2020 is off to a good start with 26 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 Roxy, Cruz, Cookie, Phoebe, Henry, Kayla, Brandee, Mazee, Skeeter, Juniper, Calvin, Jordan, Tyler, Bruce, Potato, Payton, bonded kennel mates Frieda & Buster, Annie, Sundance, Keanu, Saniah, Antonio, Lawrence, Gotti & Sebastian (see photos below) out of kill shelters.  So far in 2020 26 dogs have been rescued. In 2019 409 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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My books have been ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon U.S. 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.
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Amazon Australia ranked my book NUMBER ONE in all it’s categories: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction & Teen and Young Adult and is #3 best seller in the entire kindle bookstore.
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RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE OLD GILT CLOCK
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Maria Catalina Egan

Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2020

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This fabulous book covers far more than the WW II an era rife with hatred, bigotry, and war crimes it is easy for heroes to fall through the cracks of history. Thus, THE OLD GILT CLOCK unveils the heroism of Willem Arondeus; a Dutch artist and author. Member of the Dutch resistance movement during said War.
From his painful birth on 22 August 1894; causing detachment and rejection from his mother, His self-discovery as a homosexual, completely incompatible with the views of his abusive drunken father. Culminating with his execution by the German Nazi Regime on 1 July 1943. We feel Willem’s pain, confusion, and growth. The prose in this book is powerful and beautifully crafted. As a result, while reading I felt very connected to the character. The book brilliantly parallels Hitler’s life as well as well-known and lesser known historical events.
This gave me as a reader a clear sense of the historical timeline and an awareness of some historical data I did not know. By following his life, we see the buildup and growth of prejudice and bigotry, that affected the world in both world wars.
Willem Arondeus was a homosexual man, in an era that placed him as unacceptable in a society that murdered so many. His understanding of suffering is key to propel the need to protect the Jewish people of Holland, risking and eventually losing his life.
The way words are woven so beautifully, had me re-reading here and there, as some of the lines were poetic. Inasmuch as knowingly reading a book with a guaranteed sad ending, the author manages to shed power of love and light in Willem’s journey through self-love, self-acceptance and the friendships he forges.
As WWII celebrated 75 years of ending in Europe sealed archives and information is revealed, I hope Paulette Mahurin and other Historical Authors will continue to unveil forgotten heroes and moments.
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Book Lover

Reviewed in the United States on January 26, 2020

Paulette Mahurin writes beautiful description and instantly draws the reader into the narrative with parallels between the main character and Hitler in the early parts of the book. I found it easy to be taken into the intimate story of Willem Arondeus, who is an artist and a homosexual man. The early part of the book follows his childhood with cruelty from his father and cold-hearted treatment from his mother, then into World War 2 in the second half of the book. Willem shows heroic and courageous qualities and even though he has been treated harshly he maintains his compassionate and loving nature. He is also portrayed in a realistic manner as well. This is a powerful book, thoroughly researched, covering themes of love, compassion, courage and portraying a story we rarely hear. Mahurin’s description and characterisation is superbly done, drawing the reader instantly into the narrative and sustaining this throughout. This is a beautiful, at times sad but ultimately an important story of sacrifice and heroism that is not often seen.
Marina Osipova

Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2020

On the background of the political situation in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century, in her lyrical language, the author introduces to us Willem Arondeus who was born into a dysfunctional family. We are invited into the inner sanctum of a boy then a teenager and later the young man with all his insecurity and loneliness. A gifted artist, he is not a typical person but one of them whose sexual orientation although tolerated in Netherlands is still frowned upon. When Hitler and his cohort come to power in Germany and then in Europe, the situation changes drastically, placing him into the category of undesirables like Jewish people and gypsies. Masterfully painting an accurate picture of the time and people, the author tells the story of the person who evolves into a fighter against prejudice and bigotry, who sacrifices his life while helping to save lives of Jewish people, the victims of injustices and persecutions. In the words of one of the characters, “It is the duty of every man to help them up and let them feel there is some hope for them in life”’ is in the core of this enthralling, vividly depicted tale of a real person.
You can’t expect a happy ending from a book like this but the message that “kindness exists in places least expected” made the impact from the descriptions of the atrocities committed by the German occupying forces a tad more tolerable. The novel ends on the powerful accord of “they will be remembered.” Yes, that’s why I suppose the author wrote this incredible story of Willem, whose kindness, compassion, and the spirit of a fighter would remind the future generations of his and his comrades’ heroic deeds.
I’m not giving out more details—read this wonderful, deeply touching, and humanistic-oriented novel from an amazing author-Paulette Mahurin. Highly recommended.
Lauren Alumbaugh

Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2020

I am not typically a fan of historical novels. However the author managed to revisit Hitler and his army without making you feel like you were in a classroom. Willem decided to do everything he can to help the Jewish population get away from Hitler and his army. In doing so he gives up every hope of his own future and faces off with the Nazi army. I found Willem’s character to be extremely intriguing and fascinating. I was sad at how his band of friends was discovered and outed. Great emotional read that shows compassion goes a long way.
Izzi Tooinsky

Reviewed in the United States on January 19, 2020

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Larry Chroman

Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2020

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Book Squirrel

Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2020

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There are times, particularly in the face of conflict or adversity, in which one might be tempted to ask, “What can one person do?”

The story of Willem Arondeus is testament to the fact that one person can do a very great deal to oppose hatred or wrongdoing, both through their own efforts but also by inspiring and encouraging others to also stand against evil.

Willem’s life story is well written and makes compelling reading. A man well acquainted with prejudice and hatred, Willem has been brought to life by the author in a manner that is both realistic about his flaws and empathetic about his suffering, credibly portraying him as a very normal person with a profound commitment to doing what was right.

This book adds a personal dimension to history and confronts the reader with the sense of helplessness experienced by the Dutch people of the time, and with the anger and resentment they harboured toward the Nazis and those who dumped with them. It made me reflect on what I know of my own grandfather, who was also a member of the Dutch resistance during the German occupation of the Netherlands in WWII, and to feel.somehow even more strongly connected to Willem and his friends as a result.

This is often an uncomfortable read, but it is an important one. Because stories like this are told, our generation is prompted to be vigilant against evil, to stand with the oppressed, and to ‘do some good ‘ in our often hateful world. It is a most timely reminder.

Scott E Branchfield

Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2020

Paulette Mahurin’s story “The Old Gilt Clock” takes place in the early 20th century in The Netherlands. We follow Willem Arondeus life starting from an awkward boyhood with an abusive antisemitic father and an emotionally cold (almost non-existent) mother. This boy had many strikes against him yet grew to be a talented artist and writer. As he matures, he realizes that he is homosexual (something abhorrent to his father). With no close family relationships, he develops friendships including a Jewish family. When the Nazi storm troopers descend on the Netherlands, Willem decides to work against them in whatever way he can. This is a story about striving to do the right thing against impossible odds.
It is a compelling story. I appreciate the historical research. Getting the details right without bogging the story down in minutia is a formidable skill. My only slight quibble was that occasionally the dialogue did not seem quite natural, but that could be my American perspective failing to grasp the culture. Over all it is a solid effort, well worth reading.
Debbie Trammell

Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2020

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Dolli Alexander

Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2020

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The Old Gilt Clock, based on a true story, begins well before WWII with the birth and abusive upbringings of Willem Arondeus, a homosexual who is kicked out of his home by his homophobic father. The first half of the book deals with his upbringing and how when he is exiled from his home he is befriended by a compassionate Jewish family. It is here he grows into a famous Dutch painter and author. When the Jewish family flees to America to escape persecution, they leave an impact embedded in Willem’s heart and soul that motivates him to want to help others. When WWII breaks out and the Nazis invade the Netherlands, Willem joins the resistance. Willem devises a plan and along with his group of resistance members he saves close to a million Jewish people. Sadly their display of great courage is ultimately betrayed. Mahurin does a great job of piecing together the life of a hero in her beautifully descriptive story. The book captures what life was like in Amsterdam during WWII and brilliantly shows how malice and prejudice spread, poisoning a whole society. I found that the description of Willem’s background and the context of the society in which he grew up helped explain the motivation for his resistance work so that he was not just a cutout figure doing great deeds. The story brings the life of Willem Arondeus, an important gay hero who had been unknown, into our awareness. Honored posthumously by the Dutch, Arondeus has also been recognized by Yad Vashem in Jerusalem as a Righteous Among the Nations for his mighty efforts to save Jews. An incredible must read, especially in these troubling times when homophobia, racism, and other forms of persecution and intolerance are on the rise. Highly recommend.
CarolB

Reviewed in the United States on January 12, 2020

I’m intrigued by individuals who are willing to put their lives on the line to help others. When and how is the spark ignited for them? Where do they get the strength? How do they hold onto their beliefs and continue to act under the worst circumstances? In her latest historical novel “The Old Gilt Clock,” author Paulette Mahurin answers those questions about Willem Arondeus, a Dutch man who joined the resistance during World War II and whose actions saved the lives of thousands of Jews.

I’d never heard of Arondeus, so Mahurin’s approach to this historical novel suited me perfectly. In the course of the novel, we learn that Willem grew up in the Netherlands in the early years of the 20th Century with a mother who showed him little affection and a father who tried to bully his son into becoming the man he wanted him to be. We learn how Arondeus developed his creative talents, gained friends, and came to stand up to his father. An artist, writer, and homosexual, Arondeus developed empathy for friends and patrons who were Jews. All this came into play for Arondeus when Hitler rose to power and exercised his hatred for Jews and other ‘undesirables.”

Mahurin does a particularly good job throughout the novel of grounding readers in the historical place and time. This skill is exercised in her other historical novels as well. She writes vividly, giving characters and scenes life, though sometimes she tells readers things they mostly likely know or can see in the scenes she depicts. I recommend this book to fans of historical fiction and World War II and to anyone who, like me, likes to know the deeper backstory of the person they’re reading about.

JJ

Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2020

An unlikely hero, Willem Arondéus, a Dutch artist, novelist, and homosexual risked his life to join the Dutch Resistance movement during the Nazi occupation. He designed a plan and set in motion its implementations, along with a group of other brave men and women, that ultimately saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of Jewish Dutch citizens. A man who struggled with his father’s hatred of homosexuals (that is dealt with in the first half of the story) dared to come out in the face of being abandoned and kicked out of his home. But instead of Willem’s rejection from his family turning him cold and bitter, he displayed kindness, compassion, and remarkable courage. Honored as a hero by the Netherlands and Israel, Arondéus’ story is one that runs deep into the nature of intolerance. It casts a light on how one virulent strain of hatred can spread to inflict a death sentence upon millions of innocent people. Masterfully told, although this occurred in the early 1940s it is every bit applicable today with the rise of homophobia and anti-Semitism around the world. There is much to learn from the story of this courageous man. Much to be remembered, lest the acorns of hatred once again grow to mighty oaks. Highly recommended.
Crystal Clifton

Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2020

I had never heard of Willem Arondéus until I read this book. It tells of the braveness and courage of a man who was treated horribly by his parents , but grew in to a humane character that helped in the saving of many Jewish lives during WWII. Being Gay made it even harder for him and others during this time. Paulette did an amazing job in telling this story about a man that was Gay and still loved everyone. Recommended to everyone who enjoys a great read.
Po

Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2020

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Sherrie Hansen

Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2020

I’ve grown to be a huge fan of Paulette Mahurin’s novels. The Old GIlt Clock is somewhat different than the others in that it has a biographical bent to it, a storyteller’s rendition of a man’s life from the moment of his birth to the time of his death. For this reason, it felt less a novel written in the deep point of view of the characters, and more of a revelation and a recapitulation of a life journey, told from an omniscient perspective. Willem himself was a very sympathetic character with many admirable traits in terms pf sensitivities and artistic talents. A childhood in which Willem was shown virtually no love, eventual friendships with two compassionate Jewish families, and his continuing search for love within the gay community all gave the book a unique backdrop. The same influences were very formative in respect to the man he became. I feel like An Old Gilt Clock shines a light on a very important story and illuminates a tragic part of WWII history.
Cat

Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2020

Format: Kindle Edition
alice and richard

Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2020

The writing was great and I loved that a heroic gay man risked his life to save millions of Jews.
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Trypsin

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 January 2020

This is a historic fiction story based on true events, and I’ve read other books by this author so I knew it would be well researched and well written, and I wasn’t disappointed. This one is centered on a member of the Dutch resistance during WWII, Willem Arondéus, his efforts to prevent Nazi deportation of Dutch Jews, and his difficult home life as gay man in a society where homosexuality was viewed as subversive. A more unlikely hero would be hard to imagine. As the story unfolds, you gain an insight into his life, discover his tremendous courage to resist homophobia, and protect innocent families from deportation. Description of the era, locations and characters is excellent, and Willem’s story is compelling with emotional highs and lows along the way. The strength of his spirit is truly inspirational. Highly recommended.
bookworm81

18 January 2020

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Helen Devries

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 January 2020

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Bill

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 January 2020

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Kindle Customer

5 January 2020

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The Old Gilt Clock

A Novel

Fiction – Historical – Event/Era
275 Pages
Reviewed on 01/18/2020

Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers’ Favorite

The Old Gilt Clock by Paulette Mahurin chronicles the life of Dutch resistance fighter Willem Arondeus. The novel begins with his experiences through childhood, including the abuse he faced from his alcoholic father. Realizing at a young age that he was homosexual, Willem never shies from his sexuality and is open about his relationships with men. Also a novelist and artist, Willem not only publishes an anti-Nazi pamphlet but begins working with another Dutch resistance member to forge documents for Jewish people in their town. However, their assistance is soon discovered thanks to the Amsterdam registry office. Willem is not to be deterred and comes up with a plan that he hopes will foil the Nazis’ attempts to deport Jewish people to concentration camps.

This is possibly the first historical novel I have read about a Dutch resistance fighter. Although the novel does focus a bit on Willem’s sexuality, it’s merely a part of who he is and doesn’t detract from his drive to help the people of their town escape from Nazi persecution. After some of my own research, I believe Mahurin has given life to an unsung hero of World War II, of which there are many. I applaud how she intermingles history into her fiction, producing a novel that is both heartbreaking and hopeful. I never knew how much the Dutch people resisted the Nazi occupation during the war. The Old Gilt Clock by Paulette Mahurin is certainly a must-read for anyone interested in resistance fighters during World War II.

RECENT REVIEW FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
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hannah

Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2020

Good book
Cindy L Hutter

Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2020

Enjoyed the heart touching story
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Nonna

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 January 2020

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DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
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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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23 Responses to 2020 is off to a good start with 26 dogs rescued from kill shelters

  1. tazzielove says:

    A great start indeed.

  2. tidalscribe says:

    Well done, the work goes on…

  3. Another year of the dog! Compliments of Paulette 🙂

  4. Jean-Jacques says:

    Fantastic… what a way to start the new year, with nearly one dog saved per day. Congratulations dear Paulette!

    Now that my new book is launched and I’ve put the near year’s work for it behind me, I’ll have more time to read. So I’ve just this minute placed an order with Amazon for your latest book , The Old Guilt Clock, and am looking forward to this read. I’d already availed myself of most of your other books thru the last few years, so I’ve no doubt that this one will also be at the same anxious page-turner level of interest.

    Once again I am most pleased for you, and for the dogs your tireless work continues save. Bravo, Paulette, bravo!

    Jean-Jacques

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  5. Again your hard work bears fruit… I read of dogs being described as fearful…. Would be amazing if they were not.

    • Absolutely, Helen, amazing indeed. And I might add that I think any animal (including humans) smelling death is near would be fearful. There’s a sense that the crying, sad appearing dogs know there fate if no one steps up to help. Thank goodness there are many steps of help. I thank you for doing your bit. ❤

  6. Your efforts on behalf of shelter pets is always so incredible and inspiring! Bravo, Paulette.

  7. Littlesundog says:

    Aw, such a great start to the year with happy and contented mug shots to pour over. You’re the best!!

  8. A lot of cuteness all over the place and what an awwdorable smile of Frieda. You go girl!😸Pawkisses for a Happy Sunday🐾😽💞

  9. cbholganza says:

    you are heavensent. more paw-er to you, dear friend!

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