The Seven Year Dress by Paulette Mahurin

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Synopsis as provided on Amazon:

One of the darkest times in human history was the insane design and execution to rid the world of Jews and “undesirables.” At the hands of the powerful evil madman Adolf Hitler, families were ripped apart and millions were slaughtered. Persecution, torture, devastation, and enduring the unthinkable remained for those who lived. This is the story of one woman who lived to tell her story. This is a narrative of how a young beautiful teenager, Helen Stein, and her family were torn asunder, ultimately bringing her to Auschwitz. It was there she suffered heinous indignity at the hands of the SS. It was also there, in that death camp, she encountered compassion, selfless acts of kindness, and friendship. Written by the award-winning, best-selling author of His Name Was Ben, comes a story of the resilience of the human spirit that will leave you thinking about Helen Stein and The Seven Year Dress for years to come after the last page is shut.

MY REVIEW*

*Due to the nature of this book, I will not be doing my typical lighthearted review with funny meme’s. This 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.

This book is currently free on Kindle Unlimited or can be purchased on Amazon.

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.

#BookBloggers- If you aren’t doing this, you are missing out!!

I recently attended a Facebook Party called The Final Countdown Author Takeover Party on January 18, 2016, and I have attended a lot of these Facebook parties and they are a lot of fun. You get to meet and interact with authors, win prizes and just have a whole lot of fun.

The reason why I am pointing this out is because at this particular party I met an awesome author that I have not heard of before. I highly encourage those of you who are book bloggers to attend these parties. You can friend me on Facebook here and I will send you an invite to these great events.  If it hadn’t been for this party, I would have missed out on a great author, C.H. Armstrong, and her new book, The Edge of Nowhere.  

Here is some information about C.H. Armstrong and her new book. I can’t wait to review it!!!

 

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The year is 1992 and Victoria Hastings Harrison Greene—reviled matriarch of a sprawling family—is dying.

After surviving the Oklahoma Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, Victoria refuses to leave this earth before revealing the secrets she’s carried for decades.

Once the child of a loving family during peaceful times, a shocking death shattered her life. Victoria had to come face to face with the harshness of the world. As the warm days of childhood receded to distant memory, Victoria learns to survive.

No matter what it takes.

To keep her family alive in an Oklahoma blighted by dust storms and poverty, Victoria makes choices—harsh ones, desperate ones. Ones that eventually made her into the woman her grandchildren fear and whisper about. Ones that kept them all alive. Hers is a tale of tragedy, love, murder, and above all, the conviction to never stop fighting.

Read Reviews on Goodreads.com   Website:  www.charmstrongbooks.com

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR!

C.H. Armstrong is a native Oklahoman transplanted in Minnesota, and is the author of The Edge of Nowhere, a work of historical fiction inspired by her own family’s experiences in rural Oklahoma during the 1930s Oklahoma Dust Bowl and The Great Depression.

A 1992 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, she holds a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in History. Cathie (as she is known to her friends) is a prolific reader of many genres, and vividly remembers learning to read and the thrill of “unlocking the code” behind the letters that make up a word. Her favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird, and she credits the lessons of Atticus Finch for shaping her into the adult she is today. Her Young Adult Novel, In My Shoes, pays tribute to Harper Lee and those many lessons.

You can find out more about C.H. Armstrong by visiting her website at www.charmstrongbooks.com, through social media on Twitter (@C_H_Armstrong), or on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/catherinehedrickarmstrong.