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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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 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

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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

 

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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

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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.

 

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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

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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.

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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.

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Daisy’s freedom photo

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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.
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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

 

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Floyd and Frisbee going to new home

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Floyd and Frisbee’s freedom photo

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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.
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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.’

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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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on March 29, 2016
Well written interesting information.
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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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As with Anne Frank, Helen Stein steadfastly believes that goodness will somehow prevail against the insidious black backdrop of horror…

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“And finally I twist my heart round again, so that the bad is on the outside and the good is on the inside, and keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would so like to be, and could be, if there weren’t any other people living in the world.” – Anne Frank

Once upon a not so long ago time, there was jaw-dropping disbelief that a government could be so divisive as to label the lives of some of its citizens as mattering less than others. That rights could be stripped away. That guns could be confiscated. That anyone who questioned the “authority” enacting these laws could not only be branded a social pariah and subsequently unfriended but also have their property confiscated, their reputations ruined, and their very lives eliminated. Paulette Mahurin’s gripping new novel, “The Seven Year Dress,” is not just a reminder of the graphic atrocities that were committed by an arrogant yet creepily charismatic leader; it’s a topical correlation to how dangerously close we already are to allowing history to repeat itself in the 21st century by doing nothing to stop it.

As with her previous books, Mahurin is a consummate researcher whose attention to detail instantly immerses readers in the sights, smells, sounds and pulse-pounding fears experienced by a young heroine whose only crime – and that of her loving family – was to be Jewish. The bookend approach to revealing the past is an effective one; we know the heroine herself will survive but at what cost and to what extent will the emotional and physical scars last a lifetime? As with Anne Frank, Helen Stein steadfastly believes that goodness will somehow prevail against the insidious black backdrop of horror, that all of the devastating rumors she has been hearing from her dearest friend Max can’t possibly be true. Until she learns firsthand behind the walls of Auschwitz that the rumors were just the tip of a deadly, escalating campaign against humanity…

It is a powerful story that will cause one to recoil in shock, to weep for the countless lives lost, to court speculation of what one’s own actions might be under such perverse and humiliating circumstances. And though there are bittersweet moments of tenderness in the death camp, Mahurin subliminally warns her readers not to get too attached, just as the prisoners themselves learned to be wary that trusting any show of kindness might result in heinous torture and a bullet to the head.

on June 8, 2016
The stories that we will never know are reflected in this heart wrenching writing. Each of the six million lives stolen horrifically from their rightful place are given a voice here. Thank you.
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Historical fiction at its best…in the same way as Ann Frank’s diary helped…

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Below are some of the latest review for my book The Seven Year Dress.
on June 5, 2016
Books written about this period of history play a very important part in keeping alive the memory of a shameful time and appalling behaviour. Not only is it a comment on the historical facts but it’s also an excellent read. I could identify with the main character, even though she lived in a different time and place. The story moved forward and it kept me turning the pages. What a clever title. This is not the first book I’ve read by this author and I will look out for more of her books.
on June 4, 2016
The Seven Year Dress by Pauletter Mahurin is the compelling story of Helen Stein, from her first impressions of Hitler’s Germany as a child and the effect of his takeover on the life of her family, to her last days as a survivor in Auschwitz. The first person narrative brings a terrifying reality to the story, transforming us with her from a naive young girl to a strong survivor. Holocost stories are never easy to read, yet each one is important to our understanding of how such a thing could happen, and this is no exception. Mahurin has a gift for delving into the deepest feelings of the human soul, making the reader question: what would I have done in these circumstances? Mahurin has given us another heartfelt, compelling read. I give it five stars.
on June 4, 2016
Paulette Mahurin has an uncanny ability to zero in on issues and characters that illuminate our history and the human condition in unusual and profound stories. Based on a real character and her mind-numbing experiences in World War II, THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS is a finely wrought tale of horror, pain and one woman’s determination to survive. That she did so is remarkable; that she shared her story with Mahurin is very, very special.The author is a supremely gifted writer whose previous books have had a strong impact on this reader/writer. I appreciate her close attention to detail, the intense study of human nature and the sadness that envelops the story only to end in survival and hope.
on 2 June 2016
Paulette Mahurin has undertaken a fictionalisation of a true story, set during one of the darkest periods in human history. I have always had an interest in the story of the Holocaust and so this book interested me from the outset.
I found that the author had done her research meticulously, not only concerning the personal story of Helen Stein, but also the background of political events in Europe. Her treatment of the characters in the story was admirable, they came to life and grabbed the sympathy of the reader. Although the book is about such dark subject matter, in fact I cannot imagine any subject matter being more so, it is not a depressing read. The love the characters shared, the human kindnesses and the resilience of the human spirit even in the darkest of times, shone through. This is historical fiction at its best and I recommend it highly.
on June 6, 2016

There are occasional books that we find that can examine a piece of history with the sort of overarching power that will make a person stop and reevaluate their own life. This is just one such book, and it does an incredible job of focusing on and detailing a piece of history that is shameful and terrifying. There are moments that are uncomfortable and make us cringe and feel terrible for Helen, but if there weren’t moments like that then the book wouldn’t be doing what it set out to do.

I love this book, and everything else by Paulette, and I can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve next. Highly recommended for anyone interested in examining and learning about history.

on June 4, 2016
A heart wrenching story of Nazy Germany. It is a dark time when Helen Stein reaches maturity. Germany is asunder, the faith of the jewish people doomed. It’s difficult to understand what motivated humankind to sink into this abyss of evil.
Paulette Mahurin does gives a great narration of hope and defeat, through the eyes of a Holocaust survivor. Helen’s best childhood friend, a homosexual German, his own faith theetering due to his sexual orientation, joins the SS to save himself and to help Helen and her brother escape and hide in the country. But the tale unfolds from terrible to worse.
The story, though labeled fiction, feels like true memories of a Holocaust victim. Though difficult to read and comprehend the darkness of that time, it soars with determination of survival, and tiny acts of kindness, which give hope for humanity.
on 1 June 2016
This is one of my favorite authors and I am happy to report this is yet another excellent book! The story of Germany through the thirties and second world war is brought vividly to life through the story of one Jewish family and in particular the young daughter – Helen. We journey with her through life, from an idyllic childhood, to sexual awakening, to the death of her family and the full horrors of life in a concentration camp. The story is horrific in places as it charts tragic real events. However, I could not stop reading and have finished the book in one morning.
There are moments of lightness in the book, which include brief moments of love and laughter as the human spirit struggles to deal with impossible horror. The characters are wonderfully vivid and there is a great sense of realism throughout the book. Max is a welcome addition to the story and provides all of us with the image of how we would have liked to behave in similar circumstances but the reality was far more complex.
I loved this book and feel it would make great reading for every young person at school, in the same way Ann Frank’s Diary has helped children connect with such an important part of history. Reading this book may help future generations understand the past and not repeat the same mistakes.
on 31 May 2016
The holocaust is not a new reading subject for me, but very rarely have I read a book on the topic that goes so deeply into the human experience of the tragedy. The Seven Year Dress follows young German Jew Helen Stein through the atrocities of Nazi Germany. Helen comes from a loving, working-class family that reminded me of my own and this made the terrible injustices they suffered all the more real and appalling.
The power of this book comes from not only the fact that Helen’s family is very relatable, but also through her ability to find beauty in even the most horrific of situations. Through beautiful prose, Paulette Mahurin describes the way Helen has a new appreciation for the beautiful colours of light, or the smell of soup after hiding in a farmhouse cellar for several years. Even amongst the horrors of Auschwitz, Helen finds lasting friendship and many examples of human goodness.
But for all the goodness Helen is able to find, The Seven Year Dress is a harrowing read. It is also a beautiful and important one that is not to be missed.

 

on May 31, 2016

The Seven Year Dress

I had previously read The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap by Paulette Mahurin. It was one of those books that stuck with you. I can say the same for her newest work, The Seven Year Dress. I bought the Kindle version, and even though I had several library books on my Kindle application that were due back I read The Seven Year Dress instead because after I read a couple of chapters I couldn’t put it down.

The main character, Helen Stein, is painted skillfully with delicate brush strokes in the beginning. They become appropriately harsher as we get into her plight of being in hiding and then in a concentration camp. I don’t think this is a spoiler as the title and picture on the cover gives that bit away.

Even though this is a fictional account, we are told in the Forward that there was a real Helen Stein and that she shared her story. For me that made it even more worth the read. There are so many books on the Holocaust. This one truly stands out. Mahuran is a brilliant storyteller and has a knack for capturing the emotions of her characters.

 

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The Seven Year Dress latest reviews: immaculately researched and beautifully written book

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taken the time to write a review, and helped to spread the word. I’m truly grateful. And so are the dogs.
Recent reviews from The Seven Year Dress
on May 29, 2016
A wonderful and well written book depicting this tragedy through a woman’s eye. Hard to pause while reading. This story would be an excellent read for the younger generation (teens) to help them visualize the atrocities that occurred to the Jews in the 1940’s. I liked that it covered all aspects of a coping mechanism to survive and persevere. I have read other books by this author and this is my favourite.
on May 30, 2016
Having read Paulette Mahurin’s three previous books, one knows upon opening the first page of her fourth book, The Seven Year Dress, you are in for a treat of history, a dive into feelings ranging from the sad to the triumphant, an awareness opening understanding of human actions, all wrapped up in a great story whose pages you can’t stop reading. In this book Paulette immerses the readers into a world view of friendship, shock, bafflement, horror, courage, strength, and survival as we experience the life of a German Jewish girl who endures the rise and fall of the Nazi regime. The story is gripping and emotional, folding events and insights from the streets of Germany and the capitals of the world, into a comprehensive experience. Mahurin is a gifted novelist. I recommend this book.
on May 29, 2016

Myra, a young student, seeks new lodgings. When she meets Helen, she thinks the old woman may be mentally unbalanced. Helen reveals the tattoo on her arm.

Youth and age meet in a poignant vignette. Helen shares her story, chronicling her unbelievable hardship when Hitler’s vendetta against the Jews ripped her from her life and into hell. Myra takes away the marks of blood, now tattooed on her soul.

Paulette Mahurin continues to breathe life long-ago events with her own special brand of insight and imagination. If you like The Seven Year Dress, then be sure and read To Live Out Loud, based on the story of Alfred Dreyfus, an innocent man unfairly committed of a crime he didn’t commit. Also, Ms. Mahurin generously donates her profits to dog rescue.

on May 27, 2016

As we move deeper into the twenty-first century, away from the horrors of the Second World War, books like The Seven Year Dress become increasingly important. History has a habit of repeating and of romanticizing, so even the most evil of men are seen as heroes: Richard III, a child murderer to many is now a hero to some. And men with black hearts and no souls still strut the political stage and win support. With that background in mind, the author has served humanity well with her splendid book, The Seven Year Dress.

In keeping with its subject matter, there are sections of this book that are distressing. However, the author’s graceful writing style and empathy for her subject ensures that these sections are written with sensitivity and without sensation. In short, the book engages the emotions, an essential quality of any great story.

There is tragedy in this book, but there is also hope, courage and even love. The story highlights the worst of people and the best of people. It is tempting to think what life would be like if these two strands of humanity could be separated to live on different planets. Maybe we would name those planets Heaven and Hell.

The Seven Year Dress is an immaculately researched and beautifully written book, a book about the past, yes, but also a book for our time, for all time. It is essential reading.

on 25 May 2016
This is the story of a holocaust survivor. We relive the story through the eyes of Helen, a young Jewish girl. Mahurin’s description of Helen’s experiences as she lived through Hitler’s atrocities are masterful. She combines the warm family relationships of the Stein family in direct contrast to the developing hatred against them. She writes of the bravely of Max and Helen’s friendship . The human spirt is a powerful thing and this story will test not only Helen’s but the readers. I simply could not put it down. I read if from start to finish in one sitting. Well researched and well written this is a book that will leave an impression. Although the story has been told before I believe Mahurin’s fresh and engaging approach will leave the reader in no doubt that this book is a must read. Thoroughly recommend.
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The Seven Year Dress

Very grateful for this powerful and beautifully written review from an author whose writing I love. Thank you so much Hannah. You made my day.

A Reader Recommends

The Seven Year Dress by Paulette Mahurin

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, in that death camp, she encountered compassion, selfless acts of kindness, and friendship. Written by the award-winning, best-selling author of His Name Was Ben, comes a story of the resilience of the human spirit that will leave you…

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She’s done it again!

Thank you so much to the very talented editor and writer Lorna Lee for featuring my book, The Seven Year Dress. I’m very grateful for your expertise help and support.

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She's done it again! And she's styling' while she's doin' it! She’s done it again! And she’s styling’ while she’s doin’ it!

No, not me…although I can understand why you might think I was up to some chichi, froufrou shenaniganery.

I have a reputation to revivify (hey, it’s a real word–look it up)!

But this post is not about me (for once).

It’s about my friend and yours, Paulette Mahurin. You know, the author extraordinaire who:

  1. writes awesome, gripping, award-winning books.
  2. donates ALL profits from her book sales to rescue shelter dogs.
  3. is one of the angels who walks among us.

She has just released her 4th book, The Seven Year Dress.

Aren't you intrigued? Aren’t you intrigued?

Here is my 5-star review of it.

Never one to shy away from difficult and important topics, Mahurin has bestowed upon the reading public yet another compelling novel that will appeal to a wide range of audiences: history buffs, humanitarians, anyone who enjoys reading a…

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Reviews for The Seven Year Dress: A Brilliant, masterful book.

I’m humbled and overwhelmed by the beautiful and thoughtful reviews that are coming in. This was a difficult book to write about an extremely difficult subject matter. Thankfully I was moved by the real Helen to keep a focus on the light of survival and not the hateful destruction of evil. As all my profits go to help get dogs out of kill shelters, I am grateful to everyone who has purchased a book, taken the time to write a review, and spread the word. Many lives have been saved with the efforts of a large group of kindhearted animal lovers. I’m grateful to be among them, playing my small part.
on May 23, 2016
I am a huge fan of this autor but none of her books I have read thus far, got me to invest quite as much as this book.
To start with. I love the young girls attitude at the start. Another old woman, another sad story. It was so human and so true to life that instead of judging her, I was taking internal bets on how long she will last against this old woman, and this old story. I won, not long.
The characters pop in this book. I have always admired the fact that this author writes exclusively for charity of no kill shelters and even SPCA’s funding relocating of pets to forever homes. She also always uses her writing to shed light on issues of tolerance and in showcasing narrowmindedness as the evil it is. Usually she does this by making one of the main characters gay. This time she again shed light on the plight of Gay men and woman internationally but she made the main character a non practising Jewish woman / child. One that grows into her own sexuality as she grows into the WWII in Berlin and interesting take on how nothing surpasses our own natural instincts.
But these characters have so much to them. So many levels to be explored, to learn to know and all of them is always firstly human, secondly what ever else will help the plot along. By the end of the book, when it is reitterated that this is a book of hope, not dispair I was picking at a tear for truly, this characters spirit is such that nothing would get her down for long. And yes, the book is about hope because in the telling of the story we get to see the worst and best of humanity and we see how the best wins out by sheer will. And a promise made not to live, but to live well. Ok, so yes, I love this book? Can you tell?
on May 23, 2016
My expectations were so high for this because I read Live Out Loud by Mahurin and it literally left me speechless.
Let’s just say, this one left me speechless as well and was even better! Which is saying a lot because Live Out Loud was amazing…
Mahurin’s writing is breathtaking and masterful, and the way she weaves together this story is no short of brilliant.
A must read for fans of historical fiction, The Seven Year Dress is a story told from the perspective of a little Jewish girl during the Holocaust.
I expected the story to be sad and heartbreaking, and it was but it was so many other things too – this beautiful little girl, who even in the darkest of times doesn’t let anyone put out the light in her soul – was inspiring and uplifting and so meaningful. I cried and smiled, felt loss and hope. My author definitely knew when to tug my heart strings and when not to! Incredible!
Major kudos to the author on the amount of time she must have spent on research for this book. The author’s knowledge of the time period and details of the environment were written with such accuracy and genuineness, I felt like it was all true – straight from the mouth of an amazing little girl.
I absolutely loved it and highly recommend this book, especially for lovers of historical fiction.
This author is a major talent and her books keep me up all night, loving every minute of it! Job well done!!!
on May 23, 2016
As time marches on and memories fade well written books about the horrors of the holocaust remain both important reminders of the past and warnings of where political rhetoric fuelled by hate can lead. The telling of one person’s experiences reminds us the incomprehensible figures represents individuals who lived, loved and dreamed. Each individual and their personal experience deserves to be told and remembered.
The book tells the story of Helen, the sole survivor of her family. The book follows her early carefree life, the impending doom, her escape to a remote farmhouse during Kristallnacht, her discovery and removal to Auschwitz.
Not only does the author create a new unique character but deals with the question of sexuality in an original way. Helen and her brother are helped by their Aryan friend Max. On the face of it Max is the lucky one, born of the correct race with blond hair and blue eyes he is quickly enrolled in Hitler’s Youth and from there into the SS. However he knows if the secret of his sexuality is discovered he will become as ‘undesirable’ as his Jewish friends. The book also touches on how a generation grew from children to adults within the concentration camps.
Another fresh perspective comes from the author’s consideration of acts of compassion. Many survived the ordeal of the atrocities of the camp through both the giving and receiving of small acts of kindness. The sharing of a blanket or food rations or a simple hug.
A worthwhile, well-researched, thought provoking addition to the genre which I highly recommend..
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A masterfully told story of human heartache and triumph

While I’m awaiting word that the paperback is out for my book, I wanted to share a few of the first kindle book reviews. And more photos of some of the dogs that profits from my books have helped get out of kill shelters. Thank you to everyone who purchased a book, took the time to write a review, and helped spread the word. I’m grateful for your support.

 

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on May 16, 2016

A masterfully told story of human heartache and triumph

Mahurin has done it once again! This remarkable author has a knack for selecting timely (and timeless) topics infused with ethical significance and populated with unforgettable characters.

Never afraid to tackle difficult, sensitive issues, the author takes us back into one of the most deplorable moments in recent human history—Germany and Hitler’s maniacal attempt at genocide. One might wonder, “Hasn’t enough been written about the Nazis, anti-Semitism and death camps? Aren’t these stories of persecution and death or ultimate survival all, on some level, alike?” The answer is a resounding “No!” And here are the reasons.

The Seven Year Dress is based on the story of a real survivor. While Helen’s story has been fictionalized, elements of this tale actually happened. What part is fact and what part is fiction? I don’t know, but I do know that it all reads as if it did happen. Mahurin balances agony with elation, pain with pleasure. How much more true to life can that be? This tale of a woman’s life is told and, in the telling, she is remembered, honored, and her humanity (once ripped from her) is restored. That is why we tell stories and why we should read them.

While reading Mahurin’s book, I was surprised by the intimacy—sexual needs that the characters expressed and acted upon—while either in hiding or imprisoned. Of all the books on the Holocaust I’ve read, I have never encountered any mention of carnal desires among the prisoners. At first, I wondered how anyone could have sexual longings while fearing for their lives; but it makes perfect sense. These people were stripped of their identity in these camps. Clinging to what little they could claim as their own (their bodies) would have been important to them. I began to think differently about how people survive in desperate situations and what it means to be truly human. Isn’t that the definition of an outstanding book—it gets the reader to think differently?

Finally, as a culture and a human race, we can never be reminded too frequently how hatred and fear can turn a civilized country into something deplorable. Helen’s story is a poignant aide-mémoire to all of us about being socially aware and personally vigilant. “Life is precious.” Helen learns this from her father. “Nothing lasts.” Helen learns this from her experiences. I learned many lessons from this extraordinary book by an award-winning author. What will you learn?

on May 21, 2016

History will never fade from sight when poignant, powerful books like this are written. The story is not new. WW2 happened, Hitler was as depicted, the Jews were persecuted, and millions were killed. However, Ms Mahurin has brought a deeply personal and heart wrenching story, which managed to shock, surprise, and engross this reader.

Helen Stein, a young Jewish girl, takes centre stage as she looks back over the turbulent and tragic war years. Her relationships with family and friends are beautifully depicted, and emotionally powerful. It is an addictive story, which the author did not coat with sugar. Instead she deftly led the me on a journey of love and hatred, and I learned a lot from a story that was confidently told and thoroughly researched. A five star thumbs up from me.

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I was eagerly awaiting Ms. Mahurin ‘s new book, and it more than met my expectations.
This is not an easy book, if only because the situation depicted is so dreadful, but Ms. Mahurin has a nice writing style and a sensitive point of view. She weaves, in The Seven Year Dress, a story of the weakness and the strength of the human spirit.
The Seven Year Dress delves a little deeper into the human condition than in the author’s last novel, but still with the same themes of hope, despair, love, resilience and redemption.
The author focuses on Hitler’s Germany and the ruthless regime that swept across Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. While the descriptions are horribly realistic, the characters are not one dimensional.
The author’s research was done very well. She has such a way of describing how the characters felt in so many situations. The story flows effortlessly with Helen Stein’s voice. Helen, a beautiful Jewish teenager trapped in a situation she has been forced to endure. It was a sick time in history, and I think books like this are important, because history does repeat itself. The more people who are horrified by the hatred, racism, and resulting unbelievable cruelty and disregard for human life, the more people there will be who will try to break the cycle of history.
The Seven Year Dress is not by any means a treatise on the Holocaust. It is one person’s observation, interpretation, and experience. It isn’t the Holocaust that comes alive in this book. Helen, the survivor, comes alive.
I cringed inside reading about all that Helen had to suffer, though I previously read books and watched movies on the same topic.
A touching moment is the one when Helen, after staying hidden for a long time, receives a dress from Max. „This dress was a symbol of normalcy, my femininity, and my past,” Helen says. I cried reading those pages, which is one of the signs of a good book.
The background characters, Ben, Max, Helen’s parents, Ester were equally important.
Author Paulette Mahurin, via Helen’s story, pulls no punches in descriptions of the horror and human tragedy that befell not only the European Jews but also millions of other people whose “crime” was that they were non-Aryan, elderly, sick, political prisoners, or disabled, and therefore, unfit to live.
All in all, The Seven Year Dress is gripping, heartbreaking, but beautiful.
on May 19, 2016

The Seven Year Dress is a story that will remain with me for some time. Books about the Holocaust are numerous and varied but nothing has moved me more than the main character’s story – Helen Stein-in this latest work from Paulette Mahurin. The author examines quite a few issues in this story, sexuality, relationships, personal suffering and hope to name but a few.

Through the words of Helen Stein we gain an understanding of a life lived in a concentration camp. We also get to know and understand how strength, hope, and self preservation can overcome the most horrendous life imaginable.

Paulette Mahurin shows great writing skills and character building in The Seven Year Dress. The narrative and the story will pull at your heart strings. Mahurin is a talented author and proves this by writing a story with very few characters in it but the The Seven Year Dress is a full, in depth and complete narrative that makes it compulsive reading.

on May 18, 2016
The Seven Year Dress is beautifully written. This is not just another NAZI book. Paulette Mahurin has the uncanny ability to reduce the horrors of millions to just one and when she does this the emotions can all be felt, experienced by us readers as though we were there and finally understood in their depth. Congratulations. Once again, Paulette has shared her gift. I am one more lucky reader.

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This is an impressive and ambitious novel, telling the story of Helen Stein, a woman who survived Auschwitz.
Following her childhood in the 1920s and 1930s she grows up in a world that gradually closes in on her and her family and friends. Well researched and with great historical detail the book lets us witness the loss of ease and liberties as the unthinkable really happens.
Mahurin has chosen a great character: complex, clever and naive, fragile and resilient.
Excellently chosen side characters and ‘side-issues’ widen the field and make this all the more rewarding and stimulating a read. You know some of what will happen but there is enough unknown to make this an addictive and compelling read.
I was in awe of the powerful ending, the message of humanity and the survival of the human spirit. In fact, the entire book is powerful, from the tense prologue to the last word of the epilogue.
Much food for thought and very worthwhile your time.

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A riveting story of one woman’s surviving Hitler’s regime.
From a good life in Berlin, to the seclusion of a cellar in a
friend’s farm, to Auschwitz comes scene after scene of the
unthinkable intolerance and persecution levied not just against
the protagonist in this story but an entire race. The Jewish
population. Mahurin doesn’t hold back in description and
bringing the reader into the cruelty and horrors that took place
for anyone who protested against the regime and its leader. In
one of the darkest times in world history there are also
thousands of lights that shine and illuminate: those who
selflessly help, those who dare to endure and survive, those
who continued on with living when it seemed like being alive
was a hellish nightmare; the heroes sung and unsung are
brought to view in this incredible story. Masterfully told, I
couldn’t put it down. ARC was given to me for an honest review.
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The Seven Year Dress
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Lorna Lee‘s review

May 16, 2016
it was amazing
Read from May 13 to 14, 2016

 

Never one to shy away from difficult and important topics, Mahurin has bestowed upon the reading public yet another compelling novel that will appeal to a wide range of audiences: history buffs, humanitarians, anyone who enjoys reading a story with complex characters and a griping plot.

When I read The Seven Year Dress, I was reminded of the slogan, “The personal is the political.” This novel is based on the true story of a Holocaust survivor, Helen. Through her story, from living a simple life of contentment with her family in Berlin to her horrifying interment in Auschwitz, I came to understand how seemingly distant political machinations can rain down on a person’s life, altering it in inconceivable ways. Conversely, moment-by-moment decisions of individuals (Helen, Ben, Max, Ester, to name but a few) impact the trajectory of their lives and the lives of countless others. The novel is both a tribute to Helen’s perseverance (the personal) and a reminder about what can happen to societies when hatred runs amok (the political).

The Seven Year Dress does something that, in my opinion, other novels and treatises on the Holocaust do not. Mahurin invites us into the most intimate thoughts, emotions, and desires of her protagonist and other characters with whom Helen shared her journey. The topic of intimacy is raised in a number of ways throughout the book. In this way, Mahurin imbues her characters and her novel with an authenticity I have rarely seen in these types of novels. She handles this area of human experience with delicacy, respect, and veracity. For example, Helen is a young woman who yearns for the comfort of a lover’s attention; instead she must find private ways to handle her needs because she is in hiding from the Nazis. Or her best friend who remains loyal to her, Max (a member of the Hitler Youth, then a full-fledged Nazi), is gay but only shares his secret with Helen. Before reading this novel, I never thought about any of the prisoners having (or wanting) a sex life or any of the Nazis having sexual secrets they needed to keep.

Did Mahurin set out to write a book simply to tell Helen’s story and write a book reminding us of the consequences of hatred combined with absolute power? Or did Mahurin set out to write a book about man’s inhumanity to man using Helen’s story as a vehicle and write a compassionate portrait of a cadre of commendable, unforgettable characters who taught me about living, hope, and love because of their suffering? Does it really matter? I’m just glad she wrote The Seven Year Dress and can’t wait for the next book!

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All I can say is “Wow”! What a beautifully written prose that touches upon one of the most heart-wrenching themes of the twentieth century – the Holocaust.

I’m deeply moved by this review and extremely thankful to the reader who took the time to write it. All profits from my books go to help get dogs out of kill shelters.
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on May 17, 2016
All I can say is “Wow”! What a beautifully written prose that touches upon one of the most heart-wrenching themes of the twentieth century – the Holocaust. Told from the point of view of a young Jewish girl, living in Berlin and witnessing Hitler coming to power, and slow and terrifying changes that her country starts going through, Helen still tries to follow her father’s advice and keep her optimism. However, with the Kristallnacht all her hopes shatter, and she finds herself on a long way to survival through the horrors of Auschwitz…
I couldn’t help but admire Helen’s willpower and desire to survive just to outlive her tormentors, yet trying her best to help her fellow inmates and not harden her heart in the conditions where one was ready to sell out anyone for a molded piece of bread. The brutal treatment of the inmates, together with the very rarely discussed subject of rape of Jewish inmates by the SS are accurately depictured in all their brutal honesty. Max’s story, a German boy who grew up with Helen and remained friends with her despite the new course that Germany took and his joining the Hitlerjugend and later the SS, was both touching and incredibly sad.
All in all, this is definitely a must-read for all fans of historical fiction. Brilliant!
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Review from Romania: More than met my expectations

Book Review (LI) The Seven Year Dress

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, in that death camp, she encountered compassion, selfless acts of kindness, and friendship. Written by the award-winning, best-selling author of His Name Was Ben, comes a story of the resilience of the human spirit that will leave you thinking about Helen Stein and The Seven Year Dress for years to come after the last page is shut.

 My review

I was eagerly awaiting Ms. Mahurin ‘s new book, and it more than met my expectations.

This is not an easy book, if only because the situation depicted is so dreadful, but Ms. Mahurin has a nice writing style and a sensitive point of view. She weaves, in The Seven Year Dress, a story of the weakness and the strength of the human spirit.

The Seven Year Dress delves a little deeper into the human condition than in the author’s last novel, but still with the same themes of hope, despair, love, resilience and redemption.

The author focuses on Hitler’s Germany and the ruthless regime that swept across Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. While the descriptions are horribly realistic, the characters are not one dimensional.

The author’s research was done very well. She has such a way of describing how the characters felt in so many situations. The story flows effortlessly with Helen Stein’s voice. Helen, a beautiful Jewish teenager trapped in a situation she has been forced to endure. It was a sick time in history, and I think books like this are important, because history does repeat itself. The more people who are horrified by the hatred, racism, and resulting unbelievable cruelty and disregard for human life, the more people there will be who will try to break the cycle of history.

The Seven Year Dress is not by any means a treatise on the Holocaust. It is one person’s observation, interpretation, and experience. It isn’t the Holocaust that comes alive in this book. Helen, the survivor, comes alive.

I cringed inside reading about all that Helen had to suffer, though I previously read books and watched movies on the same topic.

A touching moment is the one when Helen, after staying hidden for a long time, receives a dress from Max. „This dress was a symbol of normalcy, my femininity, and my past,” Helen says. I cried reading those pages, which is one of the signs of a good book.

The background characters, Ben, Max, Helen’s parents, Ester were equally important.

Author Paulette Mahurin, via Helen’s story, pulls no punches in descriptions of the horror and human tragedy that befell not only the European Jews but also millions of other people whose “crime” was that they were non-Aryan, elderly, sick, political prisoners, or disabled, and therefore, unfit to live.

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First Review of The Seven Year Dress from France: There are times reading the opening pages of a book when you know immediately something amazing awaits

The kindle book is out and I’m awaiting the proof for the paperback. A very kind reader read and reviewed my book. I’m humbled by this review. All profits from my books go to help get dogs out of kill shelters. I’ll announce when the paperback is out but for any of you who want to purchase the kindle book scroll down for the link after this review.

By jeanniell on May 16, 2016

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Paulette Mahurin’s historical novel about the Dreyfus affair, ‘To Live Out Loud’ was such an amazing feat I was wondering if she could pull off a similar coup with her new book about the Holocaust, ‘The Seven Year Dress’. No need to worry, Mahurin fans. This book, like its predecessor, will get you right in the heart and the gut. Here is an author who is not afraid of taking on big subjects.
Injustice, persecution and a ruined life for a courageous man bent on upholding his principles were some of the themes of the previous book. In ‘The Seven Year Dress’ we are faced with the ultimate horror, the Nazi-driven ideology to create a super race from which all undesirable elements (principally Jews) would be expurgated. The result, staggering in its enormity, was the Holocaust. The story has been told many times. How, I wondered, would the author engage the reader once again, how address what some have called ‘compassion fatigue’?
There are times reading the opening pages of a book when you know immediately something amazing awaits. It’s as if the author is holding out a promise to the reader. In the Prologue, we witness a confrontation between two strangers. Irma, a 20-year-old nursing student, is looking for a room to rent. She meets Helen, who has a room to let. As the interview proceeds, Irma is seized with a feeling of unease. Who is this old, worn out woman, whose apartment is curiously devoid of personal items and mementoes except for a piece of faded dress material in a frame under which is written ‘Nothing Lasts’? A woman with a tattooed number hidden beneath her sleeve, and who exudes an air of ‘restrained desperation’? The tension builds, then Irma, on the point of leaving to look for other accommodation, changes her mind, and a precious friendship is born. It is a friendship which, though neither woman knows it at the time, will lead to Helen’s story being told to the world.
In the next section we change narrators, stepping back in time to the Germany of the early 1920s. The youngest child of a large Jewish family in Berlin Helen recounts their happy family life with its scenes of domesticity, their friendship with the neighbours, whose son Max becomes an important figure in the narrative. But already the storm clouds are gathering. Helen has scarcely time to enjoy her childhood before the shadow of Adolf Hitler falls like a guillotine on the future of this one particular family, mirroring that of millions of others.
The story is a mixture of documented historical fact and artistic imagination. Like a black and white news reel we follow the relentless rise of the dictator: his vile anti-Semitic propaganda regretting that the ‘Jewish corrupters’ had not been wiped out by the poison gas of the First War, the rise of the Hitler youth movement, the passing of the Nuremberg laws, the emergence of nightmarish figures and institutions, Himmler, the SS, the Gestapo. Somewhere in a place called Dachau the first of the death camps is being built. Others will follow, haunted by devils, Rudolf Höss, Josef Mengele, Adolf Eichmann.
The events are only too familiar, but they take on a new resonance and impact as we move from the general to the particular, seeing all of this through the eyes of Helen, a normal, happy child, ‘with love in her heart’ who gradually realises her country is changing, that ‘bad things are happening’, that Hitler’s message has permeated society, become ‘a stench in the air’. First banned from attending school, she then becomes increasingly isolated, a victim of segregation, prejudice and growing violence until the realisation finally bursts upon her: ‘I was now a vermin Jew’.
Events accelerate. As Hitler invades country after country he simultaneously develops his policy of racial hygiene, the final solution to the problem of the Jewish question. The turning point for Helen is Kristallnacht, after which she begins a long descent into horror and suffering. The following years are recounted by Mahurin in a series of relentless episodes: the loss of Helen’s entire family, her years spent in hiding, the deportation to Auschwitz, and her experiences there. This is the part of the book that is most harrowing. It is in Auschwitz that, subjected to repeated humiliation and degradation, Helen is stripped of her identity, conditioned like one of Pavlov’s dogs, ‘dismantled’ as a person. And, amazingly, how she endures, heals, becomes resilient, by observing the altruism of others, by undergoing innumerable transformations, by the realisation that ‘nothing lasts’.
I have already said that the story of the Holocaust has been told many times. It needs to be told many times more, as a metaphor of man’s ultimate cruelty. Years ago Emile Zola stood up and said ‘J’accuse’. The same message is implicit in these events which took place more than seventy years ago but which, like the Dreyfus affair, brings past and present face to face.
Two questions recur throughout the book:
Why?
How much can the human spirit endure?‘Nothing lasts,’ says Helen. Today, reading reports of 21st century slave markets for 9-year-old Yazidi girls, raped and driven to madness by ISIL, of similar fates for the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls forced to become ‘Boko Haram wives’, we are tempted to add ‘Nothing changes.’
‘The Seven Year Dress’ is dedicated to the real Helen Stein, who, Mahurin tells us, ‘bestowed upon me a gift of compassion and humility in sharing her story with me’. She adds: ‘In telling this story, I hope I serve her well.’
You do, Paulette, you do. Now Helen will be forever in our hearts, too.

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