Vivian has more in common with her nemesis than she wants to believe.
Waxwood, 1900: For Vivian Alderdice, the twentieth century begins with a new start. Now a working woman and progressive reformer, she's forsaken Nob Hill for Waxwood's business district. Penelope Alderdice's specter now laid to rest, Vivian's future is assured. It's not the future she envisioned for herself. Instead of attending society balls and indulging in gossip, she sells strawberry sodas at her friend's drugstore and helps working-class women improve their education.
Vivian's quiet life is thrown into turmoil when the man who ruined her brother's life appears in Waxwood like another specter she must overcome. At first, Vivian hates him with a passion. But when she sees how his own undiscovered past has destroyed him, leaving him helpless in the hands of the cousin who hates him worse than she does, she finds herself drawn into helping him.
Is Vivian following his journey through the dark forest of guilt and betrayal or her own?
Read the powerful conclusion of the Alderdice family saga set among the wealth and excess of America's Gilded Age.
Discover for yourself whether Vivian will lay her specters to rest at last and find peace and forgiveness in the future.
What reviewers are saying:
Author Tam May has done an artful job staying in character and context, scene and setting of this often overlooked and elusive era of modern history. - Lisa Lickel, author and blogger, Living our Faith Out Loud
With a very interesting and complex main character, an enticing storyline, and wonderful writing this is the kind of story that stays with you after the end of the book. - Amazon Vine Voice reviewer
This one was a page-turner and I felt caught by the intensity of the story, wanting to turn the page and wondering what might be around the corner. - Amazon reviewer
THE WAXWOOD SERIES
The Specter (Waxwood Series: Book 1)
False Fathers (Waxwood Series: Book 2)
Pathfinding Women (Waxwood Series: Book 3)