January has been a good month for 53 dogs rescued from kill shelters

I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review one of my books. All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Kash,  Bandit, Andretti, River, Snowflake, Rufus, Marvin, Cheyenne, Lilly & her 4 puppies, Misty, Rio, bonded sisters Dolly & Beijing, PinMin, Princess, another Princess, Gulliver, Minnie, Faith, Brownie, Diva, Maxine, Peachez, Norman, Caspian, Sofia, Kobe, Baldwin, Wiler, bonded buddies Sioux & Angel, Noland, Rufus, Theo, Sarah, Dempsey, Milky, Jacques, Kate, Biscuit, Francis, Atticus, Ruby, Luna, Matilda, Winnie, Claudia, Sabrina, Gucci, (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2019 53 dogs have been rescued. In 2018 670 dogs have been rescued. In 2017 we’ve helped free 904 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 149 dogs were freed.

AND please for everyone who’s purchased a book could I humbly ask you to write a review when you’ve completed the read.  Amazon promotes and ranks books according to number of reviews in addition to sales. Every voice helps spread the word and that is an energy that can help a dog.

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

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
My books have been ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon U.S. in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTION BEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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Amazon Australia ranked my book NUMBER ONE in all it’s categories: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction & Teen and Young Adult and is #3 best seller in the entire kindle bookstore.
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And in Amazon U.K. it just made it to#1 Best Seller List in Teen & Young Adult Category and #3 in Historical Fiction Category and #24 best seller in the kindle books store.
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RECENT REVIEWS FOR A DIFFERENT KIND OF ANGEL
AMAZON U.S.
Sherrie Hansen

January 8, 2019

In A Different Kind of Angel, the horrific crimes committed against Russian Jews during the Kiev pogrom become very personal as seen through the eyes of Klara, a young woman whose happy family life was shattered one day in 1881. When she escapes to the USA, all seems well until the American dream fails her in an epic way and she is unfairly committed to the Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island. Her life becomes a new kind of nightmare, full of atrocities that were thankfully punctuated with connections and kindnesses from friend Catherine and the occasional nurse or fellow patient, as well as her own resilient spirit. This book is a testament to survival and dreams that somehow find a way to come true even in the face of untold suffering. Inspiring, eye-opening, well-written – a definite must-read you won’t be able to put down.
on January 2, 2019
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase

That’s what Klara Gelfman, a recent immigrant from Kiev, Russia quickly learned just weeks after arriving in New York City in 1882. She had barely survived the brutal massacre of her entire family in 1881 after the assassination of Czar Alexander II. After that horrific pogrom, she escaped to America. . .the land of the free. . .which promised safety from the tyrannical oppression of the Southern-Russian Worker’s Union. Before she even got the chance to start her new life, she found herself cast into the living hell of the Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island with no hope of ever escaping that nightmare. Her crime – the inability to communicate in the English language. After years in that inhumane place, Klara felt that “Life had become a chain with links made of misery”.

I shed a lot of tears throughout Klara’s story. Author, Paulette Mahurin, wove this tale as if she had experienced each physical and mental torture herself. Reading about the madness perpetrated by the lunatic nurses and guards upon all of the helpless inmates in that hospital for the insane had me helplessly raging against the unfairness of it all. Even those inmates who were sane when they arrived (and there were far too many) had little hope of retaining any normal state of mind after so much exposure to such unthinkable conditions as were forced upon them there. As Klara put it: “Too little nourishment. Cold rooms and cold, filthy bathwater. Lumpy, stained, withered mattresses and paper-thin, dirty blankets, hours of sitting on hard benches in silence. Physical and emotional wounds inflicted at the whim of the nurses and guards.” Klara and all the other unfortunate souls trapped in that wicked place endured that and much, much worse.

This book is a stark reminder that since time immemorial – places and inhabitants of this world have always been fraught with misery and cruelty. But it also shines a light on the idea that even in the vilest conditions, friendships can blossom and the human spirit can find a way to survive. As Klara saw it: “. . .those women met some of my most basic longings: to belong, to feel safe, to trust, and to be understood. It seemed so contradictory that I had moments of feeling safe when surrounded by so much brutality. But I did. These simple connections ignited the resilience my soul had all but lost. And I was better for it.”

Mahurin’s story reminds us that the goodness of just one person can bring a spark of light into a hopeless life and that one must never lose hope for some kind of happy ending. I highly recommend that you read A Different Kind Of Angel.

AMAZON U.K.
Amazon Customer

31 January 2019

A Different Kind of Angel is a dark story very well written. Oddly written out of chronological sequence, which makes the story more suspenseful as a result. Not only a suspenseful story, the characters are real and believable, and I hoped against hope that there would come the end to their ordeal. The eclectic cast of characters, the key characters around which the story is focussed, and those who are probably insane but still have humanity, are what makes A Different Kind of Angel notably powerful.
GOODREADS
A Different Kind of Angel: A Novel
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Paulette Mahurin (Goodreads Author)

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OMalleycat‘s review

Jan 12, 2019
really liked it ****

 

Gripping novel exposing the patients received in late 19th century hospitals for the mentally ill, not to mention those hospitalized who were NOT mentally ill but victims of abusive policing and unable to speak English, as the protagonist is. She meets other patients who are merely inconvenient for powerful men and warehoused to keep them away from public notice. In 1887 Nellie Bly went undercover as a reporter in the hospital that’s the setting. She’s a character in the book, but mostly it’s about Klara who survived a pogrom in Russia only to be hospitalized and held in wretched conditions as an immigrant in the U.S.

 

RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
AMAZON U.S.
kelly cepil

January 25, 2019

Very good book. Recommend highly. Really didn’t need the introduction with the student in the house, or the ending with her. But other than that worth reading.
Marina Osipova

January 12, 2019

The author, Paulette Mahurin, takes the reader on a tragic but life-celebrating ride. Emotionally charged, it presents a gut-wrenching fate of two generations of German Jews – Helen’s once happy family. With Hitler coming to power, her life inevitably changes to the horror of losing her loved ones, then hiding from being sent to a concentration camp and then, not able to escape the inevitable, to the atrocities of Auschwitz where she is brutally forced to make dehumanizing choices.
The sequence of events that shaped Germany into the despotic state and corrupted its population is expertly and unobtrusively woven into the well-paced narrative. I would consider this book educational for a reader who is not deeply familiar with the Holocaust. Highly recommended for the general readership.

January 7, 2019

As with all of the author’s books, this one digs into human emotions that help a person survive tragedies. And what greater tragedy has occurred in modern times than the ill treatment of those imprisoned in the Nazi concentration camps? The prisoners are seen are real and vulnerable, doing what they had to do to shut out the horrors of the war. Some cannot cope, but others like Helen can hide them inside so they don’t make her become a monster like those who imprisoned her. The emotions are raw and beautiful at the same time. A well written and touching story.
AMAZON U.K.
Rachel

13 January 2019

I cannot stop reading about this subject in history and this book has really opened my eyes about what happened.
mick burridge. Susan burridge

10 January 2019

Unbelievable suffering, although you know what happened during these times, one persons remarkable story Written so well brings the hardships home to you.
Gabby

9 January 2019

A brave account of the horrific events endured by a young female Auschwitz survivor. Deeply moving heart breaking tale of bravery, loss and survival.
Steph Steptoe

5 January 2019

Absolutely loved this book. The story was told in a very human way. How anyone emerged from that horror to be a kind and loving person again is a mystery to me. An inspirational story!
GOODREADS

Elise Moss

Jan 01, 2019 Elise Moss rated it **** really liked it
As with all books about the Holocaust, there were many disturbing moments but ultimately, her resolve to make it through despite all of her loss made it a really enjoyable story.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE PERSECUTION OF MILDRED DUNLAP
AMAZON U.K.

2 January 2019

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DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
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Kash has been rescued
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Kash’s freedom photo
Bandit rescued 2019-01-03 at 6.44.06 AM
Bandit has been rescued
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Bandit’s freedom photo

 

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Andretti has been rescued

 

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Andretti’s freedom photo with new sibling

 

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River has been rescued

 

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River’s freedom photo

 

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Snowflake has been rescued

 

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Snowflake’s freedom photo

 

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Rufus has been rescued

 

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Rufus’ standing tall freedom photo

 

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Marvin has been rescued

 

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Marvin’s freedom photo

cheyenne rescued 2019-01-06 at 11.13.40 am

Cheyenne has been rescued

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Cheyenne’s freedom photo

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Lilly has been rescued with her four puppies

 

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Lilly and her 4 puppies freedom photo

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Misty has been rescued

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Misty’s freedom photo

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Rio has been rescued

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Rio’s freedom photo

 

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Bonded sisters Dolly & Beijing have been rescued together.

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Dolly & Beijing Kennel information

 

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Dolly & Beijing’s freedom photo

 

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PinMin has been rescued

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PinMin’s freedom photo thriving at the vet’s.

 

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Princess has been rescued

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Princess’ kennel information

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Princess’ freedom photo

 

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Princess has been rescued

 

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Princess’ freedom photo

 

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Gulliver has been rescued

 

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Gulliver’s freedom photo

 

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Minnie has been rescued

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Minnie’s freedom photo

 

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Faith has been rescued

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Faith’s freedom photo

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Brownie has been rescued

 

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Brownie’s free

 

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Diva has been rescued

 

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Diva’s freedom photo

 

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Maxine has been rescued

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Maxine’s freedom photo

 

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Peachez has been rescued

 

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Peachez’s freedom photo

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Norman has been rescued

 

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Norman’s freedom photo

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Caspian has been rescued

 

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Caspian’s freedom photo

 

sofia 2 rescued

Sofia has been rescued

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Sofia’s freedom photo

 

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Kobe has been rescued

 

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Kobe’s freedom photo

 

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Baldwin has been rescued

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Baldwin’s freedom photo

 

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Wiler’s been rescued

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Wiler’s freedom photo

 

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Wiler with new mom

 

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Sioux has been rescued with bonded mate Angel

 

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Sioux’s freedom photo

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Angel has been rescued

 

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Angel’s freedom photo

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Bonded buddies Sioux and Angel are so happy to be free together

 

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Noland has been rescued

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Noland’s freedom photo

 

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Rufus’ has been rescued

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Rufus’ freedom photo

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Theo’s been rescued

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Theo’s kennel information

 

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Theo’s freedom photo

 

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Sarah has been rescued

 

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Sarah’s freedom photo with new sibling

 

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Dempsey has been rescued

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Dempsey’s freedom photo

milky rescued 2019-01-23 at 8.14.06 am

Milky has been rescued

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Milky’s freedom photo

 

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Jacques the elder has been rescued

 

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Jacques’ freedom photo. Now that’s one happy face.

 

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Kate has been rescued

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Kate’s freedom photo

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Biscuit has been rescued

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Biscuit’s freedom photo

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Francis has been rescued

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Francis’ freedom ride

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Francis’s freedom photo. At the vet pre-surgery being taken very good care of.

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Atticus has been rescued

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Atticus’ freedom photo

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Ruby’s been rescued

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Ruby’s freedom photo

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Luna has been rescued

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Luna’s freedom photo

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Matilda has been rescued

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Matilda’s freedom photo

 

winnie 2 rescued 2019-01-29 at 2.11.45 pm

Winnie has been rescued

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Winnie’s freedom photo

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Claudia has been rescued

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Claudia’s freedom photo

 

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Sabrina has been rescued

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Sabrina’s freedom photo

 

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Gucci has been rescued

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Gucci’s freedom photo

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670 dogs rescued from kill shelters in 2018 are now home sweet home

I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review one of my books. All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Porter, Kira, Duran Duran, Matto, bonded siblings Bear & Foxy, Fritz, Lolly, Hope, Valerie, Lolita, Ridley, Pablo, Lucas, bonded sisters Doonesbury & Gulliver, Arnie, Kamala, Damien, Harland, Sage, bonded siblings Daisy & Delilah, Ramsey, Zelda & her 6 puppies, Otto, Moli, Shawn, Kaylee, Jersy, Foxy, Ed, Paige, Buster, Lamont, Messy, Jason, bonded siblings Ansel & Marvin, Chatty, Buzz, Cooper, Buttercup, Sparkle, Dakota, Maurice, Cooper, & Dottie (see photos below) out of kill shelters. In 2018, 670 dogs have been rescued. In 2017 we’ve helped free 904 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 149 dogs were freed.

AND please for everyone who’s purchased a book could I humbly ask you to write a review when you’ve completed the read.  Amazon promotes and ranks books according to number of reviews in addition to sales. Every voice helps spread the word and that is an energy that can help a dog.

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

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
My books have been ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon U.S. in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTION BEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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Amazon Australia ranked my book NUMBER ONE in all it’s categories: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction & Teen and Young Adult and is #3 best seller in the entire kindle bookstore.
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And in Amazon U.K. it just made it to#1 Best Seller List in Teen & Young Adult Category and #3 in Historical Fiction Category and #24 best seller in the kindle books store.
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RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE DAY I SAW THE HUMMINGBIRD
AMAZON U.K.
Pauline

29 December 2018

The Day I Saw The Hummingbird by Paulette Mahurin has received a Chill with a Book Readers’ Award.

“What a marvelous story, so true, so well written and hard to imagine what they went through.”

Pauline Barclay – Founder of Chill with a Book Awards

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RECENT REVIEWS FOR A DIFFERENT KIND OF ANGEL
AMAZON U.S.
on December 20, 2018
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
In the early 19th century, New York City was running amok with immigrants, indigents, lunatics and mistresses of wealthy men who had no shortage of skeletons in their closets. To accommodate the growing need to put society’s “blemishes” out of sight, scores of defenseless individuals were packed off to a life sentence at Blackwell’s Island Asylum where they were not only starved and routinely tortured but also guarded by sadistic criminals who regarded them as easy prey. It’s a certainty that if one wasn’t crazy when she went in, the oppressive conditions and cruelty she endured would make her so with the passage of years.
The arrival of yet another hapless young woman in 1887 was registered by the asylum staff as nothing more than fresh blood to humiliate and victimize. Little did any of them suspect that the new arrival who asked a tumble of questions and seemed to take delight in sassing her keepers was an intrepid female journalist named Nellie Bly. Taking the ultimate risk of feigning craziness, it was Nellie’s quest—a quest which proved successful—to witness first-hand a litany of abuses wrought by a corrupt system.
Mahurin’s compelling novel reflects extensive research and meticulous attention to detail. Although it is not without graphic depictions of what was going on behind the asylum walls, it’s a must-read story of a real-life heroine who was able to turn the tables on an administration that was all too willing to turn its back on those without a voice.
AMAZON U.K.

23 December 2018

Recommend to fans of historical fiction.
What I love about Mahurin’s books is how she takes a real incident and forges a fictional story that enhances the truth. Her books are well-researched and I always feel I’ve learned something new alongside enjoying the read.
This book was inspired by an undercover operation carried out by a female journalist, Nellie Bly into the terrible conditions in a women’s mental asylum on Blackwell Island, New York. But the story is about the women held in the asylum, especially Klara a young Jewish girl who had fled Russia after the Kiev Pogrom. Instead of finding understanding she is the victim of a robbery and sent to the asylum as without knowing English she was unable to defend herself.
The story isn’t for the faint-hearted. The inmates, sane and insane suffered barbaric cruelty. However, the women found friendship and hope amongst themselves and from a few kindly nurses.
Satisfying, interesting read.
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A Different Kind Of Angel
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Paulette Mahurin (Goodreads Author)

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Heather Osborne‘s review

Dec 29, 2018
it was amazing *****

 

Reviewed on behalf of Readers’ Favorite

A Different Kind of Angel by Paulette Mahurin commences with the introduction of the reader to Klara, an immigrant who has fled Russia from the pogroms of the late 1880s. She arrives in New York, alone, having lost her father, her last living relative, on the long journey to America. The victim of an attack, and unable to speak English to explain what has happened, Klara is unjustly accused of being insane and sentenced to an indefinite term on Blackwell’s Asylum. There, she struggles to overcome the injustices foisted upon her, until one day, a new woman arrives who proves to be more than just another cog in Klara’s woeful story.

There was something entirely captivating about Paulette Mahurin’s novel, A Different Kind of Angel. It was interesting to see the expose of Nellie Bly told through the eyes of a fictional inmate at the asylum. It was an all too common practice to lock women up who did not fit into the mold of the time, dating back further than the setting of Mahurin’s novel. It has prompted me to want to read more about Nellie Bly and how she broke down barriers, bringing light to the inhumane treatment of the women incarcerated on Blackwell’s Island. Mahurin touches on how misunderstanding often leads to fear, in the case of Klara. Because they perceived her to be drunk, they made automatic judgments about her. I would certainly recommend this novel to anyone with an interest in the history of how barriers were broken down in the treatment of those with mental illnesses.

RECENT REVIEWS FOR HIS NAME WAS BEN
AMAZON U.S.
on December 27, 2018
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Wow…just wow…this book is so heartfelt and touching and yes scary and sad all at the same time. When you hear the word Cancer, you think all the worst possible outcomes, but this story proves that life is what you make of it and should be charished and lived to the fullest no matter your circumstances. Above all it shows that love can and does happen in it’s own time. This is a must read! I do suggest setting aside large chunks of time to read this because you wont want to put it down!
on December 18, 2018
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
This was a tough read, but well worth it. This was the first book I had read by this author and will definitely be picking up more books by her. The journey of Sara and Ben is a tough one, but radiates of finding love and how much it can change your life if you open yourself up. I knew the ending but kept hoping that it would be different as I wanted to see so much of Sara and Ben’s life. This is definitely a book I would recommend to others.
AMAZON U.K.
Tracy Traynor

27 December 2018

The title of this books lets you know exactly what you’re about to read.
At first I didn’t think the title was a good idea but as I read through the book I began to appreciate the title and its revelation on what was to come, I was prepared then for the end.
This is a beautifully written story of real love in a real life situation. I found it touching and moving.
This is a book that deserves to be read.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
AMAZON U.S.
on December 14, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
Well written explicit rendering of a young woman survival of the tragedy of the Jews and others in ww2. Let we never forget that this will never happen again.
AMAZON U.K.
dawne griffiths

6 December 2018

I picked this book to read intermittently only to not be able to put it down I couldn’t cry for the time lost but the descriptions were so vivid I had to read further

 

 

 

DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS

 

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Porter has been rescued

Porter 2 freedom

Porter’s freedom photo

 

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Kyra has been rescued

 

Kyra 1 freedom

Kyra’s freedom photo

 

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Duran Duran has been rescued

 

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Duran Duran’s freedom photo

 

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Matto has been rescued

Matto freedom

Matto’s freedom photo

 

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Bear has been rescued with his bonded sibling Foxy

 

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Foxy has been rescued with bonded sibling Bear

 

Bear 3 & Foxy 2 rescued

Bear & Foxy, bonded siblings, freedom photo

 

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Fritz has been rescued

 

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Fritz’s freedom photo

 

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Lolly has been rescued

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Lolly’s freedom photo

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Hope has been rescued

 

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Hope’s freedom photo

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Valerie has been rescued

Valerie 2 freedom

Valerie’s freedom photo

 

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Lolita has been rescued

 

Lolita 2 freedom

Lolita’s freedom photo

 

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Ridley has been rescued

 

Ridley 1 freedom

Ridley’s freedom photo

 

Pablo 2 rescued

Pablo has been rescued

Pablo 2 freedom

Pablo’s freedom photo

 

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Lucas has been rescued

 

Lucas 3 freedom ride

Lucas’ freedom ride

Lucas 3 freedom

Lucas’ freedom photo

 

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Doonesbury has been rescued with his bonded sibling Gulliver.

Doonsbury freedom

Doonesbury’s freedom photo

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Gulliver has been rescued with his bonded sibling Doonesbury

 

Gulliver freedom

Gulliver has been rescued with his bonded sibling Doonesbury

 

 

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Arnie has been rescued

Arnie 1 freedom

Arnie’s freedom photo

 

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Kamala has been rescued

Kamala freedom

Kamala’s freedom photo

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Damien has been rescued

Damien freedom

Damien’s freedom photo

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Harland has been rescued

Harland 2 freedom

Harland’s freedom photo

 

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Sage has been rescued

 

Sage 2 freedom

Sage’s freedom photo

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Bonded sisters Daisy & Delilah have been rescued

 

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Bonded sisters’ Daisy & Delilah’s freedom photo

 

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Ramsey has been rescued

Ramsey 1 freedom

Ramsey’s freedom photo

 

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Zelda & her six puppies have been rescued

 

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Zelda & her six puppies’ freedom photo

 

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Otto has been rescued

Otto 2 freedom

Otto’s freedom photo

 

Moli rescued

Moli’s been rescued

Moli freedom

Moli’s freedom photo

 

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Shawn has been rescued

Shawn freedom

Shawn’s freedom photo

 

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Kaylee has been rescued

Kaylee freedom

Kaylee’s freedom photo

 

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Jersy’s been rescued

 

Jersey freedom

Jersy’s freedom photo

 

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Foxy has been rescued

 

Foxy freedom

Foxy’s freedom photo

 

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Ed’s been rescued

 

Ed freedom photo

Ed’s freedom photos

 

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Paige has been rescued

 

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Paige’s freedom photo

 

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Buster’s been rescued

 

Buster 2 freedom photo

Buster’s freedom photo

 

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Lamont has been rescued

Lamont freedom

Lamont’s freedom photo

 

Messy rescued 2018-12-29 at 8.03.37 AM

Messy’s been rescued

 

Messy freedom

Messy’s freedom photo

Jason rescued 2018-12-29 at 1.58.30 PM

Jason’s been rescued

 

Jason freedom photo

Jason’s freedom photo

 

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Ansel has been rescued with his bonded sibling Marvin

 

Ansel freedom

Ansel’s freedom photo

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Marvin has been rescued with his bonded sibling Ansel

 

Marvin freedom

Marvin’s freedom photo

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Senior Chatty has been rescued

Chatty freedom

Senior Chatty’s freedom photo

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Senior Buzz has been rescued

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Buzz’s shelter information

 

 

Buzz freedom

Buzz’s freedom photo

 

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Cooper has been rescued

Cooper 2 freedom

Cooper’s freedom photo

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Buttercup has been rescued

 

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Buttercup’s shelter info

 

Buttercup 2 freedom photo with new family

Buttercup’s freedom photo with new family

 

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Sparkle’s been rescued

 

Sparkle freedom

Sparkle’s freedom photo

 

Dakota 3 rescued 2018-12-30 at 2.28.40 PM

Dakota’s been rescued

Dakota 3 freedom

Dakota’s freedom photo

 

Maurice 3 rescued 2018-12-30 at 4.27.00 PM

Maurice has been rescued

Maurice 3 freedom

Maurice’s freedom photo

 

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Cooper has been rescued

Cooper freedom

Cooper’s freedom photo

 

Dottie 3 rescued

Dottie has been rescued.

 

Dottie 3 freedom

Dottie’s freedom photo

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Happy New Year and Peace on Earth

MAX & BELLA

My fur babies: Max the three pawed rottie and Bella the rottie sharpei. From kill shelter to our home sweet home, they complete our family. ❤

 

Terry & Paulette

 

Terry & Paulette – 33 New Years together ❤

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615 dogs have been rescued from kill shelters

 

I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review one of my books. All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Marcus, Boycie, Yoda, Barnaby, Amber, Morrisey, Yoda, Little Draco, Eloise, Fritz, Tito, Franky, Henry, Alexandra, Mandy, Neo, Abigail, bonded siblings Taylor & Kennedy, Rocky, Little puppy, Jacko, Roland, Minnie & Vincent (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2018, 615 dogs have been rescued. In 2017 we’ve helped free 904 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 149 dogs were freed.

AND please for everyone who’s purchased a book could I humbly ask you to write a review when you’ve completed the read.  Amazon promotes and ranks books according to number of reviews in addition to sales. Every voice helps spread the word and that is an energy that can help a dog.

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

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
My books have been ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon U.S. in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTION BEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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Amazon Australia ranked my book NUMBER ONE in all it’s categories: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction & Teen and Young Adult and is #3 best seller in the entire kindle bookstore.
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RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE PERSECUTION OF MILDRED DUNLAP
Rea

November 22, 2018

In a small Nevadan town in 1895 to be different was a problem, but to be two women loving each other was an absolute sin. Mildred Dunlap and her Cousin Edra, live in constant fear of being found out, ridiculed and harassed from town. Like all small towns, theirs was a hotbed of gossip and the news of Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment in England on charges of homosexuality brought same-sex relationships to the minds of the small-minded bigots of the town. In this fascinating story Mahurin shares some gems of tolerance, understanding and love to the readers. This is a delightful story from an author I now want to read more from. Excellent!
REVIEWS FOR A DIFFERENT KIND OF ANGEL
AMAZON U.S.
on December 6, 2018
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase

I’ll be honest. When I first started reading this book I struggled a bit with the way it jumped back and forth between past, present and future. I was convinced it would be a long read for me. But since I can be honest, I can also admit when I’m wrong. Once I got used to the pacing and this writer’s style I became totally immersed in Klara Gelfman’s plight.

Torn from her home in Kiev in 1881, her family murdered for the sin of being Jewish, she found herself in the New World, where things were supposed to be better. However, she would soon discover how cruel even this land of opportunity could be for a young woman in New York, alone and without the benefit of speaking or understanding English. After being attacked on the streets and left without ID, she is scooped up by the police and, without the aid of an interpreter or trial, sent to live out her days at the Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island.

This story is inspired by real events reported by journalist Nellie Bly in 1887, who features in the telling of Klara’s tale. Reading what the women of the asylum lived through is horrifying and humbling, and provides a shocking reminder of how far women have come over the years. I like to believe that we are no longer disposable, as so many of the women on Blackwell’s Island were. While I know that to be mostly true in the US (mostly), I can’t help but think how things are in other countries where women aren’t given the luxuries and rights that we enjoy here. “A Different Kind of Angel” is a wake-up call for us all.

Dick Whittington

November 22, 2018

This is the third book I’ve read and positively reviewed from this author. A tough but worthwhile read set in the Women’s Lunatic Asylum of Blackwell’s Island in New York’s East River. It details the experiences of a perfectly sane, 19 year old, Kiev immigrant who is arrested a few days after arriving in New York, committed to the Asylum and survives there for several years in the late 1880’s. I enjoy historical novels and this is a good one. Well written, good character development and an engrossing story.
AMAZON U.K.
on 26 November 2018
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
A really tough read, but absolutely brilliantly told. Historical abuse in such institutions was commonplace both in the UK and in the United States. It made my blood boil, reading how these poor women were institutionalised and the abuse they suffered at the hands of those who were supposed to care. As a nurse, knowing that this kind of abuse took place has always horrified me. The story is beautifully told and the characters developed throughout the book. Well researched and well written.
on November 23, 2018
This book has received a Discovering Diamonds Review: Helen Hollick founder #DDRevs “Ms Mahurin writes with vivid emotion, bringing her characters to life in such a way that we are totally immersed in their living nightmares, tragedies, traumas, hopes and dreams.”
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Malia‘s review

Nov 28, 2018
it was amazing *****

bookshelves: historical-fiction

 

Whenever Paulette Mahurin publishes another book, I know I am in for a beautifully researched and written story. This time, she takes readers to the end of the 19th century with Klara Gelfman, who is forced to leave her home in Kiev and start anew in New York City. It’s a harrowing story, but ultimately hopeful, though i don’t want to give anything away. It’s incredible and infuriating to read about how few rights women had at this time (less than 200 years ago?!) I also liked that it was based on the true reporting of Nellie Bly, with whom I was familiar. I love historical fiction and Mahurin has a way of creating memorable characters and plots to bring events of the past much closer, to make them feel very real and relevant. It also made me think how important it is for us to remember the past and the horrors that occurred so they will not be repeated, though when I read the news, I fear much learning still needs to be done.
This is an excellent book and I would absolutely recommend it to fans of historical fiction!

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Wanda Hartzenberg‘s review

Dec 05, 2018
really liked it****

bookshelves: 2018

 

Actually I have read the book twice now. As an avid fan of this author I was amazed to see real growth in her writing style and the flow of this book. That said it made the reading none the more comfortable. The injustices one after the other piled upon the abuse of a segment of society that should experience nothing but care and patience was truly horific. The basic human rights violations made the hair at the base of my neck stand on end.

That said the authors care and empathy for the situation these woman found themselves in is obvious and made terrible and stark circumstances in which they had to live come ever more in contrast to the care they needed. A brilliant period piece but I cannot give it a five star rating for its emotional content at times overwhelmed me and I had to put the book aside to cope with its content.

RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE DAY I SAW THE HUMMINGBIRD
AMAZON U.S.
Book Goddess Leah

November 18, 2018

The Day I Saw a Hummingbird is a reminiscent retrospective of Oscar’s a life, a young man born into slavery who finds his way to freedom. While this book could have chosen to follow the line of the haunting and excruciating life of a slave, it didn’t. Instead the reader sees life through Oscar’s eyes, the good and the bad of it, the triumphs and the heartbreaks, and the hardships and blessings he endures. This book is a book that stays with you, that calls to you long after you have laid it down to tend to life that calls you back wanting to read until the last page. A true testament to the spirit of a man as you follow him through the life he remembers to his eventual freedom.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR HIS NAME WAS BEN
AMAZON U.S.

November 20, 2018

I’m giving this book five stars for only one reason: I can’t give it six. It’s not a conventional romance, it’s an extremely touching and emotional story of two people who meet under almost the worst of circumstances in a cancer clinic, try to make the best of what is left of their lives and wind up finding the best of all possible worlds.

The title gives away the ending, but it is the getting there, the journey that while short is as long as the characters need, that is the real story. This is not a book to be skimmed, to be raced through, but rather to be read slowly and savored. It is a book that puts the reader in touch with the characters from the inside, puts the characters inside the reader and leaves the reader somehow different at the end.

It rings true, and I don’t say that about many books. None other, in fact. I almost expected to find the author explaining that it was her own story. Get this book, read it … and be changed

 

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S. T

26 November 2018

Oh my goodness! I have never read a book by Paulette before and I’m kicking myself! Her story telling is more than I bargained for and ripped at my heart strings. She writes and tells a story beyond a disease and diagnosis showing that there’s so much more to life and people and the characters work through their journey. I’m a little speechless in a good way!

 

 

RECENT REVIEWS FOR TO LIVE OUT LOUD

on November 23, 2018
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
This short historical fiction novel focuses on the case of Alfred Dreyfus and how Emilie Zola’s staunch support to free the man from imprisonment affected not only his life, but the changing attitudes of France. I always enjoy historical fiction, and Ms. Mahurin did not disappoint in her retelling of this famous case. Told from the viewpoint of a family friend, it gives an outsiders perspective on how anti-semitism and the church led to the conviction of an innocent man. I would have liked a little more detail into the life of Alfred Dreyfus, but this was a well-told story that I really enjoyed.

 

 

RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS

 

AMAZON U.S.

Sara Longworth

November 25, 2018

This book is a profound and touching story of the human condition. It illuminates the strength and perseverance of the many men and women that survived the atrocities of World War II.

 

 

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Sheri Milam

Nov 25, 2018 Sheri Milam rated it really liked it
I devoured this book in two days; it was that good! This is historical fiction and told through a Holocaust survivor, Helen Stein. Once again, I’m reminded that through the most tragic stories of evil, there arise the heroes, the people that delve deep within their spirits to find the will to overcome and even to help others and the ability to find beauty and kindness in the midst of the most unimaginable pain and terror.
Helen Stein, like many others, is a young girl coming of age when all that she loves, family, friends, neighbors, are ravaged by the Nazis who have a bloodthirsty agenda to rid the world of anyone who is Jewish. She watches helplessly as people that she loves are murdered in the streets, shuttled away on cattle cars never to return. She and her brother, with the help of her best friend manage to escape and hide out for four years until one day, they too are apprehended and taken to the camps. There Helen continues to lose everything that defines her. Somehow, she manages to survive to tell her story.
I often wonder when I read of these people, if I would have the same mettle to withstand the atrocities as they did. Would I have the strength to stand up after a beating, the defiling of my person and spirit, the witnessed slaughter of lives strictly for my race, the tragic loss of those I love? I don’t know. I’m sure people like Helen Stein had no idea what they were capable of until they were put to the test. I hope mine an future generations never have to know. The tragedy of it is, these people never thought it was possible to experience that level of depravity. The truth of it is, anything is possible.

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DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS

 

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Marcus has been rescued

 

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Marcus’ freedom photo

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Boycie’s shelter information

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Boycie (in this shelter photo) has been rescued

 

Boycie freedom photo

Boycie’s freedom photo

 

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Yoda’s been rescued

 

Yoda freedom

Yoda’s freedom photo

 

Yoda with new sibling

Yoda with new sibling

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Barnaby has been rescued

Barnaby freedom

Barnaby’s freedom photo

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Amber has been rescued

Amber 2 freedom

Amber’s freedom photo

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Morrisey has been rescued

 

Morrisey freedom

Morrisey’s freedom photo

 

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Yoda has been rescued

 

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Yoda’s freedom photo

 

 

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Little Draco has been rescued

 

Little Draco freedom

Little Draco’s freedom photo

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Eloise has been rescued

 

Eloise 2 freedom

Eloise’s freedom photo

 

 

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Fritz’s rescue story and kennel information

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Fritz kennel photo

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Fritz has been rescued

 

Fritz freedom photo

Fritz’s freedom photo

 

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Tito has been rescued

 

Tito 2 freedom

Tito’s freedom photo

 

 

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Franky  (named by rescue) has been rescued

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Franky’s kennel information

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Franky’s freedom photo

 

 

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Henry has been rescued

 

Henry freedom

Henry’s freedom photo

 

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Alexandra has been rescued

Alexandra freedom

Alexandra’s freedom photo

 

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Mandy’s been rescued

Mandy freedom

Mandy’s freedom photo

 

 

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Neo has been rescued

Neo 2 freedom photo

Neo’s freedom photo

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Abigail has been rescued

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Abigail’s shelter information

Abigail 2 freedom ride

Abigail’s freedom ride

Abilgail 2 freedom

Abigail’s freedom photo

 

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Taylor has been rescued with bonded sibling Kennedy.

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Kennedy has been rescued with bonded sibling Taylor

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Taylor and Kennedy’s freedom photo. They are so happy to be together.

 

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Rocky’s been rescued

 

Rocky 3 freedom photo

Rocky’s freedom photo

 

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Little puppy with broken leg was rescued

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Little puppy with broken leg’s freedom photo.

 

 

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Jacko has been rescued

 

Jacko freedom

Jacko’s freedom photo

 

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Roland has been rescued

 

Roland freedom

Roland’s freedom photo

 

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Minnie has been rescued

 

Minnie 2 freedom

 

Minnie’s freedom photo

 

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Vincent has been rescued

 

Vincent 2 freedom

Vincent’s freedom photos

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What does a reader have to say about my book, To Live Out Loud, Antisemitism, and journalism today.

https://shomeretmasked.blogspot.com/2018/11/to-live-out-loud-novel-about-emile.html

 

To Live Out Loud– A Novel About Émile Zola’s Life and Death

When I reviewed A Different Kind of Angel by Paulette Mahurin last month here , I said that I would be getting to Mahurin’s 19th century homophobia novel, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, soon.  Yet I had Mahurin’s Zola novel, To Live Out Loud, on my Kindle. Yes, I actually purchased it. Sometimes I do review books I bought.  😄

A more cogent reason to prioritize To Live Out Loud is because it now seems so urgently necessary to remind people about what happened in late 19th century France.  Right wing military officials inflamed an antisemitic hysteria by court-martialing loyal Jewish officer Alfred Dreyfus in 1894 and condemning him for treason based on falsified evidence.  For  American Jews, this is a travesty of justice that echoes through history due to recent events.

In 2017 white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia chanting “Jews will not replace us.” Then in 2018, the worst antisemitic atrocity in American history occurred when a right wing extremist killed 11 praying Jews on the Sabbath at a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania synagogue.

Dreyfus had a defender in the French press.  He was Émile Zola who wrote a searing editorial commentary called “J’Accuse!” which became famous.  I knew about “J’Accuse!”, but it was To Live Out Loud that made me aware that Zola was subjected to violent attacks afterward.  Today journalists who expose injustices are no more safe than Zola had been.  There is a hostile atmosphere that encourages persecution of journalists.  So I very much appreciate that Paulette Mahurin focuses on journalists who were social activists such as
Émile Zola in this book, and Nellie Bly in her most recent novel, A Different Kind of Angel.

To Live Out Loud also made me aware of a French Kristellnacht  in the French colony of Algeria that was an incident which happened during the same period as the Dreyfus case.  According to a Wikipedia article on The History of Jews in Algeria,  in 1898 two Jews were killed and 156 Jewish shops in Algiers were attacked as a result of antisemitic hysteria among the French colonists.

My only criticism of this book is that I thought it would have been more intense if it had been from Zola’s perspective.  I don’t really see the need for a fictionalized friend of Zola who barely exists as a character.  After Zola’s death, there could have been an epilogue from the perspective of Alfred Dreyfus perhaps.

Otherwise To Live Out Loud was a meticulously researched novel that speaks to our times.  Zola’s courage and integrity are memorialized through this book.

I’d like to close with a quote from Anatole France’s eulogy at Zola’s funeral:

“Zola deserves well of his country for not having lost faith in its ability to rule by law.”

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590 dogs rescued from kill shelters

I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review one of my books. All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Tina, Zoey, Tango, Oscar, Bubba, Leona, Roland, Macgyver, Misty, Roy, Diego, Voltaire, Cameron, Tyson, Haylie, Trudy, Brooks, Marla, Mischief, Gwen, Oliver, Jackson, Amadeus, Sunny, Raquel, Coco, bonded siblings Faith & Hope, Chico, bonded siblings: Girl, Boy, & Sugar, Snuggles, Woody, Mom JoEllen & puppy Moses, Buddy, Lolly, Byron, Orion & Peanut(see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2018, 590 dogs have been rescued. In 2017 we’ve helped free 904 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 149 dogs were freed.

AND please for everyone who’s purchased a book could I humbly ask you to write a review when you’ve completed the read.  Amazon promotes and ranks books according to number of reviews in addition to sales. Every voice helps spread the word and that is an energy that can help a dog.

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

AMAZON U.S.

AMAZON U.K.
And on all other Amazon sites around the world.
AMAZON RANKING
My books have been ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon U.S. in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTION BEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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Amazon Australia ranked my book NUMBER ONE in all it’s categories: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction & Teen and Young Adult and is #3 best seller in the entire kindle bookstore.
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And in Amazon U.K. it just made it to#1 Best Seller List in Teen & Young Adult Category and #3 in Historical Fiction Category and #24 best seller in the kindle books store.
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A heartbreaking story about the truly horrible conditions of a woman’s insane asylum in the late 1800’s. A Different Kind of Angel is a fantastic historical piece that highlights the real-life agonies that women endured on Blackwell island. The story is narrated by a Russian Jew who escaped death in the Russian Kiev. When Klara first arrives at the asylum, she does not speak English and is subjected to many torturous nights of fear. When she meets another prisoner named Catherine, she realizes that kindness does exist. Catherine teaches Klara English, and the more she begins to understand, the worse she feels until Nellie is admitted in 1887, and her entire world is flipped upside down. I really felt for Klara and Catherine, who were admitted for no reason other than the fact that other people did not want to deal with them. It really made me think that a lot of women were subjected to unjust tortures and couldn’t do a thing about it.
Carol

November 12, 2018

This is such a powerful story about a women’s insane asylum. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised by the author’s writing. The characters were rich and well crafted, especially the villains. I’ll definitely be looking for more from Mahurin.
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Kevin Cooper

Nov 12, 2018 Kevin Cooper***** rated it it was amazing
Paulette captures the essence of emotions in gripping story of how two cancer patients find each other and fall in love.
It is a tale of highs and lows. It is the sense of the mixed emotions thats grasped me as a reader.
There are the emotions one would expect from being diagnosed with the most aggressive forms of cancer… fear of the unknown and the known, despair and hopelessness. But there are other feelings involved: the fear of being rejected, of not being wanted and the fear of losing one’s womanhood or manhood.Add to the mix unhealthy family relationships that cause even more stress and anxiety with a complete lack of empathy and even sympathy.And then add…The desire to be accepted and loved. The hope of new trials and medications, The effects of cancer and the after affects of treatment; The realization of success/failure and The determination to make the most of life despite the odds.Well worth the read and all proceeds go to charity. 
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3 November 2018

I admit ignorance of French history and the circumstances covered in this book but boy, do I know about it now. The Dreyfus affair covers dark times of anti-semitism in the 1890s and the brave intervention of the writer Emile Zola who put his own life and reputation at risk by standing up for the man. This historical fictional account of those events is a real eye-opener and one cannot help but admire Emile Zola who risked all to follow his conscience.
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on October 31, 2018
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I enjoyed this very much. It’s a good read and holds your attention w out a lot of Gore. Gives a look into this when life of bravery.
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November 9, 2018

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap by Paulette Mahurin is a thought provoking story about hatred and prejudice in the late 1800s, much of which is still prevalent over a century later. The main characters are complex and rich, but I felt the main antagonist, Josie, who did a great job at making the reader despise her, was way over the top. I really wanted to see some type of confrontation between her and Mildred in the end. The later half of the book had me fervently flipping pages and I loved how each chapter heading included a quote from Oscar Wilde – good stuff.
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Nov 12, 2018 Kevin Cooper***** rated it it was amazing
What a marvelous riveting read! The story really grabs the reader. I found myself expecting the worst for Mildred and Edra and actually dreading the ending. I’ll say no more as I don’t want to spoil it for others like myself who have never been familiar with the history behind the story. It’s not the kind of thing I normally read and I absolutely loved it!
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California is burning

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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549 dogs rescued from kill shelters

I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review one of my books. All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Abby, Simba,  Mister, Bubba, Manny, Buffy, Karl, Big Mac, Coffee, Zoey, Kayla, Abbott, Brownie & Daphne (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2018, 549 dogs have been rescued. In 2017 we’ve helped free 904 dogs. In 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 149 dogs were freed.

AND please for everyone who’s purchased a book could I humbly ask you to write a review when you’ve completed the read.  Amazon promotes and ranks books according to number of reviews in addition to sales. Every voice helps spread the word and that is an energy that can help a dog.

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My books have been ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon U.S. in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTION BEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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Amazon Australia ranked my book NUMBER ONE in all it’s categories: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction & Teen and Young Adult and is #3 best seller in the entire kindle bookstore.
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And in Amazon U.K. it just made it to#1 Best Seller List in Teen & Young Adult Category and #3 in Historical Fiction Category and #24 best seller in the kindle books store.
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on October 26, 2018
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The story of Nellie Bly and her work to expose the horrible conditions in the Blackwell Asylum seems to have been largely forgotten. Not too many books deal with this important issue, and very few present it in such an interesting way as Paulette Mahurin does in this book. Klara Gelfman’s dramatic story of escape from Russia after the assassination or Alexander I and the turmoil that followed is well-written and grounded in historical detail, but the most dramatic part of the her life starts as she tries to carve out a new life in New York for herself. Great writing, interesting characters, and an important story to tell. Recommended!
on October 22, 2018
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A Different Kind of Angel is another great novel from Paulette Mahurin. The story is of a young woman that has emigrated from Russia in the late 1800s. Unable to speak the English language, she is mistakenly classified as a human that has lost her sanity. She is quickly committed and tossed into a lunatic asylum on a small, secluded island near New York City. In the asylum, she experiences horrific abuse, but also finds a way to befriend her cellmates and even get a bit of comfort inside of the stone walls that surround her. Author, Ms. Maurin does an excellent job of describing the terrible living conditions and the cruelty of the staff that brings the terror of the situation right inside of the reader. And her descriptions are not the typical horror-movie blood and gore drivel, but are eloquently written to describe the nastiness, but in a tasteful way. Overall, well written and interesting.
on October 20, 2018
Paulette Mahurin’s new novel, A Different Kind of Angel, is a different kind of work that should not be missed. It is fascinating, and it is relevant (and I am the sort of reader that doesn’t feel compelled to keep reading just because I’ve started. I give a story 25 pages, and then move on if something has not grabbed me, whether it be historical subject matter, beautiful prose, and/or intriguing character development). That said, I read every single page of this story, pulled in by protagonist, Klara, and her Kiev back story and the American injustice that befell Klara. Also, journalist Nellie Bly—a heroine by any standard, shining her light on abuse of the mentally ill—is a gripping subject; and I was also struck by the mirroring of 1882 and 2018 injustices against immigrants, especially women and children, asking myself several times as I read, Does nothing ever change? Well, I think sometimes yes, if a light is shined on injustice. Thank you, Paulette Mahurin, for shining your light on a necessary story.
on October 19, 2018

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

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

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

on October 19, 2018

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

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

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

on October 19, 2018

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

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

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on 21 October 2018
A different kind of Angel is particularly powerful as it is based on a true story. When a brave female journalist infiltrates a women’s asylum in 1887 she finds shocking malpractice and saves the lives of endless women who have been wrongfully institutionalized.
On the way Mahurin details the lives of several ‘inmates’, for many of whom the asylum was the culmination of already horrific lives. The main protagonist being a Jewish woman from Russia who was the sole survivor of her family of the Russian pogrom.
Told in dramatic voice and an affecting manner this is a gripping read that teaches much about history, humanity and the strength of the human spirit. Another incredible story from the pen of a sensitive and compassionate writer that will appeal to her growing fan base no doubt.
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