I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review one of my books. Profits from my books go to help get dogs like Cain, Molly, Ladybug, Bonnie, senior Remie, Reggie, elderly Nena & Denver (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2021 8 dogs have been rescued. In 2020 157 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.
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My books have been ranked in the best seller lists on Amazon U.S., U.K., & Australia in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction). What an honor to be ranked #87 MOST POPULAR BOOK IN LITERARY FICTION next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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RECENT REVIEWS FOR WHERE IRISES NEVEVER GROW
Maria Catalina Egan5.0 out of 5 stars *****A Book Readers Will Never Forget Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2021Verified Purchase It takes courage as a writer to tap into eras of darkness, hatred, and tyranny. It takes brilliance to bookend the storyline with a modern perspective and curiosity. That is what Paulette Mahurin achieves with WHERE IRISES NEVER GROW.
She taps into positive and negative human emotions in a way the reader wants to jump into the page and embrace the characters, wipe their tears, and comfort their suffering, in short, she transforms the reader into Monica; a modern intelligent woman whose curiosity and an antique book of Aesop’s Fables takes her to World War II Lyon, France. To the horrors endured under the cruel hand of the Butcher of Lyons, Klaus Barbie.
With magnificent prose, “…He moved a few strands of hair from her eyes to clear her vision. Her face held a new network of worry lines spreading from her mouth. Her drooping lids and glassy eyes told of the wear and tear of living under oppression night and day. He saw the negative impact it had on her body. He felt it in his.”
She finds a way to shed life and light to those enduring the horrors we, through history, know well as part of Nazi oppression; “In the midst of so much pain and suffering, with the world around them crumbling, a baby resting in the fold of his wife’s elbow was a miracle. There was good. There was love.”
Keep your handkerchief or Kleenex handy, you will cry, and sometimes your tears may be of joy, but there will be tears of sadness and frustration. Coming face to face with what exemplifies the worst of what humans can do to others. It is one of those books a reader never forgets.
Crystal Clifton5.0 out of 5 stars *****Always amazing Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2021 I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review. As always the Author has made me cry, love, fear and see through the eyes of the characters. I enjoy reading holocaust stories and this Author has a way with telling them completely. This one takes you back in time from present day and tells a story of so much pain as lives were lost during WWII. The few few chapters start in present day with Monica and Aesop’s Fables part in the story, but then goes in to the past with Charlotte and Victor , Agnes and Jacques and many other people during the war. I would definitely recommend this amazing story to everyone.
DRE5.0 out of 5 stars *****Perfect for lovers of WWII Historical Fiction! Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2021 “Where Irises Never Grow” is a beautifully written story that takes the reader on an incredible journey woven with love and strength during the horrors of WWII. I loved how the author brought the story to life with Aesop’s Fables as the centerpiece that connected the past to the future. Set in the city of Lyon, France, the story focused on the resistance and the Jews they helped protect. I felt connected to the characters and was immersed in their storylines from the beginning. Full of well-researched history, this novel brings forward a reminder of the many devastating atrocities that were committed during the war. This was the first book I have read by Paulette Mahurin, but it certainly won’t be the last!
This should be required reading for every high school student. I’m sure I will never be the same after reading the horror perpetrated on innocent people.
Lisa alleva5.0 out of 5 stars***** Paulette Mahurins Best Work To Date Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2021Verified Purchase I’ve read a handful of books from Paulette, and have loved every one of them, but with Where Irises Never Grow she’s topped herself. I enjoy taking a journey with writers, and not just within their stories but with them as a writer, from the first book to the last one, each writer gets better in their craft, and Where Irises Never Grow is proof positive of this assumption. If I could give another star to this latest book I would. This isn’t to say the authors previous books were not good, because that would be a falsity, I’m referring to an incredible writers growth into something more. Paulette has a way of weaving tragedy into depths of character development, using history through a modern lens to reflect the tyranny and hope that exists within human hearts. An excellent piece of literature, you need to follow this author.
Gnomes 5.0 out of 5 stars *****Brilliant piece! Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2021Verified Purchase I didn’t plan on finishing this so fast! I wouldn’t call it “entertaining”, but rather a beautifully written fictional piece about a time period that never should’ve happened and shouldn’t be forgotten. Had the author not put a disclaimer at the beginning, I would have assumed it was non fiction. The history of this dark time was so accurate and thoroughly researched, it felt like a play unfolding in front of me. The language is thoughtful, brilliant and vivid. I felt all the tears, sadness and could almost hear the voices of the characters. Stunning piece of work. This book was recommended to me and I’m glad. Now I’m a fan and will happily devour all other works by this writer. A+. Bravo!
ReaderX5.0 out of 5 stars *****Where Irises never grow… Reviewed in the United States on January 23, 2021Verified Purchase I am an avid reader of historical fiction. This book fits that mold with a feeling of mystery and a slew of interesting characters wrapped up in a historically accurate portraying of ww2 France. The author brings that horrible time to life and you can actually feel the desperation, the fear, the hopelessness of not only the Jewish people but the ones who tried to help them. It’s a haunting reality of the real world and its history, the hatred that can exist in its people and the evil that played out. It’s a forewarning on today’s trying times and what is possible.
Kindle Customer5.0 out of 5 stars *****A beautifully harsh story Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2021 Possibly one of the most beautiful and heart wrenching stories I have read. Especially the week of the Holocaust rememberance and living in a state where the Aryan Brotherhood are proud, I felt my world shift. This book ripped open my heart as I read this tale terror of the Jews and their allies in Lyon, France. Fantastically done.
LoveLit5.0 out of 5 stars *****Another inciteful Mahruin Masterpiece Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2021Verified Purchase A book collector is drawn into a gripping family drama when she finds a note sealed in a copy of Aesop’s Fables. While history warns us what happens when a population fails to stand up for what’s right, this story shines the light on a family that does it to their own peril. With her usual skill for taking us to the heart of the matter, Mahurin gives us three dimensional characters we will never forget.
Billy5.0 out of 5 stars *****Superb Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 January 2021 I dare you not to feel the urge to cry as this story comes to an end. Absolutely absorbing and puts you at the heart of one of the worst atrocities in history. One that should never be forgotten. Paulette Mahurin reminds us of that when she alternates the timeline of occupied France and modern day America. Many of us are familiar with some of the horrors of the haulocost but I don’t think it is possible to imagine the enormity of it or just how deep the wounds go. Yet every character in this novel is living proof.
A book that brings to life it’s characters but also serves as a stark and emotional reminder of something that happened not so long ago and led to the deaths of millions.
Fifty Sheds of Books VINE VOICE 5.0 out of 5 stars *****Where Irises Never Grow Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 January 2021Verified Purchase Paulette Mahurin is a wonderful historical novelist. And, remarkably, her books get better with each publication. Where Irises Never Grow is now my favourite. The story depicts the horrors of the Nazi occupation of France during the Second World War.
The brutality of that occupation is well described. The people of Lyon suffered more than most and in this author’s skilful hands you really feel for them.
The double timeline offers a subtle reminder: what happened then could easily happen now. Recent events are a testimony to that.
The courage and bravery of Resistance members reveals that while humanity creates its monsters it also creates heroes and heroines, and the people in this book are among the most heroic.
Painful at times, but essential reading with a reminder that loyalty, friendship and love with always defeat the hate promoted by despotic monsters.
Dab Reader5.0 out of 5 stars *****Deeply moving Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 January 2021Verified Purchase This was a deeply moving exploration of the horrors of the holocaust. It was brilliantly told through the experiences of a special family. My only regret is that I read it during a worldwide pandemic, but that’s not the author’s fault it just took me longer to read than would be my normal. Stories like this one need to be told so we never forget the suffering encountered during the dark times of the Second World War.
5.0 out of 5 stars *****Superb Reviewed in Canada on February 7, 2021Verified Purchase Monica Chastain is preparing for her doctorate dissertation, but she requires one important component, Aesop’s Fables. When she tracks down the only copy of the antique book available to her, it’s a French edition. Luckily, she can read French and after a few days she completes the draft of her dissertation. Unfortunately, while she is gathering up her finished work, she inadvertently knocks the book to the floor, damaging its spine. Now she must get the antique book repaired. And so begins the unravelling of a mystery.
Where Irises Never Grow by Paulette Mahurin is a wonderful historic fiction novel. It tells of the atrocities of the German occupation of France through the eyes of a fictitious family who are part of the resistance. The story is captivating, and at times, I had a hard time putting it down, even through tear filled eyes. The writing is superb. The characters are well developed and the world building brought the story to life. Like the Diary of Ann Frank, this is one of those books that I know will stay with me for a long time.
Jan 15, 2021Mark Decker rated it it was amazing***** With it’s somber and tragic historical setting in Nazi controlled France during WW2, this story is very well written in a compelling way. It begins with a 21st century historian whose research leads her uncover the story of 1940’s French Resistance undercover activities, betrayal, and inevitable tragedy. Even if you aren’t unfamiliar with the history of the French Resistance during the Nazi occupation, I believe you will find this story fascinating and memorable. The characters were realistic and well-rounded, and I found myself rooting for them to succeed in their efforts against the Nazi’s.
Jan 16, 2021Nissa rated it it was amazing *****Shelves: 20th-century, adult-fiction, contemporary-fiction, fiction, historical-fiction, contemporary, literary-fiction, literary, stand-alone-novel, novel This book had everything a reader would like about characters who had to cope with the brutality of the Nazi’s during World War II. These men and women were courageous and they had great endurance to persevere through it all. The author did a masterful job of bringing the characters to life. I never realized how many unacknowledged heroes there were endangering not only their own lives, but those of everyone they knew just by being in the resistance. Beautifully written that fills your heart with hope and sorrow. I was immersed so deeply is this story I did not want to let go. Highly recommend reading this book.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
“Life matters” Beautiful, compelling and heart wrenching.
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