I’m so excited to announce the release of my new book: Over the Hedge.

I hope you’ll pick up a copy and enjoy the read.


During one of the darkest times in history, at the height of the German occupation of the Netherlands in 1943, members of the Dutch resistance began a mission to rescue Jewish children from the deportation center in Amsterdam. Heading the mission were Walter Süskind, a German Jew living in the Netherlands, Henriëtte Pimentel, a Sephardic Jew, and Johan van Hulst, principal of a Christian college. As Nazis rounded up Jewish families at gunpoint, the three discreetly moved children from the deportation center to the daycare across the street and over the backyard hedge to the college next door. From the college, the children were transported to live with Dutch families. Working against irate orders from Hitler to rid the Netherlands of all Jews and increasing Nazi hostilities on the Resistance, the trio worked tirelessly to overcome barriers. Ingenious plans were implemented to remove children’s names from the registry of captured Jews. To sneak them out of the college undetected past guards patrolling the deportation center. To meld them in with their new families to avoid detection. Based on actual events, Over the Hedge is the story of how against escalating Nazi brutality when millions of Jews were disposed of in camps, Walter Süskind, Henriëtte Pimentel, and Johan van Hulst worked heroically with the Dutch resistance to save Jewish children. But it is not just a story of their courageous endeavors. It is a story of the resilience of the human spirit. Of friendship and selfless love. The love that continues on in the hearts of over six hundred Dutch Jewish children.

99 cents  Free with KU. On all Amazon sites.

Stay well. Be safe.

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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  1. God bless you for memorializing this dreadful time in history and the courage displayed in spite of it.

  2. So many people have decided that the past didn’t really happen. Thank you for remembering and telling truth to the world!

    • Sad, isn’t it? The stories haunt me until I write about them. It’s rewarding to read of heroic actions during the worst of times but harrowing to do the research into the bowels of evil actions. That said, I hope you and yours are well. Sending a special cyber hug. ❤

  3. davidprosser says:

    I have my copy. I wish you the best of luck with such an important book at a time when anti-Semitism appears to be on the rise again.

    • Thank you so much, David. I’m so happy to have you read my book. And yes, sadly anti-Semitism has reared its ugly head around the world. Hopefully stories like mine will shine a light on compassion and heroic selfless actions and diffuse some of the hatred. I’d love to hear what you think of the book so please feel free to come back and share. Be well. ❤

  4. I have it Paulette and looking forward to reading. Of course I will follow with a review. Once I finish my current read, on to yours!!!!

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  6. I have just finished it and will put up a review, but unfortunately it will only be on Amazon UK as Amazon US won’t let me do so as I have not spent 40 dollars with them this year!
    Such a compassionate work as not only do you relate the heroism of those saving the children, but you point out how people are manipulated into horrific belief systems despite their underlying humanity. A lesson for our times.

  7. schingle says:

    Congratulations on the book. Can’t wait to read it. How does one find it? Any way to get it without Amazon? (I hate giving Bezos money, but I will if that’s the best way). Wishing you peace and good luck with the book!

  8. Congratulations for more of your ongoing and worthy work. Kudos.

  9. Congratulations on your book making the top one hundred Amazon list. And thank you for continuing to save so many dogs in your area shelter.

  10. This is such wonderful news and Congratulations to you on this very important read!!!💖👏👏👏👏

  11. Linda Lee Greene says:

    Girl, you are on fire. Congratulations.

  12. What a wonderful synopsis. I wish it were a true story.

    • Hi Brenda. Thanks for stopping by. It’s based on a true story. The three that worked with the Dutch resistance did in fact carry out the mission to save the children. I wrote it as fiction as I had to fill in parts where there were holes in the research. You can look up the three main characters on line and read about them if you like.

      • So awesome! It would make a great movie. Maybe you should turn it into a screenplay, too.

      • There have been films related to it, particularly called Süskind about the role that Walter Süskind played in saving the children. Most of what’s written tackles the lives and involvements of the three individuals as singular protagonists. What I did was take them as a collective whole, a mission working together with the Resistance. The overall story, however, is well know and documented. I appreciate your interest. Thanks again.

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