To exorcise a specter, one must go back to the past…
In 1892 San Francisco, Nob Hill's finest gather to mourn the death of Penelope Alderdice. When an uninvited guest shows up claiming to have known Mrs. Alderdice under another name, the Alderdices are shocked. Bertha Ross insists she knew "Grace" in the small coastal town of Waxwood in the 1850s and hints at Penelope's adventures there, including a love affair and exile to an artist's colony.
Vivian, Penelope's nineteen-year-old granddaughter, never heard of Grace or Waxwood. Is it possible her grandmother had another identity beyond the generous philanthropist and celebrated socialite?
Against her family's wishes, Vivian journeys to Waxwood to discover the secrets of her grandmother's past.
But are some family truths better left hidden?
Follow Vivian's journey in the first book of this family saga set in San Francisco's Gilded Age by the author of the bestseller LESSONS FROM MY MOTHER'S LIFE, which debuted at #1 on the Amazon Historical Short Stories charts.
Get The Specter today and put yourself in the shoes of a Gilded Age belle who takes time away from her parties and flirtations to follow the ghosts of the past.
THE WAXWOOD SERIES
False Fathers (Waxwood Series: Book 2)
Pathfinding Women (Waxwood Series: Book 3) - coming in August 2020
Dandelion Children (Waxwood Series: Book 4) - coming in December 2020
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Absolutely fabulous writing. The characters are spectacularly developed: you either want to hug them, or smack them. The tension that runs between Vivian and her mother is just absolutely delightful. There is a conflict between what one feels and is, and what one should present to Society, and that’s absolutely a fight that most of us have fought at some time.