Introducing The Peaceful Village

I am thrilled to introduce my new book, The Peaceful Village.


During the German occupation of France, nestled in the lush, verdant countryside in the Haute-Vienne department of central France was the peaceful village of Oradour-sur-Glane. It was a community where villagers woke to the medley of nature’s songs: roosters crowing, birds chirping, cats purring, and cows shuffling out to pasture. The people who lived there loved the tranquil nature of their beautiful home, a tranquility that existed year-round. Even with the German occupation and Oradour-sur-Glane being incorporated as part of Vichy France, Oradour – the village with cafés, shops, and a commuter tram to Limoges – remained relatively untouched by the stress of the occupation.

While Oradour enjoyed the lack of German presence, twenty-two kilometers to the northwest in Limoges, the Germans were reacting with increasing cruelty to organized attacks on their soldiers by the armed resistance organization Francs-Tireurs et Partisans (FTP). Headed by Georges Guingouin, the Limoges FTP was considered the most effective of the French Resistance groups. Guingouin’s missions fueled the German military to kill and incarcerate in concentration camps anyone perceived as supporters or sympathizers of the Resistance.

Up until the middle of 1944, the German anti-partisan actions in France never rose to the level of brutality or number of civilian casualties that had occurred in eastern Europe. A little before the Allies landed in Normandy, that changed, when German officers stationed on the Eastern Front were transferred to France. It was then that FTP’s increasing efforts to disrupt German communications and supply lines was met with disproportionate counter attacks, involving civilians. Guingouin’s response was to target German officers. When Guingouin set his sights on two particular German officers, all hell broke loose.

Based on actual events as told by survivors, The Peaceful Village is the story of the unfolding of the events that led up to one of the biggest World War II massacres on French soil. But it is not simply a story of Nazi brutality and the futility of war, it is a story of love. The love of family. The love of neighbor. The love of country. Compassion and courage burn from the pages as the villagers’ stories come alive. Written by the international bestselling author of The Seven Year Dress, Paulette Mahurin, this book is an homage to the villagers who lived and loved in Oradour-sur-Glane.

Cover photo: Oradour-sur-Glane, June 10, 1944

Purchase links:

Amazon U.S.


And all other Amazon sites around the world.

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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35 Responses to Introducing The Peaceful Village

  1. tazzielove says:

    The cover looks great.

  2. Jean-Jacques says:

    I loved your introduction and I know I’ll the book. Will there be a hard or soft cover edition which I find easier to read because of my aging eyes? Good luck should be given considering the high quality reading of all your past winning stories. Looking forward to this read! Jean-Jacques A admiring fan indeed !


    • Thank you so much, JJ. It is in soft cover paperback and should be available at Amazon Canada. If you have any trouble finding it please let me know. I really appreciate your continued support as I admire your poetry immensely. I’d love your feedback on this one. Meanwhile, don’t strain your precious eyes. All my best to you and Marianne and your fur babies.

  3. aparna12 says:

    Wow. Sounds very very interesting. Would love to read the book. 😊😊. Have a great week ahead.

  4. marylou says:

    Wish you a w great succes with your new book

  5. wishing you every success with the book.

  6. Congrats on your latest book, Paulette! Well done.

  7. Congratulations, Paula, you have hit on another heart rending story here.

  8. dgkaye says:

    Congratuiations Paulette. Looking forward to reading! ❤

  9. Jean-Jacques says:

    I just received my paperback copy today and I wholeheartedly agree with Terry about the cover looking great. I spent the better part of my life in the graphic art

  10. Jean-Jacques says:

    Ops pardon the break,

  11. Jean-Jacques says:

    As I was saying, having spent the better part of my working life in the graphic arts, I can appreciate the terrific look of the cover design. It is fabulous and a perfect fit to the story your book is about to unfold. It has me anxious to start reading having already read your prelude and now the back cover. Congratulations again, Paulette, as I know it will be a great read!
    Jean-Jacques 👌👍

  12. Dear Paulette, WOW! That looks like another great book. We wished we could write like that😸Thank you for sharing the first chapters😻Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend and cheers on the new book my furriend🥂🍼🐾😽💞

  13. vermavkv says:

    Wishing you a great success.

  14. Kally says:

    Congratulations and all the best!

  15. Thank you so much, Kally. ❤️

  16. markbierman says:

    Congratulations! All the best with the new release!

  17. lorriebowden says:

    Congrats, Paulette!! Wow…another book. You are a dynamo and I respect you so much!
    Hope all is well in your world 🙂 ❤

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