210 dogs rescued from Kill shelters

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

I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like siblings Bernice and Bertrand, Indie, Dodger, Flora, Taylor, Meadow, Macy, Pippa and Bianca (see photos below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 210 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 dogs were freed.

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

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

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

 

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Bernice has been rescued
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Pretty girl Bernice has been groomed
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Bertrand has been rescued with sister Bernice
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Siblings Bernice and Bertrand have been rescued together
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Flora in her new yard. And all cleaned up with her new punk rock hairdo.
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Macy’s been rescued
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Pippa’s freedom photo. Safe in new home with new outfit.
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Bianca’s been rescued
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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Christmas Update- Paulette Mahurin, M.C.V. Egan and Jean M. Cogdell

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

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

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

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

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200 Dogs rescued from kill shelters

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS

 

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

 

 

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Sam’s been rescued

 

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Sam’s freedom photo

 

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Brandy’s been rescued

 

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Brandy smiling on her day of freedom

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Brandy’s freedom photo

 

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Brandy’s freedom ride

 

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

 

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Molly’s been rescued

 

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Molly’s freedom photo

 

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Molly a handful of joy

 

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Disney’s been rescued

 

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Disney’s freedom photo

 

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Disney elated to be free

 

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Disney and Molly siblings and best friends

 

 

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Bobby’s been rescued

 

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Bobby’s freedom photo

 

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Bobby’s freedom hug

 

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Earl’s been rescued

 

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Earl’s freedom photo

 

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

 

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Jenna’s been rescued

 

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Jenna’s freedom photo

 

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Ollie’s been rescued

 

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Ollie’s freedom photo

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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Lionel has been rescued

 

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Lionel’s freedom photo

 

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Texas has been rescued

 

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Texas’ freedom photo

 

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Alexander: confused senior dumped in kill shelter

 

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Alexander has been rescued

 

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Alexander’s freedom photo

 

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Alexander’s freedom ride: safe and cozy

 

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Miller’s been rescued

 

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Miller’s walk to freedom

 

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Miller’s freedom photo

 

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Luna’s been rescued

 

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Luna’s freedom photo

 

 

 

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

Miranda Frey-myers

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

Great book

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

Lori

Oct 25, 2016Lori rated it it was amazing

Touching and heart breaking!

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

Emily

Oct 20, 2016Emily rated it really liked it

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

Lynne Shirley

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS

AMAZON U.K.

 

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

 

 

AMAZON U.S.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

on October 28, 2016

I suppose one would never use that word regarding the ho

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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Lincoln with new dad

 

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Holly’s freedom photo

 

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Chase has been rescued

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Puppy Gypsy’s been rescued

 

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Gypsy’s freedom photo

 

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Gypsy being welcomed by new siblings

 

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Gypsy settling into new bed.

 

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Tasha’s been rescued

 

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Tasha’s freedom photo

 

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Amy’s been rescued

 

 

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Amy falling in love with new dad

 

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Amy says “THANK YOU FOR SAVING MY LIFE”

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS

AMAZON U.S.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

By donna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 October 2016

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

 

RECENT REVIEWS FOR TO LIVE OUT LOUD

 

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

 

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Senior Stashia waiting to find her new family

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Stashia in new home with new sibling

 

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Davinci’s freedom photo, getting loving and sniffing from new family.

 

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Treat’s been rescued

 

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

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

I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Rory, Pluto and Sylvester (see photo below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 173 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 dogs were freed.

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

 

 

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

RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
on October 17, 2016
A scary read, in the fact that these terrible events actually happened. Well written.
on October 15, 2016
The actual facts about this time in history are hard to believe..but it’s all true.I still have a hard time believing that anyone would kill so many for no apparent reason..but it still happens in other parts of our world..
on October 12, 2016
A very good read and very saddening, as well. We’ll written.
on October 16, 2016

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

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

on October 12, 2016
The story is told in a manner that you feel as if you are there with her. It was difficult to put the story down.
on October 12, 2016
Being fascinated with the war in Europe this was a different type of story but very enjoyable
on October 11, 2016
An excellent book for those of us interested in WWII. Hard to believe it took so long for the US to get into the war—-and now it’s happening all over again!!! What a country!!
on October 10, 2016
I was searching for books about the Holocaust after I recently (re)watched ‘Schindler’s List’ and came across several well reviewed books on Amazon. I decided to read ‘The Seven Year Dress’ first and am so glad I did. This exceptionally well written and extremely moving book is so heartbreakingly descriptive and personal that I read it in one sitting. This young woman’s story begins in mid-1930s Berlin and centers on her happy, middle-class life with her beloved family and best friend. As the Nazi Party’s growing influence quickly descends into horrifying cruelty and violence, she is forced into into hiding until she’s finally captured and transported to Auschwitz where her sewing skills, indomitable will to live and a life-sustaining friendship enable her to survive this harrowing ordeal. Ms. Mahurin’s vividly detailed, compassionate account envelops the reader in a terrifying world of unthinkable loss, deprivation, disease, cruelty, rape and mass murder. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn more about the Jewish experience before and immediately after the Holocaust. For mature readers only.
on October 9, 2016
a great story written with great compassion. Loved it Gail
on October 9, 2016
im glad helen told her story there is allot one can learn from another’s suffering as well as that person’s triumph.
on October 8, 2016
I found this book to be like taking a journey back in time to a place that we would rather forget but a time that should never be forgotten as to many lives were lost What an amazingly brave women Thankyou for sharing your life story
This was a boom I wanted to read nonstop, the visuals were so amazing it was like I was right there. Adult material beware
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 Sylvester-feeling safe and comfortable-getting a belly rub from new dad.

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One of those books that will stay with you for a very long time…Wow great read front to back. Not the typical WW2 book…This should be compulsory reading for anyone who believes that there are simple populist answers.

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

I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Gabby, Cashew, Audrey, Max, Hank, Julian, Faerie, Brownie and Truman (see below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 170 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 dogs were freed.

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

 

 

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

RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
AMAZON U.S.
on October 6, 2016
Another informative story of the Holocaust. There were millions of stories, this is one of the good ones. As good as any story can be about this period of time. It makes one so very thankful for our own good fortune. An interesting read.
on October 5, 2016

*Due to the nature of this book, I will not be doing my typical lighthearted review. My review is written with the utmost respect and to honor those who endured this horrific time in history.

As the synopsis indicates this is a story that involves a Jewish teenager, Helen Stein, and her family who lived through Hitler’s deranged views of annihilating the Jewish population. Helen was born during the early stages of Hitler’s rise to power. As a younger child, Helen was shielded from most of what was happening in her country by her parents. However, Helen had a friend who had joined Hitler’s army as a young man and kept Helen informed of what was going on. As Hitler’s power grew, so did his relentless pursuit against the Jews and Helen’s family has no choice but to face what is happening in their country and to their culture.

Helen was able to evade capture by Hitler’s army for a period of time but was eventually found and taken to Auschwitz. To keep through the early times of Hitler’s reign, Helen learned to sew to help supplement her family’s income. Because of this, she was able to live upon her arrival to Auschwitz, was tattooed, and endured several hours of hard labor every day, was given little edible food, and forced to sleep in unimaginable living conditions.

Although Hitler and his army was able to force Helen and others into these conditions, he couldn’t take away Helen’s will to live and her ability to see the good in others that were also there. This is what helped Helen throughout her time in Auschwitz until she was later freed. Hitler’s army tried to cover up what they had done but it was Helen and other survivors that were a true testimony to what had occurred to them. Thankfully, allowing many of Hitler’s soldiers to be held accountable for their actions. Helen was able to leave Auschwitz and relocated to America. This is just one story of many Jewish survivors of this horrific period in our history.

The story is very well-written and it was as if I was with Helen throughout the story and enduring her pain and heartache along with her. I couldn’t put this book down and read it in one night. I actually had to wait a few days to write a review as the book has really touched me deeply. I would highly recommend this book to others.

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. I received no financial compensation. My review is based solely on my reading of the book and are my opinions alone.

 

on October 6, 2016
I truly enjoyed this book
on October 3, 2016
This book had a lot of emotions, and personal feelings then a typical WW2 book. I learned a great deal from this book.
on October 4, 2016

This book isn’t another one of those about Hitler and his atrocities against the Jewish people in World War II. No, it isn’t; instead it is the definitive book about those horrific events and everyone should read it, especially at a time of a shallow media, weak populist politicians selling hate, an adventurist Russia and mayhem in the middle east.

It is a story of Helen, a German Jew, caught up in Hitler’s Final solution where the Jewish people are demonised and blamed for everything that is wrong with Germany. It exposes the savagery, lack of humanity and sadism of the time and is full of pathos, emotion and hope, yes hope, for a better world.

This book should be compulsory reading for all who believe in simple answers because it presents a stark warning of where hate leads and, told well in this book, it isn’t pleasant.

AMAZON U.K.
on 3 October 2016
One of those books that will stay with you for a very long time. Based on unimaginable events, graphically written. Such a despicable part of modern history.

 

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Gabby in his new home

 

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Cashew’s been rescued

 

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Cashew with new family

 

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Audrey’s been rescued

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Audrey with new family

 

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Max has been rescued

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Max’s freedom photo. Feeling safe and secure.

 

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Hank’s been rescued

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Hank’s freedom photo. Climbing up new mom’s leg to thank her.

 

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Julian’s freedom photo

 

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Faerie’s been rescued

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Faerie’s freedom photo

 

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Faerie happy in her new yard

 

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Faerie happy in her new bed

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Brownie’s been rescued

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Brownie’s freedom photo

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Truman’s been rescued

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Profits from my books have helped free 161 dogs from kill shelters

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

I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Maggie, Latte, Rocky, Sam, Pickels, Caramel, Peter Pan, Dora, Calypso and sisters Jackie and Mabeline (see below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 161 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 dogs were freed.

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

 

 

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

 

RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS

on September 30, 2016
Loved this book!!

5.0 out of 5 starsThe Seven Year Dress

on September 26, 2016 Format: Kindle Edition

I could not put this book down. It was a real page turner. So sad. Love for my sister Rhonda Lute to read this book.
on September 28, 2016
I enjoyed this book even though unusually through my own circumstances I had to endure a break in its reading. The story is well told, the writing crisp and engaging. There were for my liking, too many historical reference points and I think the story could have survived well without them and subsequently flowed more freely. For me this distracted a little from the flow of the book but perhaps as someone familiar with the history of the period this could be something that is peculiar to me. It is a difficult tale for sure and by that I mean the subject matter, with a unique approach to a terrible period in history that is handled quite well. Overall I can recommend this one. As always my priority is a good story and a book that keeps me engaged and here Paulette Mahurin has delivered in spades. A talented writer with more to come I am sure. Pick it up.
 
RECENT REVIEWS FOR HIS NAME WAS BEN
on September 26, 2016
Enjoyed and recommended. Sad but good
on September 27, 2016
I would recommend this story to everyone it gives you a way to appreciate life in a much different way.

 

 

 

RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE PERSECUTION OF MILDRED DUNLAP
on October 1, 2016
This book spoke to my heart. It showed me that with trust and friendship, that evil can be overcome and removed.

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Maggie with new mom

 

 

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Latte sleeping in new bed. Safe and sound.

 

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Rocky’s been rescued

 

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Rocky’s freedom photo

 

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Samantha’s been rescued

 

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Pickels’ freedom photo

 

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Pickels’ getting some loving from new mom

 

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Caramel’s been rescued

 

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Caramel with new daddy. Shows the power of love.

 

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Peter Pan’s been rescued

 

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Peter Pan’s freedom photo

 

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Peter Pan’s vet check

 

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Dora’s been rescued

 

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Dora’s freedom photo

 

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Puppy Calypso’s been rescued

 

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Calypso getting some loving from new mom

 

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Sisters Jackie and Mabeline have been rescued. They couldn’t wait to love on their new family.

 

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Sisters Jackie and Mabeline’s freedom photo

 

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150 dogs rescued from kill shelters

My book The Seven Year Dress is continuing to rank in the top 100 best sellers in the kindle bookstore in the literary-fiction-historical, literary fiction, and the young adult categories. I’ve also been ranked by Amazon as the #58 top ranking author for two of my books, The Seven Year Dress and To Live Out loud, in the historical fiction category. And #87 in the literary fiction category for The Seven Year Dress. See photos below.

I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like  Jeremiah, Camille, Cupcake, Reiki and Babs (see below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 150 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 dogs were freed.

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

 

 

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

RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
on September 24, 2016
Truly enjoyed it.
Helen’s story like so many others is about the strength of the human spirit.
Surviving atrocities most of us couldn’t.
on September 23, 2016
The subject matter is as you will have guessed from the cover picture – a tale of the Holocaust and as such doesn’t make pretty reading. But is a wonderful, poignant and heartbreaking story and one that I found I couldn’t put down. Helen lives in an affluent area of Berlin with her parents and older siblings, a close and loving family in post WW1 Germany. Hitler’s rise to power fills them with unease yet her father refuses to believe that things are as bad as they seem until it’s too late. With the help of her friend Max, she manages to hide away in an abandoned farmhouse cellar with her brother Ben. The rest of her family are not so lucky. Unfortunately Helen and her brother are caught and sent to Auschwitz.
A harrowing story of endurance and hope. Great read.
on September 23, 2016
I was very moved by Mahurin’s prior book, “To Live Out Loud”, and though my expectations were high, “The Seven Year Dress” did not disappoint. Helen, a German girl, is a character I could instantly engage with, and I really wanted to know more of her story. We really follow her movement though life as a normal girl with a good life, to someone in hiding, separate from much of her family, to a prisoner in a concentration camp and finally, a survivor of the war. It’s not an easy book to read, but one I found unable to put down, engrossed in Helen’s fate, and once again, saddened and appalled by what happened not so long ago.
Mahurin is good at slowly peeling away the layers of her story, revealing plot and insights into the thoughts and lives of her characters. The story is sad, of course, centered around the atrocious time of the Third Reich, but there are moments of light and humanity, which make this a book I think most readers would benefit from reading. The story is accessible, and prose and deep character development are mature and memorable. I recently read Art Spiegelman’s “Maus”, which also centers around the Holocaust and Auschwitz, and reading both books in the same time span was at once disheartening and difficult – being confronted with the unimaginable horrors so many had to suffer – and yet important, too. Memory can be a fickle thing, and parts of history fade too quickly from our collective minds, but books like these really remind us that we must never forget and never allow something like this to happen again.
on September 21, 2016

I chose 5 stars because this book is well constructed and captures the horror of the Holocaust. The protagonist is a spirited survivor who endures unspeakable abuse. This book also speaks of the acts of kindness, courage and grace shown by Helen, her family, friends and fellow prisoners of war.

I really enjoyed how well the author captured the tensions of war time, the Jewish faith and the courage demonstrated, day after day, year after year, of a people persecuted.

This book should be read any student of World history; young or old.

on September 21, 2016
The Seven Year Dress is beautifully written. It’s the honest and heartbreaking story of a Jewish girl in Nazi Germany who holds onto her sanity, her faith in humankind and in her own humanity despite being subjected to rape, torture and other unimaginable horrors at the hands of her captors. What I loved most was how authentic Helen Stein’s voice is. The author does a great job of realistically depicting a wide range of emotions, including hope, despair and even lust, in the context of something so horrible that it tends to overshadow those individual human qualities. Excellent!
on September 21, 2016
The holocaust mesmerizes me. I cannot fathom the diffuse suffering endured by so many innocent people. This story is one of survival. Survival made possible by a strong belief of goodness. Such small acts of kindness helped this woman continue on. I guess it’s a lesson for us all! One act of kindness may be life-saving for another.
on September 21, 2016
Because it was a true story and we must never forget what these poor people went through. I could not put it down. Everyone should read this story.
on September 18, 2016
It explains the devastation and horrific conditions the prisoners went through and how they had such a strong will to survive.
on September 16, 2016
Although the book was written as a fictional novel, it is a true story in every way. It focuses on the experience of a young Jewish woman caught in the horror of the holocaust. The book is very well written and takes the reader into the emotional turmoil of the characters. It also shows the humanity, caring. generosity and love that people can show during such a painful time in their lives. Even though It is a difficult and tearful read, it important because the people who suffered and died in this insane event should never be forgotten. It is a reminder that humans are capable of the worst atrocities. It is a confirmation that we all need to focus on peace and love in ourselves and for others so that this will not continue to happen.
on September 19, 2016
I loved this book, I felt what the storyteller was writing. I felt her fear her anguish and her happy moments. It was a very touching story survival of the human soul.
on September 17, 2016
I loved this book the author takes you on an incredible journey which will have hoping that all is going to be ok.I cried and cheered for these chosen few who made it out alive. Well written,have the tissues ready. This is a must read.
on September 20, 2016
Please read it. Well written. Couldn’t put it down. Recommended to anyone.
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“Flawlessly intertwined history with an emotionally charged work of fiction”

 

My book The Seven Year Dress is continuing to rank in the top 100 best sellers in the kindle bookstore in the literary-fiction-historical, literary fiction, and the young adult categories. I’ve also been ranked by Amazon as the #58 top ranking author for two of my books, The Seven Year Dress and To Live Out loud, in the historical fiction category. And #87 in the literary fiction category for The Seven Year Dress. See photos below.

I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like  Hopster, Coco, Charles, Reese, Teagan, Ross, Trooper, Rio, Ricardo, Maddison, Jack, Dharma, Sonny, Galaxy, and Munesco (see below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 145 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 dogs were freed.

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

 

 

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RECENT REVIEW FOR THE PERSECUTION OF MILDRED DUNLAP

on September 10, 2016
Read this book in one night Tender and touching story.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
on September 14, 2016

This book was historical fiction at it’s finest. The ugly words were intricately weaved into a beautiful story of strength and perseverance. My heart ached with pain and swelled with inspiration. The circumstances Helen overcame were gut wrenching and awful. She lost loved ones, was humiliated in more ways than one, and in the end had lasting emotional scars.

The story was about a young girl trapped in a real life nightmare… Helen is a jew and Hitler wants rid of all jews… Her friend Max enlists to protect her and when times become too dangerous for her to remain at home, he hides her and her brother. They remain in hiding for years before the monsters come knocking down their door. While the cellar always seemed like a prison, when the S.S. come to take them away, they know things will only get worse. Together they embark on a terrible journey to hell (or Auschwitz) and when they arrive, they are separated and she is left with the images of murder in her mind. She finds her strength to survive illness, rape, and physical abuse in her father’s words and a dirty dress.

I finished the book hours ago, yet my brain is still within the pages. I was so captivated by the horror and utter raw reality. To think that actual people lived through similar things makes me sick to my stomach. It also makes me very appreciative for the life that I live. While reading Helen’s story I felt so twisted thinking how fortunate she was, but to think how many people were killed… in some twisted way, Helen was lucky. She went through hell for that luck and had to sacrifice her health, innocence, and pride for that luck or as other’s would call it, life. Her story is one that should be read by all. The Author’s writing flawlessly intertwined history with an emotionally charged work of fiction. I loved it!

 

 

on September 16, 2016
Story held my interest . Though it a fictional story it was quite believable. Many many stories so similar have been written about scenarios almost like this one. The only thing is no one really died. Many many families came out with only themselves . Alone…this was a tragedy yet the only remaining family to survive did so for the ones who did not…..

 

 

on September 15, 2016

I’ve read a few of this author’s books before. She excels at incredibly difficult subject matter that most writers (and I dare say readers) would be afraid to touch. This one is no exception. Tackling the emotional suffering of Jews weathering death camps and the holocaust is about as difficult as it gets. Just how do you tell a tale so horrifying you’re shattered by reading on as surely as those spirits broken by the torturous ordeals themselves? If you’re wondering, you might need to pick up this book. You might notice the book’s very high ranking on amazon (in the top 750 of paid as of this review), and in my opinion, it’s richly deserved.

There were several things I was grateful for in reading this book. The first is that this period of history, already so tread-worn—how many films and books have been done on the subject?—came alive for me like never before. This owed to the author finding ways to infuse little known, but all-important facts into the story that heighten the emotional drama and that cast damning guilt on more than just the Nazis. The personal stories she chose to share are different from those usually shared in the popular media. When was the last time you saw a film or read a book on the price homosexuals paid during the holocaust years in Germany? Another reviewer said it well: this isn’t so much an exposé on the death camps as a very personal story of our heroine and the people’s whose lives she touched. That personal connection with her and her humanity is what gets us through this very difficult material. It’s what makes the story unique in an over-written genre.

Highly recommended even for those who are not historical-fiction buffs as the author has a way of writing that transcends genre, and has a way of pulling almost any reader in.

 
on September 14, 2016
Riveting story on the courage and strength to stay alive and fight for life. An exceptional read that was hard to put down!
 
on September 13, 2016
This was a great book, I would highly recommend it.

 

 

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Hopster’s freedom photo

 

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Coco’s been rescued

 

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Coco’s freedom photo. What a happy girl.

 

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Charles has been rescued

 

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Charles’ freedom photo

 

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Charles going for a walk.

 

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Reese has been rescued

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Reese’s freedom photo

 

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Reese going home

 

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Teagan’s been rescued

 

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Teagan doing to his new home

 

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Teagan’s freedom photo.

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Ross getting a cuddle from new mom

 

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Trooper & Rio’s freedom photo

 

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Trooper & Rio in new backyard

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Trooper loving on new dad

 

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Ricardo’s been rescued

 

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Maddison’s been rescued

 

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Jack’s been rescued

 

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Jack’s freedom photo

 

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Jack checking out his new home

 

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Dharma’s freedom photo

 

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Sonny’s been rescued

 

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Sonny’s freedom photo

 

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Galaxy has been rescued

 

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Galaxy’s freedom photo. What a big happy smile.

 

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Munesco’s freedom photo

 

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Munesco in new backyard.

 

 

 

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This heart-wrenching story had me in tears, smiling…For those who love historical fiction with real grit and honesty, I highly recommend this book.

My book is continuing in the top 1% for sales in the Amazon Kindle Store and is #20 in top 100 for the literary-fiction-historical category. And it is now in the top 100 for the Literary fiction and Teen category. I’ve also been ranked by Amazon as the #58 top ranking author for two of my books, The Seven Year Dress and To Live Out loud, in the historical fiction category. And I made it to the top 100 (#87) in the literary fiction category.

I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like  Clark, Frednanda, Spiro, Ashleigh, Bellman, Callalily, Lindella, Ellery, Razzle and Bree (see below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 130 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 dogs were freed.

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

 

 

LINK TO PURCHASE ALL MY BOOKS and to see all reviews for all my books

Recent Reviews for The Seven Year Dress
on September 8, 2016
The Seven Year Dress took me back to a terrible time in Germany’s history – the Holocaust. Told from the point of view of a young girl coming of age, the reader comes to understand what that experience must have been like. This heart-wrenching story had me in tears, smiling, and sick at the many inexplicable injustices done to other human beings. It also reminded me of what’s important – life, love, humanity. Mahurin has penned an incredible tale that will reside with me for a very long time. For those who love historical fiction with real grit and honesty, I highly recommend this book.

 

 

 

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Spiro’s been rescued

 

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Spiro peacefully napping next to new sibling

 

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Ashleigh’s been rescued

 

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Bellman’s freedom photo

 

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Callalily’s been rescued

 

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Callalily’s freedom photo

 

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Callalily resting in her new  home

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Lindella’s been rescued

 

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Lindella’s freedom photo

 

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Ellery has been rescued

 

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Ellery’s freedom photo – resting peacefully

 

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Razzle’s been rescued

 

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Razzle’s freedom photo. He’s being transported to new home.

 

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Bree’s been rescued

 

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This is the kind of book you buy in hardcover binding, put in your library, and treat it with respect…I loved this book…read many holocaust books but this one was one of the best.

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

I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like  MacGyver, Hazel, Darby, Elliott, Powell, Natalie, Paprika, and Dahlia (see below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 120 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 dogs were freed.

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

 

 

LINK TO PURCHASE ALL MY BOOKS and to see all reviews for all my books

Recent Reviews for The Seven Year Dress
on September 6, 2016
I loved every part of this book. I read many holocaust books but this one was one of the best
on September 4, 2016
This was a great read through out. It looks closely at the strengths and weakness of humans set in the time of the Nazi in world war 2 Germany. I loved this book, a bit different to what I usually read but I found the historical background made it a fascinating read.
on September 3, 2016

I never read other reviews before I read a book. When I’m done I will usually scan through others thoughts about the book. If I feel that the book is justly covered by different but fair views I many times don’t bother to post a review. I was saddened to see that “holocaust deniers” and black hearts had to add their two cents here.

The beginning of the book felt a little stilted to me because I kept thinking that such a young child wouldn’t have such complex thoughts. From two years old, to thirteen years old, I felt like I was walking a bit of an uneven path. By the end of the book I realized that it was brilliant way to set up a story in a time period where everything was unexpected and devastating. You will be glad that you kept reading if the first bit makes you think you want to put the book down. It is written as an old woman telling her life story to another woman. Remember that while reading this book.

It starts just as WWI has ended. Riveting is the only word that comes to mind when I think of The Seven Year Dress. The author’s writing assumes that you have some basic knowledge and understanding of the time period. Nazi’s Bad…. Hitler’s Evil….The Holocaust DID happen. If you skip the foreword and Prologue your doing yourself a disservice. We are taken on a journey as Helen comes of age in a world in complete chaos. I felt that it was very realistic in the way Helen hears bits and pieces of Hitler’s propaganda and the changes occurring in the society around her. I was frustrated for her that she is aware of changes but denies that the world was really changing in such a fundamental way. She of course is a child, so she is protected by her family. We watch as her friendship with a neighbor boy named Max; flourishes, then withers, and possibly is the only reason she survived. She being Jewish and the reason for the disintegration of the German race, Max is a blonde hair blue eyed boy that decides to hide in plain sight. As a homosexual he fears the same things as Helen; going to a “work camp” or being killed by being deemed “undesirable.” Joining the Nazi party as a young boy he moves up in the ranks and is able to keep Helen and her brother one step ahead of the murdering Gestapo.

Chapter Ten the rythm of the book changes. This is about 1/3 through the book. I’m dyslexic so it may just be the “uneven” feeling of the way the story felt for me. I suppose this may be the part that some felt was boring? It hits highlight conversations and discoveries over 19 years. You can’t have the rest of the story without this understanding of the characters. At this point Helen is a 19 year old woman who has had one boyfriend and her body wants something. She doesn’t understand what at this point.

This is the where you really have to remember your listening to an old lady tell her young friend of her life. Unfortunately my Grandmother told me about her sex life, so I know it happens that this generation might share this part of her finding herself. Part of her story was that she struggled in wanting physical closeness and intimacy in a time that there really wasn’t any. Yes, I thought masturbating probably came up maybe once too often but it did not detract from the story. She and her brother Ben where locked in a basement for years. Never going outside.
They had a peep hole that they watched the world change without them. They both struggled mentally. Helen desperately waited for wildlife to wander by. ***I have to add that in 1938 Romania had over 4 thousand bears spread over almost 4 million acres. Romania is about 500 miles from Germany, give or take, and bears can travel from 125 to 3 thousand miles looking for food, it is not out of the realm of possibility that Helen saw a bear. For the ignorant reviewer that had an issue with this. : P

Living in the basement they didn’t know they were lucky and that things could be much much worse. They went from baked goodies at home (*baking has been around for thousands of years, to the ignorant person again), to canned vegetables and soup in the basement. *Fun fact (*for you again) cans were sealed using lead back in the 1930’s. When they were dropped or dented some led could leak into the food. Probably adding to why the normal life expectancy was in the 60’s then. Sans Nazi’s.

Ben and Helen were ultimately discovered and Helen finds herself alone in a concentration camp. A woman a bit older than Helen befriended her as she enters the camp in shock. This friendship is the one bit of kindness that gives her hope throughout her time in the camp. Unfortunately she was “lucky” that she had a skill that could be used by the Nazi’s. This put her in a position with a bit more safety from death, however it also put her under the thumb of an SS officer that raped her. Oddly enough this part reads very disconnected. I mean, Helen shuts down. These scenes are not written violently but more….. I’m not sure. I am normally bothered by rape scenes. In this case I felt more disgusted by the man than the act, if that makes sense.

To me it felt as though there are three distinct sections; growing up, hiding in a hole, and life in the camp. As a whole I was so taken with the story. I was very happy to see that the main character was not written as a hero. While in the basement Helen has moments when I wanted to smack her. She behaves like a brat. She screams and yells and carries on not caring about the consequences or anyone other than herself. These moments pass but I was happy to have moments when I didn’t love the main character. It made it feel more authentic.

Writing: I thought it was very well written. Because I’m dyslexic my brain auto corrects badly written sentences and grammar and then I end up with a headache. Not with this book. SOOOO happy to see that!! Art in any form should make you feel something. The writing was immensely well done in that I felt a wide range of emotion. This book made me think. It made me sad, and mad, and just a little happy in moments.

Sexual Content: Yes there is too much masturbating, but the level of discomfort you feel when reading these parts really depends on how comfortable you are with the subject. For me…. not a big deal. It really showed that somethings are not erased when the world ends. Everyone still has feelings, there will still be sexual yearnings, and there is always some tiny thing you can do to create hope. That is what I got out of this story. The rape could upset some, so just be aware it starts at the beginning of chapter 29 and the man dies at the beginning of chapter 30. Ain’t karma a bytch.

Violence: I had a hard time answering how much. I believe that speaks to how masterfully Helen’s shock and disbelief was written. While Helen witnessed men and women being gunned down she mentally shuts off. You can actually feel it. The writer had to include violence because it is such a big part of the motivations of the characters. However it was not in your face, blood, gore, and focused on the act and moment. More how it appears in the bigger picture.

This is not a grocery store impulse item. It is not a paperback you balance your kitchen table with. This is the kind of book you buy in hardcover binding, put in your library, and treat it with respect. I read it on my Kindle through Amazon Unlimited so I didn’t pay for it. I will be purchasing it to put on my bookshelf of keepers.

 

 

on September 7, 2016
This is a very readable story that I would recommend to high school age students. Younger readers may not understand the references to self pleasuring peppered throughout the story. Cheers to Paulette for giving her audience another touching story in her lovely way of writing.

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Hazel smiling a big thank you

 

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Darby’s been rescued and the mammory tumor removed. She’s a happy girl now in her new home.

 

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Elliott’s been rescued

 

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Powell’s been rescued

 

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Dahlia’s been rescued

 

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I have never read a more riveting story in my life… An inside look at hell

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

I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like  Cesar, Jensen, Gilbert, Mello, Meeko, Munchkin, and Hardee (see below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 112 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 dogs were freed.

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

 

 

LINK TO PURCHASE ALL MY BOOKS and to see all reviews for all my books

Recent Reviews for The Seven Year Dress
on September 2, 2016
I have never read a more riveting story in my life. Helen was an amazing woman whose story needs to be shared around the world.
on September 1, 2016
Well written account of Jewish life pre WWII , the wartime and its’ effects on the Jewish community. Helen, the main character Survives the hell of the times.
on August 30, 2016
The Seven Year Dress was a great book. I don’t know how she could have survived her like in the concentration camp and losing her family and best friend.

 

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Cesar’s vet visit

 

 

 

 

 

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Cesar’s freedom photo

 

 

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Jensen’s freedom photo

 

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Meeko’s been rescued

 

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Munchkin’s on his way to a new home

 

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Many families were affected, but seeing the world through Helen’s eyes brought home to me how one family was torn apart simply because they didn’t fit with the ideals of the country’s leader.

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

I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Turk, Brahma, Natasha, Barbie, Gary, Reggie, Sanders, and Devon (see below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 105 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 dogs were freed.

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

 

 

LINK TO PURCHASE ALL MY BOOKS and to see all reviews for all my books

Recent Reviews for The Seven Year Dress
on August 27, 2016

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is a very touching story. I loved it!

Myra is a young student, training to be a nurse at UCLA. Looking to rent a room near the university, she meets Helen Stein. A little wary of her prospective landlady at first, she comes to realise that Helen has faced unimaginable horror and has survived through one of history’s most darkest times.

Helen is a wonderful character, I really liked this brave but wounded soul. This is her story and told in first person narrative.

When I was contacted by this author and asked to read this book I quickly said yes, even though I knew I would be in for an emotional roller coaster ride of enormous proportions having previously read another book written by her.

I started to read this story and within minutes had tears streaming down my face. This story took me on a journey into Germany and the political turmoil leading up to the outbreak of war in 1938 and beyond. Many families were affected, but seeing the world through Helen’s eyes brought home to me how one family was torn apart simply because they didn’t fit with the ideals of the country’s leader.

Helen’s story is full of horror, but there are moments of light that made me smile. Helen’s family consisted of her father, Irving, her mother, Rose and three siblings: Lawrence, Shana and Ben. Helen was the youngest. I loved getting to know them, they were a warm and loving family. We are also introduced to Helen’s neighbor and best friend Max, who also plays a pivotal role in this tale.

War is not a pretty subject and I felt the author did an amazing job in bringing the hardship and horror to life with her emotive and descriptive writing. I felt the horror and despair that Helen felt as her life imploded, I shuddered at the brutality brought on the people of Germany whether they were Jewish or not and felt the joy of being rescued from the awful concentration camps.

Genocide is not an easy subject to face never mind write about and my heart broke for all of the people (living and dead) affected by the second world war, however, I feel that the author broached the subject with sensitivity and tact. Soldiers were ordered to commit terrible atrocities against their own citizens and families, whilst ordinary hardworking families were torn apart or killed all in the name of a “pure race”. Helen’s tale, although dark at times, also showed me that even though they survived the war, scars still remained within those who lived long after the war finished. The pain of loss that they live with is unimaginable to me. However, their bravery and determination to survive against insurmountable odds made me feel proud of them too.

Although Helen is a fictional character, her story is not. I feel that she is the voice of all those who are (or were) unable to speak for themselves. Some people would like to sweep this terrible moment in history under the carpet where it could be forgotten. However, I feel that we should never forget the events so that it never happens again; I am not in favour of letting history repeat itself.

Paulette Mahurin has written another fantastic historical fiction novel. I love her descriptive writing style, which made the past and the characters come to life. I also love the flow, which kept me turning pages. She has a firm fan in me and I am now looking forward to reading more of her books in the future.

Due to scenes of violence, I do not recommend this book to young readers. However, I highly recommend this book as a MUST READ if you are looking for a fantastic story that will touch you deeply. – Lynn Worton

 

 

 

 

Turk- 2 y:o mail chow's been rescued

 

2 year old Turk’s been rescued and his eye infection is being handled by a vet

 

Turk the handsome boy is safe now

Turk being transported to new home

 

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Turk’s freedom photo

 

 

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Brahma’s freedom photo

 

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Natasha’s been rescued

 

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Natasha’s freedom photo

 

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Natasha’s on her way home

 

Barbie's been rescued

 

Barbie’s been rescued

 

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Barbie’s freedom photo

 

Gary's been rescued

 

Gary’s been rescued

 

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Gary’s freedom photo

 

 

Gary- handsome and getting some loving on his way home

Gary on his way to new home

 

 

Reggie's been rescued and having a good safe nap

 

Reggie’s been rescued and is safely taking a nap

 

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Reggie’s freedom photo

 

Reggie in new home

 

Reggie in new home

 

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Sander’s has been rescued

 

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Sander’s getting some loving at the vet check

 

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Devon’s been rescued

 

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

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

I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Grayssa, Felina, Alden, Kissy Face, Juanita, and Vida (see below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 96 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 dogs were freed.

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

 

 

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Recent Reviews for The Seven Year Dress
on August 20, 2016
One of the best books I have read! Could not put it down! Intense, eye opening and well written. Thank you to the author!
on August 26, 2016
Excellent book! Highly recommended!
on August 24, 2016

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

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

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

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

I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Dori, Brando, Savannah, Zsa Zsa, and Kramer (see below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 90 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 dogs were freed.

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

 

 

LINK TO PURCHASE ALL MY BOOKS and to see all reviews for all my books

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

 

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Dori’s freedom photo

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Brando’s been rescued

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brando giving thanks

 

Savannah's been rescued.

Savannah’s been freed

 

 

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Savannah’s freedom photo and vet check

 

 

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Zsa Zsa’s been rescued

 

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Zsa Zsa’s freedom photo

 

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Kramer’s been rescued

 

 

 

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Kramer’s freedom photo

 

 

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

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

I’m deeply grateful for everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review my book. In the name of tolerance, a special thank you also to everyone who has spread the word to help promote this book.  All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Felicity, Luke, Benito, Fonzi, Billy, and Tracey (see below) out of kill shelters. Thus far in 2016, 85 dogs have been freed. Last year 148 dogs were freed.

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

 

 

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RECENT REVIEWS FOR MY BOOK THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS

 

on 15 August 2016

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

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Felicity in her new backyard

 

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Smiling Luke’s been rescued

 

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Benito’s been rescued

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

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Fonzi’s been rescued

 

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Billy’s been rescued

Billy's been rescued

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

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Tracey’s freedom photo

 

 

 

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Review: The Seven Year Dress

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

Eclectic Ramblings of Author Heather Osborne

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


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Blurb:

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

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