California is burning

It’s coming up on the year anniversary of the Thomas fire, then considered the worst fire in California’s history. And now on the eve of remembering our beautiful city, Ojai, and all that was lost, she is weeping for her neighboring cities that are burning. And crying for her northern California cities that are burning. This photo captured my aching heart and I needed to share. As the overwhelming destruction continues, we are hoping for containment, for the winds to stop, and for rain.

 

 

 

 

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I wrote this a year ago, when my home, my entire city, was surrounded by fire.

 

I just want to cry to relieve this ache in my chest that feels like my heart will burst. The Thomas fires have devastated parts of my town, peoples’ lives, animals’ lives, and left us remaining in an unrelenting hill of toxic smoke. We evacuated for 5 days and upon returning are pretty much home bound with our HEPA filters running day and night. Masks don our faces when we dare to venture out into the ash falling snow. I’m fixated on facebook where reports are posted and networking occurs. It’s here during this time that we are experiencing the best of the human condition: the heroic firefighters working round the clock; the selfless people reaching out to strangers albeit neighbors in this small town to help in any way they can (giving money, clothes, food, opening their homes, etc.); acts of kindness large and small that leave me breathless. And we see some of the worst of the human condition: looting, employers firing their workers without cause, etc.

Last night I saw a woman post something on facebook in one of the network groups (there are many) that her husband lost his job and they have four children with nothing to give them for Christmas. She left her phone number. I phoned her, mentioned my name and said I’d like to give you some money for your children for Christmas. I told her we don’t have children and I’d like to adopt them for the holidays. She, her husband, and the four adorable young ones came to our home last night and we handed her an envelope and all of them chocolate bars we had in the house. The kids were quiet to begin with but by the end of the evening they were running around the entire house in circles, giggling and playing. Then the spontaneous hugs and kisses came. The littlest girl grabbed my legs in a hug before she left. I can still feel the warmth of that moment. I can still feel the love we shared with complete strangers who for a brief moment in time became family.

The fire still surrounds Ojai in parts and ash filled smoke lingers in the air as the flames move up the coast toward Santa Barbara. My heart still aches and I still want to cry for all of those impacted and suffering, despite their smiles, despite their incredible resilience, despite their best attempts to rise up in gratitude for being alive because underneath is the lurking impact of the trauma we all share.

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549 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 Abby, Simba,  Mister, Bubba, Manny, Buffy, Karl, Big Mac, Coffee, Zoey, Kayla, Abbott, Brownie & Daphne (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2018, 549 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.

LINK TO PURCHASE ALL MY BOOKS and to see all reviews for all my books click on the books cover:

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
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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on October 26, 2018
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The story of Nellie Bly and her work to expose the horrible conditions in the Blackwell Asylum seems to have been largely forgotten. Not too many books deal with this important issue, and very few present it in such an interesting way as Paulette Mahurin does in this book. Klara Gelfman’s dramatic story of escape from Russia after the assassination or Alexander I and the turmoil that followed is well-written and grounded in historical detail, but the most dramatic part of the her life starts as she tries to carve out a new life in New York for herself. Great writing, interesting characters, and an important story to tell. Recommended!
on October 22, 2018
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A Different Kind of Angel is another great novel from Paulette Mahurin. The story is of a young woman that has emigrated from Russia in the late 1800s. Unable to speak the English language, she is mistakenly classified as a human that has lost her sanity. She is quickly committed and tossed into a lunatic asylum on a small, secluded island near New York City. In the asylum, she experiences horrific abuse, but also finds a way to befriend her cellmates and even get a bit of comfort inside of the stone walls that surround her. Author, Ms. Maurin does an excellent job of describing the terrible living conditions and the cruelty of the staff that brings the terror of the situation right inside of the reader. And her descriptions are not the typical horror-movie blood and gore drivel, but are eloquently written to describe the nastiness, but in a tasteful way. Overall, well written and interesting.
on October 20, 2018
Paulette Mahurin’s new novel, A Different Kind of Angel, is a different kind of work that should not be missed. It is fascinating, and it is relevant (and I am the sort of reader that doesn’t feel compelled to keep reading just because I’ve started. I give a story 25 pages, and then move on if something has not grabbed me, whether it be historical subject matter, beautiful prose, and/or intriguing character development). That said, I read every single page of this story, pulled in by protagonist, Klara, and her Kiev back story and the American injustice that befell Klara. Also, journalist Nellie Bly—a heroine by any standard, shining her light on abuse of the mentally ill—is a gripping subject; and I was also struck by the mirroring of 1882 and 2018 injustices against immigrants, especially women and children, asking myself several times as I read, Does nothing ever change? Well, I think sometimes yes, if a light is shined on injustice. Thank you, Paulette Mahurin, for shining your light on a necessary story.
on October 19, 2018

The latest novel by Paulette Mahurin, A Different Kind of Angel, was inspired by real events chronicled by a journalist for The World News, Elizabeth Cochrane (pen name, Nellie Bly), in 1887. The Jewish Klara Gelfman had a rather normal life in Kiev until the Jews were blamed for the assassination of Russia’s Tsar Alexander II and a fierce pogrom took place in 1881. Klara, suddenly bereft of her mother and siblings, had to flee from Kiev with her father. While traveling to America, her father became ill and died. Klara is unable to express herself in English upon the arrival in the land of freedom and is immediately sent to an asylum for insane people, without any medical research or diagnosis.

Five years of a living hell where the young Klara – she was 19 when she was locked up – had to face malnutrition, torture, sexual abuse, and a stunning absence of any doctor. While some women in their wing indeed were insane, several fellow inmates weren’t just as Klara. With the help of Catherine, she’s able to learn English by reading novels and practicing her vocabulary. Pivotal is the arrival of Nellie who dares to stand up against the wards and nurses and in ten days not only suffers the same treatment as Klara and the other women but also collects enough material to call for her lawyer and lead Catherine and Klara to freedom, as if an angel came to set them free. In 1947 Klara reflects upon her life and serves as the protagonist for this heart-breaking, dark piece of history.

As long as you accept that a former illiterate girl can share rich conversations and details about the life on Blackwell’s Island, this history-fueled fiction is again a great addition to Mahurin’s oeu

on October 19, 2018

I first heard of Paulette Mahurin on author Christoph Fischer’s blog a number of years ago when he was heaping praise on her novel, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap , dealing with bigotry against a lesbian in a small Nevada town in the late 19th century. When Mahurin recently gifted me with her latest book, A Different Kind of Angel, I was reminded that I still hadn’t read The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap. I hope to rectify that error in the immediate future. I am voluntarily reviewing A Different Kind of Angel.

Fictional protagonist Klara Gelfman was sent to a mental institution because she couldn’t speak English. Klara was still imprisoned inside that institution when Emma Lazarus wrote “The New Colossus” in 1883 whose famous lines about “huddled masses yearning to breathe free” were later inscribed on a plaque placed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. Yet I discovered through an internet search that this was the same period when the Immigration Restriction League was founded and gained an influential following. They believed that immigrants were inferior and that they would destroy America’s social fabric. I can only conclude that Emma Lazarus wasn’t reflecting the cultural consensus of her time. Her poem must have been aspirational. She hoped that Americans would one day be welcoming toward refugees. Let’s just say that we still need to do a great deal of work on this issue.

What I liked most about this book was that Mahurin brought Nellie Bly’s undercover investigation of the asylum to life powerfully by showing us the impact of their abusive practices on patients. I felt that Mahurin was herself playing the investigative role of Nellie Bly by uncovering the horrors of that institution for her readers before Nellie Bly showed up in the story line.

on October 19, 2018

Author Paulette Mahurin has woven another gripping work of historical fiction, this time centered on a New York “lunatic” asylum where women who were inconvenient to men were discarded. Many were not mentally ill at all, simply no longer useful or of interest. The main character of the book is Klara Gelfman, a Russian Jewish girl who escaped the pogroms in Russia only to be involuntarily and incorrectly committed to the asylum because she didn’t speak English. Working undercover, journalist Nellie Bly of The World News revealed the injustice and brutality (rape, starvation, beating) leveled against women who had no power. Her reporting led to major changes in the asylum and to the release of Klara Gelfman and others.

In some ways this book reminded me of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian future novel The Handmaid’s Tale. How easily men objectify women and get rid of what they no longer desire or those they simply find inconvenient.

AMAZON U.K.
on 21 October 2018
A different kind of Angel is particularly powerful as it is based on a true story. When a brave female journalist infiltrates a women’s asylum in 1887 she finds shocking malpractice and saves the lives of endless women who have been wrongfully institutionalized.
On the way Mahurin details the lives of several ‘inmates’, for many of whom the asylum was the culmination of already horrific lives. The main protagonist being a Jewish woman from Russia who was the sole survivor of her family of the Russian pogrom.
Told in dramatic voice and an affecting manner this is a gripping read that teaches much about history, humanity and the strength of the human spirit. Another incredible story from the pen of a sensitive and compassionate writer that will appeal to her growing fan base no doubt.
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DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
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535 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 Rocky, Ashton,  Buster Brown, Ice, Vinnie, Sandy, Peaches, Snoopy, Griffin, Cheddar, Scooby, elderly siblings Precious, Pee Wee, Dotti, Candy, Bart, Jocelyn & 7 puppies, pregnant Coralie, Odie, Xena, Travis & Brodie (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2018, 535 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.

LINK TO PURCHASE ALL MY BOOKS and to see all reviews for all my books click on the books cover:

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
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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And in Amazon U.K. it just made it to#1 Best Seller List in Teen & Young Adult Category and #3 in Historical Fiction Category and #24 best seller in the kindle books store.
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on October 11, 2018
I think Paulette’s writing is getting better and better. The writing is solid and flows together great. Paulette always has little subtle lessons in her words. “while I live, I hope” Klara lives in a horrific place where there isn’t much hope but she always seems to keep this little flame of hope in her belly. With the kindness of a women she meets on her first day that is also a prisoner of this hell hole they find them self in, their friendship and sisterhood grows and keeps there flame of hope burning. I love how Klara finds ways to keep her mind alive like drawing picture with the cracks in the walls, windows and floor. And then there is Nellie Bly. A lesson in itself of how if you truly believe, you can become anything you want.
I would highly recommend this book. It isn’t always pretty but some history isn’t easy to read about. But maybe some of us will walk away with compassion in our hearts for people who are different then us. “Look below the surface and beneath the difference you’ll meet another’s heart”
on October 10, 2018

“Beneath the differences – you meet another’s heart. That’s where the light of love never dims.”

Working myself in the mental health field, I already had a working knowledge of journalist Nellie Bly and her courageous undercover reporting of the heartless conditions inside Blackwell’s Island asylum for women in the 1800s.
‘A Different Kind of Angel’ by Paulette Mahurin is the tale of Klara, a young Jewish woman, who, due to her inability to speak English, is railroaded by the justice system and institutionalized. At every step, Klara finds appalling conditions, inhumane treatment and filth.
To maintain a sound mind, Klara often recalls her past, happier days with her parents and siblings in Kiev. The only problem with these memories is the devastation that eventually drove her to America in the first place. She fled the Russian program that criminalized Jewish people and murdered her family. The abuse Klara experiences in Blackwell’s Island all too often reminds her of the cruel solider who destroyed her home.
A Different Kind of Angel is an eye-opening page-turner. We have come far in how we treat people with mental health issues, as well as foreigners. In these challenging times today, is a reminder of a place we don’t want to go again. Heartbreaking at times, hopeful as well. A great read. Highly recommended.

on October 9, 2018

Elizabeth Cochrane, aka Nellie Bly aka Nellie Brown wrote an expose on the Blackwell Island Asylum in 1887, after staying there for ten days where over 1,500 women were patients in the women’s asylum. That’s where she met Klara Gelfman, a young Jewish immigrant from Kiev, who in 1881 escapes from Russia to New York City and tells her story as a patient in the New York City Lunatic Asylum. The staff includes nurse Miss Rudman, Dr. Lucas Koch, nurse Sally and her boyfriend Roy, nurse Edith Preston, nurse Harriet Brownstone, nurse Barbara Lincoln, Albert, nurse Greta Smidt, nurse Candace Millhouse. Klara shares a six-bed dorm room with her friend Catherine Bigsby and four others Tillie, Annette, Rosie, and Amelia.

The story weaves back and forth from Klara’s present to her past life in Kiev, to her early days in the asylum, to meeting Nellie Brown, Nellie’s story, back and forth to other times in the asylum in those five years. Caught between the past and the present, she is sometimes in a confused in-between state. So much of it is about the inhumane treatment, squalid conditions, and the evil but there are parts that are uplifting. Who are the angels that lift Klara’s spirits?

 

AMAZON AUSTRALIA

on 11 October 2018
Set in the late 1800’s: a story of women of sound mind in a hellhole called Blackwell’s Island Lunatic Asylum. Primarily populated by Klara, a Jewish refugee who doesn’t stand a chance, and Nellie Bly [Elizabeth Jane Cochrane] who went undercover to reveal the sordid truth, this is a harsh tale of how low human beings can get when they think they have absolute power [and an inferiority complex to go along with it].

 

 

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on October 13, 2018
This book, like many books on this topic, was moving and engaging and made the characters “real”.

 

 

 

 

DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS

 

 

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Ashton bonding with new dad: the look of love.

 

 

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Elderly siblings, Precious, Dottie, Pee Wee, were rescued together.

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Precious, Dottie, & Pee Wee’s freedom photo.

 

 

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Candy has been rescued

 

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9-year-old Jocelyn and her 7 puppies were rescued. She had the puppies on her way out of the shelter.

 

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Jocelyn & 7 puppies freedom ride.

 

 

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Pregnant Coralie has been rescued

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Coralie with new foster mom.

 

 

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506 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 Grace, Elijah, Winnie, Malcom, Lucky, Rosco, Doc, Charlie, Chelsea, Zoey, Bonnie & her puppy, Snickers, bonded sharpie siblings Ellis & Elisha, Lola, Peaches, Briana, bonded siblings Dinah & Toby, Darlene, Caleb, Hanson, Susy, Fleetwood & Horace (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2018, 506 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.

LINK TO PURCHASE ALL MY BOOKS and to see all reviews for all my books click on the books cover:

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
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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And in Amazon U.K. it just made it to#1 Best Seller List in Teen & Young Adult Category and #3 in Historical Fiction Category and #24 best seller in the kindle books store.
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on October 3, 2018
This is a fascinating, thought provoking read for lovers of historical and LGBT fiction. While historical in setting, the themes are prevalent and all too relatable today. While I’d consider this to be a heavy book, the light, comedic moments strike an excellent balance. Highly recommend.
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AMAZON U.K.
on 29 September 2018
This compelling account of the Dreyfus Affair brings to life French writer Emile Zola and his famous “J’Accuse!” challenge to the Establishment back in the 1890s. With Jewish army officer Dreyfus jailed on false espionage charges to protect the guilty (Establishment connected) Esterhazy, Emile Zola finds the courage to use his fame to attempt to put right this wrong through the courts – only it puts his own life and liberty in peril. Ultimately, these are the events that changed France by forcing the separation of the Church and Military from Government. For some, it came at the highest cost.
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AMAZON U.S.
on September 29, 2018
This isn’t an easy story to read. But it’s a beautiful and important one. It reminds us that even if you’re life is about to end, it doesn’t mean you can’t love and be loved. A future is still a future even if it’s a short one and what you do with that time, matters. There are so many dilemmas in this book, too many for people who are also battling cancer. But the author writes their story so beautifully and sensitively. Walks us through the path they’ve chosen. This book is incredibly emotional and it’s worth it.
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AMAZON U.S.
on October 6, 2018
I found the story, compelling, poignant, and thought provoking. The research was impeccable. Her character, Klara was colourful and her story in both present and past were breathtakingly personal and poignant. This is a major work from a tremendous author who rightfully enjoys critical acclaim.
on September 30, 2018

A heart-breaking, touching story of the atrocities women had to endure in a New York insane asylum in the late 1800s. The story is told from the perspective of one woman brought there because she couldn’t speak English, and so was deemed insane due to her babbling. As if the cruel treatment she received there wasn’t bad enough, it comes after her escape from a Russian pogrom again the Jews in 1881.

The author paints a gruesome picture of the treatment of the patients at the asylum, but also gives the reader hope that comes with bearing the cruelty with the support of other inmates, and the angel who came to rescue them. It’s a wonder all the women didn’t become insane merely from the terrible mental and physical treatment they received.

If you add only one book to your reading list, make sure it’s this one. You won’t be disappointed.

on September 27, 2018
Paulette Mahurin brings us a fictionalized account of the atrocities of the Kiev pogrom of 1881 juxtaposed against the setting of the Women’s Lunatic Asylum of Blackwell’s Island and the unfortunate woman who survived one only to be wrongly imprisoned in the other.
The horrifying setting and the depth of character portrayed kept me riveted through the entire story, even though it was difficult to endure at times because of the nature of the hardship and vile conditions the women endured. Through it all, Mahurin’s character, Klara faces barriers of language, starvation, and brutality and her humanity in the face of it all made this difficult story palpable as she recounts the story of how New York Journalist, Nellie Bly, went undercover to expose the brutal and sadistic treatment of women in the institution, many of who were wrongly detained.
To ease the difficulty in telling and very difficult tale, Mahurin cleverly weaves Klara’s account of her loving family in Kiev, lending a sense of love and family to an otherwise hard to endure reality.
Once again, Mahurin had tackled a very sensitive and difficult subject and brought it to light with meticulous detail and heart. This is some of her best work.
on September 25, 2018
She has done it again! “ A Different Kind of Angel” is Paulette Mahurin’s sixth book to hit the press, and it is a beauty. I have read all of Ms. Mahurin’s books and this is probably the best yet. A wonderful wordsmith, she uses a particular turn of phrase that keeps you intrigued, on the edge of your chair, and at once challenging. To peak your interest, her clever use of metaphors is outstanding and griping. A real “page turner” to be sure. Seldom can a book bring tears to my eyes, but this one did. Don’t go there first, but don’t miss the Epilogue either. Thanks Paulette!
on September 24, 2018
A Different Kind of Angel is a heart-wrenching story in the late 1800’s about a young Russian girl who escaped to America for a better life, and the brevity of a young journalist who risked her life to expose the secrets of the asylum.
This was a horrifying tale which took place in the land of the brave and free.
It was difficult to read this book, which was so well-written by Author Paulette Mathurin. because it detailed the horrific treatment meted out to Klara and the other women in the asylum.
I recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction.
on September 23, 2018
I await each Paulette Mahurin book with extreme anticipation. Her ability to take real historical people and events and weave a fictional story around them, while still remaining true to the facts, is a skill that is unrivalled in modern authors, in my opinion. A Different Kind of Angel, is just such a story and its harrowing tale of a New York home for the insane in the 19th Century is as real and as chilling as its reality. Built around the famous investigative female reporter of the time, Nellie Blye, this story is a tribute to the many poor woman who had to endure the horrid conditions of the insane asylum, many of whom were as sane as you and I. This is a hard, nasty story of human excess and abuse, but still Mahurin manages to level it with compassion, caring and love. I have such admiration for this author and can not recommend this book any higher. If you love realistic historical fiction, this is a “must read”.
on September 27, 2018
Paulette Mahurin has written an amazing, even spell binding novel with A Different Kind of Angel. Mahurin’s themes in all her books tend to challenge a reader to examine their understanding of history and the human condition. In 1882, when nineteen year old Klara Gelfman arrives in New York City she is the lone family survivor of the Kiev pogrom ; she speaks very little English and has only been here for two weeks. Assaulted and robbed, the police find her in an alley and assume she is a whore and insane for her inability to communicate. She goes through several “exams,” including at Bellevue Hospital, before she is committed to Blackwell’s Island Women’s Lunatic Asylum . She is in Hell.
Over the next five years, Klara survives degradation of the most horrid kind, starvation, lack of decent sanitation. The staff are dominated by the worst imaginable men and women who thrive on evil treatment of their charges.
Her dorm houses five other women, one of whom, Catherine, is also not insane and becomes Klara’s friend. A couple of nurses befriend them, even providing a book which aids Catherine in teaching English to Klara.
The arrival in 1887 of Nellie Bly, undercover reporter, leads to total renovation of the facility, the commitment proceedings and the release of Catherine and Klara. Bly’s work makes this book possible.
Mahurin’s Angel is a tough read for the horror is unrelenting. It had to be hard to research and write. Painful though it is, redemption is found in the caring among Klara’s dorm mates and Bly’s success. It is a well researched and powerfully written volume.
on October 8, 2018

This book possessed me. It was a haunting read. Also, as I read it, it all seemed so familiar. I checked, and possibly I saw the movie “Ten Days in a Madhouse”. At any rate, I knew the story, but it had been shoved back into my memory until I read this book. And, even though Klara, Catherine, and Roy weren’t real, if I understood it correctly, they held some kind of memories for me, maybe some past life flashback. I hope not.

It reeked Twilight Zonish to me as well, as this was happening to women, two perfectly sane women being confined, their lives taken away from them, one by a politician. I also drew parallels with what is happening today in the news and women being taken seriously. What a gruesome thought of being shoved into insane asylums again.

This atrocity is akin to slavery, and we all should be aware of it.

AMAZON U.K.
on 7 October 2018

I am familiar with this author and enjoy reading her books. A Different Kind of Angel has all the elements of what makes a book memorable and intrigues a reader.

As soon as Klara’s life is turned upside we enter into a story full of pain, persecution and sheer hell that she has to go through. Then on the other side we read of hope, love and loyalty. Mauhrin writes well and brings all these emotions into play in the novel. I really did feel for Klara all the way through the book and I could empathise with her in a lot of her emotions. Even when she was ever hopeful, “that maybe the day would bring unexpected good.” We all have this type of wish and Klara, even though her life turned into a nightmare was ever hopeful.

Mahurin is also great at research and she demonstrates this in A Different Kind of Angel – and all her other books too! This historical fiction will intrigue, enthral and capture your heart.

on 30 September 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It quickly draws you into this dark world as it explores the harrowing and vile conditions women in the asylum had to endure. The difficult issues that it deals with make it deeply emotional read.
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AMAZON AUSTRALIA
on 25 September 2018
Read through the first chapter and you will be hooked. Such a beautiful and sad story amazing. To think what happened
AMAZON CANADA
on October 2, 2018
Quick and Sharp and flows like a river.
Love and spirit survives in the most vile surroundings man made.
You will enjoy
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What does a reader have to say about A Different Kind of Angel: there is not a person out there who should not read this book.

A Different Kind Of Angel
by

Paulette Mahurin (Goodreads Author)

 

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Vicki‘s review

Oct 07, 2018
it was amazing

bookshelves: 2018-releases, 201-300-pages, historical-fiction


What an amazing book written by one of my favorite historical fiction writers, Paulette Mahurin. Personally, I hadn’t heard of the “two-mile-long stretch of land in the middle of the East River [that] was the home of the New York City Lunatic Asylum” and it was called Blackwell’s Island Asylum. According to the “Prologue” it was the “first civic mental hospital in the city of New York.” I found it appalling that some of the caretakers were prisoners from Blackwell’s Island Prison, which explains at least some of the inhumane treatment of “patients.”

I must say that I’m rarely ever shocked anymore by things I read or hear about, but I still am deeply disturbed by reading when atrocities are committed upon human beings by other human beings. I always wonder HOW on earth one could treat another person with such disrespect and lack of dignity at the least, and at the worst total cruelty and criminal behavior such as rape and physical brutality.

This story mainly chronicles two women: a young Jewish woman named Klara Gelfman (view spoiler) and Elizabeth Cochran, aka Nellie Bly and Nellie Brown. The latter of these women had the courage to enter the asylum to cover a story about its treatment of its patients that had been rumored. Elizabeth was a news reporter who cared enough about the people in the asylum to pretend to be “crazy” herself by studying and mimicking the actions of mentally ill people.

Elizabeth Cochran was not only a news reporter, but she was a reporter for THE Joseph Pulitzer for whom the Pulitzer Prize. Knowing that in this day and age certainly gives extra credibility to the journalism of Miss Cochran. But to play her part she also had to be an actress to be believable in her role.

Karla Gelfman was mugged and had her purse stolen very shortly after arriving in New York, in America, the home of the FREE where people come to be treated with dignity and get away from such things as being scapegoats as the Jews were in Russia. After the assassination of Tsar Alexander II there was a proclamation given that the Russian Jews were responsible for his death. The Gelfman family lived in Kiev and knew that they would soon get a “visit” from the Russians who infiltrated the Jewish communities and terrorized and slaughtered innocents! One evening the Gelman family was minding their own business and having a nice evening at home, when (view spoiler) To get away from such hatred, she and her father set out for New York.

When Miss Gelfman was mugged, she fell and hit her head and was dazed as a result. So when she had the chance to get help from the policemen, the ones she was told would help her, because she wasn’t coherent and couldn’t speak English yet, she ended up being put in the asylum for the insane. Of course, she wasn’t even close to being insane.

There Karla Gelman met some of the most cruel “caretakers” that most of us couldn’t even fathom: Sally who was a very cruel nurse with no business being in any hospital, let alone one that was for the weak in society, people with mental illnesses. Her cruelty went beyond anything I’d ever imagine a nurse would commit. And there was Roy, a man who was Sally’s beau but who had eyes for other women and when Sally was gone from work, Roy liked taking advantage of her absence.

This book is an important one that I really am afraid of giving to much away. It’s important because history is known to repeat itself. Americans, sadly, have had a history of being so cruel to a people: African-Americans, the Japanese, the gay/lesbian communities, the homeless, and so many others. It is important that we recognize that we must be vigilant and care about the weak in society and others who are “different” due to religious views or sexual orientation. The atrocities that were committed in the Blackwell’s Island Asylum should NEVER be repeated to any degree!!

The lessons one can learn from this book are abundant. To read the story about Elizabeth Cochran unfold as she enters the asylum and befriends Karla Gelfman and other women, one being Catherine who is kind and gentle and sane, is one amazing read. But more than that, it is one important read!

Recommendation: My recommendation is that there is not a person out there who should not read this book. It’s sad, yes, but it’s informative, well-researched, touching, enlightening, moving, and its historical relevance will pique the reader’s interest. I absolutely recommend A Different Kind of Angel because God only knows we need them.

*Note: The author gave me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My review is genuine and I spoke honestly about what I think of the book.

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AMAZON U.S.
on September 14, 2018
What attracted me to this was that the author took inspiration from Nellie Bly, who if you’re not familiar with, you should be. Nellie Bly was an investigative journalist long before that was common and certainly long before women were respected in the news circles. This book takes the time to explore a genuinely interesting and exciting time in history and it’s worth the read.
on September 23, 2018

A well-written fictional account of a young woman’s unwarranted imprisonment at Blackwell Women’s Lunatic Asylum in 1881. Told from the point-of-view of Klara Gelfman, a Russian Jew fleeing the progrom, she is thrown into the asylum after she was robbed and assaulted. Not being able to speak English, the story follows her incarceration and shows the brutal treatment the women endured. Many of them were not insane, but simply inconvenient or a threat to a man in power. But hope arrives in the form of the journalist, Nellie Bly.

There are some tough parts to read, so please note the sexual assault trigger alert, but well worth the read.

AMAZON U.K.
on 21 September 2018
This isn’t the first historical fiction book I’ve read by this author so I knew I was in for a deeply emotional read. This one shines a light on Klara who survived organised ethnic massacres (pogroms) in Kiev in 1880s, emigrated to New York and found herself in a lunatic asylum for women on Blackwell’s island, New York. Aware of reports of abuse, reporter Elizabeth Cochran goes undercover as Nellie Bly to expose what goes on inside the asylum. In there, she meets Klara, and her nightmares past and present are told. The flagrant brutality and sheer lack of humanity shows the extent to which some humans are willing to inflict pain and suffering when they know they can do it with impunity. Thankfully, the author balances off the brutality with acts of compassion, hope and human kindness. Well-researched and vividly written, which transports you into the bowels of the asylum. You’ll be glad you’re only visiting, and will be able to get out, but the images will stay with you. Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction.
on 16 September 2018
A riveting and emotional read from one of my favorite authors! From the opening, shocking chapter, I couldn’t put the book down. At times it was difficult to read of the inhumane treatment of Karla, who is wrongly imprisoned in a lunatic asylum. The author brilliantly and realistically describes the horrors of everyday life in the asylum to the degree I felt I was sharing Karla’s experiences. Despite what Karla has to endure there are moments of light in the darkness, She makes friends with fellow inmates and a couple of the wardens try to make life easier. The evil wardens, both male and female, are really vile human beings and the author doesn’t shirk from revealing the shocking details of their behavior. The later chapters when Nellie enters the asylum are uplifting and provides a positive ending. I urge everyone to read this excellent book!
on 23 September 2018
Possibly not my favourite of Mahurin’s books but as always well written with a deep exploration into the human will to cope and survive inside a mental asylum in the late 19th century. Based on a true story, some scenes took my breath away at the brutality and vicious treatment of the patients made even worse as many sane young women were also incarcerated. This is not a light fluffy book, but has depth and meaning – a book worth reading and one I will remember for a long time.
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17 September 2018

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Like all of Paulette Mahurin’s books, A Different Kind of Angel is an example of impeccably researched historical fiction. The writing is gripping and places you directly into the asylum beside Klara, resulting in an emotional and gripping journey. In many places, this is not an easy book to read- much of what Klara experienced is just so unjust and horrifying, but that makes this a very important book and one that everyone should read. A powerful work historical fiction, deeply based in fact.
Helen Devries

16 September 2018

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Escaping from a pogrom in Russia, losing her father on the ship to America, young Klara is robbed on the streets of New York. Seeking help, her inability to speak English is taken as evidence of insanity and she is thrown into the terrifying city lunatic asylum where those employed to tend to those incarcerated there taunt and torture them while those paid to supervise the establishment starve the inmates of food, deprive them of clothing and neglect their hygiene. Care is non existent, and there is no possibility of release
Yet Klara takes refuge from the terror in the memories of her family and home and gradually discovers that the broken fellow inmates have their own ways to survive and to help each other.
She is fortunate. An undercover journalist – a character based on a real person – gains access to the asylum…is herself maltreated…and the solids hit the fan….the asylum is reformed, the abuses ended.
Klara is released and finds happiness, able to celebrate the good rather than live the evil of her experiences.
Paulette Mahurin does her research well, but is so good a writer that you are borne along on the story she relates, learning almost unconsciously about the period of which she writes.
Though the issues she deals with are dark, in her books the human heart always triumphs.
on 14 September 2018

A Different Kind of Angel is a special book, the best written by Paulette Mahurin to date. As ever, the author places emotion on every page and sets her characters in an authentic historical setting. Her greatest gift, however, is to hold a mirror up to society and through her skilful storytelling invite us to reflect on what we see, in the past, the present and our vision for the future.

There is pain and suffering in this story, but there is also hope. Paulette Mahurin’s central characters always walk with a sense of dignity and display the best of humanity. Monsters walk around in all aspects of society, often in positions of power, but Paulette Mahurin’s characters demonstrate that those who suffer and endure are far bigger people than the powerbrokers. They are the people our futures depend on because they carry with them a sense decency and hope.

Fittingly, a story set in an asylum is ultimately about the power of the mind. The mind can be your worst enemy or your best friend. I urge you to read this book because you take a lot from it; A Different Kind of Angel is far more than just a spellbinding story.

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12 September 2018

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Reading a book by Paulette Mahurin is always an emotional experience. There are times in the middle of the story when it seems impossible to go on, so terrible are the events she relates with an empathetic intensity that turns your heart inside out. But the ending always justifies the effort, leaving you not weighed down by despair, but inspired by a feeling of hope. All the author’s novels, based on true events, re-affirm her conviction that even when humanity breaks down to its lowest level, the human spirit can still soar
This is a writer who is not afraid to tackle big subjects. Prejudice, antisemitism, slavery – Mahurin takes up arms on behalf of those who have suffered intolerance and adversity. A Different Kind of Angel is the story of 20-year-old Klara Gelfman, who escapes from the terrible pogrom of 1881 Kiev only to find herself imprisoned on arriving in the Land of the Free. Her sin? Being robbed, beaten up and left in the gutter with no way to explain to the authorities what has happened, for Klara does not speak English. So begins the terrible account of her five-year incarceration in the Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island.
Mahurin tells us that the Klara of the novel is a ‘fictitious composite’ inspired by the collective stories of the 1,500 women who found themselves in this concrete fortress and whose plight was made public thanks in part to the efforts of a real-life reporter, Elizabeth Cochran, who met the real-life Klara Gelfman while on an undercover assignment inside the Asylum. The harrowing conditions–inmates are routinely starved, beaten, humiliated, brutalised and sexually abused–are brought to life by the author’s skilful pen. The wealth of detail is as vivid, as full of impact as that in a Brueghel painting; the dramatic build-up to each climactic scene almost unbearable.
But though Klara will abandon hope, touch bottom, feel she can no longer continue, she does survive, she does endure, partly through the application of her own intelligence, partly through the discovery of unexpected emotional connections with her fellow-sufferers.
Forced to sit motionless on a wooden bench along with other patients for hours at a time she remembers her father’s admonition that her mind is her best friend. She escapes into a world of imagination where the filthy stains disfiguring the prison house become marvellous flowers. Lying sleepless in the freezing dormitory while patients rant and rave and nurses and guards terrorise and abuse, she remembers what counted in her past life, the freshness and beauty of the Kiev springtime, the warmth of familial bonds, the value of simple things. She learns that ‘cruelty isn’t limited to any one category of person.’ but can, shockingly, exist in those we expect to be most nurturing; while, among the damaged, demented creatures who so terrify her when she first arrives, she discovers not only a true friend, but also ‘different kinds of angels’, all unique, with whom she is able to forge tender bonds, nurture connections vital for the fulfilment of our basic human longings: ‘to belong, to feel safe, to trust and to be understood.’
‘These simple connections ignited the resilience my soul had all but lost.’
Another wonderful, moving novel of courage and fortitude from this highly-acclaimed author.
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AMAZON U.S.
on September 17, 2018
in an effort to understand, how such a horrendous epic in our history could have happened. The Jewish people, I believe, we’re victims of their innate goodness when they believed in their hearts, that no human being could be so truly evil, to do the horrible things the did to other human beings. This book was well written and totally believable. It touched my heart.
on September 12, 2018
Amazing story by an amazing author. The way this novel is written…you go back in time and experience the events first hand
on September 11, 2018
A eye-opening story of life in the concentration camps from a survivor. Heart-breaking and inspirational at the same time. A great example of the strength of human spirit seen through the older woman survivor’s experiences and the effect on the young woman she relayed them to.
DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
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Ethan has been rescued with his bonded sibling Emma.
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Emma rescued with bonded sibling Ethan
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Ichabod has been rescued
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Audrey has been rescued
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Monty’s been rescued
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Monty’s bonding with and feeling the love of his new dad.
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Stallone has been rescued
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Charlie has been rescued
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Review for my new book, A Different Kind of Angel: “This book is marvelously written, researched, and edited.”

I’m happy to share a recent review with my great cyber friends and to shout out a great big thank you to everyone who has purchased a book, written a review, or helped spread the words. Dogs are being rescued from kill shelters with the profits from all my books. You all have been a tremendous help.

Purchase link for all my books:

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on September 22, 2018
Throughout history women have been portrayed as weak or too emotional because men fear actually fear losing their power. Therefore, basic human rights for women were often stripped away and many were institutionalized as powerful men feared exposure for their indiscretions. This story is not for the faint of heart. It intertwines the stories of three strong women, two of whom have been thrown into a lunatic asylum against their wills. The narrator is Klara, a Jewish survivor of a pogrom near her home in Kiev. All her family members brutally murdered, and only she and her father manage to escape the horror to board a ship to a new life in America. Unfortunately, her father dies, instilling her with the desire to be the ‘survivor’ of the family. What should have been a happy ending, ends up with Klara being thrown into an asylum for the simple reason she cannot speak English enough to protest that she is not an inebriated prostitute. There she meets the clearly sane Catherine who has been imprisoned because she might expose her rich, married lover. Enduring years of abuse consisting of a dismal diet, hours of forced sitting on hard benches, rape, beatings, and weekly baths in freezing water, the two friends only have each other to cling to. Hope is nearly gone as their physical health deteriorates, and they are both certain death will be their only release from their never-ending misery. When a newcomer by the name of Nellie arrives, she brings a needed breath of fresh air. She is, in reality, the infamous Nellie Bly, who using the evidence she witnesses daily as well as candid conversations she has with her two new friends to bring about a miracle in an institution housing 1600 unfortunate women. This book is marvelously written, researched, and edited. I felt like I was also committed to the dismal asylum with both Klara & Catherine resided and appreciated how the book used flashbacks to flesh out the backstories of the main characters. It is women who rescue women in this novel, and in today’s uncertain world, it becomes even clearer that the more empowered women become, the less horrible events like these can happen. Highly recommended.

 

 

 

 

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460 dogs rescued from kill shelters

A Different Kind of Angel ranked #3 hot new best seller by Amazon

 

 

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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 Lucas, Everly, Stallone, Forseti, Abby, Grant, Millie, Harland, Breeze, Blaze, Hamilton, Franklin, Levi, Roger, Holly, Earnest, Charlie, Piccolo, Sundae, Jericho, Atlas, Preston, Scout, Zipper, Reuben, Lyla, Checkers, Eddie, Mardi, Austin, Montana, Carter, Sky, Sedona, Brenda, Foster, Dempsey, Dahlia, Quincy, Mochi, (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2018, 460 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.

LINK TO PURCHASE ALL MY BOOKS and to see all reviews for all my books click on the books cover:

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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 A DIFFERENT KIND OF ANGEL
AMAZON U.S.
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September 5, 2018

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As always with Ms Mahurin’s novels, I was immersed not only in the story but with the characters who filled the pages.

I found it compelling, poignant, and thought provoking. The research into the New York lunatic asylum and the barbaric treatment of patients, some of whom had committed no crime or mentally ill act with which to merit such internment were very realistic. Her character, Klara was colourful and her story in both present and past were breathtakingly personal, and I shared every minute with her.

This is a major work from a tremendous author who rightfully enjoys critical acclaim.

Bravo. 5 stars.

on September 3, 2018
Every time I pick up a new Paulette Mahurin’s book, I know that I’ll be immediately immersed into an unforgettable world of brilliantly-written historical fiction, where darkness and hope coexist side by side, and where characters are so real, I feel like I know each and every one of them personally by the end. “A Different Kind of Angel” was no exception. It’s a thoroughly researched novel that offers a glimpse into one of the darkest parts of American history – a New York women’s asylum where terror and abuse are given free reign, and where no hope of escaping exists. I couldn’t help but feel for Klara, a Jewish refugee who speaks no English and who has just narrowly escaped certain death in one of the Kiev’s pogroms, just to be thrown into a new hell. Klara was a wonderful central character: strong, resilient, highly intelligent, and sympathetic to her fellow “inmates” as I can’t quite call them patients for no doctor ever stepped inside to check on the women’s well-being. As I read, I was appalled not only by the horrifying conditions in which the women had to live but the brutal treatment of the guards and nurses, some of which drew some sadistic pleasure from abusing their charges. To be completely honest, such blatant disregard of a human being’s life and well-being reminded me of German concentration camps. It was even more appalling to think that such institutions existed on American soil, where freedom and justice for all were supposed to be the rule.
The part where the journalist Nellie Bly steps through the doors of the asylum is probably known to some readers who are familiar with the story. I absolutely loved how masterfully fact and fiction were interwoven in this novel, bringing to life the secrets long lost to the shameful American past. If you love historical fiction – definitely add it to your must-read list. Highly recommended!
on September 3, 2018
I got an advance review copy of A Different Kind of Angel and thoroughly enjoyed it. It gives a factual account of the conditions inside the Women’s Lunatic Asylum of Blackwell’s Island and the ploy by a reporter named Nellie Bly to infiltrate the institution and disclose the horrifying conditions. The story is told through the eyes of Russian immigrant named Klara who is unfairly tossed into the asylum herself. There are also scenes of flashback to Klara’s family and the Kiev Pogrom. This book is rich in detail, well-written and compelling. There are vivid scenes. The reader can taste, hear and smell the inside of the asylum. As the author says, the place was a “chain with links made of misery.” I recommend this excellent book and give it 5 stars.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE PERSECUTION OF MILDRED DUNLAP
AMAZON U.S.
on September 3, 2018
The author provides a period piece with themes as topical today as they were in the 1890s. In this well written, thought provoking novel, the life of the main character is disrupted by scourges of today’s society – gossip, bias, and prejudice. The characters are well developed and the writing is first rate. Once I started reading I could not put this book down. A great read.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE DAY I SAW THE HUMMINGBIRD
AMAZON U.S.
on August 26, 2018
Does exactly what I wanted it for
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AMAZON CANADA
on August 25, 2018
Wow!
I can’t say a bad word about this well written, well developed, detailed, raw and intelligent book!
Difficult and earth shattering topics are exposed and portrayed with grace, detail, heart, understanding and excellent style.
Wonderful book!!
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
GOODREADS

Jo (An Unexpected Bookish Geek)

“The seven year dress” is a historical fiction book, which is based on a true account by Helen Stein, as told to the author. Any book which is based on the time of The Holocaust, is incredibly difficult to read about, let alone digest. This book is certainly no exception.

The author does a skillful job of presenting a story that is not only full of the true horrors of war, but has that bittersweet poignancy about it, too. Parts of this book, I found, extremely difficult to read, and obviously, what makes it all the more difficult, is knowing that these inhumane and barbaric acts actually did take place.

I feel that the main character Helen, felt very real to follow throughout this book. The descriptions of her interactions with others and the horrors of Auschwitz felt like they were in a lot of depth, and even though there were poignant moments in this book, quite a lot of it felt very depressing and heavy going. I’m not trying to say that is a bad aspect, but I cannot say I actually “enjoyed” reading this, despite how important these kind of accounts are.

Many people think that the sexual content in this book was unnecessary, but I beg to differ. It is telling us that despite the horror, heartache and everything else that was going on, we are still humans, and with that, our sexual needs and desires don’t necessarily diminish.

I would recommend this, even if it was just to realise the importance of it.

AMAZON U.S.
on September 5, 2018
I cried reading this story. A very good read I could not put it down, told friends about it so we could compare
AMAZON U.K.
on 18 August 2018
Very gripping read. Full of hope in a very bleak and harrowing time.
exceptionally well written. Fiction with a truth.

DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS

 

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Lucas has been rescued

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Lucas’ freedom photo

 

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Everly’s been rescued

 

EVERLY FREEDOM

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Stallone has been rescued

 

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Forseti has been rescued

 

FORSETI FREEDOM

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Abby’s been rescued

ABBY FREEDOM

Abby’s freedom photo

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Grant’s been rescued

 

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Grant’s freedom photos

 

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Millie has been rescued

 

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Harland has been rescued

 

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Breeze has been rescued

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Blaze has been rescued

 

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Hamilton has been rescued with his bonded sibling Franklin

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Hamilton and Franklin, bonded siblings, in shelter kennel together.

 

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Hamilton’s freedom photo

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Franklin has been rescued with bonded sibling Hamilton

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Franklin’s freedom photo

 

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Levi has been rescued

 

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Roger’s been rescued

 

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Roger’s freedom photo

 

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Holly’s kennel information

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Holly has been rescued

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Holly’s freedom photo

 

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Earnest has been rescued

 

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Earnest’s freedom photo

 

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Charlie has been rescued

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Charlie’s freedom photo

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Piccolo has been rescued

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Piccolo’s freedom photo

 

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Sundae has been rescued

 

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Jericho has been rescued

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Jericho’s freedom photo

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Atlas has been rescued

 

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Atlas’ freedom photo

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Preston has been rescued

 

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Preston’s freedom photo

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Scout has been rescued

 

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Zipper has been rescued

 

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Zipper’s freedom photo

 

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Reuben’s been rescued

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Reuben’s freedom photo

 

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Lyla has been rescued

 

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Lyla’s freedom photo

 

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Checker’s has been rescued

 

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Eddie has been rescued

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Mardi has been rescued

 

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Mardi’s freedom photos

 

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Austin has been rescued

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Austin’s freedom photo

 

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Montana has been rescued

 

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Montana’s freedom photo

 

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Carter who came in with his bonded mate Austin was rescued with him (Austin’s photos above)

 

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Carter’s freedom photo. He was rescued and remained with his bonded mate Austin.

 

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Sky’s been rescued

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Sedona’s been rescued

 

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Brenda’s been rescued

 

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Brenda with her new siblings

 

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Foster has been rescued

 

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Foster’s freedom photo

 

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Dempsey has been rescued

 

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Dempsey’s freedom photo

 

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Dahlia has been rescued

 

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Dahlia’s freedom photo

 

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Quincy has been rescued

 

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Mochi’s been rescued

 

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Mochi’s freedom photo

 

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – A Different Kind of Angel by Paulette Mahurin — Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

Delighted to feature the latest release from Paulette Mahurin – A Different Kind of Angel. As with all Paulette’s books, profits from will go to rescue dogs from kill shelters. About A Different Kind of Angel Inspired by real events chronicled by a journalist for The World News, Elizabeth Cochrane (pen name, Nellie Bly), in 1887. Klara Gelfman’s life in […]

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First reviews are in for A Different kind of Angel

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has purchased my book and taken the time to write a review. All profits from all my books go to help get dogs out of kill shelters.
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SYNOPSIS

Inspired by real events chronicled by a journalist for The World News, Elizabeth Cochrane (pen name, Nellie Bly), in 1887.

Klara Gelfman’s life in Kiev was serene until she turned nineteen. That’s when Russia’s Tsar Alexander II was assassinated, and a vicious propaganda campaign spread that blamed the Jews for his death. Klara and her family became victims of the many pogroms breaking out throughout Russia. None were so violent as what hit Kiev in 1881. It was there that Klara’s family was torn asunder and her world changed forever.

This is the story of what happens to this traumatized, orphaned, young Jewish woman when she escapes Russia and crosses an ocean to arrive on the rough streets of New York City able to speak only a few words of English. There, in the land of the free, Klara’s life is thrown into turmoil when she is mistaken for a drunken prostitute. Mistreated by those entrusted to protect her—the police, a judge, doctors, and nurses—she is condemned to an unrelenting hellscape when she is incorrectly and involuntarily committed to a lunatic asylum.

At a time when women had no political, economic or professional rights, comes a story where corruption by the powerful was as overt and commonplace as was garbage on the New York City streets. From the award-winning, international best-selling author of The Seven Year Dress comes an unforgettable story of the devastating effects of persecution, hatred, and arrogance. A Different Kind of Angel is also a story of love, family, friendship, and loyalty. It is a journey into the nature and heart of the resilience of the human spirit that will leave readers thinking about the story long after they finish the book.

AMAZON.COM REVIEWS
on September 6, 2018
Ms. Mahurin has highlighted a shameful truth about cruelty, exploitation and dehumanization in the late 1800s to the downtrodden and disadvantaged members of society: immigrants, women, Jews, the poor, and the sick (especially the mentally unwell) in her most recent novel. Does any of this sound remotely familiar? This brilliant storyteller has helped me to realize that we are not as modern or cultured or civilized as we may have thought. Indeed, in many ways, we continue to relive the sins of our past.

You may be wondering, but what about the book? The beauty of every Paulette Mahurin book is that the fiction she weaves around historical fact is so compelling that you have to wonder what parts are fictional. Klara, the protagonist, is both brave and timid, ready to fight for her life in the asylum into which she was unjustly placed and ready to give up (if only briefly). The women she meets in the dorm of asylum makes the reader wonder if insanity is the only sane way to cope with the endless, capricious, savagery to which they are subjected. And in the midst of all the misery, this talented author does not let us forget that kindness glows warmly in the darkest and coldest of corners.

Each authority figure in or out of the asylum has a unique flavor of malice that drives them to behave in such loathsome ways towards the women who fall victim to imprisonment in the asylum and social discrimination. Ms. Mahurin, in effect, has deftly created in these opposing forces: the powerless female patients and the hateful, often violent “caretakers;” the greater and the lesser selves that we all carry inside of ourselves—the ultimate battle of good and evil, of angels and demons.

I shudder to think about how much of it is true. But I did some amateur research and found out that the conditions Ms. Mahurin describes in the Blackwell Asylum and the kinds of tortures these women underwent are all real. So is the character of Nelly Bly. Much of what anyone knows about the inside of insane asylums comes from her groundbreaking investigative journalism in the 1880s.

A Different Kind of Angel is a book you will never regret buying or reading. I can’t stop thinking about it and the lessons we could use today to treat unfortunate others with more compassion. This is the kind of gift this book gives to you beyond several hours of good, old-fashioned reading pleasure.

on September 3, 2018
Every time I pick up a new Paulette Mahurin’s book, I know that I’ll be immediately immersed into an unforgettable world of brilliantly-written historical fiction, where darkness and hope coexist side by side, and where characters are so real, I feel like I know each and every one of them personally by the end. “A Different Kind of Angel” was no exception. It’s a thoroughly researched novel that offers a glimpse into one of the darkest parts of American history – a New York women’s asylum where terror and abuse are given free reign, and where no hope of escaping exists. I couldn’t help but feel for Klara, a Jewish refugee who speaks no English and who has just narrowly escaped certain death in one of the Kiev’s pogroms, just to be thrown into a new hell. Klara was a wonderful central character: strong, resilient, highly intelligent, and sympathetic to her fellow “inmates” as I can’t quite call them patients for no doctor ever stepped inside to check on the women’s well-being. As I read, I was appalled not only by the horrifying conditions in which the women had to live but the brutal treatment of the guards and nurses, some of which drew some sadistic pleasure from abusing their charges. To be completely honest, such blatant disregard of a human being’s life and well-being reminded me of German concentration camps. It was even more appalling to think that such institutions existed on American soil, where freedom and justice for all were supposed to be the rule.
The part where the journalist Nellie Bly steps through the doors of the asylum is probably known to some readers who are familiar with the story. I absolutely loved how masterfully fact and fiction were interwoven in this novel, bringing to life the secrets long lost to the shameful American past. If you love historical fiction – definitely add it to your must-read list. Highly recommended!
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Introducing A Different Kind of Angel

My new book is live on Amazon. As with all my other books, all the profits from it will go to help get dogs out of kill shelters.  I’m grateful for all the support my books have received. To everyone who has or plans to purchase a book and additionally take the time to write a review, thank you. Each purchase and review is given attention by Amazon in ranking a book and that means promotion. A lot of dogs will benefit.

Links to purchase my new book in the U.S. and it will also be available on other Amazon sites around the world.

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Inspired by real events chronicled by journalist for The World News, Elizabeth Cochrane (pen name, Nellie Bly), in 1887.

 

Klara Gelfman’s life in Kiev was serene until she turned nineteen. That’s when Russia’s Tsar Alexander II was assassinated, and a vicious propaganda campaign spread that blamed the Jews for his death. Klara and her family became victims of the many pogroms breaking out throughout Russia. None were so violent as what hit Kiev in 1881. It was there that Klara’s family was torn asunder and her world changed forever.

 

This is the story of what happens to this traumatized, orphaned, young Jewish woman when she escapes Russia and crosses an ocean to arrive on the rough streets of New York City able to speak only a few words of English. There, in the land of the free, Klara’s life is thrown into turmoil when she is mistaken for a drunken prostitute. Mistreated by those entrusted to protect her—the police, a judge, doctors, and nurses—she is condemned to an unrelenting hellscape when she is incorrectly and involuntarily committed to a lunatic asylum.

 

At a time when women had no political, economic or professional rights, comes a story where corruption by the powerful was as overt and commonplace as was garbage on the New York City streets. From the award winning, international best-selling author of The Seven Year Dress, comes an unforgettable story of the devastating effects of persecution, hatred, and arrogance. A Different Kind of Angel is also a story of love, family, friendship and loyalty. It is a journey into the nature and heart of the resilience of the human spirit that will leave readers thinking about the story long after they finish the book.

 

REVIEW FOR A DIFFERENT KIND OF ANGEL

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T R’s ***** review

Aug 31, 2018
it was amazing

 

With modern times bring women’s rights and issues to the forefront, this is a timely book. Although it dates back in history to the later 1800s, it is every bit contemporary today as it was then. Brilliantly written, this is a captivating story that rivals Mahurin’s The Seven Year Dress. Tackling issues such as anti-Semitism, misogyny, and human rights in general the author doesn’t hold back. That this centers around an actual historical event makes the read all the more compelling. There is a balance in the pages of all that is bleak and dark about the human spirit and all that is good and uplifting. And again, like today, where so much negativity prevails in the press there is also much good in the world, demonstrated in simple acts of kindness that create mountains of love and balance. A great read.

 

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420 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 Zoe, Radley, Kelsey, Ronaldo, Titan, Lyle, Bentley, Little Beauty, Baer, Princess Leia, Charli Girl, Benson, Pimpo, Hazel, Sarge, Casper, Horace, Ferg, Binkie, Pork Chop, Peter, Domino,  Scooter & Fletcher (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2018, 420 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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AMAZON RANKING
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 SEVEN YEAR DRESS

on 31 July 2018
A tribute to the human spirit and the will to live! spellbinding and a wonderful insight into the indomitable human spirit.

 

DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTER
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Zoe has been rescued
ZOE 2 FREEDOM
Zoe’s freedom photo
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Radley has been rescued
RADLEY FREEDOM
Radley’s freedom photo
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Kelsey has been rescued
KELSEY FREEDOM
Kelsey’s freedom photo
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Ronaldo has been rescued
RONALDO FREEDOM
Ronaldo’s freedom photo
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Titan has been rescued
TITAN 3 FREEDOM
Titan’s freedom photo
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Lyle’s been rescued
LYLE FREEDOM PHOTO
Lyle’s freedom photo
LYLE BONDING WITH NEW MOM
Lyle bonding with new mom
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Bentley has been rescued
BENTLEY 3 FREEDOM
Bentley’s freedom photo
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Little Beauty has been rescued
LITTLE BEAUTY aka WHISPER FREEDOM PHOTO
Little Beauty’s freedom photo
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Baer has been rescued
BAER FREEDOM
Baer’s freedom photo
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Princess Leia has been rescued
PRINCESS LEIA FREEDOM PHOTO
Princess Leia’s freedom photo
PRINCESS LEIA WITH NEW SIBLING
Princess Leia with new sibling
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Charli Girl (named by rescue) has been rescued
CHARLI GIRL FREEDOM
Charli Girl’s freedom photos on the bottom
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Benson has been rescued
BENSON FREEDOM
Benson’s freedom photo
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Pimpo’s been rescued
PIMPO FREEDOM
Pimpo’s freedom photo
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Hazel has been rescued
HAZEL 2 FREEDOM
Hazel’s freedom photo
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Sarge has been rescued
SARGE 2 FREEDOM
Sarge’s freedom photo
CASPER 4 RESCUED
Casper’s been rescued
CASPER 4 FREEDOM
Casper’s freedom photo
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Horace has been rescued
HORACE 2 FREEDOM
Horace’s freedom photo
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Ferg’s been rescued

FERG FREEDM PHOTO

 

Ferg’s freedom photo

 

 

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Binkie has been rescued

BINKIE FREEDOM

Binkie’s freedom photo

 

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Pork Chop has been rescued

PORK CHOP FREEDOM

 

Pork Chop’s freedom photo

 

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Peter (named by rescue) has been rescued.

 

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Peter’s freedom photo

 

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Domino has been rescued

DOMINO FREEDOM

Domino’s freedom photo

 

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Scooter has been rescued