Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – The Old Gilt Clock by Paulette Mahurin

A new book on the shelves for Paulette Mahurin with a World War II novel, The Old Gilt Clock

About the book

During one of the darkest times in human history when millions of innocent Jews and others deemed “undesirables” were being sent to concentration camps to be brutality worked to death or slaughtered, a group of Dutch resistance workers rose up against the atrocities. Their resistance to the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands created a vast counterintelligence, domestic sabotage, and communications network to help hide Jewish people from German authorities. The Old Gilt Clock is the story of how one Dutch resistance member, Willem Arondéus, risked his life to defy the Nazis’ plans to identify and deport hundreds of thousands of Dutch Jews. Arondéus’ courage is largely forgotten by history, but not by the Jewish and Dutch people. Written by the award-winning international Amazon bestselling author of The Seven Year Dress, comes a story of Arondéus’ courageous struggle to stand up to the unimaginable evil designs of Hitler. Inclusive is Arondéus’ battle to come out to his homophobic father, who hated his son’s homosexuality. It is also a story about friendships formed in the Dutch resistance movement, their joys and sorrows, their wins and losses, their loves and betrayals, and ultimately their resilience to oppose tyranny and oppression when millions stood silent condoning heinous behavior. Thousands are alive today because of these brave, compassionate men and women.

One of the recent reviews for The Old Gild Clock

I hadn’t heard of Willem Arondéus before this. The story portrays a different perspective of those who attempted to save the Jews during WWII in that it’s told from the viewpoint of another persecuted people–the homosexual community. The tale of Willem’s life as depicted in this story is a grim one. Persecution can make people do terrible things to survive, or in Willem’s case, can cause them to fight back against the oppressors all the more. Each person whose story comes to life within the pages of novels, such as this one, brings even greater awareness of the horrors of war, and the necessity for us to embrace and understand those who are different from us.

The story is beautifully and tragically told. I would read Paulette’s books alone for the lovely descriptions. Here’s one from the opening paragraph that sets the calm mood… before the storm: “The yellowish-red colors infusing the horizon dripped down, like a watercolor painting, leaving a faint glow of shimmering purple, as day met night.” 

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

and: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Paulette Mahurin

Read all the reviews and BUY the books: Amazon US

And : Amazon UK

Profits from Paulette’s books go to help rescue dogs from kill shelters.

Read more reviews and follow Paulette on : Goodreads 

About Paulette Mahurin

Paulette Mahurin is an international best selling literary fiction and historical fiction novelist. She lives with her husband Terry and two dogs, Max and Bella, in Ventura County, California. She grew up in West Los Angeles and attended UCLA, where she received a Master’s Degree in Science.

Her first novel, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, made it to Amazon bestseller lists and won awards, including best historical fiction 2012 in Turning the Pages Magazine. Her second novel, His Name Was Ben, originally written as an award winning short story while she was in college and later expanded into a novel, rose to bestseller lists its second week out. Her third novel, To Live Out Loud, won international critical acclaim and made it to multiple sites as favorite read book of 2015. Her fourth book, The Seven Year Dress, made it to the bestseller lists on Amazon U.S., Amazon U.K. and Amazon Australia. Her fifth book, The Day I Saw The Hummingbird, is schedules for release in 2017.

Semi-retired, she continues to work part-time as a Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County. When she’s not writing, she does pro-bono consultation work with women with cancer, works in the Westminster Free Clinic as a volunteer provider, volunteers as a mediator in the Ventura County Courthouse for small claims cases, and involves herself, along with her husband, in dog rescue. Profits from her books go to help rescue dogs from kill shelters.

Connect to Paulette via her blog: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap on WordPress

Facebook: Paulette Mahurin
Twitter: @MahurinPaulette

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to add Paulette’s new book to your reading list for 2020.. thanks Sally.

32 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – The Old Gilt Clock by Paulette Mahurin

  1. This sounds like a great read, Paulette. I took a class in college taught by a Holocaust survivor. He lost his whole family, but he wasn’t found hiding in the house. After the Nazis had left, he was able to get to safety, living with a non-Jewish family in secrecy for a time.

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  2. Thank you very much, especially for the information on this book, Sally! Its very important to know for me. Even our TV stations since more than four years airing documentaries about the Nazitime, they are only sourrounding them German thing. Some years ago in a really sarcastic way a German comedian in view of this special German TV action called it “Lets look what Adolf is doing!” ;-(

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