155 dogs rescued from kill shelter

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 Biscuit, Rosie, Wilbur, Hoggy, Jack, Rickenbacker, Takoda, pregnant Lucy, Gretchen, Boomer, Snow, Tawny, Logan, bonded siblings cookie & honey, Jody, Stella, Gunther, Lola, Jasper, Clancy, Lindsey, Brownie, Gabby, Joceyln, Harry, Eddie, Skippy, Sandy, Sinclair, Teddy Bear, Phoebe, Mickey, Titus, Lonnie, Sofie, Stoic, Bryce, Charlie, Gidget, Kensey, Henry, Sadie, Andorra, Trevor, Praline, Drake, Einstein, Ruger, Lovey & Alfie (see photos below) out of kill shelters. So far in 2019 155 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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AMAZON AU #1 HISTORICAL FICTION
AMAZON AU #1 TEEN AND YOUNG ADULT
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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.
Trebonius Octavianus

March 27, 2019

Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Book Lover 222

March 13, 2019

A Different Kind of Angel by Paulette Mahurin is the incredible story of Klara Gelfman, a Russian Jew fleeing to America after her family life is destroyed in 1881 by soldiers massacring Jews. Klara flees to America with her father for safety. Her father dies on the way over. Alone and speaking no English, she gets mugged and everything she had was stolen. From here, her story takes a drastic turn for the worse. Well written and well researched, at times this story is very hard to read. It speaks to the courage and spirit of an individual to survive horrific conditions.
AMAZON U.K.
Joey

15 March 2019

I have always loved Mahurin’s books and this one did not disappoint. While based on a true story, it is heartbreakingly told. Klara confined to a mental institute on an island in New York simply for not speaking English. The story splits between Klara’s early life and into the future towards her final escape. I loved the way it was told and found it to be beautifully written. A chilling story of prejudice and the lengths some people will go to to get what they want. An amazing book and one I highly recommend!
GOODREADS

Brian Bigelow

Mar 26, 2019 Brian Bigelow rated it it was amazing*****  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book! It’s amazing the experiences written about.
I couldn’t imagine being sentenced to an insane asylum as they existed at the time. I’m glad that system was eliminated.
A Different Kind of Angel: A Novel
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Paulette Mahurin (Goodreads Author)

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I saw this on one of my reading friends book lists and I thought I would give it a try, it was a good little novel about a life filled with personal trauma, and soul-crushing debasement and tortures, but Klara Gelfman survives she meets others who help her and as she says in the book; “Beneath the differences you meet another’s heart, that’s where the light of love never dims the light where the power of healing and forgiveness lives. They were all unique. All different kinds of angels.” This is a good book club recommendation or a good book for anyone wanting to know about what strength it takes to survive during bad times.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
AMAZON U.S.
Margaret Keathley

March 12, 2019

I bought this book a few weeks ago. I picked it up yesterday to read on work break and I couldn’t put it down. I read the book last night. It is a hard story to get through but so real. The Germans did terrible things and the fact that it happened within the last 100 years, is frightening. There are many books written about the Holocaust—but this is one of the best ones I have ever read. Most touch on the horror but Helen’s story delves deep into the evil that people do out of hatred and fear. It was hard reading the rape scenes—but things like that happened all too frequently.
ronjon

March 3, 2019

I love the way the story was told. I finished reading it in 3 days, do hard to put down.
Sara Rowland

March 22, 2019

It’s a compelling book and I finished it in two days. Some of the non-historic scenes are usually not included in books on this subject. Each person has to decide if they should be there. I didn’t need them. Otherwise, the characters are very real and the story flows beautifully. I’m so glad I read it.
AMAZON U.K.
Amazon Customer

7 March 2019

Although its a fiction book based on fact
I couldnt stop reading this sad and endearing book..What 1 piece of material can hold such memories and the horror they lived through.
And to come out of the horror and to be able to live freely again. Its must read.
GOODREADS
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Laura Valbuena‘s review

Mar 09, 2019
really liked it****

Very good read.

RECENT REVIEWS FOR HIS NAME WAS BEN
AMAZON U.S.
Brianna York

March 3, 2019

A story about finding joy amongst the ashes of one’s life, this tale asks the reader to envision what they would do if they had just a few weeks left. Poignant and heartfelt, this book leaves the reader with all the right questions and a new perspective about love, loss and hope.
GOODREADS
His Name Was Ben
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Paulette Mahurin (Goodreads Author)

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Dean‘s review

Mar 20, 2019
really liked it****

 

Sara and Ben’s story is a dramatic love story!!
The dynamic, power and dramatic impact in Mahurins tale, is based on the fact that both of them have no time left to lose!!
They are caught within a very narrow and limited time frame..Ben is a young lawyer having only months lo live due to a terminal cancer raging havoc in his body, and Sara is a survivor from breast cancer still struggling with it..”Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage”
Lao_TzuPaulette Mahurin has delivered a powerful story and captured the eternal spirit of an all-surpassing love!!
Even death is no match, and must surrender like an helpless hostage to the the eternal and regenerating power of love..At the end of the day I can say that reading Sara and Bens story has uplifted and inspired me!!!Although you will be confronted with sufferings and pain, let me say it clearly that this is not the main message carried out in this bitter- sweet love story!!Mahurins novel, gives and delivers powerful to the reader the preciousness of life itself..
And in spite of sufferings, pain and even death, the prevailing force behind the universum is love inhibited in eternal souls..
DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
Biscuit 4 rescued Screen Shot 2019-03-01 at 7.02.00 AM
Biscuit’s been rescued
Biscuit 4 freedom
Biscuit’s freedom photo

Rosie 5 rescued

Rosie has been rescued

 

Rosie 5 freedom

Rosie rescued with bonded sibling Lily

 

 

Wilbur 3 rescued 2019-03-01 at 3.33.14 PM

Wilbur has been rescued

 

Wilbur 3 freedom

Wilbur’s freedom photo

 

Hoggy rescued 2019-03-02 at 8.02.49 AM

Hoggy’s been rescued

 

Hoggy freedom

Hoggy’s freedom photo

 

Jack 5 kennel photo Screen Shot 2019-03-04 at 7.46.31 AM

Jack’s has been rescued. This is is kennel photo.

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Jack’s kennel information

Jack 5 freedom

Jack’s freedom photo

 

Rickenbacker rescued shewlter photo Screen Shot 2019-03-04 at 4.57.45 PM

Rickenbacker has been rescued

Rickenbacker shelter info Screen Shot 2019-03-04 at 4.57.10 PM

Rickenbacker’s shelter info

Rickenbacker freedom

Rickenbacker’s freedom photo

 

Takoda rescued Screen Shot 2019-03-05 at 7.04.02 AM

Takoda (named by rescue) has been rescued

Takoda freedom ride

Takoda’s freedom ride

Takoda freedom

Takoda’s freedom photo

 

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Lucy, pregnant, has been rescued

Lucy 6 freedom also pregnant

Lucy’s freedom photo

Lucy 6 comfy waiting to give birth

Lucy comfy and waiting to give birth

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Gretchen has been rescued

Gretchen 1 freedom

Gretchen’s freedom photo

Boomer 2 rescued Screen Shot 2019-03-06 at 8.13.18 AM

Boomer’s been rescued

Boomer 2 freedom

Boomer’s freedom photo

 


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Snow has been rescued

Snow aka Leela freedom

Snow’s freedom photo

Tawny rescued Screen Shot 2019-03-06 at 6.49.29 PM

Tawny has been rescued

 

Tawny freedom at vet

Tawny’s freedom

 

Logan 4 rescued 2019-03-07 at 7.39.58 AM

Logan has been rescued

Logan 4 freedom

Logan’s freedom photo

 

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Cookie has been rescued with bonded sibling Honey

Cookie 8 freedom

Cookie’s freedom photo

 

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Honey has been rescued with bonded sibling Cookie

 

Honey freedom

 

Honey’s freedom photo

 

Jody 1 rescued Screen Shot 2019-03-09 at 8.02.55 AM

Jody has been rescued

 

Jody freedom w: new sibling

Jody’s freedom photo with new sibling

 

Stella 2 rescued Screen Shot 2019-03-10 at 8.36.20 AM

Stella has been rescued

Stella 2 freedom

Stella’s freedom photo

 

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Gunther has been rescued

Gunther freedom

Gunther’s freedom photo

 

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Lola has been rescued

Lola 5 freedom

Lola’s freedom photo

 

Jasper 3 Screen Shot 2019-03-11 at 7.12.03 AM

Jasper has been rescued

Jasper 3 freedom

Jasper’s freedom photo

 

Clancy 2 rescued Screen Shot 2019-03-11 at 7.10.49 AM

Clancy has been rescued

Clancy 2 freedom

Clancy’s freedom photo

 

Lindsey Screen Shot 2019-03-11 at 1.16.56 PM

Lindsey has been rescued

Lindsey freedom

Lindsey’s freedom photo

 

Brownie 6 rescued Screen Shot 2019-03-13 at 8.55.18 AM

Brownie has been rescued

 

Brownie 6 freedom

Brownie’s freedom photo

 

Gabie 2 rescued Screen Shot 2019-03-13 at 9.06.20 AM

Gabby’s been rescued

 

Gabbie 2 freedom

Gabby’s freedom photo

 

Jocelyn 2 aka Mila rescued Screen Shot 2019-03-14 at 6.57.49 AM

Jocelyn has been rescued

 

Joceylyn 2 aka mila freedom

Jocelyn’s freedom photo

 

Harry 2 rescued Screen Shot 2019-03-14 at 7.05.13 AM

Harry has been rescued

 

Harry 2 freedom

Harry’s freedom photo

 

Eddie 4 rescued 2019-03-14 at 11.12.58 AM

Eddie has been rescued

Eddie 4 freedom

Eddie’s freedom photo

 

Skippy 1 rescued Screen Shot 2019-03-14 at 5.18.48 PM

Skippy has been rescued

 

Skippy 1 freedom

Skippy’s freedom photo

 

Sandy 2 aka Blossom rescued Screen Shot 2019-03-15 at 7.09.44 AM

Sandy has been rescued

Sandy aka Blossom freedom

Sandy’s freedom photo

 

Sinclair 1 rescue Screen Shot 2019-03-16 at 8.12.06 AM

Sinclair has been rescued

 

Sinclair 2 freedom

Sinclair’s freedom photo

 

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Teddy Bear has been rescued

Teddy Bear Freedom

 

Teddy Bear’s freedom photo

 

 

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Phoebe (named by rescue) has been rescued

 

Phoebe 4 freedom

Phoebe’s freedom photo.

Mickey 4 rescued Screen Shot 2019-03-18 at 8.22.51 AM

Mickey has been rescued

Mickey 4 freedom ride

Mickey’s freedom ride

 

Mickey 4 freedom

Mickey’s freedom photo.

 

Titus 2 rescued 2019-03-19 at 1.33.40 PM

Titus has been rescued

Titus 2 freedom

Titus’ freedom photo

Lonnie 1 rescued Screen Shot 2019-03-20 at 2.54.20 PM

Lonnie’s been rescued

Lonnie 1 freedom

Lonnie’s freedom photo

Sofie 1 rescued 2019-03-21 at 2.10.29 PM

Sofie has been rescued

Sofie 1 freedom

Sofie’s freedom photo

 

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Stoic has been rescued

Stoic freedom

Stoic’s freedom photo

 

Bryce rescued Screen Shot 2019-03-24 at 10.48.32 AM

Bryce’s been rescued

 

Bryce's freedom photo

Bryce’s freedom photo

 

Charlie 9 rescued Screen Shot 2019-03-24 at 10.57.30 AM

Charlie has been rescued

Charlie 9 freedom copy

Charlie’s freedom photo

 

Gidget rescued named by rescue Screen Shot 2019-03-24 at 11.09.28 AM

Gidget (named by rescue) has been rescued

Gidget freedom

Gidget’s freedom photo

 

Kensey 1 rescued Screen Shot 2019-03-26 at 5.41.19 AM

Kensey has been rescued

Kensey 1 freedom

Kensey’s freedom photo

 

Henry 2 rescued

Henry has been rescued

 

Henry 2 freedom

Henry’s freedom photo

 

Sadie 3 rescued Screen Shot 2019-03-27 at 7.39.53 AM

Sadie has been rescued

Sadie 3 shelter info Screen Shot 2019-03-27 at 7.38.11 AM

Sadie’s shelter information

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Sadie’s freedom video. Apologies as I’m unable to download the vid. Right after this shot, she was giving a nice big hamburger patty. She’s on her way to the vet.

 

Andorra rescued Screen Shot 2019-03-27 at 10.42.21 AM

Andorra’s been rescued

Andorra freedom ride

Andorra’s freedom ride

Andorra freedom

Andorra’s freedom photo

 

Trevor rescuewd Screen Shot 2019-03-28 at 7.17.04 AM

Trevor has been rescued

Trevor freedom

Trevor’s freedom photo

 

Praline 2 rescued Screen Shot 2019-03-28 at 7.11.37 AM

Praline’s been rescued

 

Praline 2 freedom

Praline’s freedom photo

 

Drake 2 rescued Screen Shot 2019-03-29 at 5.26.41 AM

Drake has been rescued

Drake 2 shelter info Screen Shot 2019-03-29 at 5.29.02 AM

Drake’s shelter information

Drake 2 freedom Screen Shot 2019-03-29 at 5.30.03 AM

Drake’s freedom photo

Einstein 2 Screen Shot 2019-03-29 at 9.56.25 AM

Einstein has been rescued.

Einstein 2 freedom

Einstein’s freedom photo

 

Ruger rescued Screen Shot 2019-03-30 at 7.31.26 AM

Ruger has been rescued

Ruger freedom

Ruger’s freedom photo

Lovey rescued Screen Shot 2019-03-30 at 7.36.44 AM

Lovey has been rescued

 

Lovey freedom

Lovey’s freedom photo

 

Alfie rescued Screen Shot 2019-03-31 at 5.41.07 AM

Alfie has been rescued

Alfie freedom

Alfie’s freedom photo

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122 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 Duke, Barley, Monroe, Jingle Bells, Oakley, Rusty, Griffen, Enzo, Choco, elder Sadie, Socks, Marge, Angel, Stella, Aspen, siblings Pachito & Sultan, Guava & Doug (see photos below) out of kill shelters.  So far in 2020 122 dogs have been rescued. In 2019 409 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 best seller lists on Amazon U.S. in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  MOST POPULAR BOOK IN LITERARY FICTION 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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AMAZON AU #1 TEEN AND YOUNG ADULT
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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 REVIEW FOR THE OLD GILT CLOCK
AMAZON U.S.
Kayla Krantz

Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2020

Willem Arondeus is a gentle soul. An artist with homosexual tendencies. When Hitler and his Nazi’s descend over Willem’s country, he’s placed into the same category as the Jews. Willem has a choice to make—rise up against the prejudice or let it destroy everything dear to him.

Willem was a very fascinating character. Built up with a sense of his normality that made him easy to relate to. The fact that he was an unusual hero also made the story interesting because it added to that sense of helplessness that people like him must’ve felt when the Nazis came to power.

To me, it was an interesting foil to the political influences that are rising in today’s society in America. A lot of people feel helpless to change the terrible things around them, but this story is good testament to exactly what one person can do when they set their mind to something. Invoking change isn’t just about what one person can do for society. It also takes into account what they can encourage others to do as well.

This is a solid story with good historical impact. Stories like this show that even the impossible isn’t truly impossible when someone puts their mind to achieving something they believe in. Above all, good will always triumph over evil.

AMAZON U.K.
EB

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 July 2020

Clearly well-researched, this novel is based on a true story of the life of Willelm Arondeus – a gay artist fighting both his father as well as the anti-Semitism of the Nazis in WW2.

The story is both emotional and disturbing, but also by showing the strength of what people can endure, makes it very uplifting too.

This book is a very well-written and powerful read. Another impressive novel by this author of which I would recommend.

RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
Book Squirrel

Reviewed in the United States on July 26, 2020

Many excellent books have been written about different people’s experiences during World War II, each offering a personal perspective that is unique and yet similarly heartbreaking. ‘The Seven Year Dress’ is as compelling and profoundly personal as any of them.

Mahurin’s writing is, as always, vivid and realistic without being gratuitous in her depiction of life as a young Jewish woman in Germany both before and throughout the horrors of the Holocaust.

Told with honesty and deep emotion, Helen’s story brings to life the experiences of one German Jewish young woman and her family and friends. It is a story of friendship, resilience, and survival against all the odds.

This book is one that everyone should read, particularly in this world that is still plagued by hatred, racism and suspicion of anyone who dares to be different.

DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS

 

Duke 6 rescued Screen Shot 2020-07-08 at 12.58.10 PM

Duke, senior dog, rescued

Duke 6 freedom

Duke’s freedom photo

Barley Screen Shot 2020-07-10 at 11.25.17 AM

Barley has been rescued

Barley freedom

Barley’s freedom photo

Monroe rescued

Monroe’s been rescued

Monroe shelter info Screen Shot 2020-07-12 at 8.05.15 PM

Monroe’s shelter info

Monroe freedom Screen Shot 2020-07-12 at 8.13.53 PM

Monroe’s freedom video

Jingle Bells rescued Screen Shot 2020-07-15 at 10.53.35 AM

Jingle Bells has been rescued

Jingle Bells freedom

Jingle Bells’ freedom photo

 

 

Oakley rescued Screen Shot 2020-07-16 at 5.21.36 AM

Oakley’s been rescued

Oakley freedom photo

Oakley’s freedom photo

Rusty 3 rescued Screen Shot 2020-07-18 at 5.25.49 AM

Rusty has been rescued

Rusty 3 freedom

Rusty’s freedom photo

Griffen 1 rescued Screen Shot 2020-07-18 at 5.40.45 AM

Griffen’s been rescued

Griffen 1 freedom

Griffen’s freedom photo

Enzo rescued Screen Shot 2020-07-18 at 1.23.02 PM

Enzo’s been rescued

Enzo freedom

Enzo’s freedom photo

Choco 4 rescued Screen Shot 2020-07-19 at 4.36.43 AM

Choco’s been rescued

Choco 4 freedom Screen Shot 2020-07-19 at 4.37.38 AM

Choco’s freedom photo

70573 aka Stella aka Sadie Screen Shot 2020-07-26 at 5.16.40 AM

Elder Sadie (named by rescue) has been rescued

70573 aka Sadie aka Stella FREEDOM

Elder Sadie’s freedom photo

Socks rescued Screen Shot 2020-08-02 at 2.12.56 PM

Socks has been rescued

Socks freedom

Socks’ freedom photo

Marge rescued Screen Shot 2020-08-08 at 4.49.34 PM

Marge has been rescued

Marge freedom at vet

Marge’s freedom photo. She’s at the vet’s post surgery for a tumor removed from her abdomen. She’s doing very well.

Angel 4 rescued Screen Shot 2020-08-10 at 3.46.02 PM

Angel has been rescued

Angel 4 freedom

Angel’s freedom photo


Stella 4 rescued Screen Shot 2020-08-11 at 2.25.09 PM

Stella has been rescued

Stella 4 freedom Screen Shot 2020-08-11 at 2.18.55 PM

Stella’s freedom photo to the right

Aspen 2 rescue Screen Shot 2020-08-12 at 4.38.13 PM

Aspen’s been rescued

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Aspen’s freedom photo

PACHITO & SULTAN RESCUEDSiblings Pachito & Sultan rescued together

PACHITO freedom

Pachito’s freedom photo

SULTAN FREEDOM

Sultan’s freedom photo

Guava rescued Screen Shot 2020-08-27 at 11.15.15 AM

Guava has been rescued

Guava kennel info Screen Shot 2020-08-27 at 11.15.23 AM

Guava’s kennel information

 

Guava freedom Screen Shot 2020-08-27 at 9.18.29 AM

Guava’s freedom photo

Dog rescued Screen Shot 2020-08-29 at 4.38.07 AM

Doug has been rescued

Dog freedom Screen Shot 2020-08-29 at 4.31.49 AM

Doug’s freedom photo

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103 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 Fendi, Rio, Araceli, Penelope, Archuk, Princess Grace, Milton, Leigh, Psycho, Dawn, Bentley, Harriet, Cromwell, Sylvia, Molly, Dodger, Phantom, Scooby, Samson, Mallory, Stevie, Janice, Lucky, Mountbatten & Mayford, (see photos below) out of kill shelters.  So far in 2020 103 dogs have been rescued. In 2019 409 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 best seller lists on Amazon U.S. in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  MOST POPULAR BOOK IN FICTION BEST 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
Sherrie Hansen

Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2020

Small towns can be very hard on anyone who is different – people of a different race, social standing, background, wealth, or religion… two women living together and sleeping in one bed… When MIldred and her cousin, Edra, become the target of hateful gossip, hurtful actions, and harrowing suspicions, Mildred feels they must be proactive. Charlie has just lost his wife. Mildred decides she will show interest in him, certain he will reject her. She will go back to her secret life with Edra on their isolated ranch and the gossip will end. When her plan backfires, they encounter the terrifying reality of how hate can harm those who are totally undeserving – but thankfully, they go on to learn all kinds of important truths and to discover there are good people waiting to help where and when they least suspect. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap will make you cringe as you experience the vile behaviors and self-righteous attitudes of the small minded, small town women. It will simultaneously inspire you with the beautiful nature of true friendship and unconditional love. Mahurin’s characters are both fragile and strong, unique and relatable. The story is beautifully woven and infused with the healing power of true love – it held my attention and my heart. Highly recommended.
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Lisa alleva

Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2020

this is the third novel I’ve read by this author and she never disappoints. The Old Gilt Clock is a well researched historical novel that chronicles the life of Willem Arondeus; a Dutch artist and author and a member of the Dutch resistance movement during World War II. Paulette Mahurin weaves fantastic prose within an emotional, heart felt, and tragic story about resistance, war, and hope. A must read for fans of historical fiction.
Barely Audible

Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2020

Willem Arondeus was a fascinating historical figure, and one that you don’t hear of very often. I’m not sure if this is due to the fact that the Dutch are left out of a lot of WWII stories in general, or maybe something more insidious like the fact that even eighty years later people still seem to have a problem with that fact that he was gay, but his is an important story all the same. Willem Arondeus was a man who took the pain of his life, someone who was persecuted for his sexuality, and used it to do whatever he could to stop the nazis from identifying Dutch Jews. He was someone extraordinary would did not have that goal in mind. He was just someone who wanted to do what was right. It’s stories like his that make me wonder what people like him would have been like if they’d been given a chance to live somewhere that he didn’t need to risk his life and be hated for who he was. To paraphrase, “Pity not the land that has no hero, pity the land that has need of a hero.”

This is a good story to be told.

B. J. Tiernan

Reviewed in the United States on May 13, 2020

I found this to be a timely novel, as humanity, once again, faces another tsunami of anti-semitism and division in the middle of a planetary pandemic. When will we learn? Or, will we ever learn? Perhaps the human experiment has failed. The invasions, deportations, and betrayals we are currently witnessing, yet still turn our heads to, sound all too familiar as I read this novel. I had the strongest urge to ask the author if she possibly misspelled the word GILT in the title on purpose. THE OLD GUILT CLOCK seemed more suitable to me. This is definitely a novel worth reading. Well-researched and well thought out, THE OLD GILT CLOCK may have you looking at yourself in the mirror once or twice. What you do with that image is what may help save the world.
Freeza379

Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2020

An powerful work of historical fiction, the story begins with an intense description of a birth which sets the tone for the rest of the story. William is a shown kindness by a Jewish family after his own father rejects him. He pays this kindness forward by risking everything to help others during the Nazi occupation in WWII. A story of true heroism.
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Dr.Henana Berjes

Reviewed in India on 6 May 2020

I put down this book with a heavy heart. The journey of Willem from being born via a difficult child birth to the last moments of his life is nothing less than amazing. The main story line stands tall like a pine tree with multiple small but important issues forming the branches leaning out from the main trunk and then, they grow into you.
I would like to quote some phrases from the book that will stay with me for a long time,
This one, for example, where Willem, who is happy selling his art for a smile and a loaf of bread, is taught the meaning of life by someone,
“you must ask for money in return. Do not work for a pittance and most definitely do not work for free. If life has taught me anything it’s simply that the less you pay for something, the less you get, especially when there are pricier options. Payment, and the more of it the better, results in the purchaser feeling they have something of value”
And then there is another,
“some friends are stepping stones on a peaceful journey, while others are sunken concave traps, their only purpose to bring one down.”One of my personal favorites from the book,
Rational thinking be damned and the danger was when individuals were impacted by a mob mentality, their decisions were different than they would have been individually.I could outline scores of passages from the book without giving away the storyline, that I really don’t want to.
This book is much more than just a simple read. Artistically done and vividly projected scenes haunt you for days.There is a small incident in the story, about the fallen swift and how it helps Willem evolve as a person who is finally destined for a higher purpose in life. The little episode has been crafted with much expertise and a lot of heart. I instantly felt connected to the Author, when she described the scene on a plane much higher than a normal occurence. And it made me wonder that maybe it is something that lies dormant within all of us, or maybe we all are waiting for our share of the fallen swift moment.
This is a must read for those who like reading intriguing, serious and descriptive books. As for me, this book will stay on my shelf for a very long time.
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John Maberry

Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2020

Kept my interest throughout. The back story central to plot is a transplant patient exhibiting personality traits of an organ donor. It’s not unheard of. The author does a good job wrapping up a complicated story involving the donor (briefly) and her spouse, along with the recipient and his spouse. Lots of emotional turmoil between the husband who received the heart transplant and his wife–who has her own history that contributes to the trying times.

There’s much <i>sturm und drang</i> among the rich Beverly Hills set. Some years after the transplant, leading cardiac surgeon Peter Dayton is charged with manslaughter. He allegedly prescribed the wrong meds to another patient. Irma Mullins, attorney who mediates cases, is shocked to see the news about Dayton. She never stopped loving him, despite his spurning her decades ago for someone more acceptable to Dayton’s parents. She reaches out to him and offers her help.

Did Dayton do it? Well, given the set up, the reader has to conclude probably not. So, how will Irma prove it? With lots and lots of research, aided by her investigative journalist friend. Plus, deep dives into the lives of all those folks involved back in the transplant situation–the brokenhearted husband of the heart donor, the recipient and his wife who doesn’t like the changes her husband has after he receives a new heart.

The only complaint in an otherwise excellent story is length and the words spent getting to the end. Might have been able to shave 15% or more words, making for a quicker read. Some of the rich characterization and other details seemed superfluous to the storyline. I felt impatient at times–<i>come on, move it along</i>. On the other hand, they may be just what a screenwriter and producer wants for adapting the book into a feature film. That is, once COVID-19 slows down enough. Don’t be surprised to see it in theaters in a two or three years.

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melissa anne browning

Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2020

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B. Jenn

Reviewed in the United States on April 13, 2020

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Darlita Kay Ricks

Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2020

Women were unjustly treated, abused or sent away to be committed without a second thought. If you were not insane before, the mistreatment, physical abuse and possible death were outcome of those committed. Sad.

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78 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 Skooter, Angeletta, Connie, Mimi, Russell, Ferrari, Tobby, Spencer, elderly Royce, Amber, Uzu, Kane, Big Boy, Hope, Dante, Lucas, Peach, elderly Maureen, Victoria, Mom and 8 babies, Seth, Clyde, Tata, Sanno, Gallagher, Hope & Jada (see photos below) out of kill shelters.  So far in 2020 78 dogs have been rescued. In 2019 409 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.

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My books have been ranked in the top 100 best sellers on Amazon U.S. in their categories (historical fiction, teen and young adult, and literary fiction).  What an honor to be ranked #87  LITERARY FICTION BEST SELLER next to Paulo Coelho; incredible author of The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage.
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Amazon Australia ranked my book NUMBER ONE in all it’s categories: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction & Teen and Young Adult and is #3 best seller in the entire kindle bookstore.
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RECENT REVIEWS FROM THE OLD GILD CLOCK
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Sandra Hamer Smith

Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2020

The book is well written and has many themes. It is amazing what the young protagonist has to weather in this novel. The book offers redemption in the kindness of strangers for young Willem. The time period of the novel is during one of the darkest times of humanity. The book definitely gives us a glimpse of what life was like during the period that Hitler lived.
Nikki

Reviewed in the United States on April 21, 2020

Deeply moving true story about heroism, sacrifice, and standing up for your beliefs in a time when speaking your opinion aloud or being a deviant in any way (Jewish, Homosexual, etc.) meant risking your life on a daily basis. This historical fiction novel gave incredible insight into the twenties and thirties and the events that led up to the war. A poignant, heart-wrenching piece that will keep you thinking about the story and main character long after you finish.
Emma

Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2020

Paulette Mahurin has a way of putting pen to paper and painting pictures with words. Each scene in The Old Gilt Clock comes alive as she eloquently uses words to convey the messages and themes of this chronicle.

Willem Arondeus is an unknown name to me of men who worked to help save the Jews from persecution. I can understand his motive for being supportive of oppressed people. I think it comes from the horrid relationship he experienced with his mother and father, which was so well conveyed in this wonderful novel.

This was a great read for me and I highly recommend this book.

 

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VINE VOICE

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 April 2020

During these troubling times when fascism is on the rise, it is good to see quality authors like Paulette Mahurin tackling serious issues.

In turns, I found this story gripping, sad and uplifting. There appears to be two sides to the human coin: people of evil and their acolytes, basically bullies and cowards, against people who demonstrate amazing bravery and courage. This is a story of incredible bravery and courage, a story that young people in particular should read so that they do not make the mistakes of past generations and our generation.

I found the setting intriguing, the story impeccably researched and the storyline engrossing. The men and women of the Resistance were a breed apart displaying the best of humanity, and the author captures their special qualities in this wonderful book.

Paulette Mahurin has created a back catalogue of impressive quality and this book sits with the others as one of her best. Without doubt, she is one of the most impressive novelists writing today.

Claire Doyle

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 March 2020

In the end, a choice must be made.

I always wondered, what made the difference to the people who helped save Jews during WWII as opposed to the ones who stood by? This historical sweep of a novel fills out part of that puzzle as it delves into the boyhood story of one Willem Arondéus, the gay son of a horror of a father who was able to turn his ‘father issues’ into fighting the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands along with his fellow resistance fighters.

As Melanie Phillips has said, when anti-semitism appears above the surface in a society, it is a sign the society has become deranged. We read these books because we are convinced we would have done the right thing. Frankly, I am not so sure, and that is what gives this novel – and others like it – an unsettling quality as we witness the rise of anti-semitism in Europe and the USA once more.

Brilliant research, great writing, a fantastic hero-protagonist. Thanks to Paulette Mahurin for putting Willem’s story out there in the best form of all – a novel.

 

 

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The Old Gilt Clock
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Apr 01, 2020 really liked it****
A first by me by this author and I am absolutely in love with this authors writing and complete detail with fabulous historical insights I found when reading I was actually learning things I never knew before. The story is set in World War II and is about a man who joined the resistance to help save many lives along with others that felt the way that he did at that time. This is a historical fiction read that is also based on true events which made me love it even more I love to learn and read about things that I did not know this author did a great job of wording historical events in a way that captivated me! A must read for any historical lover of World War II or any historical lover at all I highly recommend this book loves every minute from beginning to end.
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Sherrie Hansen

Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2020

I have learned so much and cried so many tears reading Paulette Mahurin’s snippets of history from a fictional perspective – To Live Out Loud was no exception. The story of journalist Emile Zola’s fight for justice in the matter of French Jewish Officer’s Dreyfus’s false imprisonment was truly inspiring. The re-lelling of this important story from history made me question my own willingness to stand up for what is right and to defend for the things I believe in even if it involves personal sacrifice or loss of “friends” or status. I had no idea this sort of persecution went on in this time and place in history and my eyes were opened wide. Thank you for bring out the truth of the matter and providing me with another inspiring reading experience.
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Book Squirrel

Reviewed in the United States on March 8, 2020

This book held definite appeal to me as I have long admired the work of Harriet Tubman and all those who worked to liberate slaves and help them to freedom. ‘The Day I Saw The Hummingbird’ immerses the reader in the life and experiences of Oscar Mercer, born into slavery in a sugar plantation in Louisiana in the years preceding the American Civil War.

Oscar’s story is heartbreaking, terrifying and inspiring as the author positions the reader as an eyewitness to the tragedies, but also the courage and kindness, experienced by Oscar as he grows to understand that compassion is as powerful as hatred, and that wisdom and loyalty are qualities that should be as highly prized as one’s own freedom.

This story is beautifully told, with evocative language and vivid imagery that causes the reader to develop deep empathy not only for Oscar but also for all others in similar positions. The story also highlights a truth that is often overlooked: even in the deep south, there were many white people opposed to slavery or, at the very least, opposed to the cruelty with which so many were treated. Indeed, a broad range of human responses to slavery are depicted in the actions of different characters in this book, showing that it is one’s individual choices and personal ethics that set one person apart from another in terms of character and integrity, and that it is both possible and imperative to stand up for what is right rather than settle for convenient wrongs.

This is an important story that everyone should read in their lifetime, and which should be in personal bookshelves and library collections alongside ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’.

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DGKaye

Commenté au Canada le 3 avril 2020

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I’m a big fan of Paulette Mahurin’s historical fiction books and was curious to read this book of a different genre – mystery/medical thriller, which of course, didn’t disappoint.

Cardiac surgeon, Dr. Peter Dayton is in a whirl of trouble. He’s being charged for the death of one of his transplant patients, which he insists is not his fault.

Irma Mullin is an attorney who had a close love relationship with the doctor years prior. She’d read about the scandalous charges, and despite the sad circumstances that ended their relationship years ago, she knew this was not the Peter she’d known and loved in the past. Irma begins her own investigation with assistance from her reporter friend Ben in effort to help defend her old flame. She also learns about Peter’s loveless marriage he continues to live in.

Irma and Ben’s investigations lead them into questioning another of the good doctor’s heart recipients, Jeffrey, a man who Dr. Dayton has given new life to, and whose wife Amelia becomes suspicious and bothered by the ‘new’ personality characteristics her husband has inherited since the transplant. Is Dr. Dayton being unjustifiably set up for a mal-practice suit?

I’m just not going to go into more detail here because there are quite a few great sub-plots and plot twists in this book that will keep you turning the pages. But I’ll pose these questions here as food for thought:

Can a heart transplant recipient really take on some of the personality traits of their donor?

Can a damaged and emotionally broken woman instigate such devastating accusation  against the good doctor fueled from hurts from a long ago past?

If so, how far would one crazed woman go to cause so much trouble?

Now, you will have to read this book to find out! Mahurin never disappoints!

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Angela Levesque

Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2020

Riveting Holocaust Saga of a young Jewish girl, coming of age, in Germany, as Hitler sets his Master Plan into action. The story is told through the eyes of the main character, Helen, who fiercely shows her love of friends, family, and country, before Nazi occupation.
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All are invited to our cyber home to celebrate with us

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35 years ago today we met, married a year later to the day. Happy Anniversary to the kindness most loving man, my Terry.

We’re home going to defrost some yummy pizza we’ve been saving for a special occasion. All are welcome to join our hearts in this cyber community of love and support to help us celebrate.

Presents Welcome: Send photos of things you love or want to share, anything you’d like to say, where you currently are in the world, etc.

Our wish on this anniversary day: Peace on earth and good health to all. We hope this days brings you smiles and comfort.

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43 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 Lizzy senior Pom mix, Fudge, Marlon, Benji, white Chi male, Ladybug, Seal, Foxy, Baby, Atlas, Gretel, Kobe, pregnant Ruthie, Miller, elderly Dora, King & Hudson (see photos below) out of kill shelters.  So far in 2020 43 dogs have been rescued. In 2019 409 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 THE OLD GILD CLOCK

 

AMAZON U.S.

Susan

Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2020

Paulette Mahurin tells the life story of Willem Arondeus, a his painful childhood filled with isolation and the young friends who provide him with a sense of belonging. The author takes us into the inner sanctum as Willem suffers abuse by his alcoholic father, discovers his sexuality, embraces true friendship, and develops a passion for the underdog. He develops a name for his artistic talents, but is better known in the Netherlands for his participation in the resistance against Hitler when he invades. Willem realizes that he is one of the undesirables the Nazi’s have been sent to persecute. The first victims are innocent Jewish people, gypsies, homosexuals, and anyone deemed to be under Nazi suspicion. Willem’s friendships evolve into a group of individuals who risk their lives to initially provide safe harbor to those persecuted and later attempt to sabotage Nazi maneuvers. They fight against prejudice and bigotry, courageously sacrificing their own lives while attempting to save Hitler’s current victim. The author reminds us of this shameful time in world history and brings to light some of the courageous individuals who fought to stop the insanity.
LoveLit

Reviewed in the United States on February 6, 2020

The Old Gilt Clock is some of Paulette Mahurin’s best work about the heroism and courage of Willem Arondéus during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. There are so many unsung heroes of this period and it was gratifying and also terrifying to read this account. Mahurin brings the character to life on the page, in depth and full of emotion, and sheds light on a little known group led by Arondéus who sacrificed his life on so many levels to save thousands of others.

 

 

 

AMAZON U.K.

Kindle Customer

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 February 2020

Although this is classed as fiction, the main protagonist in this story is based on true events. William Arondeus, born in 1894, was a Dutch artist, also a homosexual.
When the Nazis invaded his homeland in WWII, William and some close friends joined a union and schemed on how they could help the Jews who were being cruelly treated. They would meet in an upstairs room of a bar, run by Bet, and workout a plan. Unfortunately, their movements were being watched by a Jewish woman who passed on information to the Nazis.
This is a classical read. I found myself on more than one occasion, holding my breath.
Paulette Mahurin, thank you for this Eye-opener. Well worth the 5 stars + more if I could give them.

 

 

 

RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE DAY I SAW THE HUMMINGBIRD

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Reviewed By Grant Leishman for Readers’ Favorite

The Day I Saw the Hummingbird by Paulette Mahurin follows the adventures and life of Oscar, a young black slave in the heartlands of Louisiana around the time of the Civil War. Oscar and his mother dream of freedom and a life of dignity and learning, but when Oscar’s mother is brutally beaten at the hands of a drunken and violent overseer, it is time for the then nine-year-old Oscar to leave and seek the famous “underground railway” to the North and to freedom. The book is written from the perspective of an elderly Oscar in 1910, looking back at those times and reflecting sadly that in many ways, certainly in the South, little had changed since he’d made the long journey. One could even extrapolate and say in 2020, some things still haven’t changed in the South of the United States. The boy’s journey from frightened child to resourceful, runaway slave is compelling and haunting.

In The Day I Saw the Hummingbird, author Paulette Mahurin captures beautifully the times and the attitudes of the South in those days. Her descriptions of the trials and tribulations faced by the young man and the angst and pain he suffers internally at the treatment of his people, just because their skin is a different color, are both moving and heartfelt. One couldn’t help but be drawn into Oscar’s world and feel the horrors faced by this little boy and the courage required to survive on that long and arduous journey. Some would argue that only the African-American can tell the “African-American story.” Whilst I can respect some of the sentiment behind those thoughts, I am glad that Mahurin and others do not subscribe to this theory. As writers, we must push the boundaries of our cultural and socio-economic experiences and embrace the pain and suffering of all humanity and point out injustice where we see it. It is what we do! And Mahurin does it superbly. Pain, suffering, injustice, love, friendship and the other myriad of human emotions do not belong to and are not confined or identifiable to a particular culture, but are shared across all of humanity and are what binds us together and makes us one race – the human race. Mahurin’s work is both easily readable and deeply moving. The author has a unique ability to portray the deepest of human emotions and pain in vivid and beautiful detail. I can highly recommend this read. It is a masterpiece in my opinion.

 

 

 

DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS

 

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Senior dog Lizzy (named by rescue) has been rescued

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2020 is off to a good start with 26 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 Roxy, Cruz, Cookie, Phoebe, Henry, Kayla, Brandee, Mazee, Skeeter, Juniper, Calvin, Jordan, Tyler, Bruce, Potato, Payton, bonded kennel mates Frieda & Buster, Annie, Sundance, Keanu, Saniah, Antonio, Lawrence, Gotti & Sebastian (see photos below) out of kill shelters.  So far in 2020 26 dogs have been rescued. In 2019 409 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 THE OLD GILT CLOCK
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Maria Catalina Egan

Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2020

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This fabulous book covers far more than the WW II an era rife with hatred, bigotry, and war crimes it is easy for heroes to fall through the cracks of history. Thus, THE OLD GILT CLOCK unveils the heroism of Willem Arondeus; a Dutch artist and author. Member of the Dutch resistance movement during said War.
From his painful birth on 22 August 1894; causing detachment and rejection from his mother, His self-discovery as a homosexual, completely incompatible with the views of his abusive drunken father. Culminating with his execution by the German Nazi Regime on 1 July 1943. We feel Willem’s pain, confusion, and growth. The prose in this book is powerful and beautifully crafted. As a result, while reading I felt very connected to the character. The book brilliantly parallels Hitler’s life as well as well-known and lesser known historical events.
This gave me as a reader a clear sense of the historical timeline and an awareness of some historical data I did not know. By following his life, we see the buildup and growth of prejudice and bigotry, that affected the world in both world wars.
Willem Arondeus was a homosexual man, in an era that placed him as unacceptable in a society that murdered so many. His understanding of suffering is key to propel the need to protect the Jewish people of Holland, risking and eventually losing his life.
The way words are woven so beautifully, had me re-reading here and there, as some of the lines were poetic. Inasmuch as knowingly reading a book with a guaranteed sad ending, the author manages to shed power of love and light in Willem’s journey through self-love, self-acceptance and the friendships he forges.
As WWII celebrated 75 years of ending in Europe sealed archives and information is revealed, I hope Paulette Mahurin and other Historical Authors will continue to unveil forgotten heroes and moments.
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Book Lover

Reviewed in the United States on January 26, 2020

Paulette Mahurin writes beautiful description and instantly draws the reader into the narrative with parallels between the main character and Hitler in the early parts of the book. I found it easy to be taken into the intimate story of Willem Arondeus, who is an artist and a homosexual man. The early part of the book follows his childhood with cruelty from his father and cold-hearted treatment from his mother, then into World War 2 in the second half of the book. Willem shows heroic and courageous qualities and even though he has been treated harshly he maintains his compassionate and loving nature. He is also portrayed in a realistic manner as well. This is a powerful book, thoroughly researched, covering themes of love, compassion, courage and portraying a story we rarely hear. Mahurin’s description and characterisation is superbly done, drawing the reader instantly into the narrative and sustaining this throughout. This is a beautiful, at times sad but ultimately an important story of sacrifice and heroism that is not often seen.
Marina Osipova

Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2020

On the background of the political situation in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century, in her lyrical language, the author introduces to us Willem Arondeus who was born into a dysfunctional family. We are invited into the inner sanctum of a boy then a teenager and later the young man with all his insecurity and loneliness. A gifted artist, he is not a typical person but one of them whose sexual orientation although tolerated in Netherlands is still frowned upon. When Hitler and his cohort come to power in Germany and then in Europe, the situation changes drastically, placing him into the category of undesirables like Jewish people and gypsies. Masterfully painting an accurate picture of the time and people, the author tells the story of the person who evolves into a fighter against prejudice and bigotry, who sacrifices his life while helping to save lives of Jewish people, the victims of injustices and persecutions. In the words of one of the characters, “It is the duty of every man to help them up and let them feel there is some hope for them in life”’ is in the core of this enthralling, vividly depicted tale of a real person.
You can’t expect a happy ending from a book like this but the message that “kindness exists in places least expected” made the impact from the descriptions of the atrocities committed by the German occupying forces a tad more tolerable. The novel ends on the powerful accord of “they will be remembered.” Yes, that’s why I suppose the author wrote this incredible story of Willem, whose kindness, compassion, and the spirit of a fighter would remind the future generations of his and his comrades’ heroic deeds.
I’m not giving out more details—read this wonderful, deeply touching, and humanistic-oriented novel from an amazing author-Paulette Mahurin. Highly recommended.
Lauren Alumbaugh

Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2020

I am not typically a fan of historical novels. However the author managed to revisit Hitler and his army without making you feel like you were in a classroom. Willem decided to do everything he can to help the Jewish population get away from Hitler and his army. In doing so he gives up every hope of his own future and faces off with the Nazi army. I found Willem’s character to be extremely intriguing and fascinating. I was sad at how his band of friends was discovered and outed. Great emotional read that shows compassion goes a long way.
Izzi Tooinsky

Reviewed in the United States on January 19, 2020

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Larry Chroman

Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2020

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Book Squirrel

Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2020

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There are times, particularly in the face of conflict or adversity, in which one might be tempted to ask, “What can one person do?”

The story of Willem Arondeus is testament to the fact that one person can do a very great deal to oppose hatred or wrongdoing, both through their own efforts but also by inspiring and encouraging others to also stand against evil.

Willem’s life story is well written and makes compelling reading. A man well acquainted with prejudice and hatred, Willem has been brought to life by the author in a manner that is both realistic about his flaws and empathetic about his suffering, credibly portraying him as a very normal person with a profound commitment to doing what was right.

This book adds a personal dimension to history and confronts the reader with the sense of helplessness experienced by the Dutch people of the time, and with the anger and resentment they harboured toward the Nazis and those who dumped with them. It made me reflect on what I know of my own grandfather, who was also a member of the Dutch resistance during the German occupation of the Netherlands in WWII, and to feel.somehow even more strongly connected to Willem and his friends as a result.

This is often an uncomfortable read, but it is an important one. Because stories like this are told, our generation is prompted to be vigilant against evil, to stand with the oppressed, and to ‘do some good ‘ in our often hateful world. It is a most timely reminder.

Scott E Branchfield

Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2020

Paulette Mahurin’s story “The Old Gilt Clock” takes place in the early 20th century in The Netherlands. We follow Willem Arondeus life starting from an awkward boyhood with an abusive antisemitic father and an emotionally cold (almost non-existent) mother. This boy had many strikes against him yet grew to be a talented artist and writer. As he matures, he realizes that he is homosexual (something abhorrent to his father). With no close family relationships, he develops friendships including a Jewish family. When the Nazi storm troopers descend on the Netherlands, Willem decides to work against them in whatever way he can. This is a story about striving to do the right thing against impossible odds.
It is a compelling story. I appreciate the historical research. Getting the details right without bogging the story down in minutia is a formidable skill. My only slight quibble was that occasionally the dialogue did not seem quite natural, but that could be my American perspective failing to grasp the culture. Over all it is a solid effort, well worth reading.
Debbie Trammell

Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2020

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Dolli Alexander

Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2020

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The Old Gilt Clock, based on a true story, begins well before WWII with the birth and abusive upbringings of Willem Arondeus, a homosexual who is kicked out of his home by his homophobic father. The first half of the book deals with his upbringing and how when he is exiled from his home he is befriended by a compassionate Jewish family. It is here he grows into a famous Dutch painter and author. When the Jewish family flees to America to escape persecution, they leave an impact embedded in Willem’s heart and soul that motivates him to want to help others. When WWII breaks out and the Nazis invade the Netherlands, Willem joins the resistance. Willem devises a plan and along with his group of resistance members he saves close to a million Jewish people. Sadly their display of great courage is ultimately betrayed. Mahurin does a great job of piecing together the life of a hero in her beautifully descriptive story. The book captures what life was like in Amsterdam during WWII and brilliantly shows how malice and prejudice spread, poisoning a whole society. I found that the description of Willem’s background and the context of the society in which he grew up helped explain the motivation for his resistance work so that he was not just a cutout figure doing great deeds. The story brings the life of Willem Arondeus, an important gay hero who had been unknown, into our awareness. Honored posthumously by the Dutch, Arondeus has also been recognized by Yad Vashem in Jerusalem as a Righteous Among the Nations for his mighty efforts to save Jews. An incredible must read, especially in these troubling times when homophobia, racism, and other forms of persecution and intolerance are on the rise. Highly recommend.
CarolB

Reviewed in the United States on January 12, 2020

I’m intrigued by individuals who are willing to put their lives on the line to help others. When and how is the spark ignited for them? Where do they get the strength? How do they hold onto their beliefs and continue to act under the worst circumstances? In her latest historical novel “The Old Gilt Clock,” author Paulette Mahurin answers those questions about Willem Arondeus, a Dutch man who joined the resistance during World War II and whose actions saved the lives of thousands of Jews.

I’d never heard of Arondeus, so Mahurin’s approach to this historical novel suited me perfectly. In the course of the novel, we learn that Willem grew up in the Netherlands in the early years of the 20th Century with a mother who showed him little affection and a father who tried to bully his son into becoming the man he wanted him to be. We learn how Arondeus developed his creative talents, gained friends, and came to stand up to his father. An artist, writer, and homosexual, Arondeus developed empathy for friends and patrons who were Jews. All this came into play for Arondeus when Hitler rose to power and exercised his hatred for Jews and other ‘undesirables.”

Mahurin does a particularly good job throughout the novel of grounding readers in the historical place and time. This skill is exercised in her other historical novels as well. She writes vividly, giving characters and scenes life, though sometimes she tells readers things they mostly likely know or can see in the scenes she depicts. I recommend this book to fans of historical fiction and World War II and to anyone who, like me, likes to know the deeper backstory of the person they’re reading about.

JJ

Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2020

An unlikely hero, Willem Arondéus, a Dutch artist, novelist, and homosexual risked his life to join the Dutch Resistance movement during the Nazi occupation. He designed a plan and set in motion its implementations, along with a group of other brave men and women, that ultimately saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of Jewish Dutch citizens. A man who struggled with his father’s hatred of homosexuals (that is dealt with in the first half of the story) dared to come out in the face of being abandoned and kicked out of his home. But instead of Willem’s rejection from his family turning him cold and bitter, he displayed kindness, compassion, and remarkable courage. Honored as a hero by the Netherlands and Israel, Arondéus’ story is one that runs deep into the nature of intolerance. It casts a light on how one virulent strain of hatred can spread to inflict a death sentence upon millions of innocent people. Masterfully told, although this occurred in the early 1940s it is every bit applicable today with the rise of homophobia and anti-Semitism around the world. There is much to learn from the story of this courageous man. Much to be remembered, lest the acorns of hatred once again grow to mighty oaks. Highly recommended.
Crystal Clifton

Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2020

I had never heard of Willem Arondéus until I read this book. It tells of the braveness and courage of a man who was treated horribly by his parents , but grew in to a humane character that helped in the saving of many Jewish lives during WWII. Being Gay made it even harder for him and others during this time. Paulette did an amazing job in telling this story about a man that was Gay and still loved everyone. Recommended to everyone who enjoys a great read.
Po

Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2020

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Sherrie Hansen

Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2020

I’ve grown to be a huge fan of Paulette Mahurin’s novels. The Old GIlt Clock is somewhat different than the others in that it has a biographical bent to it, a storyteller’s rendition of a man’s life from the moment of his birth to the time of his death. For this reason, it felt less a novel written in the deep point of view of the characters, and more of a revelation and a recapitulation of a life journey, told from an omniscient perspective. Willem himself was a very sympathetic character with many admirable traits in terms pf sensitivities and artistic talents. A childhood in which Willem was shown virtually no love, eventual friendships with two compassionate Jewish families, and his continuing search for love within the gay community all gave the book a unique backdrop. The same influences were very formative in respect to the man he became. I feel like An Old Gilt Clock shines a light on a very important story and illuminates a tragic part of WWII history.
Cat

Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2020

Format: Kindle Edition
alice and richard

Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2020

The writing was great and I loved that a heroic gay man risked his life to save millions of Jews.
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Trypsin

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 January 2020

This is a historic fiction story based on true events, and I’ve read other books by this author so I knew it would be well researched and well written, and I wasn’t disappointed. This one is centered on a member of the Dutch resistance during WWII, Willem Arondéus, his efforts to prevent Nazi deportation of Dutch Jews, and his difficult home life as gay man in a society where homosexuality was viewed as subversive. A more unlikely hero would be hard to imagine. As the story unfolds, you gain an insight into his life, discover his tremendous courage to resist homophobia, and protect innocent families from deportation. Description of the era, locations and characters is excellent, and Willem’s story is compelling with emotional highs and lows along the way. The strength of his spirit is truly inspirational. Highly recommended.
bookworm81

18 January 2020

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Helen Devries

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 January 2020

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Bill

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 January 2020

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5 January 2020

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The Old Gilt Clock

A Novel

Fiction – Historical – Event/Era
275 Pages
Reviewed on 01/18/2020

Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers’ Favorite

The Old Gilt Clock by Paulette Mahurin chronicles the life of Dutch resistance fighter Willem Arondeus. The novel begins with his experiences through childhood, including the abuse he faced from his alcoholic father. Realizing at a young age that he was homosexual, Willem never shies from his sexuality and is open about his relationships with men. Also a novelist and artist, Willem not only publishes an anti-Nazi pamphlet but begins working with another Dutch resistance member to forge documents for Jewish people in their town. However, their assistance is soon discovered thanks to the Amsterdam registry office. Willem is not to be deterred and comes up with a plan that he hopes will foil the Nazis’ attempts to deport Jewish people to concentration camps.

This is possibly the first historical novel I have read about a Dutch resistance fighter. Although the novel does focus a bit on Willem’s sexuality, it’s merely a part of who he is and doesn’t detract from his drive to help the people of their town escape from Nazi persecution. After some of my own research, I believe Mahurin has given life to an unsung hero of World War II, of which there are many. I applaud how she intermingles history into her fiction, producing a novel that is both heartbreaking and hopeful. I never knew how much the Dutch people resisted the Nazi occupation during the war. The Old Gilt Clock by Paulette Mahurin is certainly a must-read for anyone interested in resistance fighters during World War II.

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