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 Mac, Paulie, Rocky, Winston, Blackie, Greta, Justice, Darlene, elderly Camille, elderly Ghost, Sultan, Bea, senior Bear, elderly Brownie, Carson, Emma, & Hank (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2021 25 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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AMAZON MOST POPULAR BOOKS IN HISTORICAL FICTION: THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS & TO LIVE OUT LOUD
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RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
Karen V. Mcnicol5.0 out of 5 stars *****Well written. Reviewed in Canada on April 14, 2021Verified Purchase This book is based on true events, very sad and horrific events. The world lost its innocence during WWII when they found out a madman led his country to try and rid the world of humans whos only black mark against them was that they were born Jewish. No matter how many books I read about this it’s so hard to imagine, yet it happened.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR WHERE IRISES NEVER GROW
Cstuie5.0 out of 5 stars Once again, a great read *****Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2021 I’ve been a fan of Paulette Mahurin’s books for quite sometime and this book does not disappoint. Writing about such a dark period of world history can’t be easy but Paulette has given a small glimpse into that time with her unique storytelling. The events of this book hit very close to the personal accounts of my parents that experienced fleeing for their lives and in a labor camp. Thank you Paulette for keeping these historical events alive in the way you do so well.
Just one more chapter!4.0 out of 5 ****stars Kept Me Turning The Pages Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2021Verified Purchase The mention of Aesop’s Fables in this book sold me and kept me turning the pages. It was a childhood favourite. Definitely not for the faint-hearted though.
Freeza3795.0 out of 5 stars *****A must read Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2021Verified Purchase Where Irises Never Grow is a gripping story that takes place during the Nazi occupation of France in 1942. Mostly. There’s a clever storytelling device that connects the story to the present and adds mystery to the tale. Paulette Mahurin’s writing paints a visceral image of the inhumanity suffered by the occupation’s victims. As well as the courage of those who were brave enough to risk their own lives to do the right thing.
This novel is a must read for those who love well written historical fiction.
Book Squirrel5.0 out of 5 stars *****A powerful story. Reviewed in the United States on April 17, 2021Verified Purchase Paulette Mahurin has written a number of excellent books about different people’s experiences during World War II, each unique and compelling in its personal conflicts and central dilemmas. ‘Where Irises Never Grow’ is another profoundly told story, set in France during the ravages of the war and the Vichy regime.
Mahurin is a writer who brings her characters and settings to life with effective imagery and lively narrative that immerses the reader in the story and makes them feel as though they stand alongside the characters in the situations and challenges they experience. The characters are lifelike and complex, some of them demonstrating the best of human nature while people around them are hell-bent on demonstrating the worst.
Although it is fiction, this book has a strong sense of realism and immediacy that comes from thorough research and strong empathy for the experiences of the people upon whom this story is based.
‘Where Irises Never Grow’ is an important and relevant book for 21st century readers: the dangers and divisions caused by hatred and prejudice are as real now as they were in the 1930s and 40s, and we must do all we can to oppose them lest the horrendous experiences of the past be repeated. We must never allow new generations to forget what was suffered, nor how many were lost, in the Holocaust and the war that changed the world. One person found this helpful
Helen Hollick VINE VOICE 5.0 out of 5 stars***** An excellent novel Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 March 2021 While researching her dissertation, Monica Chastain purchases a rare, antique copy of Aesop’s Fables. Inside the spine, she finds a sliver of newsprint with what appears to be a swastika, two names and the date 1942 written in the margin. The two names are Madeline Leblanc and Madeline Eisenberg. With her dissertation finished and accepted, Monica has time on her hands to explore the intriguing note and see where it leads.
From that point on, the narrative switches to September 3rd 1939, the day France declared war on Germany and the same day that the parents of a 17-year-old Jew, Agnès Eisenberg, are involved in a fatal accident. Fortunately for Agnès, she is taken in by good friends of her mother’s, Victor and Charlotte Legrand. They live in Lyon, in the area controlled by the Vichy government, where collaboration means the rounding up of Jews for extermination.
The Legrands risk their own lives to protect Agnès when she meets and falls in love with a member of the resistance and has a baby. With the arrival of the sadistic Klaus Barbie, the ‘Butcher of Lyon’ the net begins to close in on both Jews and members of the resistance. Barbie’s dungeon is the place where irises, France’s national flower, never grow.
The three main characters are all too human in their weaknesses and strengths, their loyalty, compassion and fears, their oscillating emotions. The author’s prose is so authentic that the reader is inescapably bound with them in the same rooms as they listen for the dread arrival of the Nazis. It is an excruciating depiction of what so many went through during the Hitler regime. I felt their terror and shared their frantic hope for an avenue of escape to open before the Butcher came for them.
The goodness and decency of the Legrands stands in sharp contrast to the viciousness of Klaus Barbie, just as the selfless courage of the resistance, those who helped them and those who risked their lives by sheltering and helping Jews, shines all the brighter when compared with the cowardly collaboration of the Vichy Government.
This is an excellent novel, well-written and steeped in the awful atmosphere of Lyon during those years. Some readers might find the descriptions of torture disturbing. Nevertheless, I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
Originally Reviewed for Discovering Diamonds
S. G. Cronin5.0 out of 5 stars *****A story that will stay with long after the book is read Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 March 2021 What begins as a search for a first edition of Aesop’s Fables and the discovery of a scrap of paper with two names, turns into a story that is both haunting and unforgettable.
This novel is one that brings to life a time, still within living memory, that demonstrated how thin the veneer of civilisation really is. All it takes is a cadre of evil men, led by a man without humanity, to perpetrate one of the worst atrocities in modern history.This carefully and well researched story, based on actual reports by survivors and historians of the time, spotlights the best and the worst traits of mankind.
Set in Vichy France where pro-Nazi leaders began to systematically remove their own citizens from the population at the behest of the occupiers, a resistance movement grows as defiant men and women took a stand against the tyranny. Putting their own lives at risk and those of their close family and friends to save those among them who follow a religion that is being demonised. .
The author captures and brings the horrifying events of those few years in the early 1940s into stark reality. Isolated and hunted by packs of men and dogs, Jewish families and captured resistance fighters faced the horror of the basement in a previously luxury hotel at the hands of a monster. Those who did not fall into the hands of the Gestapo lived in fear of being discovered, wondering what the next bang on the door would bring.
The characters are vividly portrayed and the reader becomes engaged and emotionally invested in their plight and fight for survival. The author keeps up the pace of this desperate race against time, and despite the dreadful consequences of a careless whisper or action, there are still moments of humanity and the power of love in sustaining the human spirit.
I give the book five stars unreservedly, but I do understand that it might not be a book that everyone feels they can read. This is about the past, and today enemies have become allies. And even in that time of desperation, there were elements within the occupying army who were sympathetic and compelled to pass along information to the resistance that saved lives. There are few left alive who perpetrated this particular atrocity, but even today there are still millions who live in fear and seek to escape persecution in other parts of the world.
The truth is hard to face, and there are certainly more than a handful of people who voice their disbelief that the holocaust took place. This book based on actual accounts of the time, leaves the reader in no doubt about its truth. And part of that truth is that very few of our own countries can take the moral high ground with regard to religious persecution over the centuries and even today. This book reinforces the need for responsible nations to stand up for those who cannot defend themselves.
At its heart, this novel is also about remembrance, and a tribute to the millions who lost their lives along with the thousands of men and women who saved as many as they could, at the expense of their own survival. They should always be remembered. Recommended.
JJF5.0 out of 5 stars Where Irises Never Grow by Paulette Mahurin, an absolutely terrific page turner! Reviewed in Canada on December 20, 2020Verified Purchase I have just finished re-reading Paulette Mahurin’s novel, Where Irises Never Grow and I must reiterate that her style and method of expression in and how the story unfolds is positively fantastic and uncanny as to making the reader feel that he is part of and living the story as tho it was his life she was telling. I was a young child in th early forties when the world was made to suffer by that madman Hitler, who was inciting the part of the German peoples, as evil as him and allowing them to ply their sick brains in the torture of the unfortunate. I have read most of her books and I can but marvel at her story telling talent and imagination. Bravo Paulette Mahurin!
David‘s review Mar 08, 2021
it was amazing*****
Where Irises Never Grow by Paulette Mahurin is the latest historical-based fiction I read. It has a commonly-used convention of a current day tie to the past that works well as done by this author. A woman who collects first-edition books purchases one of Aesop’s Fables that falls and has damage to the book binding and spine. She takes it to a specialist in restoring old books who discovers a small note on an old newspaper clipping that had been tucked into the binding and came loose. Her search for information about the name Madelin on the note takes readers back to World War II in nazi-occupied Vichy France in the area around Lyon, France. The author then begins the unwrapping of a web of anti-nazi French partisans experiencing increasing oppression under German control that ultimately progressed to the nazis taking direct control in the Vichy free zone and starting roundups of Jews to be shipped off to concentration and death camps. The author makes good use of actual historical figures including Klaus Barbie, the notorious Butcher of Lyons and describes some of his techniques for torturing partisans and Jews to get them to disclose locations of others spreading fear throughout the local community of being betrayed and rounded up for deportation or murder. I was particularly impressed with this author’s abilities at character development, particularly the Legrand family, that made me want to continue reading to learn what would happen to them. Near the end the story returns to the woman and her repaired book that had mostly escaped my mind as I had gotten so invested in the people from WWII. The author successfully personalizes the horrors of WWII that the nazis perpetrated on the conquered population and the survival level of existence that was forced on them. The literary roller coaster ride came to an end and I was still ready for it to continue.
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