One of the best books I’ve read! And a good day for dogs.

My book is continuing in the top 1% for sales in the Amazon Kindle Store and is #21 in top 100 for the literary-fiction-historical category. And it is now in the top 100 for the Literary fiction and Teen category. I’ve also been ranked by Amazon as the #58 top ranking author for two of my books, The Seven Year Dress and To Live Out loud, in the historical fiction category. And I made it to the top 100 (#87) in the literary fiction category.

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 Grayssa, Felina, Alden, Kissy Face, Juanita, and Vida (see below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 96 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 August 20, 2016
One of the best books I have read! Could not put it down! Intense, eye opening and well written. Thank you to the author!
on August 26, 2016
Excellent book! Highly recommended!
on August 24, 2016

Paulette’s book brings the tragic truths of the Holocaust for us to learn or remember this most difficult time in history and for some of us, our lives. Like other readers having families affected, my mother and her family lost all. They were not Jews but we’re swept up by the Nazis and her large family was seperated. Paulette has the ability to make this horrific event an interesting historical read but with personalization. Thank you for taking the time to remind us of all who were so sadly impacted and to pay respect to the survivors and those not so fortunate.

Thank you for your endless generosity by donating proceeds of all your books to keep doggies out of shelters.

on August 24, 2016
Well dear friend, I finally got things out of the way, far enough to make room to read your wonderful book, The Seven Year Dress, and what a book it is. Then again with all the success you have had with it to date, and still going strong, I anticipated it would reflect the quality of your talent I enjoyed so in your first three best selling successes, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap. His Name Was Ben, and To Live Out Loud. From start to finish your writing style and ability to make your reader feel as though you are having a one on one with him or her, immediately captures our imagination, as to actually truly feel the tragedy of those terrible years. A deplorable time that would have a mad man said Hitler chose to impose on our Jewish fellow beings, such monstrous evil as the heinous racism these trapped people were made to suffer.
A fantastic book indeed Paulette. Thank you for writing it…!
Grayssa sweet dreams safe in home
Grayssa having sweet dreams in her new home
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GRAYSSA FEELING SAFE IN HOME SWEET HOME
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Alden’s been rescued
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Alden’s freedom photo
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Alden with new family
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Kissy Face’s freedom photo with new sibling
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Juanita’s been rescued
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Vida’s been rescued
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The book does an excellent job of portraying what happened to people in hiding and to people in the camps.

My book is continuing in the top 1% for sales in the Amazon Kindle Store and is #21 in top 100 for the literary-fiction-historical category. And it is now in the top 100 for the Literary fiction and Teen category. I’ve also been ranked by Amazon as the #58 top ranking author for two of my books, The Seven Year Dress and To Live Out loud, in the historical fiction category. And I made it to the top 100 (#87) in the literary fiction category.

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 Dori, Brando, Savannah, Zsa Zsa, and Kramer (see below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 90 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

Recent Reviews for The Seven Year Dress
on August 17, 2016
Very well done.
I come from an Eastern European Jewish family. Holocaust books and movies have always been a big part of my personal and family education. I’m very familiar with the usual trajectory of most of these tales. Happy home, rise of Nazism, the wildfire of hatred and genocide, and surviving the unthinkable.
But Ms Mahurin takes a different course. She looks at all of this from the angle of a young woman who experiences sexual enslavement and brutalization. This book not for the faint hearted. It’s for those who want to know the truth about how war, any war, affects our mothers, sisters, and daughters.
on August 18, 2016
The Seven Year Dress is by Paulette Mahurin. It is a historical fiction but the information concerning World War II and the Holocaust are as accurate as she could make them. Intertwined in the history is the story of Helen Stein, who is a real person. Paulette took Helen’s story and fictionalized it.
Helen was just a young girl when she was abruptly taken from her family by a close friend, Max, and taken with her brother Ben to a secluded vacation house belonging to Max’s family. Here she and Ben stayed hidden for four years when Max came to bring supplies and a dress he had gotten for Helen. He was concerned that he had been followed so left quickly. Later that evening, the SS broke in and took Helen and Ben to a train leaving for Auschwitz. As they were dropped off at the train, the man in charge made a point of telling Helen that Max had been killed.
Helen’s ability to sew came to her rescue in the camp. She was first given a job sorting clothes where she came upon her dress and managed to take it to her bunk and hide it in her mattress. Later she was given a job repairing uniforms for the SS and unfortunately servicing the SS man in charge of the sewing room.
Helen’s ability to remember her father’s words about living made it possible for her to survive. The things she experiences and sees are horrendous and difficult to read. However, these things did happen and nothing we can do will erase them. If we don’t learn from what happened, it happened in vain.
This book is difficult to read simply because of the time period. However, it manages to keep you wanting to read to find out what happens to Helen. The book does an excellent job of portraying what happened to people in hiding and to people in the camps.
on August 19, 2016 (Kuwait City, Kuwait Kuwait)
I have read many books about the Holocaust and this is another good one. I am always impressed by the will of people to survive. Survivors of the Holocaust write their stories so that this time in our history will not be forgotten. Yet history keeps repeating itself. A good book and well-worth reading.
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Dori’s been rescued

 

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Dori’s freedom photo

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Brando’s been rescued

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brando’s freedom photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brando giving thanks

 

Savannah's been rescued.

Savannah’s been freed

 

 

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Savannah’s freedom photo and vet check

 

 

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Zsa Zsa’s been rescued

 

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Zsa Zsa’s freedom photo

 

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Kramer’s been rescued

 

 

 

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Kramer’s freedom photo

 

 

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An incredible story that takes the reader into the life of a Holocaust survivor. And well written.

My book is continuing in the top 1% for sales in the Amazon Kindle Store and is #21 in top 100 for the literary-fiction-historical category. And it is now in the top 100 for the Literary fiction and Teen category. I’ve also been ranked by Amazon as the #58 top ranking author for two of my books, The Seven Year Dress and To Live Out loud, in the historical fiction category. And I made it to the top 100 (#87) in the literary fiction category.

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 Felicity, Luke, Benito, Fonzi, Billy, and Tracey (see below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 85 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

 

RECENT REVIEWS FOR MY BOOK THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS

 

on 15 August 2016

One of my favorite type of book to review is historical fiction taking place during the Holocaust/WWII Europe. In my youth, I did an immense amount of reading on the topic, fiction and non-fiction. I am always pleased when an author sticks to the history, showing they have used the research materials at their disposal.

The Seven Year Dress ticked all the boxes for me. Mahurin touched on a little discussed topic of the time, regarding homosexuality, through Max, one of the main characters. His conflict between who he was and what he had to pretend to be was heartbreaking. Helen’s experience in Auschwitz was raw, and Mahurin wasn’t afraid to push the boundaries of comfort for the sake of her reader. The loss experienced by Helen was palatable, harsh, and yet, she managed to survive her time in the camp, growing stronger with the memories of her family and friends.

I accept that this novel is fiction as well. If I wanted a history book, I would have read one. The Seven Year Dress is well-researched, well-written, and overall, a fantastic example of historical fiction. Five, enthusiastic stars from me!

 

on August 12, 2016
An incredible story that takes the reader into the life of a Holocaust survivor. Thank you for a great story
on August 12, 2016
Wonderful book and well written. If you ever wonder just how sick mankind can become wonder no more…read for yourself.
on August 11, 2016

I was taken with this book from the start. Normally it takes me roughly seven days to read a book but I started this on Friday and by Sunday morning I’d finished it. A harrowing story of the holocaust. Involving a German Jewish family, quite well off, who found it difficult to believe that the rumoured atrocities were true. In the end the whole family is murdered, but for Helen the main character. Although she didn’t get through it unscathed.

Very good book. Well written. I’ve now started another book by this author – its good too.

 

 

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Felicity in her new backyard

 

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Smiling Luke’s been rescued

 

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Benito’s been rescued

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Benito’s freedom photo. Happy and fresh at home after first bath.

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Fonzi’s been rescued

 

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Billy’s been rescued

Billy's been rescued

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Tracey 4 years old was hit by a car and thrown in kill shelter. She’s been rescued.

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Tracey’s freedom photo

 

 

 

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Review: The Seven Year Dress

A very talented author Heather Osborne has featured a review of my book at her great blogsite. Thank you so much.

Eclectic Ramblings of Author Heather Osborne

I seem to be on a trend of reading amazing books, because this historical fiction novel checked all my boxes! Also, the author donates all her profits to shelters to help dogs! Another good reason to buy and read, aside from it being FANTASTIC!


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Blurb:

One of the darkest times in human history was the insane design and execution to rid the world of Jews and “undesirables.” At the hands of the powerful evil madman Adolf Hitler, families were ripped apart and millions were slaughtered. Persecution, torture, devastation, and enduring the unthinkable remained for those who lived. This is the story of one woman who lived to tell her story. This is a narrative of how a young beautiful teenager, Helen Stein, and her family were torn asunder, ultimately bringing her to Auschwitz. It was there she suffered heinous indignity at the hands of the SS. It was also there…

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Amazon is taking notice and a big THANK YOU to all who have helped.

My book is continuing in the top 1% for sales in the Amazon Kindle Store and is #21 in top 100 for the literary-fiction-historical category. And it is now in the top 100 for the Literary fiction and Teen category. I’ve also been ranked by Amazon as the #58 top ranking author for two of my books, The Seven Year Dress and To Live Out loud, in the historical fiction category. And I made it to the top 100 (#87) in the literary fiction category.

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 out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 79 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

 

RECENT REVIEWS FOR MY BOOK THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS

on August 10, 2016
I love to read and educate myself on the many aspects of WWII. Every story is unique in its own way. The people involved, their spirit for survival. I awes me each and every time
on August 8, 2016
This book was so sad and heartbreaking, but written very well and really demonstrates the terrible acts of the Nazi government and the torture and death they forced upon the Jews. So much is unknown about the true horrors that they endured- this book will educate you and introduce you to their living hell. Also, portion of all proceeds go to help animals in kill shelters.
on 8 August 2016

The Seven Year Dress is not the first book I’ve read by Paulette Mahurin, but is easily the best.

After reading the Prologue I was well and truly hooked. Chapter One, set in the early 1920’s depicts a well-to-do Jewish family living happily in Germany.
Helen’s father dismisses the rumours about Hitler’s plans for the Jews and they stay put in Germany.Unfortunately, the inevitable happens…

Best book I’ve read of its kind.

 

 

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More good news

My book is in the top 1% for sales in the Amazon Kindle Store and is #28 in top 100 for the literary-fiction-historical category. 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 Brendan below out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 79 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
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RECENT REVIEWS FOR MY BOOK THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS

on August 7, 2016
How sad these things happened while the world looked the other way! Everyone should learn what took place, it must never be repeated!

 

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It’s been a good day for dogs and my book The Seven Year Dress

My book is in the top 1% for sales in the Amazon Kindle Store and is #31 in top 100 for the literary-fiction-historical category. 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 those below out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 78 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
on August 5, 2016
This is the best book that Ms Mahurin has published. Her ability to incorporate the history of Hitters Regime from the very beginnings to the Holocaust and the life and survival of a young Jewish women was remarkable. She so skillfully manages to weave history and Helens experiences into one. It is not an easy read to begin with (emotionally) but as Helens story develops and grow into one of survival was outstanding. I could not put the book down. It will definability be a reread in the future. I am looking forward to the next book as each new book becomes better and better.
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Shane’s been rescued

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Shane’s freedom photo

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Arlene’s freedom photo

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Channing’s freedom photo

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Jeremy’s been rescued

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Jeremy’s freedom photo with new dad

Pecan's been rescued

Pecan’s been rescued

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Primrose’s freedom photo

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Ruby’s been rescued

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Ruby’s freedom photo. Getting some family loving.

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Could be another Nightingale…Beautifully written…Human resilience, love, and the power of healing…a novel rich in historical context.

My book is in the top 1% for sales in the Amazon Kindle Store and is #31 in top 100 for the literary-fiction-historical category. 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 Bobby,  Blanca, & Alexis (below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 71 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

on July 31, 2016
Very well written but heartbreaking of course.
on July 31, 2016
Heartbreaking and beautifully written account of the survivors of World War II.
on July 31, 2016

Paulette Mahurin’s The Seven-Year Dress is a powerful story that engages readers from the first page, weaving a tale they’ll remember long after they finish reading. The story begins with Myra, a nursing student looking for an apartment and nothing more. Her new landlady, Helen, is an obsessively neat, elderly Jewish woman. When Myra sees the number tattooed on Helen’s arm, she knows there’s more to the woman than she first imagined. As the two come to know and trust each other, Helen eventually shares her story – a story of death and survival, of hate and ultimately love.

Paulette Mahurin skillfully intertwines fact into fiction as she tells the story of one Jewish family living in Berlin as the Nazi Party and Adolph Hitler come to power. The insidious way people turned against each other; the brutality as Jews were isolated and persecuted; the horror of life in the concentration camps – all come into sharp focus through Mahurin’s writing, which is rich with historical detail. Since Helen is a child when the story begins but is telling her story from the vantage point of decades later, she is able to include what she learned after the war about Hitler’s rise to power, assassination attempts, and action or inaction by other world powers. This makes The Seven-Year Dress not only the story of one family but also a novel rich in historical context.

As Helen talks, we come to know her parents and siblings as well as her friends. It is through one of Helen’s very good friends from childhood, Max, that we most clearly understand the complexity of life in Nazi Germany. Max is a non-Jew. He is also gay. To protect himself, he joins the Nazi party, yet he uses his position to help Helen and her family as much as he can. Until he can’t protect them – or himself – any longer.

As Helen tells her story of pain and loss so many years later, she finds love. As Myra hears the story, she gains understanding and compassion. In The Seven-Year Dress, Mahurin tells a powerful story, an important story of human resilience, of love, and of the power of healing through storytelling. This is a book well worth reading.

 

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Bobby the sweet elder had all but given up when he was rescued

Bobby's freedom photo. What a difference love makes

Bobby’s freedom photo. What a difference love makes.

 

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Blanca’s freedom photo

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Alexis’ freedom photo

 

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Alexis in new home with new sibling

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I cried, I yelled in anger and frustration and I wept with joy, much like Helen, the poor subject of the story

My book is in the top 1% for sales in the Amazon Kindle Store and is #39 in top 100 for the literary-fiction-historical category. 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 Princess, Snowberry, and Nike (below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 68 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

 

on July 29, 2016
When it comes to writing about the Holocaust it is a very difficult and emotional subject, especially when the story is told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman. Mahurin is simply a superb craftsperson who draws you into the story and wraps it around you. I cried, I yelled in anger and frustration and I wept with joy, much like Helen, the poor subject of the story. Simply put, this is an unbelievably fantastic read that although hard and at times very difficult to stomach, is so reaffirming of humanity, that you simply cannot look away. I would recommend this book as compulsory reading to anyone jaded by the twenty-first century. Learn from our past. Brilliant work Mahurin.
on July 28, 2016

In her new novel, The Seven Year Dress, Paulette Mahurin, digs in World War II, a theme many authors already wrote about, both fiction as well as non-fiction. For a contemporary writer, therefore a challenge to find a spot that may or not may unique, but has opportunities to interest an audience quite familiar with the grand story of Nazism, Holocaust, and the devastation brought to European society. In the Seven Year Dress the personal story of Jewish Helen is revealed for the first time to Myra, a young student looking for an apartment and still struggling whether or not to regard herself as Jewish.

Helen was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. The upcoming separation of Jews and Aryans, the rise of Adolf Hitler, his ideology and the Endlösung for Jews, homosexuals, gypsies impacts Helen’s family and friends directly. Max, keeping his homosexuality a secret, joins the Hitlerjugend, while Helen learns to sew in order to have a job and earn money, once she’s no longer allowed to go to school. Max proves to be a unique human, protecting Helen and her brother Ben where possible. It will cost his life, whereas Helen’s other family members died or got missing in the course of war. Helen survives the Auschwitz concentration camp, although her virginity and feminity were brutally taken from her. Nothing lasts, and life’s too special to lose it are the hopes she anchored to. What makes this novel special is the attention paid to all kinds of human sexuality, both in the Berlin youth years, the shelter in a farmhouse near Brandenburg, as well as in the concentration camp. A moving story set in the darkest decades of the 20th century Europe.

 

on July 28, 2016
How do you start to write about the Holocaust?
This book has the answer…you present the way in which people – children – accept, deal with, the small hurtful changes of life which produce a totally new society…one of fear and hatred where the innocents end in a man made hell.
This is a book of clarity and balance….the obvious victims are not the only focus….and written with a sensitivity which avoids hammering the lesson into the reader, who is allowed to appreciate it for themselves.

 

on July 28, 2016
A heartbreaking account of hope and kindness spooled within the threads of hatred and unimaginable cruelty. Helen is a story that needed to be remembered.
on July 26, 2016
This book is quite emotional it really puts the reader back in time and into the Holocaust. We follow Helen on her journey of growing up into a young woman. Helen’s family has been murdered and her only hope is hiding in a friend’s house but that doesn’t work in her favor either. Helen has been thrown into a concentration camp and we follow her amazing path of hope and love that keeps her going even though she wants to give up. This is a very emotional read that takes you back in time and shows us how great life is currently. Very interesting read, I am not typically a huge fan of historicals but this book really brought the story to life and left me cheering for a happy ending.
on 26 July 2016
A difficult subject to write about because so many have already told these stories. This is a impressive addition to the narrative. I thoroughly enjoyed this because the characters were well rounded.
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Princess before rescue

Princess has been rescued

Princess has been rescued

Princess post surgery freedom photo. She’s now with her foster family and doing very well. Sweet girl.

 

Snowberry's freedom photo

Snowberry’s freedom photo

Nike's been rescued

Nike’s been rescued

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Nike’s freedom photo: sitting on new dad’s lap

 

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There’s a great editor in Cybertown, and you found her!

This is my editor. The best!! She’s guided me through TWO BEST sellers with no reader complaints of editing errors. A dream to work with. Highly recommend her.

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How many times in the past hoursdaysweeks months have you wondered why your favorite dizzy blonde wonkerific blogger hasn’t been posting as frequently as she used to?

Really? You haven’t noticed what I may or may not have or haven’t been doing or not doing? Shizzlesticks in a mudpie!

Well, wake up and smell your smoking motherboard.

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I’m here to tell you that Lorna is back in Cybertown and she’s been busy being a darned tootin’ fine editor. (By the way, I’m Lorna.)

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Riveting, emotional, captivating read. A must read for all.

My book is in the top 1% for sales in the Amazon Kindle Store and is #50 in top 100 for the literary-fiction-historical category. 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 Cameo, Twinkle Toes, Murdock, and Jaguar (below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 65 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 July 22, 2016
What a riveting, emotional, captivating read. Paulette is one author that never disappoints. She has such a talent for taking fact and blending it with fiction in such a way that I have never seen done before. I was immediately captured by the characters she created, they way their stories were told and they way the events unfolded were emotionally devastating. Even though I knew what was to come I still could not stop myself from the emotional outpouring that happened with the characters fate. This book is an absolute must read. I cannot even express how much I believe that everyone should have to read this book it really helps open the eyes on so many terrible acts were hidden and shut out. Light should be shed, knowledge is power, and Paulette brings that power with this riveting novel.
on July 24, 2016
I enjoy WW ll stories. This book explains in vivid detail the suffering of the Jews in concentration camps. It is a wonderful story of love and survival.
on July 22, 2016
I’ve read a lot of historical fiction based on Nazi Germany and The Seven Year Dress is a great addition to the genre. The tragic story of Helen Stein will have you reaching for the tissues, but her outlook on her situation always remains hopeful.
I am a huge fan of historical fiction, but I’m also very picky about it being an accurate representation of the period and a vehicle for fact. I really enjoyed the story and I respected the author’s execution of the facts. Genre fans will definitely enjoy The Seven Year Dress (and its beautiful cover will certainly draw them in). I couldn’t put it down.
on July 23, 2016

Myra is a young student looking for a room, she is interviewed by an elderly woman, Helen Stein asked a lot of personal questions. Myra debates on whether or not to rent the room but decides that she does need a place that she can afford.

There is a reason behind all of Helen’s personal questions she asks of Myra. Finding out that Helen has a number tattooed on her wrist is the clue to Helen’s background. Helen tells the story of how she ended up with the tattoo, see, all inmates of the concentration camps are tattooed with numbers and once behind that fencing, are no longer a person, no longer have identities. That is the horror of Nazi Germany and the atrocities that one race of people inflicted on another.

Helen’s story starts out in the 1920’s, born of a Jewish family, living in Berlin. She was born after the Great War, at a time when Germany was floundering and looking for a leader, they found it in Adolf Hitler. Helen really didn’t realize at a young age how the Nazi party was going to affect her and her family and what she was going to lose as a result of one man’s hatred of the Jews.With the advent of Kristallnacht, Helen and her family’s lives implode into a horrible series of events that find Helen interred at Auschwitz.

Helen’s story is one of many to come out of this terrible time in history, even though this is historical fiction, I could tell by the author’s words, that this was a story she wanted to tell with compassion and honesty about a woman who could very well have lived during this time and experienced the atrocities of the fanatics that were the Nazi Party. I enjoyed it immensely.

I received this book for review purposes and my honest opinion.

 

on July 26, 2016
The Seven Year Dress was a moving story that cannot fail to draw the reader in to the horrors of the holocaust.

We meet Helen Stein in the 1920s when life was good for her, although the shadow of Hitler’s Nazi Germany was creeping insidiously into her life. At first these changes are unnoticeable and the disbelief of many of those who will be affected is well depicted. It is this disbelief that prevents many of them escaping while there is still time to do so.

Helen’s father, a well respected attorney working for the government, loses everything, even his life. Her friend Max joins the Hitler Youth and then the SS, in an attempt to hide his homosexuality. But it is Max who comes to Helen’s rescue by hiding her in the cellar of his family’s farm, and he pays the price for this with his life. Helen and her brother remain in the cellar for 4 years before they are captured and sent to Auschwitz, where Helen, the only survivor of her family remains for the next three years, enduring all sorts of horrors before being rescued by the Russians.

Helen’s life is one of hardship, persecution, and torture, but her will to live ensures she is a survivor. This book is not easy to read, but I’m glad I did.

on July 22, 2016
Wonderful story a must read for all ! So glad I found this book! Great job Paulette!
Cameo has been rescued

Cameo has been rescued

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Cameo’s freedom photo

Cameo another freedom photo

Cameo free and happy

Cameo getting more family love

Cameo getting some loving from new mom

Cameo with her new family getting some loving

A smiling happy Cameo

 

Twinkle's been rescued

Twinkle Toes has been rescued

 

Twinkle his her new home

Twinkle Toes’ freedom photo in her new home

 

Murdock's been rescued

Murdock’s been rescued

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Proud Murdock’s freedom photo

 

Jaguar's been rescued

Jaguar has been rescued

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Jaguar’s freedom photo

THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS: AMAZON RANK IN THE KINDLE BOOK STORE OUT OF OVER 1.5 MILLION BOOKS.
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The Seven Year Dress makes you a part of that moment in history…I felt as though I knew Helen.

My book is in the top 1% for sales on Amazon Kindle Store and is #57 in top 100 for the literary-fiction-historical category. 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 Andy and Frosty (featured below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 60 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
on July 16, 2016
When I started reading this book I was worried about being horrified about the subject matter. This author quickly rid me of those feelings. The characters come alive, they’re actual people that I can relate to. The writing takes you to that moment in time, you feel the emotions, the pain and the fears.
I grew up reading the Holocaust stories of my generation. The Seven Year Dress takes all of that information and makes it so much more real and makes you a part of that moment in time. I had a hard time putting it down, just wanted to keep on reading and find out what happened to my favorite characters. Definitely another home run book for this author, can’t wait for her next one!
on July 19, 2016
I have read, watched and heard so many things about the Holocaust growing up,but this story really hit my heart. I could see in my mind every detail of this story as if I were living it. I felt as though I knew Helen and could feel everything she went through. As I read this book all I could think is it needs to read by everyone. Paulette is such a beautiful writer Thank You for such a wonderful story.
on July 18, 2016

Wow, another well written historical novel from Paulette! We didn’t want to put it down. Given all the amazing reviews, and the fact that The Seven Year Dress is still in the top 1% of sales on Amazon for historical fiction novels, and that all profits from Paulette’s books are used to help rescue animals, this is a definite “must read” for 2016!

 

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on July 20, 2016
Good book.
on June 29, 2016
This story in this book seemed so real. Several places made me wonder, if the story was fact with a little fiction added. Once started it was very difficult to lay aside to prepare dinner.

 

Andy's been rescued

Andy’s been rescued

Andy's freedom photo

Andy’s freedom photo

Andy's happy in her new home

Andy happy in her new home

Frosty's been rescued

Frosty’s been rescued

Fosty is now safe with a wonderful dog rescue- Delaney's Dog Rescue

Sweet senior Frosty was rescued by Delaney’s Dog Rescue and will be placed with a loving family.

THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS: AMAZON RANK IN THE KINDLE BOOK STORE OUT OF OVER 1.5 MILLION BOOKS.

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Yesterday was a good day for dogs: six were freed with the help of profits from my books.

My book is in the top 1% for sales on Amazon Kindle Store and is #67 in top 100 for the literary-fiction-historical category. 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 these (featured below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 58 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.

Biola has been rescued

Biola’s been rescued

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Biola’s freedom photo-what a happy girl

Camilla's been rescued

Camilla’s been rescued

Camilla's freedom photo

Camilla’s freedom photo- what a difference love makes

Dakota before rescue

Dakota before rescue

Dakota after rescue- what a difference love makes

Dakota after rescue and boy is she happy

Emmanuel's Freedom photo- rescued with buddy Landon

Emmanuel’s freedom photo: he was rescued with his pal Landon

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Landon’s so happy he was rescued with his buddy/sibling Emmanuel

Rhea's been rescued

Senior girl Rhea’s been rescued

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Rhea’s joyful face of freedom

 

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AMAZON RANKING TOP 100 LITERARY FICTION-HISTORICAL: “This story is inspiring, set in a time which many of us cannot even think to understand the atrocities.”

My book is in the top 1% for sales on Amazon Kindle Store and just made the top 100 for the literary-fiction-historical category. 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 Searra and Daisy (featured below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 52 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 dogs were freed.
on July 11, 2016

This author has a brilliant knack of pulling you deep into the story, her retelling of historical events is both factual and heart wrenching. I’d read her previous work – To Live Out Loud – which I absolutely loved, but I think she has excelled herself with the Seven Year Dress.

This story is inspiring, set in a time which many of us cannot even think to understand the atrocities that were being experienced by thousands in camps. Paulette expresses herself articulately and artfully in a way that respects the history, tugs on your heart and pulls you deep into the story to build understanding.

I highly recommend this book and this author’s writing style.

 

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Searra's freedom photo

Searra’s freedom photo.

Daisy's Freedom photo

Daisy’s freedom photo

Daisy's smiling in her new home

Daisy in her new home. That’s one happy smiling new family member.

 

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AMAZON KINDLE STORE TOP 1% FOR SALES: A true story of heroism

My book is in the top 1% for sales on Amazon Kindle Store. 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 Precious (featured below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 50 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 dogs were freed.
REVIEW FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS:
on July 8, 2016
The Seven Year Dress is a tear- jerking story! One that unfolds the tragic life of Helen Stein, a young and beautiful girl caught in the trap of Hitler’s evil plan. There is so much heart-ache and sadness in Helen’s young life, yet she never loses hope. She clutches to the small doses of love and decency reciprocated by her closest friends. This is a true story of heroism, as she never loses hope that some day she would hopefully live a normal life. This is yet another exceptional story by Mahurin! A must read!

 

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Precious has been rescued

Precious has been rescued

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Precious with her new mom-look at the love on both their faces

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Unforgettable tale of inhumanity…a page turner

My book has just made it to the top 1% for sales on Amazon in the literary fiction-historical category. 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 the ones featured below out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 49 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 dogs were freed.
on July 5, 2016

It was strange, sad, reading Paulette Mahurin’s latest book while we in America are singing and dancing, enjoying the freedom that America presents to us… Yet, Mahurin was able to take me away from our own freedom and immerse myself in the story of Helen Stein, one of the few who lived to celebrate Auschwitz Liberation Day. Sometimes, I lost myself so deeply into the story that I had to break away and read a cat mystery book, so that I could maintain some sense of separation in order to express my thoughts coherently.

Mahurin received the gift of this story directly from the woman who lived to share it with us. It is fiction based upon fact plus research to confirm and round out the story of what was happening. You will understand that, especially since Helen spent four years of that time of terror, underground, totally away from the world, alone only with her brother…

The book shares the intimacy of her life as she faced what had happened–what she saw, what she heard from other trusted individuals, but, more, what she herself experienced…

We all think we know about what happened during that time…but we don’t. We can’t. Even while reading this book, which is vividly detailed and written so authentically that many will think we are hearing the story directly from the woman sharing her story. While that means that the author has done an outstanding job in writing the book, it also has revealed to many of us a much more intimate, unforgettable tale of inhumanity that cannot be imaged except when we are forced to face the reality of it. With a German heritage on both sides of my family, I can only get lost in heartache of what Hitler brought about that was so devastating that none of us will ever forget or accept it as anything more than the actions of the devil himself…and as we see, of his many cruel and evil followers.

The story begins when a young girl seeking a room to rent meets an older lady who has a room, but asks a lot of questions before she is willing to show the girl the room…The author uses the Prologue to tell this story as they got to know each other and finally, the woman opens up to the young girl… The rest of the book is her story… began the day that the young girl spied the tattoo of numbers on her arm and realized what she’d gone through… One of the stories was about a picture frame holding a small scrap of cloth…it was once part of a dress…

Helen was just a child, but she was a curious one, and wasn’t hesitant to listen to adult conversations to try to discover whatever she could. But, still, there wasn’t much to worry about then. Her next-door neighbors had a son, Max, with whom she became close friends and she moved through school years much like all of us…Max and she were inseparable, but there came a day when Ben came home upset because Max had started to treat him differently. Helen demanded to know what he’d said and he finally admitted he’d call him a goy… As time went by, though, as Helen asked questions, Max finally hinted that he liked boys and Helen surmised that he liked Ben…

But it was more that the atmosphere was changing. Jews were targeted on an ongoing basis, as more and more government sanctions were announced and acted upon… and soon Helen realized that Max had just as many issues with what was happening as her family did…

Max was forced to play a role and join the Germans forces, while the Stein family was stripped of their citizenship and employment. Soon, Helen and others were, first, learning to sew, and then acting as seamstresses to keep the family going… But then people on the streets were shot, killed for no reason and finally, the Stern home was soon to be attacked…

Max had gained some credibility and had been able to learn much of plans…It was Max who contacted Helen, and later Ben, trying to get them out of town, which he succeeded in doing, but the rest of the family were killed and/or taken (only the sister may have been still alive.) Max and taken Ben and Helen to his family’s farm and they lived in the lower storage cellar…for four years…with only Max who came as often as he could to bring them fresh food and other supplies…and one day he brought Helen a dress…

And it was that one act of love and kindness that led to danger! Because the farmhouse was invaded after Max had left (and later was killed along with his family as sympathizers.) The four years in the basement had ended, only to lead to much worse… Ben didn’t make it, while Helen’s simple, smart thinking to say that she was a seamstress saved her life…leaving Helen on her tway o Auschwitz…

Paulette Mahurin has the talent to pull her readers into the story she has molded. This is a page-turner, although hard to read at times. It should be, shouldn’t it? Because life is indeed precious and only a few of the millions that Hitler planned to murder, made it out to tell us exactly what happened. Horrific, atrocious historical events once occurred. This book forces you to live what those millions suffered. I believe readers will be better for reading it…I know I am! Highly recommended.

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on July 6, 2016
This book while fictional made history come alive with the story of Helen. A Jewish, young woman caught in a time of horror for her people and nation.
Taken back to the beginnings of Hitler’s rise to power, Helen is protected from the growing issues with Jewish and undesirables who are being purged from society. Her friend, Max is considered undesirable because of his desires for those of his sex. When he is offered a position with the Hitler youth, he takes it to blend in and offer Helen and her family aid.
As things change with the lose of her father’s job, schooling at home and little to no medical care; they continue to make ends meet by adapting to their environment. One night a phone call has Helen quickly leaving the house in an act that will save her life.
Hiding for several years, she is discovered and taken to a camp where she tries to survive in any way possible.
This story is full of heartbreak and hope. It proves there are good people out there willing to help even in the darkest of times.
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Espy’s freedom photo

 

Floyd & Frisbee freedom ride

Floyd and Frisbee going to new home

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Floyd and Frisbee’s freedom photo

Phyllis' 12 y:o been rescued

12 year-old Phyllis has been rescued

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Phyllis’ freedom photo-what a difference love makes

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Handsome senior Saun is now safe with his new loving family

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Hate masquerading as change/progress can so insidiously plant itself in the middle of “regular” life almost unnoticed and grow into a horror the world must never forget

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 the ones featured below out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 47 dogs have been freed.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS:
on June 30, 2016
Paulette Mahurin has a way with history, bringing the big issues to life not only by way of solid narrative and splendid character development, but also by weaving in snippets of then-current events elsewhere, further anchoring her stories in time and place. In this harrowing holocaust story, her technique is particularly effective, illustrating how hate masquerading as change/progress can so insidiously plant itself in the middle of “regular” life almost unnoticed and grow into a horror the world must never forget—and yet, from time to time, we do because it is heartbreaking to remember. Bravo, Paulette Mahurin, for making us remember again.
on June 25, 2016
The Seven Year Dress by Paulette Mahurin was quite the read. I have read many holocaust stories and few of them have left a lasting impression like this one. Whether it is because the author knew the concentration camp survivor, or just put her own heart into the story, is hard to discern.But it was imbued with so much raw and real emotion that I felt that I was living through some of the scenes.There is much that has already been written about the story and the author’s writing, so I don’t want to be redundant. What I particularly want to add personally is this: In this very timely
manner, when it appears that history is repeating itself with the intolerant cruelty levied at innocent victims, this is a story that must be read lest we allow history to repeat itself. I highly recommend this at times shockingly and at other times poignantly compassionately written book.
on June 26, 2016
When Ms. Mahurin’s characters frequently ask the question, “WHY”, we are given a deep sense of the dearth of humanity among Hitler’s Nazis’. Often, the individual who would utter such a question in earshot of one of his merciless incarnates, was shot, on the spot! Such was the program of the Hitler incongruity. What an incredibly bright light Mahurin shines on this awful recent period. So bright for us all to see what elements of the human kind are capable of. We should know this history, be cautious of this history, learn from this history, that we never ever repeat it. Taken from factual, actual events in a single woman’s life, but spanning the whole of the non-arian european population, this narrative is a must read for everyone.
on July 1, 2016
I will preface by saying that I knew that this would be a difficult book for me to read. The book itself is superbly written, and the author has done an excellent job with all of the characters, settings, and interactions. The problem with my reading the book was a personal one concerning the subject matter. Many of my relatives were victims of the Holocaust, and I had some great aunts that I met who had the numbers tattooed on’ their arms, signifying that they had been in the death camps. Based on their limited conversations about what they went through, I would have to say that the author has given a pretty accurate depiction of life for a Jew in Nazi Germany.
I wish that everyone could read this book, perhaps they would gain an understanding of what it feels like to face the extinction of your people and somehow come through it as a whole person. While I do not know the author personally, I would like to thank her for highlighting the single greatest crime against humanity of the 20th century.
on June 26, 2016
A great book and good service
on June 28, 2016
Yay Paulette. Always a pleasure. A tough subject, but she tackled it.
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on June 29, 2016
This story in this book seemed so real. Several places made me wonder, if the story was fact with a little fiction added. Once started it was very difficult to lay aside to prepare dinner.

 

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Senior dog Baloo’s freedom photo

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Matty’s freedom photo

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Matty in his new home

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Nick’s freedom photo

 

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Smorgasbord Summer Reading – The Seven Year Dress by Paulette Mahurin

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Today’s Summer Read is The Seven Year Dress by Paulette Mahurin. Set in one of the darkest times of modern history, the book is set in a place with a name that only brings horror to mind. As one of the reviewers has said: ‘Do not think you can read this book and remain unchanged.’

51SeM6PsglL._UY250_About The Seven Year Dress.

One of the darkest times in human history was the insane design and execution to rid the world of Jews and “undesirables.” At the hands of the powerful evil madman Adolf Hitler, families were ripped apart and millions were slaughtered. Persecution, torture, devastation, and enduring the unthinkable remained for those who lived.

This is the story of one woman who lived to tell her story. This is a narrative of how a young beautiful teenager, Helen Stein, and her family were torn asunder, ultimately bringing her to Auschwitz…

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A five star masterpiece… A story like no other …I feel like I was In Asuchwitz

I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. A special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book, in the name of tolerance. And with all profits going to help get dogs out of kill shelters, lives are being saved.
on June 14, 2016

I am a big fan of Paulette Mahurin’s books and “The Seven Year Dress” exceeded my expectations in every way. The story is told as a personal account through the eyes of Helen Stein, a holocaust survivor. She begins her tale when she was a young toddler growing up within her happy Jewish family. Her account unfolds with events as she is growing up and leads to when she is a young woman during Nazi Germany. The story is not an easy read by any means and yet the author’s voice is clear, strong, and precise as the horrific events are shared.

The story is fiction and yet the historical facts are so well-researched that it felt like I was reading a true account. It is a powerful and unforgettable novel. The writing is articulate and uncluttered. I admire the title very much and feel it is brilliant and painfully poetic.

Do not think you can read this book and remain unchanged.

 

on June 14, 2016
It’s hard not to cry at this moment, just finishing the book, and think over what I read. Such a amazing story of courage in horrifying circumstances.
on June 18, 2016
Paulette did it again!!!!!!!. What a great story although it was a tough story to read it flowed like butter on a piece of toast and I couldn’t put it down. As I was reading the book flashes of my family would go through my head. My 4 Grandparents where from Russia, Poland and England. They could have been there at the time of Hitler. But they had enough courage to leave their homelands and venture across the ocean to America. They came around the middle of the 20’s. My Mom and Dad born in the late 20’s would have been very young children. Thinking of all of them being there…….:(
Its so hard for me to understand one person hatred and to get all those other people to follow him is beyond my comprehension.
I’m not sure if i would have the courage or the strength to go through 7 years of hell. But reading about Helen her thoughts, her courage and her strength to get through hell was a wonder in it self. God Bless you Helen!!!!! And all the millions of others that had to go through this horrible time.
on June 11, 2016
I feel l was in Auschwitz concentration camp after reading this book. It was so humanly told by the main character Helen. I couldn’t put the book down. Riveting told story.
on June 17, 2016

This is a holocaust story so deals with issues that are horrendous. At the same time this is the story of a person who lives through this era. Helen begins her story when she rents out a room to a young trainee nurse, for now is the time to tell it, many years after. She survived but not unscathed, but this is the story of how.

The details and the character development make for an emotional read. What is really impressive is there are good people caught up in the madness who try to do what they can to help, despite what they are ordered to do. Not all in uniform are monsters and not all those oppressed are worthy of compassion. Be warned to keep the Kleenex handy.

on June 9, 2016
This is a well written, brilliant and moving story of a girl that found the spirit to survive what the nazis did to her in the war and the prison/death camp of Auschwitz. I couldn’t put it down, just had to know the next bit and the next. Really top book, would recommend it to anyone. I don’t know if it is based on a genuine meeting with this woman, but it certainly reads like it was. Very real.
on June 8, 2016
“The Seven Year Dress” by Paulette Mahurin is a story that needs to be told, over and over, lest we forget where history has taken us at the hands of a despot and continue to make the same mistakes. It wasn’t just during WWII that millions perished but all massive wars, civil revolutions, and designs to cleanse or overthrow a race of peoples. This is not a light story but is has been told by Mahurin with heart and that balances the devastation and cruelty done to the victims. Mahurin brilliantly shows us that to survive takes courage, strength, attitude, but more significantly the kindness of others, selfless acts of kindness is the antidote for evil actions. I was skeptical when I purchased this book. What more could be told about the plethora, portrayed in movies and stories for the last 150, that has been written on the subject of Hitler’s regime? There is no dearth of stories about the holocaust. But where this novel, this inspirational novel, differs is with the personal touch that doesn’t hold back, and doesn’t forget that wherever we go there we are in all our collective humanness: the good, the bad, the beautiful, the soulful, and it is in this difference this unforgettable novel shines. Highly recommend.
on June 10, 2016

Some books explain history. Some books show history. And some books make you feel history.

This is one of the latter.

This story takes one of the most horrific and difficult to process periods in history and brings it down to the personal level, where the idea that we are all neither fully-good nor completely bad is explored. The book deals with challenging topics in an honest, yet sensitive way which leaves an impression long after the last page has been turned.

 

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The Seven Year Dress: POWERFUL

A beautiful heartfelt review of my book, The Seven Year Dress.

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The Seven-Year Dress

A country and a world blindsided by the greed, prejudice and overpowering attitude of one man that took the world by storm and left devastation, annihilation and terror within the hearts of so many. Grief and sadness are not strong enough words to relate how anyone with feelings and a heart comes away after reading the story of one young girl who would never lose faith, face or her dignity no matter how many times she was belittled, tortured and berated: Helen Stein: this is for you!

With the Holocaust looming around the corner and Hitler slowly rising through the ranks it is sad that the people living in Berlin had to be subjected to this pompous, zealous and self-absorbed poor excuse of a human. Helen is strong minded and although faced with critical choices from the beginning and hoping to find a way to listen to…

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