is unnerving yet optimistic.
The author has also explored the idea that sexuality is a part of one’s identity with the backdrop of the war. On one hand, we see Helen’s rollercoaster journey taking her to places she couldn’t have imagined all the while growing into and accepting her sexuality irrespective of the situations that she was in. On the other hand, through her best friend we see the plight of a gay man during the Nazi reign.
The title of the book, which originally confused me in the beginning, comes from a dress that Max had gifted Helen. What that dress stood for and why it meant so much to Helen will be clear once you read the book and in turn help you understand the title. All in all, this was an interesting book to read. Depressing at times, this only goes to show how capable an author Paulette Mahurin is, it is a heavy book that needs to be given time and attention.
DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
Blackie has been rescued
Blackie’s freedom photo
Gumdrop has been rescued
Gumdrop’s freedom photo
Rusty has been rscued
Rusty’s freedom photo
Gretzky (named by rescued) has been rescued
Gretzky’s freedom photo
Kylee has been rescued
Kylee’s freedom photo
Allie has been rescued
Allie’s freedom photo
Addi has been rescued
Addi’s freedom photo
Evie has been rescued
Evie’s freedom photo
Buck has been rescued
Buck’s freedom photo
Morty has been rescued
Morty’s freedom photo
Shadow has been rescued
Shadow’s kennel info
Shadow’s freedom photo with new sibling
Silas has been rescued with his bonded sibling Sebastian
Silas’ freedom photo
Sebastian has been rescued with his bonded sibling Silas
Sebastian’s freedom photo
Bonded siblings Lady & Layla have been rescued together
Lady & Layla’s shelter information
Lady & Layla’s freedom photo. The bonded siblings are so happy to be together.
Milo has been rescued
Milo’s freedom photo
Fergie’s been rescued
Fergie’s freedom photos
Princess has been rescued
Princess’ kennel information
Princess’ freedom photo
Bonded siblings Thelma & her blind sister Louise
Thelma with Louise in Freedom photo
Louise & Thelma freedom photo. They are so happy to be together.
Bella has been rescued
Bella’s freedom photo
Humphrey has been rescued
Humphrey’s freedom photo
Bam Bam & Pebbles’ shelter photo
Bam Bam & Pebbles’ shelter information
Bam Bam & Pebbles’ freedom photo
McKenna has been rescued
McKenna’s freedom photo
Anne (names by rescue) has been rescued
Anne’s freedom photo
King has been rescued
King’s freedom photo
Atlas’ has been rescued
Atlas kennel information
Atlas’ freedom photo
Rigo’s been rescued
Rigo’s freedom photo
Zora’s been rescued
Zora’s freedom photo
Cora (named by rescue) has been rescued
Cora’s freedom photo
Jessie has been rescued
Jessie’s freedom photo
Maisie has been rescued
Maisie’s freedom photo
bonded elderly siblings Jessa & Tito have been rescued together.
Bonded elderly siblings Jessa & Tito’s freedom photo
Rocky has been rescued
Rocky’s freedom photo
Little Boy’s (named by rescue) been rescued
Little Boy’s freedom photo
Maggie’s been rescued
Maggie’s freedom photo
Sasha Pierce has been rescued
Sasha Pierce’s freedom photo
Stannis’ (named from shelter) has been rescued
Stannis’ freedom photo
Priscilla has been rescued
Priscilla’s freedom photo
Levi’s been rescued
Levi’s freedom photo with new mom and sibling
Ginger has been rescued
Ginger’s freedom photo
Bruno has been rescued
Bruno’s freedom photo
Abby has been rescued
Abby’s freedom photo
Bronson has been rescued
Bronson’s freedom photo
Cesar’s been rescued
Cesar’s freedom photo
Sunny Kennel ID# 19-20350 was adopted then returned. He has just been rescued by a great rescue group, Paws 4 Life. All we have is his kennel photo; his kennel information was deleted.
Sunny’s freedom photo
Bella & Lala, bonded siblings, have been rescued together.
Bella & Lala’s freedom photo