Must read… Wonderful… Hard to stop reading… I will never forget this book… Mahurin is an engaging writer…

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 Thor, Nora, Warren, Clyde, Taco, Benny, and best friends Bloo & Lady, Alvin, Balto and Carina (photos below) out of kill shelters. We’re off to a good start in 2017 with the freedom of 25 dogs. In in 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 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 continue to be ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon 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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RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE PERSECUTION OF MILDRED DUNLAP

on January 12, 2017
Good book, and I enjoyed the style of writing. Very real situations in real life back in the early times. The topic of two women being together is an issue in the book but it was done very well and don’t think it will offend anyone. Recommend it

on January 10, 2017

Gossip, in more ways, is worse than murder, some say. The rippling effects of gossip can have a weak subject wishing for death; even materializing it for themselves.

The story is set in the 19th century; goes to show that man doesn’t learn his/her lessons on what is good and what is bad. Centuries and eons of technologies later, many among us still judge; many still look down on people; many still can’t keep opinions in check; many still come to conclusions the basis for which are self-serving speculations. Indeed, it’s a sad plight if we look at it this way. One good thing in the present time, the marginalized now have a voice in many parts of the world. A lot of people and countries take up advocacies for equality and against discrimination. It’s not perfect but it’s a big thing from the situation in the book.

The scenario in the book happened at the same time when Oscar Wilde was imprisoned because of having relations with another man. A lot of thought-provoking quotes from this famed playwright abound; at least one per chapter. They make the readers think twice before passing judgment on Mildred Dunlap, the main character who was in the same predicament as Mr. Wilde.

Paulette Mahurin is an engaging writer; another in my list to watch out for.

 

 

 

RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS

on January 12, 2017
Whenever I read a book about the Holocaust, I can’t help but be reflective as well as thankful for the life I’ve had. It’s so unfair that so many people suffered so much hardship and sadness during the war, and yet amazingly there is still hope and kindness to be found amongst it all. The Seven Year Dress is a well written story, I liked the way Helen was introduced and how her story flowed on from there and I totally recommend this book for all fans of historical fiction.
on January 11, 2017
I read the book in one day. The story was on near of such sadness , I felt I was there.
on January 10, 2017
There are really no words to describe the horrific torture and murder of millions of innocent victims. Paulette Mahurin has written a heartbreaking, eye opening novel that tells with brutal honesty what occurred. I will never forget this book.
on January 9, 2017
I DONT USUALLY READ ANYTHING ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST, BUT THIS STORY WAS VERY WELL WRITTEN.

 

 

on January 9, 2017
Must read. I couldn’t stop until I was done. Very good book that will bring out so many emotions. Wonderful!
on January 9, 2017
Even though the novel is labeled historic fiction, the atrocities that happened to the “undesirables” in the concentration camps is very real.and described in a way that is heart breaking. The book is slow moving at first, but when the main character Helen is immersed in the horrific treatment received by Jewish people it is hard to stop reading.

 

DOG’S RESCUED

 

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Thor’s been rescued

 

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Thor’s freedom photo

 

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Nora’s been rescued

 

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Nora’s freedom photo

 

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Nora showing off her new outfit and bed

 

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Nora cozy and safe

 

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Warren’s been rescued

 

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Warren’s freedom walk

 

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Warren’s last look at the shelter

 

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Warren’s gratitude look at new family

 

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Warren safe and sound at home sweet home

 

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Clyde’s been rescued

 

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Clyde’s freedom walk

 

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Clyde loving on new dad

 

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Clyde’s smiling thank you for “saving my life”

 

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Taco’s been rescued

 

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Taco’s freedom photo.

 

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Benny’s been rescued

 

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Benny’s freedom photo

 

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Benny getting love from new family

 

 

 

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Lady senior with arthritis was rescued with her best friend Bloo who is blind

 

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Bloo rescued with best friend Lady

 

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Lady & Bloo having a rest together

 

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Lady & Bloo in new yard enjoying their freedom and friendship

 

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Alvin’s been rescued

 

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Alving’s freedom photo with new mom.

 

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Balto came in with a fractured femur and was rescued

 

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Balto after surgery for leg amputation. Unfortunately they were unable to save the leg but he came through surgery without complications.

 

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Balto healing beautifully and grateful to have been helped. The vet says he should have a quality long life.

 

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Carina’s been rescued

 

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Carina’s freedom walk

 

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Carina’s freedom photo

 

 

 

 

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A book to keep you awake until you finish

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 Linus, Scampi, Trinity, Berkley, Wolfie, Lupe, Lauren, and siblings Renoir and Alexia, Chance, Ebony, Happy, Taco and Burton (photos below) out of kill shelters. We’re off to a good start in 2017 with the freedom of these 14 dogs. In in 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 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.
REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
AMAZON U.S.
on January 6, 2017
I truely loved this book! Felt like a true story instead of a Novel. Great writing
AMAZON U.K.
on 1 January 2017
I cried, I smiled and finally I found understanding.
This book takes you on a journey that is horrific and incredible. I couldn’t stop reading.
GOODREADS:

MetLineReader

Jan 04, 2017 MetLineReader rated it it was amazing

Superb book that leaves you thinking about the characters for long after you’ve finished.

I picked it up on the recommendation of an old schoolfriend. Initially I wasn’t sure where it was going, but once it began to tell the story of Helen Stein, her family and her next-door neighbour, Max, I was transfixed.

A must-read. Its simplicity belies its message and allows the horrors of the Holocaust to be brought to the fore.

5*.

AMAZON RANKING
My books continue to be ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon 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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DOGS RESCUED
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Linus has been rescued
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Linus’ freedom photo
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 Scampi’s been rescued
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Scampi’s freedom photo
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Trinity’s been rescued
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 Trinity’s freedom photo
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Berkley’s been rescued
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 Berkley’s freedom photo
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Baby Wolfie came in with severe Cyote bites to his neck and was rescued by  a very supportive loving dog rescue group. Profits from my books helped with his effort.
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The rescue group got him to a vet to save his life.
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Wolfie’s post surgery freedom photo. He’s resilient and doing very well. Bless all the angels that helped save this little guy.
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Lupe has been rescued
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Lupe’s freedom photo
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Lupe feeling the love at her adoption vet check
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Lauren’s been rescued
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 Beautiful Lauren’s freedom walk
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Lauren’s freedom photo
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Renoir’s been rescued
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Renoir’s freedom photo
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Renoir in brown bed with sister Alexia (bless the people who rescued them together)
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Renoir home safe in new bed
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Chance has been rescued
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Chance’s freedom photo
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Ebony’s been rescued
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Ebony bathed and ready for new home
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Ebony with new mom checking in for her vet check
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Ebony’s freedom photo
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Happy’s been rescued
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Happy’s freedom photo
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Happy with new sibling enjoying the cuddles
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Happy smiling his thanks for saving his life
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Taco’s been rescued
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Taco’s freedom walk
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Taco’s freedom photo
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Taco knows he’s safe and sound.
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 Burton’s been rescued
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Burton’s freedom photo
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Burton getting love from new mom
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LAST DAY OF 2016 BRINGS THE TOTAL OF DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS TO 250

I’m turning off my computer and electronically saying goodbye to 2016. It was great for three more dogs this morning bringing the total of dogs rescued to 250. May this new year bring good health and laughter to all your lives. We sure do love our cyber community.

 

 

I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Kristin, Kazzy and Huey (see photos below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 250 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 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.

 

 DOGS GOING TO HOMES TO CELEBRATE A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

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Kristin the senior dog has been rescued

 

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Kristin’s freedom ride to new home

 

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Kazzy another senior dog has been rescued

 

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Kazzy’s freedom photo

 

 

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Huey’s been rescued

 

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Huey’s freedom photo

 

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Huey safe in new bed

 

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Huey snuggling close to new sibling (he’d sure like Dezi and Raena and Schooner)

 

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Grateful Huey

 

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What does Huey say to all who helped? “Life’s the best gift!!! THANK YOU

FOR SAVING MY LIFE!”

 

 

 

 

ABOUT MY BOOKS

 

THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS and TO LIVE OUT LOUD and HIS NAME WAS BEN
My book The Seven Year Dress is continuing to rank in the top 100 best sellers in the kindle bookstore in the literary-fiction-historical, literary fiction, and the young adult categories. I’ve also been ranked by Amazon as top ranking author for two of my books, The Seven Year Dress and To Live Out loud, in the historical fiction category and the Teen/Young Adult category. And  in the literary fiction category for The Seven Year Dress. And  my book His Name Was Ben is #12 on the Amazon Best Sellers in General category. See photos below.

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247 dogs rescued from kill shelters-HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Sunflower, Fallon, Lexus, Sarah, Melinda, Casey, Caitlyn and Stella  (see photos below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 247 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 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.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
on December 28, 2016
This was a well written book from Helens point of view. Her love, fears, losses, and hopes.
A very easy read of living through the depths of hell.
A definite read.
on December 24, 2016
At first I thought this was a nonfiction book and when I learned it was historical fiction I was all most tempted to put it down but I’m glad I didn’t.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE PERSECUTION OF MILDRED DUNLAP
on December 29, 2016
The story telling is excellent in this book and the development of the characters very engaging.
THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS and TO LIVE OUT LOUD and HIS NAME WAS BEN
My book The Seven Year Dress is continuing to rank in the top 100 best sellers in the kindle bookstore in the literary-fiction-historical, literary fiction, and the young adult categories. I’ve also been ranked by Amazon as top ranking author for two of my books, The Seven Year Dress and To Live Out loud, in the historical fiction category and the Teen/Young Adult category. And  in the literary fiction category for The Seven Year Dress. And  my book His Name Was Ben is #12 on the Amazon Best Sellers in General category. See photos below.

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DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS

 

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Sunflower’s been rescued

 

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Sunflower’s freedom photos

 

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Sunflower safe and content

 

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Sunflower joyfully wagging a big “thank you for saving my life”

 

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Fallon’s been rescued

 

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Fallon feeling her freedom

 

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Fallon is joyful to be free and going to her new home

 

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Lexus has been rescued

 

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Lexus’ freedom photo

 

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Lexus feeling his freedom at his vet check

 

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Lexus feeling the love

 

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Lexus’ smiling thank you for saving my life

 

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Sarah’s been rescued

 

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Sarah’s freedom photo. Bathed and on her way home.

 

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Melinda’s been rescued

 

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Melinda’s freedom photo

 

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Casey’s been rescued

 

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Casey’s freedom photo

 

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Caitlyn’s been rescued

 

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Caitlyn’s freedom photo

 

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Stella before rescue

 

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Stella’s been rescued

 

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Stella’s freedom walk

 

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Beautiful Stella free to enjoy 2017

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR

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LUCINDA’S 2016 FAVOURITE AWARDS — lucinda E Clarke

I have read and reviewed 140 books this year and to keep track I now list them on a spreadsheet. I’ve chosen 6 biographical and 10 fiction books as those I most remember – those that forced me to ignore the world around me and keep turning the pages. Each one spoke to me, moved […]

via LUCINDA’S 2016 FAVOURITE AWARDS — lucinda E Clarke

I’M THRILLED THAT MY BOOK, THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS, WAS AMONG LUCINDA E CLARKE’S MEMORABLE READS OF 2016. THIS IS INDEED A WONDERFUL HONOR.

 

 

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239 DOGS SAVED FROM KILL SHELTERS WITH THE HELP OF THE PROFITS FROM ALL MY BOOK and PRESTIGIOUS AWARD FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS

The Seven Year Dress awarded BEST BOOK 2016 by the very talented author and blogger Grant Leishman.

“Every one of these books I’ve mentioned this year was superb and as a reader, I have been truly blessed by the quality and depth of talent I have been exposed to this past year. I am sure that will continue into 2017.”
The Supreme Grunter Award for Indie Authors of Excellence for 2016 goes to: 
THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
BY PAULETTE MAHURIN
Congratulations Paulette 

 

(For full post click on link below)

http://www.grantleishman.com/my-blog/its-time-its-time-for-the-supreme-grunter-awards-for-2016

 

I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Harvey, Barkley, Chello, Paxton and Blinky (see photos below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 239 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 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.
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Harvey’s been rescued
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Harvey’s freedom photo
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Harvey looking at freedom
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Harvey’s freedom ride. This is what happy looks like.
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Barkley’s been freed
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Barkley’s freedom photo
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 Chello’s been rescued
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Chello’s day of freedom
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Chello thanking new mom
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Paxton’s been rescued
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Paxton’s freedom walk
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Paxton’s freedom ride.
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Paxton getting a hug from new mom
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Blinky the senior has been rescued
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Blinky’s freedom photo
THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS and TO LIVE OUT LOUD and HIS NAME WAS BEN
My book The Seven Year Dress is continuing to rank in the top 100 best sellers in the kindle bookstore in the literary-fiction-historical, literary fiction, and the young adult categories. I’ve also been ranked by Amazon as top ranking author for two of my books, The Seven Year Dress and To Live Out loud, in the historical fiction category and the Teen/Young Adult category. And  in the literary fiction category for The Seven Year Dress. And  my book His Name Was Ben is #12 on the Amazon Best Sellers in General category. See photos below.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
AMAZON U.S.
on December 16, 2016
An almost unbelievable yet so true accounting of a horrible time in history
on December 16, 2016
This was a terrific read. Although a tragic story, it was very captivating. A must read for anyone interested in history, and real life tragedy.
on December 16, 2016
Well written. Excellent characters
on December 16, 2016
Powerful, moving and sad but tells a beautiful story of survival.
AMAZON U.K.
on 17 December 2016
This book was amazing I cried…I laughed and I felt the pain….a great book by a great author. Thank you for this book.

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FROM MY GANG TO ALL OF YOU HAPPY HOLIDAYS. PEACE ON EARTH.

 

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My Max (left) and Bella (right) rescued from a kill shelter.

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Bonded siblings

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Max’s favorite place

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Bella’s favorite place – wherever there’s food

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The Seven Year Dress best read of 2016

I am honored that my book The Seven Year Dress has been selected as the best historical fiction read by the very talented blogger and author Grant Leishman. An excerpt from his post awarding this honor and for the entire post the link follows:

The Category is HISTORICAL FICTION – 2016 Awards for Indie Author Excellence

The third nominee in the HISTORICAL FICTION category is the beautiful story of a young woman, Helen, caught up in the maelstrom that was the rise of the Nazi’s in Germany and her time in the most notorious of the death camps, Auschwitz. It is THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS by PAULETTE MAHURIN.

I like to think that I have been greatly blessed recently.

As a history buff and someone who adores historical fiction, I have read some of the most amazing, diverse and exciting historical fiction in recent times. In the last few months alone, I have read three books set during the Nazi reign of terror, each one of them very different and each one of them equally superb. From Christoph Fischer’s Ludwika to Ellie Midwood’s Standartenfuhrer’s Wife and Gruppenfuhrer’s Mistress, I have been a happy little camper. Well, add now to that impressive list, The Seven Year Dress by Paulette Mahurin.

Each of these three authors has produced books on the same time period, but each from their own unique perspective and viewpoint. In Ludwika, we saw a young Slavic girl trying to survive amongst the Nazi invaders. In Ellie Midwood’s two stories, we followed young Jewess Annalise as she not only married a man high up in the Nazi Intelligence Service but then used that position to spy on the Nazis for the Americans. Fantastic books all of them.

In the Seven Year Dress, we confront the very worst of the Nazi atrocities and Mahurin confronts it head on, through the eyes of Helen, a survivor of the infamous death camp that was Auschwitz.

We first meet Helen, as an old lady, who needs to tell her story to her new boarder. Traveling back in time to Berlin in the mid-1930’s we see a young Jewish girl, about to flourish into womanhood, as the Nazi’s come to power in Germany and the atrocities against the Jewish people and other “undesirables” begin.

After four years of hiding in an abandoned farmhouse basement, with only her brother Ben for company, the pair is finally arrested, by the dreaded Gestapo and transported to Auschwitz, where somehow Helen manages to stay alive through the hell that was the “Death Camp”.

This book will make you cry, it will make you scream at the sheer brutality and inhumanity of the German soldiers but it will also fill you with wonder and hope and faith in the indomitability of the human spirit. Reading this book you will traverse the entire gamut of human emotions – it is that good.

It isn’t necessarily an easy read. The violence and hatred are brutal and Mahurin pulls no punches in describing it, but the strength, the humanity and the sheer determination to survive shown by Helen and some of the other inmates will shine through like a beacon.

I can say easily, few books have touched me emotionally as much as this one has. Paulette Mahurin, in my book you are a superstar author who deserves mass publication.

As an aside and not taking away from the book in any way, it is fascinating to draw parallels between the behavior of the Nazis in the 1930’s and by association, most average German citizens, and the events we see currently happening in parts of the world today. We should learn from history, not repeat it. (No need to elucidate on that!)

Thank you for a book that will live long in my memory.

So there we have it, four uber-talented authors, all of whom are the match of ANY legacy published author out there and six incredible books – Who’s the winner of this year’s Award for Indie Author Excellence? God, this was such a tough category, but in the end, I’ve got to go with my heart and give the award to the book that made the biggest overall emotional impact on me and that was (Drum Roll Please…)

THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS by PAULETTE MAHURIN

Congratulations Paulette!

After the often gut-wrenching pain and angst of Historical Fiction, our next award to be handed out, should lighten things up a bit. Next up in the Grunter’s is the HUMOUR category.

Till then, have a wonderful, peace-filled day!

CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY!

EMBRACE THE OPPORTUNITIES LIFE PRESENTS TO YOU AND ALWAYS, ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!

HAVE A GREAT LIFE AND SPREAD THE LOVE!

CHANGING THE WORLD – ONE READER AT A TIME

For entire post and to meet the author nominated authors and their books click on link:  https://niume.com/post/199277

I’m thrilled that another extremely talented author and blogger selected my book out of many read in 2016 as one of her top three. To read an excerpt from her blog post see below. Link for the full post follows.

 

A Time to hope

Last December I wrote about three authors who had created three totally captivating Private Eyes to add an extra sparkle to the festive season. The authors were all Indie (independent) writers, self-published on Amazon, and, like their heroes, were all men.

Of the 120 or so books I’ve read this year, there are three I’d like to get passionate about. The authors this time are women, two of them Indies, one traditionally published. For two of them, it was their first novel.

As 2016 draws to a close one thing is sure. Many books will be written about a year which has been so dark. The great political divides, the crises in Europe, the USA, the Middle East, the terrifying rise of terrorism. But of the novels that will emerge from these events, how many will manage to take a step back from all the upheaval in order to transcend what is local and temporal and show us something more important, something deeper and more universal?

What is striking about the first two books on my list is that they manage to do just that. The first is a historical novel with a specific time and setting, the Second World War. The second is more generic, an imaginary time in a war-torn country without a name. But we know that the author is Lebanese and that the book comes out of her experiences of ‘a country under siege’.

Dear Reader, I can see the frown lines appearing. All you want for Christmas is a book of really bad jokes or yet another James Patterson or a bit of romantic fantasy to waft you to a tropical island with a George Clooney/Dakota Johnson lookalike covered in sun oil. You don’t want to get into something serious, something that’s going to depress you even more than the news. But that’s the thing about these books. If you give them a chance, step out of your comfort zone, you’ll end up with a feeling that’s the opposite of the despair that’s seemed to dominate this year: a feeling of Hope.

 

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The Seven Year Dress by Paulette Mahurin

In May I saw that Paulette Mahurin had published a book called “The Seven Year Dress”, based on a true story about the Holocaust. Did I really want to plunge once more into the unspeakable events of that time? I did, because I had been knocked for six by her 2015 historical novel about the Dreyfus Affair (another time of bitter divisions) “To live out Loud”. Reading her new book I felt as overwhelmed as with the previous one, a feeling shared by readers everywhere to judge by the reviews, and culminating, in November, in the author winning the McGrath House Independent Book Award for Historical Fiction.

https://www.amazon.com/Seven-Year-Dress-Novel/dp/0988846861

 

For the rest of the post please click on link:

http://laurettelong.com/a-time-to-hope/

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Praise for The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap: A Tragedy of Bullying and the Triumph of the Human Spirit.

LATEST REVIEWS FOR THE PERSECUTION OF MILDRED DUNLAP

on December 11, 2016
A richly woven tale of small-town bigotry, compete with all-too-believable villains and inspiring heroes. The latter includes Mildred Dunlap, who suffers years of psychological abuse because of who she is and how she loves, despite the fact that most people in the town have benefited from her generosity in times of financial trouble. The saga of how this bullying plays out had me engrossed (and angry) the entire time until the most surprising (and entirely satisfying) ending. Open-minded people will cheer as they read the final pages.
THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS and TO LIVE OUT LOUD and HIS NAME WAS BEN
My book The Seven Year Dress is continuing to rank in the top 100 best sellers in the kindle bookstore in the literary-fiction-historical, literary fiction, and the young adult categories. I’ve also been ranked by Amazon as top ranking author for two of my books, The Seven Year Dress and To Live Out loud, in the historical fiction category and the Teen/Young Adult category. And  in the literary fiction category for The Seven Year Dress. And  my book His Name Was Ben is #12 on the Amazon Best Sellers in General category. See photos below.
LATEST REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
on December 14, 2016
Good read. Some repetition, but a time in our history we should never forget
on December 12, 2016
Story reminds me to never forget.
on December 10, 2016
Very well written

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DOGS SAVED FROM KILL SHELTERS WITH THE HELP OF THE PROFITS FROM ALL MY BOOKS

 

I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Trooper, Oreo, Harvey, siblings Brewster & Phoebe, Patty, Carlita, Dooley, Sheldon, Shamina, Sherman, Spencer, Patches, Arabella, Petulia and Princess (see photos below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 234 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 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. I have just found out that 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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Oreo’s been rescued (on the left). Here with new family.
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Harvey with new siblings.
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Harvey the cat lover at first family meal
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Brewster’s been rescued, along with his sibling.
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Brewster and sibling Phoebe with new family
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Brewster having sweet dreams
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Phoebe’s been rescued
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Dooley’s been rescued
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Dooley’s freedom photo (to see video go to Saving Carson Shelter Dogs’s facebook page)
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Sheldon’s been rescued
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Shamina’s been rescued
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Shamina getting a hug from new mom
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Sherman’s been rescued
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Sherman’s freedom photo
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Sherman with new siblings
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Sherman (who was rescued with Harvey) also loves cats. First family meal.
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Spencer’s been rescued
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Spencer’s freedom photo
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Spencer giving thanks for being saved
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Patches has been rescued
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Patches’ freedom walk
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Arabellas’ smiling freedom photo
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Petulia’s been rescued
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Petulia’s freedom photo. With new sibling.
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Princess has been rescued. To see video go to Saving Carson dog’s facebook page.
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Princess with new angel. Two beauties.
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The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap was selected by Rabid Reader’s site as a recommended book for Human Rights Day 2016

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http://www.rabidreaders.com/2016/12/10/rabid-readers-book-list-human-rights-day-2016/?utm_content=buffercd364&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

 

Their review of my book:

 

PM_The PersecutionMildred Dunlap is a generous and loving soul, but in the eyes of the townsfolk, already has one strike against her—in the tradition of her father before her, she doesn’t go to church. When news of Oscar Wilde’s conviction in England hits little Red River Pass, Nevada, she discovers that she might have something else to fear. Edra, known to all as Mildred’s cousin, is actually her life partner. With the townsfolk calling for Wilde’s blood, what will happen if they find out about her? She has a plan to ward off the busybodies but can she pull it off or, in the end, will everything be made worse?

 

Paulette Mahurin, a nurse, conceived this story from a writing exercise done for a class in which the writers has to choose a picture and write a ten-minute-mystery based on the picture. Her picture depicted two women huddled together, and she envisioned them as Mildred and her partner, Edra. I wonder, if at the time, she realized how that idea would develop and become the profound and impactful novel that is The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap.

 

Set in 1895, the novel has a real feeling of history though the themes carry over into today. Mildred and Edra are good people who are happy and confident in who they are together and fear not what others think of them but what they might do because of those thoughts. An overlying theme is that the crueler townsfolk (Josie) aren’t happy unless everyone is living exactly as they believe they should live.

Mahurin’s characters are extremely well rounded. When we meet Gus, the shopkeeper, we are told that he is kind and friendly and loves what he does but that he has secrets. When we meet Josie we know that she is bitter in a way that most people can’t stomach and that she shares his misery with everyone around her. At first blush, Josie may seem a bit much in her hate of everyone—even those who are friends—but, as with people in daily life, it soon becomes evident that her vitriol is about herself and not anyone else.

We meet Charley as he watches his beloved wife waste away from cancer. Because of his deep love for his wife, he becomes the center of Mildred’s plan. She will feign interest in him and he will never reciprocate because of the depths of grief he’s experiencing. Mildred may not be attractive, but she’s kind and in a time when he needs kindness, Charley reacts to her caring spirit. To some degree, Charley stands for the reader. He’s questioning his life and its purpose so what do you do when you don’t philosophically agree with the person who is filling a deep void in your life? Do you cheat yourself out of the friendship and join the naysayers or do you react to the good in them?

As the story goes on, Gus acts as something of a Greek Chorus within the novel commenting on the state of society and leading Charley (and the reader) to the realization that he should question what he’s been raised to think. Gus tells Charley at one point:

Most people are living what they think they should instead of what they want. Before you know it, your life has slipped away and you die miserable.

That quote to me is the core essence of the novel. Do you live for others or do you live for yourself? Neither Mildred nor Charley wants to live for anyone, but himself or herself. They are happiest when left alone, but realize that they each have a need for the other—the need for someone they can count on when times are hard.

One small issue that I have is the ages at which Mildred and Edra are sexualized and that they are, indeed, first cousins once removed. In the scope of the story, neither of those briefly mentioned facts matter. The story is truly about hate, prejudice and changing attitudes.

This novel was a fabulous read. Paulette Mahurin is donating money from the sales of the novel to an animal rescue charity.  I urge my readers to to read an excerpt and pick The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap by Paulette Mahurin up today:

 

Amazon U.S.Amazon U.K.Amazon Canada

 

Credits:
The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap has been nominated by The Rainbow Project to be considered for their 2014 list. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap also made it on the Indietribe top ten list in June 2014. It was also the winner of The Book of the Year Award 2012 (genre: historical fiction) from Turning Pages.

Paulette Mahurin in the media:
Watch and listen to the interview with Paulette Mahurin by Ken McAlpine (National Geographic writer and author of several books) which was aired on Channel 6 in Ventura County here.

To read the interview with Paulette Mahurin and Rabid Reader’s Reviews, click here.

For more information about Paulette Mahurin and her work, visit her website. You can connect with her on GoodReads, Facebook and Twitter @MahurinPaulette.

http://www.rabidreaders.com/2012/10/08/the-persecution-of-mildred-dunlap-by-paulette-mahurin/

 

 

 

 

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Reader’s Favorite Review of The Seven Year Dress

I just received notification that my book The Seven Year Dress has been reviewed by the Reader’s Favorite site.  I’m thrilled to start my day with this great review from such a prestigious site.

 

 

https://readersfavorite.com/authors-area

 

 

 

Completed on:
12/08/2016
Review Rating:
5 stars!
Reviewed By Raanan Geberer for Readers’ Favorite

The Seven Year Dress by Paulette Mahurin tells of the rise of Nazism in Germany and the concentration camps, as related by aged survivor  to a young nursing student who rents a room in her apartment. There have been numerous holocaust memoirs, but most deal with the Jews of Eastern Europe, while this one focuses on Germany itself. Through Helen’s eyes, we see the progression of anti-Semitism throughout the 1930s, from harassment of Jewish businesses to the prohibition against Jews working in certain professions, from racial laws prohibiting marriage or sexual relationships between Jews and non-Jews to the seizure of radios and firearms from Jews. Like many older Jews, Helen’s father takes a “wait-and-see” attitude toward Nazism, but the young Helen almost immediately sees Nazism for what it is. After the violence of Kristallnacht, a non-Jewish friend secretly offers Helen and her brother, Ben, a hiding place in the basement of an old farmhouse, but their troubles have just begun.

Paulette Mahurin’s The Seven Year Dress is well written — as a journalism graduate, I was pleased to see that she uses short paragraphs, a minimum of adjectives and adverbs, and so on. It doesn’t shy away from difficult topics, such as Helen’s and Ben’s separate sexual fantasies while they are hiding in the basement. Perhaps more than in most such memoirs, you can vividly feel the tragedy of the holocaust; Helen is the only one of four siblings who survives the war. It’s also inspirational how Helen still clings to humanity, as witnessed when the non-Jewish friend (who joins the SS, but mainly as a “cover”), brings Helen some of her favorite books that he has salvaged from their family home (all of them American novels, by the way). All in all, I heartily recommend The Seven Year Dress. And what of the dress itself? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

 

 

For clarification: I was the nursing student who rented a room from the real Helen, the aged survivor. I made mention of this at the bottom of the review at the Reader’s Favorite site.

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220 dogs rescued from kill shelters

My book The Seven Year Dress is continuing to rank in the top 100 best sellers in the kindle bookstore in the literary-fiction-historical, literary fiction, and the young adult categories. I’ve also been ranked by Amazon as top ranking author for two of my books, The Seven Year Dress and To Live Out loud, in the historical fiction category and the Teen/Young Adult category. And  in the literary fiction category for The Seven Year Dress. And  my book His Name Was Ben is #12 on the Amazon Best Sellers in General category. See photos below.

I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Kojak, Otto, Kyle, Zoey, Scoobie & sibling Trooper, Tony, Dillinger, Muffin and Ophelia (see photos below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 220 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 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. I have just found out that 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.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
AMAZON
on December 5, 2016
Well written book about a terrible time in history. Thoughtfully told making you care about the characters. A real page turner.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE PERSECUTION OF MILDRED DUNLAP
GOODREADS

Dana

Dana
Dec 06, 2016 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap is an engaging and timely read that explores the prejudices and hatred of a small Nevada town in 1895. It starts with the news of Oscar Wilde being imprisoned after being caught with his male lover. The author smoothly uses the news of Wilde to fuel small town gossip and the fears of the protagonist who strives to protect and keep hidden her own same-sex relationship.
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Kojak’s freedom photo

 

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Otto’s freedom ride.

 

 

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Trooper’s been rescued and boy is he happy as you saw in licking photo above that he has a new home and stayed with his sibling

 

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Trooper’s freedom photo

 

 

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Dillinger’s been rescued

 

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Dillinger’s freedom walk

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Muffin’s been rescued

 

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Muffin’s freedom photo. Bless all those who helped this sweet girl who was dumped with a fractured pelvis. She’s safe and happy now, healing well.

 

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Ophelia in a love fest with new mom

 

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Ophelia’s smiling thank you for saving my life

 

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One more smiling thank you for saving my life

 

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210 dogs rescued from Kill shelters

My book The Seven Year Dress is continuing to rank in the top 100 best sellers in the kindle bookstore in the literary-fiction-historical, literary fiction, and the young adult categories. I’ve also been ranked by Amazon as top ranking author for two of my books, The Seven Year Dress and To Live Out loud, in the historical fiction category and the Teen/Young Adult category. And  in the literary fiction category for The Seven Year Dress. And  my book His Name Was Ben is #12 on the Amazon Best Sellers in General category. See photos below.

I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like siblings Bernice and Bertrand, Indie, Dodger, Flora, Taylor, Meadow, Macy, Pippa and Bianca (see photos below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 210 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 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. I have just found out that 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 for on all other Amazon sites around the world.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
 AMAZON U.S.
on December 2, 2016
I read many books about the concentration camps, but this one had s twist to it. The years she spent in hiding and the help she got from her childhood friend helped her to survive. And gave so much.
on December 1, 2016
Amazingly detailed, heartfelt, beautiful written book. These books never get any easier to read, they just make you appreciate life more
on November 30, 2016
This book moved emotionally and spiritually. It helps you understand the strength one needs to live life and to survive it’s darkest moments.
on November 25, 2016
This book is very good, easy to read and follow. I found it very moving and stirring of emotions. Talented author.
on November 22, 2016
Powerful and, I expect, unforgettable, even for someone, like me, who has read many books on the Holocaust. It is beautifully written, highly engrossing, and definitely thought that is rare in Holocaust stories.
AMAZON U.K.
on 2 December 2016
I’ve seen this book around and have been meaning to pick it up for a while and finally found the time to sit down and read it. I loved it! The books tells the story of Helen, and her fight to survive the Holocaust. From believing that it would all blow over, to hiding out to finally the concentration camps. It is a heart-wrenching story, and one that keeps you turning the pages. Mahurin has a way with words and as a lover of historical fiction, I found I could not put the book down. I loved it from the first page to the last. A must read for any lover of historical fiction, or someone who just loves a good story!
on 19 November 2016
Recommended to me by Amazon, I was surprised to come across this excellent read, hats of too Paulette for this book.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE PERSECUTION OF MILDRED DUNLAP
on November 29, 2016
The book had an honest quality.It brought out town prejudices well. The small minded women caused more tragedies then they intended. It should always be said that one should weigh the consequences of their actions. But people don’t. And this is what I liked about this book. Mildred was truly a fine person.
on November 25, 2016
This was a great story referencing an historical event which had an impact world wide. Every community comprises individuals and it is the individual characters who contribute to making this story so engaging eliciting feelings of outrage, shame, compassion and justice.
on November 25, 2016
A timely book for today’s society issue as much as it was a 100 years ago. Truly enjoyed the characters that the author developed. They were very well defined the societal issue were unbelievable yet very real then as well as today. Easy read but worthwhile
RECENT REVIEWS FOR TO LIVE OUT LOUD
on 29 November 2016
I’m not usually a lover of historical fiction but this story came recommended to me. I am glad I took the chance and read it.
This fictional novel is based on historical facts and the author’s fantastic ability to create fiction from those facts, the result is an intriguing insight into French history.
1895, military secrets have been leaked to the Germans. Alfred Dreyfus is the perfect scapegoat, Jewish, and family in Germany. Dreyfus is convicted and banished to Devil’s Island.
Emile Zola, a writer is convinced something is wrong with this and the facts don’t add up. But to find out the truth could result in his career being ruined, or worse. Follow his struggle to expose the truth.
Well written and a great story for anyone interested in historical fiction
RECENT REVIEWS FOR HIS NAME WAS BEN
on September 27, 2016
I would recommend this story to everyone it gives you a way to appreciate life in a much different way.

 

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Flora in her new yard. And all cleaned up with her new punk rock hairdo.
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Pippa’s freedom photo. Safe in new home with new outfit.
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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Christmas Update- Paulette Mahurin, M.C.V. Egan and Jean M. Cogdell

So happy to be a part of Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore. Sally Cronin has a great blog site and I love seeing her varied posts. She’s a heart of gold with connecting and sharing in our great cyber community. Stop by and say hi to Sally. You’ll love her.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Throughout the year over 120 authors have been promoted weekly on the blog and their books now reside in the virtual bookstore along with their buy links and websites. In the run up to Christmas I will be visiting all the authors in the store and checking for updates and new reviews on their most recent books. If you are in the bookstore and have recently published a new book, received a rave review then please let me know.. Sally.cronin@moyhill.com

The first book to be updated is set in one of the darkest times in our modern history.  At this time of year we use the expression ‘Lest we Forget’ to remember all those who gave their lives in time of conflict. There are still those alive who remember this time in their lives all to well. But, they are few and it is up to the storytellers to…

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200 Dogs rescued from kill shelters

My book The Seven Year Dress is continuing to rank in the top 100 best sellers in the kindle bookstore in the literary-fiction-historical, literary fiction, and the young adult categories. I’ve also been ranked by Amazon as top ranking author for two of my books, The Seven Year Dress and To Live Out loud, in the historical fiction category and the Teen/Young Adult category. And  in the literary fiction category for The Seven Year Dress. And  my book His Name Was Ben is #12 on the Amazon Best Sellers in General category. See photos below.

I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Sam, Brandy, siblings Molly & Disney, Bobby, Earl, Jenna and Ollie (see photo below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 200 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 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. I have just found out that 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:

RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE PERSECUTION OF MILDRED DUNLAP
on November 16, 2016
This book kept me involved from the start. The characters were well developed and sympathetic. The issues are timeless. Good read!

 

RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS

 

on November 16, 2016
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was a page turner! I had trouble putting it down. I felt such a connection to the main character, Helen, as the author takes us on her desperate journey from a loving family home through her unthinkably horrendous experience at the hands of the Nazi regime in Germany. A gripping story, and I highly recommend it.
on November 15, 2016
A good read if you’ve the guts to read about the Holocaust. This isn’t a love story. It’s real life in the most hideous of circumstances.

 

 

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Sam’s been rescued

 

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Sam’s freedom photo

 

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Brandy’s been rescued

 

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Brandy smiling on her day of freedom

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Brandy’s freedom photo

 

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Brandy’s freedom ride

 

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Happy Brandy smiling a big thank you for saving my life.

 

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Molly’s been rescued

 

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Molly’s freedom photo

 

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Molly a handful of joy

 

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Disney’s been rescued

 

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Disney’s freedom photo

 

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Disney elated to be free

 

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Disney and Molly siblings and best friends

 

 

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Bobby’s been rescued

 

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Bobby’s freedom photo

 

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Bobby’s freedom hug

 

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Earl’s been rescued

 

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Earl safe and snug, feeling the warmth of thanksgiving upon him

 

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Jenna’s been rescued

 

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Jenna’s freedom photo

 

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Ollie’s been rescued

 

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Ollie’s freedom photo

 

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Ollie safe and sound having a good nap. Sweet dreams.

 

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Best historical fiction 2016 at McGrath Publishing House: The Seven Year Dress

I’m very grateful for the honor of my book The Seven Year Dress winning Best Historical Fiction 2016 at McGrath Publishing House. This is quite an honor.

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My book The Seven Year Dress is continuing to rank in the top 100 best sellers in the kindle bookstore in the literary-fiction-historical, literary fiction, and the young adult categories. I’ve also been ranked by Amazon as top ranking author for two of my books, The Seven Year Dress and To Live Out loud, in the historical fiction category and the Teen/Young Adult category. And  in the literary fiction category for The Seven Year Dress. And  my book His Name Was Ben is #12 on the Amazon Best Sellers in General category. See photos below.

I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Coco and Joey (see photo below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 192 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 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. I have just found out that 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:

RECENT REVIEWS FOR TO LIVE OUT LOUD
on November 13, 2016
This case which was still talked about when I lived there has been written masterfully. I have always been passionate about history.FYI. a borderlau may be more of a military term for a note. Just a piece of paper. Also to aid define the Semitic background of France, one needs to remember that France was for all practicality Catholic. According to the cannons the Church calls France her daughter. Also it has been held that the jews were responsible for Christ’s death. It wasn’t until long ago that the Church revised its views. So one must wonder if the racism that France (still) harbors against Jews is due to the views of the Catholic church or due to the socialist governments.
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Coco’s been rescued.
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Joey after a bath and hair cut. What a handsome boy.
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Joey safe and sound all tucked in in new bed.

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190 dogs saved with profits from my books. And what do readers say: “Definitely recommend this book to everyone, should be on the curriculum in all schools…”

My book The Seven Year Dress is continuing to rank in the top 100 best sellers in the kindle bookstore in the literary-fiction-historical, literary fiction, and the young adult categories. I’ve also been ranked by Amazon as top ranking author for two of my books, The Seven Year Dress and To Live Out loud, in the historical fiction category and the Teen/Young Adult category. And  in the literary fiction category for The Seven Year Dress. And  my book His Name Was Ben is #12 on the Amazon Best Sellers in General category. See photos below.

I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Lionel, Texas, Alexander, Miller and Luna (see photo below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 190 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 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. I have just found out that 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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Lionel has been rescued

 

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Lionel’s freedom photo

 

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Texas has been rescued

 

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Texas’ freedom photo

 

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Alexander: confused senior dumped in kill shelter

 

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Alexander has been rescued

 

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Alexander’s freedom photo

 

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Alexander’s freedom ride: safe and cozy

 

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Miller’s been rescued

 

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Miller’s walk to freedom

 

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Miller’s freedom photo

 

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Luna’s been rescued

 

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Luna’s freedom photo

 

 

 

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RECENT REVIEWS ON GOODREADS (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30142931-the-seven-year-dress#other_reviews)

Miranda Frey-myers

Nov 08, 2016Miranda Frey-myers rated it it was amazing

Great book

This was a really good book that I was sorry to have finished reading ss soon as I did. I recommend it.

Lori

Oct 25, 2016Lori rated it it was amazing

Touching and heart breaking!

How could anyone deny that the Holocaust happened? It was the worst time in history in my opinion. Hitler was an absolute MONSTER! This book was a great example of what one person experienced during that time period. Thank God for the outcome. Millions were not so lucky.

Emily

Oct 20, 2016Emily rated it really liked it

Shelves: fiction
Although this is a fictional story, it likely represents many of the harsh realities and range of emotions of the Holocaust yet the persistence of the will to live and maintenance of this despite all odds. The writing was beautiful despite some of the content being difficult to read about and remember that terrible time of history.

Lynne Shirley

Oct 18, 2016Lynne Shirley rated it it was amazing
This was a book worth reading. Although it was written during and about one of the most horrific times in history, it is uplifting and tender at the heart. Quick read, one that won’t easily be forgotten.
LATEST AMAZON U.S. REVIEWS
on November 13, 2016
Great book, enjoy every word.
on November 12, 2016
I enjoyed the seven year dress very much. I’ve read hundreds of historical fiction novels about WWII and the holocaust….this ones another fast read. The author intersperses future facts with her story to make it more educational. I was surprised by the many mentions of masturbating aS I assumed this was for younger readers but I suppose the heroine would have that in common with her readers if they were around that age. I’m just getting old lol
on November 9, 2016
Very good. Enjoyable read. heart breaking.
on November 8, 2016
Really good book
AMAZON U.K.
on 9 November 2016
What a story, how did that wonderful woman cope and all the other thousands under hitler and his mad ideas, definitely recommend this book to everyone, should be on the curriculum in all schools so it never happens again.

 

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A POWERFUL BOOK. A must-read for all, especially politicians and world leaders! Characters, from the most loving to completely deplorable war criminals, are depicted in elegant detail.

My book The Seven Year Dress is continuing to rank in the top 100 best sellers in the kindle bookstore in the literary-fiction-historical, literary fiction, and the young adult categories. I’ve also been ranked by Amazon as top ranking author for two of my books, The Seven Year Dress and To Live Out loud, in the historical fiction category and the Teen/Young Adult category. And  in the literary fiction category for The Seven Year Dress. And  my book His Name Was Ben is #12 on the Amazon Best Sellers in General category. See photos below.

I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Jules, Lincoln, Holly, Chase, Cri-Kee, Gypsy, Tasha and Amy (see photo below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 185 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 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. I have just found out that 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:

 

 

RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS

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on 30 October 2016
Compelling and also harrowing to read, but I couldn’t read it fast enough. Found I had tensed up shoulders most of the time reading it. It’s also a story about how strong the human spirit can be, and the kindness of others experiencing the same atrocities. A must-read for all, especially politicians and world leaders!
on 30 October 2016
Iwept from sadnesses and then from relief I felt compelled to continue reading right until the end. This should never be forgotten

 

 

AMAZON U.S.

 

on November 3, 2016
Mahurin is a wonderful storyteller. This novel about a survivor of Auschwitz is so humanizing and sensitive in descriptive detail that you feel you are witnessing it firsthand. Characters, from the most loving to completely deplorable war criminals, are depicted in elegant detail. I highly recommend this book!

 

on November 3, 2016
I read this book in 1 day. I COULD NOT put it down

 

on November 2, 2016
This was another book I picked about the Nazi Regime. It was another time that should not be forgotten. They are not the only people who have suffered at the hands of our fellow mankind, but many of those who experienced this first hand either did not live through it or they have reached the ends of life as we know it. To say the Holocaust never happened is unfathomable.

 

on November 1, 2016
Like Anne Frank, what is it like to spend years in hiding only to be caught and put in a camp. What is it like to lose everyone you love? What do you cling to for at least a memory? The Seven Year Dress will answer all.
on October 31, 2016
One of the greatest books I have read in months.
on October 30, 2016
I have recommended this book to several people.

 

on October 28, 2016
Excellent read could not put it down. To this day it’s hard to realize the suffering and the great strength so many endured. Thank you.

 

on October 28, 2016

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I suppose no one would regard this word as one of the many words to describe the Holocaust. But it does show that when faced with extraordinary circumstances and coming out the other side we have enlightenment. I am not saying that you would have a good outcome but there would be change and enlitenment. That you very much for writing this book. It’s an awesome dawnsom! Count of 5 stars.

 

 

on October 28, 2016
A haunting story that skillfully blends historical fact with fiction.

 

on October 28, 2016
Loved the book. Hate the reality of what happened during those years.

 

on October 27, 2016
very good
on October 25, 2016
How could anyone deny that the Holocaust happened? It was the worst time in history in my opinion. Hitler was an absolute MONSTER! This book was a great example of what one person experienced during that time period. Thank God for the outcome. Millions were not so lucky.
on October 25, 2016

“The Seven Year Dress” is historical fiction based on the true-life account of Helen Stein as told to the author. The story begins in the present day when Myra rents a room from Helen, who was once an inmate at a concentration camp. The only item in Helen’s apartment that is vaguely personal is a framed swatch of material that is faded and stained. When she is finally ready to open up, Helen tells Myra her story.

Beginning in the early 1920s, Helen recounts the tale of her childhood, growing up as a Jew in Berlin with her best friend Max who, although Christian, is homosexual. Helen’s story serves as a conduit to give us an insight into the inner workings of the Nazi regime and Hitler’s rise to power. With Max taking on a senior clerical position with the SS, Helen becomes privy to information not available to the general public. Her account is full of foreshadowing which builds the suspense as, even though we know Helen will survive her ordeal, the question is: at what cost?

The narrative is full of minor details that bring the story to life. There are mentions of real-life people and situations, e.g., Albert Einstein, Jesse Owens, the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, and the broadcast of H. G. Wells’s “War of the Worlds”>. We are also given detailed accounts of the events of Kristallnacht and the atrocities committed in the concentration camps. And, of course, we discover the significance of the framed dress.

I wasn’t sure about the story being told as a reminiscence to a third party but, by the end of the book, I could see what the author was trying to achieve. I also don’t think the sexual descriptions are necessary, even though the author explains her reasoning at the beginning of the book. Despite these small issues, this is a moving tale of triumph over adversity and the resilience of the human spirit in the wake of unimaginable human tragedy. Her father’s words, “Life is precious”, are a constant source of hope and encouragement to Helen, as are the extraordinary kindnesses of fellow inmates in spite of their dire circumstances.

This is a story that will stay with you for a long time to come.

 

 

 

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Jules’ freedom photo

 

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Lincoln with new dad

 

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Holly’s been rescued

 

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Holly’s freedom photo

 

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Chase has been rescued

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Puppy Gypsy’s been rescued

 

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Gypsy’s freedom photo

 

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Gypsy being welcomed by new siblings

 

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Gypsy settling into new bed.

 

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Tasha’s been rescued

 

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Tasha’s freedom photo

 

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Amy’s been rescued

 

 

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Amy falling in love with new dad

 

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Amy says “THANK YOU FOR SAVING MY LIFE”

 

 

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A walk of courage…Many emotions are woven into the story, beautifully and tastefully done. It is a stark reminder of the cruelty that once existed.

My book The Seven Year Dress is continuing to rank in the top 100 best sellers in the kindle bookstore in the literary-fiction-historical, literary fiction, and the young adult categories. I’ve also been ranked by Amazon as top ranking author for two of my books, The Seven Year Dress and To Live Out loud, in the historical fiction category and the Teen/Young Adult category. And  in the literary fiction category for The Seven Year Dress. And  my book His Name Was Ben is #12 on the Amazon Best Sellers in General category. See photos below.

I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Elton, Stashia, Davinci and Treat (see photo below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 177 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 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. I have just found out that 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:

 

RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS

AMAZON U.S.

 

on October 24, 2016
It was very informative and intriguing.

 

on October 24, 2016
Keeps reader engaged all the way thru. Very emotionally energizing.
on October 23, 2016
If you think that you are having a bad day and nothing is going your way; read a couple of chapters of this book . Truly a book of courage, resourcefulness, compassion and hope. !!!!!
on October 21, 2016
Amazing and well written. While it is based in a dreadful place at a dreadful time it gives one insight and hope about the human condition and ability to see the good and persevere. It reminds of the importance of focusing on life and the small things

 

on October 21, 2016
It was the amazing story of the greatest atrocity our world has ever experienced. So sad, yet still full of love and hope.

 

on October 20, 2016
This was a great read. It’s a book of bravery, heroism, and perseverance. I admire the main character in this book.

 

on October 20, 2016
Another very sad book on what happened to prisoners during the 2nd WW. I still can’t comprehend how human beings can treat their fellow beings the way some of these people did. It is very graphic and well written as to what happened.

 

on October 19, 2016
This is the first book I have had the pleasure of reading by Paulette Mahurin and I will be reading more of her work. I enjoyed her writing style and how real she portrayed the characters.
Myra is looking for a room to rent while attending classes at UCLA when she meets Helen, an elderly lady with a room for rent that fits in her budget. Her first impression of Helen is that she is strange, then after seeing the numbers tattooed on her arm she realizes this lady has a story to tell. Helen feels a connection to Myra and tells her story. It is a tragic story of life during WWII for a young Jewish girl in Germany. No details are left out as Helen reveals her realization of the evil in the world. The writer does an excellent job of detailing the rise of Hitler’s power and the reluctance for most to fathom how evil and dangerous he would be. Although Helen suffers tremendous loss and physical pain during the war years she remained strong though forever wounded. The story is well written and draws you into Helen’s world. Many emotions are woven into the story, beautifully and tastefully done. It is a stark reminder of the cruelty that once existed.
on October 19, 2016
I read this book all in one night. Some of this horror that was inflicted on this brave woman and her family was hard to read. I thought the book was well written and depicted a horrible time in human history of how hate and prejudice can wipe at a whole race. We all should read a book like this to remind us of how much we need to hold on to our freedom and fight evil attitudes toward race. Her parents taught her well about love and kindness and survival. Would I have been so strong and brave I wonder!
on October 18, 2016
Such a great read. It offers another perspective of the Holocaust than another other book I’ve read regarding that subject. Beautifully written.
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By donna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 October 2016

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I found this book to be compelling. It was heartbreaking and inspirational. The characters were warm and the overall story excellent.
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on October 19, 2016
I really liked this story. It was well written and very true today of
People’s attitude toward gay people and how mean they can be.
on October 19, 2016
I couldn’t put this book down. It was such a insight on what harm gossip and the hate of what one person could do to another. So very sad. But there is much good in people in the end.

 

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on October 23, 2016
Excellent comparison to what is happening in America now (2016).

 

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173 dogs freed and what readers are saying: Extremely well-written and deeply moving account of a young woman’s experiences before and during the Holocaust…Gripping…a time that should never be forgotten

My book The Seven Year Dress is continuing to rank in the top 100 best sellers in the kindle bookstore in the literary-fiction-historical, literary fiction, and the young adult categories. I’ve also been ranked by Amazon as top ranking author for two of my books, The Seven Year Dress and To Live Out loud, in the historical fiction category and the Teen/Young Adult category. And  in the literary fiction category for The Seven Year Dress. And  my book His Name Was Ben is #12 on the Amazon Best Sellers in General category. See photos below.

I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Rory, Pluto and Sylvester (see photo below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 173 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 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. I have just found out that 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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RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
on October 17, 2016
A scary read, in the fact that these terrible events actually happened. Well written.
on October 15, 2016
The actual facts about this time in history are hard to believe..but it’s all true.I still have a hard time believing that anyone would kill so many for no apparent reason..but it still happens in other parts of our world..
on October 12, 2016
A very good read and very saddening, as well. We’ll written.
on October 16, 2016

In the darkest era of human history Hitler’s plan to rid the world of Jews and ‘undesirables’ led to the slaughter of millions of innocent people. Paulette Mahurin tells the story of one woman who lived through it. Helen Stein sees her family torn apart and finds herself thrown into the hell that is Auschwitz. Here she endures shocking indignities at the hands of the SS, but also encounters compassion, kindness and friendship.

This is an ambitious novel telling the fictional story of a woman who survives Auschwitz. Mahurin’s protagonist is a complex character whose resilience and compassion shines through in this thoughtful and intelligent tale. While the writing style is at times a little long-winded, and the graphic detail described by the author won’t be to everyone’s taste, this well-researched book should have wide appeal.

on October 12, 2016
The story is told in a manner that you feel as if you are there with her. It was difficult to put the story down.
on October 12, 2016
Being fascinated with the war in Europe this was a different type of story but very enjoyable
on October 11, 2016
An excellent book for those of us interested in WWII. Hard to believe it took so long for the US to get into the war—-and now it’s happening all over again!!! What a country!!
on October 10, 2016
I was searching for books about the Holocaust after I recently (re)watched ‘Schindler’s List’ and came across several well reviewed books on Amazon. I decided to read ‘The Seven Year Dress’ first and am so glad I did. This exceptionally well written and extremely moving book is so heartbreakingly descriptive and personal that I read it in one sitting. This young woman’s story begins in mid-1930s Berlin and centers on her happy, middle-class life with her beloved family and best friend. As the Nazi Party’s growing influence quickly descends into horrifying cruelty and violence, she is forced into into hiding until she’s finally captured and transported to Auschwitz where her sewing skills, indomitable will to live and a life-sustaining friendship enable her to survive this harrowing ordeal. Ms. Mahurin’s vividly detailed, compassionate account envelops the reader in a terrifying world of unthinkable loss, deprivation, disease, cruelty, rape and mass murder. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn more about the Jewish experience before and immediately after the Holocaust. For mature readers only.
on October 9, 2016
a great story written with great compassion. Loved it Gail
on October 9, 2016
im glad helen told her story there is allot one can learn from another’s suffering as well as that person’s triumph.