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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aren't you intrigued?

Aren’t you intrigued?

Here is my 5-star review of it.

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

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

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

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

The book is almost as long as this review.

Nuff said!

Do yourself and some sweet pups a favor: buy this book. And be sure to leave a review in all the usual places! Reviews help independent authors in so many ways.

You can buy her book on Amazon in either paperback or as an e-book.

Okay, Mom! You read the book to me and I'll pup-talk you through posting another review for this 5-bark book. Deal?

Okay, Mom! You read the book to me and I’ll pup-talk you through posting another review for this 5-bark book. Deal?