The Unveiling of Polly Forrest takes readers back to the Depression, where secrets shroud a young widow trying to forge a new life.


About The Book

Publication Date: March 15, 2022

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.



The Review

Life on a small farm in Michigan gets complicated during the Depression-era when a death occurs, leaving a young widow behind. In The Unveiling of Polly Forrest, author Charlotte Whitney delivers an authentic look into the time period with an intriguing hint of mystery.

Told in alternating viewpoints featuring Polly, her sister, Sarah, and brother-in-law Rev. Wesley Johnson, the story unfolds following the tragic death of Sam Forrest in a farm accident. An added twist occurs when Polly becomes the main suspect.

With the backdrop of the Great Depression, the author illustrates the challenges faced by the community. Making sure there is enough food on the table is a primary concern, and families have little time to dwell on luxuries. However, Polly’s character is the epitome of exterior beauty and seems out of place on an isolated farm. She excels at hat-making, which is an art that won’t sustain her without paying customers.

Meanwhile, her older sister Sarah is sensible. Despite the significant age difference between them, they still end up bickering. Sarah’s minister husband typically finds himself diffusing the situation. No one is quite sure how to characterize the relationship between Polly and her late husband, especially in light of all the bruises she tried to hide.

A sinister plot twist occurs when Polly stumbles upon one of Sam’s secrets that threatens her safety. Full of action and suspense, the story delivers twists and turns until the end.

The Unveiling of Polly Forrest takes readers back to the Depression, where secrets shroud a young widow trying to forge a new life.

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About The Author

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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Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


  1. From the Author:
    Thank you so very much for featuring The Unveiling of Polly Forrest today. This was the exact response I was hoping to achieve from readers and reviewers alike!

    Readers, please feel free to ask any questions. I’d also like to hear from you if you are in a book club how you go about making your selections.

  2. Thank you for hosting again! I really appreciate your amazing review and have posted it on my website as well as on several social media sites.


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