Book Review | A Valentine for Mary Jane (Charlotte's Diary Book 1) by @ClabePolk #bookreview


Title: A Valentine for Mary Jane (Charlotte's Diary Book 1)

Author: Clabe Polk

Genre: Historical Fiction, Short Story


Book Blurb:

Can a guardian angel change history?

February 10-14, 1929

Mary Jane’s Chicago Police Officer fiancée, John McQueen, has gotten himself into deep trouble with no idea how to get out.

He’s on a collision course with the St. Valentine’s Day massacre.

With Mary Jane as his cheering section, his guardian angel, Charlotte, and a parish priest, Father Regan mount a last-ditch effort to save him.

Can the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre be prevented?


My Review:

This short story could be most aptly described as an alternative history. The author appears to be attempting to illustrate how choices and conscience can change a person’s life.


Revolving around the infamous St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago - this story may be trying too hard to fulfill too many concepts at once. While readable, this book does seem to lack a clear direction.


The biggest issue is who is Charlotte?


That is never clearly defined and left this reader scratching his head. A creative attempt that unfortunately misses the mark.


My Rating: 3.5 stars


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Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07SK58KSZ


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Author Biography:

CLABE POLK is into a second career as a writer of fiction. So far, he has written three novels, three novellas, several short stories, and has a couple of other novels in process. He is a Christian and a lifelong reader with a great variety of life experiences that has led him to write a variety of different types of fiction.

Having an educational background in biology and natural sciences, Mr. Polk applied his knowledge and experience in professional environmental protection, retiring after nearly thirty-seven years in environmental protection program management, law enforcement, chemical emergency response and training. He grew up in and spent most of his life among the woods, waters, fields, farms and industries of Florida and Georgia. Besides reading and writing, he loves fishing, boating, sailing, gardening and anything creative.

He lives in Powder Springs, Georgia with his wife, two daughters, and the family’s Cockapoo named Annie.


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Reviewed by: Mr. N


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