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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

The Unveiling of Polly Forrest by Charlotte Whitney - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Charlotte Whitney and her new book, “The Unveiling of Polly Forrest,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $50 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Charlotte and to increase your chances of winning!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of good luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

The Unveiling of Polly Forrest

by Charlotte Whitney

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GENRE:  Historical Mystery

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BLURB:

Rural Michigan, 1934.

During the throes of the Great Depression Polly marries for money. After her husband Sam dies in a bizarre farm accident, new bride Polly assumes she is set to pursue her dream of opening a hat-making business. Instead, she becomes the prime suspect in Sam’s murder. Secrets abound and even Polly’s family can’t figure out the truth.

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EXCERPT TWO:

Sarah Wolcott Johnson

Thursday, May 24, 1934

I couldn’t hold back. “Polly, you’re such a liar. You kept making excuses for all your bruises and now you’re still hiding stuff from us. Sam’s letter. And now the coffee. When will it all end? All these lies. All this deception.”

Contrary to what Wes said, I was not going to apologize for anything.  She was the one who needed to make amends.

Polly stiffened, put the coffee cup on the table, and stood rigid, arms crossed. I looked out the kitchen window and could see Sailor Dog in the yard a few feet away, probably drawn close by our voices.

Polly wrinkled up her nose. “Well, sometimes deception is the best course of action. Fewer people get hurt.” She was making no sense.

“I think not,” I responded. “Deception only builds and builds until you have such a mess you can’t get out of it. Oh, what a tangled web we weave.”

“That’s enough, Sarah,” Wes said to me. He was speaking as if I were a misbehaving child, which perturbed me even more.

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GUEST POST:

Describe Your Childhood on a Small Midwestern Farm

I grew up on a small farm in south-central Michigan, somewhere near Marshall, somewhere near Battle Creek, somewhere near Kalamazoo. You get the picture--pretty much the middle of nowhere. We were quite poor when I was small, but I didn’t know it.  That’s just the way things were. Not many presents at Christmas time, but there was always an orange in the toe of my stocking. My childhood was not much different from those of the neighbor kids and I look back at those times as happy.

Because I was living on a farm, not having a lot of toys simply didn’t matter. We had so much land to explore and outbuildings to play in, and then, of course, there were all the animals including a dog and barn cats in addition to the farm animals of cows, pigs, and chickens. When the corncrib was empty we used it as a playhouse. When my father was shoveling silage, you could go in there and sing and listen to the echoes. The haymow was a great place for climbing and hiding, but my favorite hide and seek spot was on top of our garage. We had a peach tree next to the garage and it was easy to climb it up to the garage roof and watch the kids running around below. They never looked up to see me in plain sight.

One of my favorite childhood activities was going down the fields with my father to round up the cows and bring them back to the barn for the late afternoon milking. Our cows were docile, friendly creatures, and I was never scared of them despite their mammoth size. We had five or six cows and from the earliest age, I knew each of their names, just as if they were my siblings.

While I always wanted a horse, we never had one. However, the neighbor kids had ponies, but not enough saddles, so being the youngest kid, I got the pony without a saddle. Needless to say, I fell off the pony many times as we rode down the gravel road between our farms. I always emerged with skinned elbows and knees, but never complained or cried. I was the youngest kid and didn’t want to be excluded from the fun.

We had our fair share of snow and were fortunate to have a couple of old sleds in the shed so my favorite winter time activity was “sliding downhill.” I had old rubber overshoes that leaked and depending on the temperature I would come home with either very wet or extremely cold feet. Again, there were no complaints as the activity was so much fun.

All in all I wouldn’t trade my childhood for any of my more well-to-do peers. There’s a rhythm to farming and depending on the season some of the tasks and chores change. Going out into a plowed field and collecting earthworms was a springtime treat. Eating raspberries right off the vine was only one of many highlights of the summer. In the fall I’d walk through the forest collecting the most beautiful leaves to iron between waxed paper. Then in the winter we’d play fox and geese in the new-fallen snow. So many precious memories. So long ago.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Charlotte Whitney is the author of historical fiction set during the Great Depression in the rural Midwest. Her most recent work, The Unveiling of Polly Forrest, a stand-alone historical mystery follows her groundbreaking novel, Threads A Depression-Era Tale, which was met with both critical acclaim and commercial success. She received a master’s degree in English at the University of Michigan, and after a short stint of teaching at two community colleges, worked at the University of Michigan where she was an associate director of the Lloyd Scholars for Writing and the Arts. Currently living in Arizona with her husband and two dogs she enjoys hiking, bicycling, swimming, and yoga.

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CONNECT WITH CHARLOTTE:

Website:

https://www.charlottewhitney.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/CWhitneyAuthor

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/CWhitneyAuthor

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/charlottewhitney65

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlotte-whitney-8235463a

BookBub Author Page:

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/charlotte-whitney

BookBub Book Page:

https://www.bookbub.com/books/the-unveiling-of-polly-forrest-by-charlotte-whitney

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1972943.Charlotte_Whitney

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59108383-the-unveiling-of-polly-forrest

Amazon Author Page:

https://amzn.to/39sKB92

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AMAZON BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon US Kindle eBook:

https://amzn.to/3wA5ze2

Amazon US Paperback:

https://amzn.to/37OU4XI

Amazon CA Kindle eBook:

https://www.amazon.ca/Unveiling-Polly-Forrest-Mystery-ebook/dp/B09T24Q72J

Amazon CA Paperback:

https://www.amazon.ca/Unveiling-Polly-Forrest-Mystery/dp/B09SNSGWJ3

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Charlotte will be awarding a $50 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble Gift Card (Winner’s Choice!!!) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


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67 comments:

  1. Sounds like a very good book.

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  2. Thank you for sharing the author's bio and book details, I like the cover, synopsis and excerpts and I am looking forward to reading The Unveiling of Polly Forrest

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  3. This sounds like an excellent read.

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  4. This book sounds very intriguing. I love the beautiful cover.

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  5. I enjoyed reading about growing up on the small midwestern farm, Charlotte and I enjoyed the excerpt, The Unveiling of Polly Forrest sounds like a suspenseful mystery that I want to read! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a fantastic TGIF!

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  6. thank you for hosting today. this sounds like a fascinating book. i remember living on a dairy farm for a short while. at the end of the day it was very fulfilling what was accomplished

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  10. Happy Monday! Do you have an all time favorite book?

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  30. If one of your books was made into a Hollywood movie, who do you picture portraying the main role?

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  48. Have you read any of the old classics? What did you think of them?

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  54. Hope you have a great Friday and weekend!

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  56. What comes first for you — the plot or the characters — and why?

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  57. Happy Monday, hope you have a wonderful week!

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  58. Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?

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