The Specter (Waxwood Series: Book 1)

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To exorcise the family specter, Vivian must go back to the past…

In 1892 San Francisco, Nob Hill’s finest are gathered to mourn the death of society leader Penelope Alderdice. Then the uninvited Bertha Ross upsets the solemn occasion by insisting she knew “Grace” in the small coastal town of Waxwood in the 1850s, hinting at a love affair, exile, and unexplained illness.

The trouble Penelope’s nineteen-year-old granddaughter Vivian never heard of Grace or Waxwood.

Who was her grandmother beyond a shipping tycoon’s angelic wife and one of Nob Hill’s celebrated socialites? And why are people in Waxwood reluctant to tell Vivian?

Follow Vivian’s path to family truth and self-discovery in the first book of this family saga set during one of America’s most turbulent eras.

Get The Specter today and experience the life of a Gilded Age belle whose gay life of parties and flirtations is interrupted by death and a family specter who won’t let go.

Now revised and updated!

What reviewers are saying:

May’s historical fiction picks apart the delicate facade of American gentility in upper-class, well-heeled families on the wild West Coast at the end of the nineteenth century. – Lisa Lickel, author and blogger, Living our Faith Out Loud


Gently told, and forms a good basis for the series to build upon. – Discovering Diamonds: Historical Fiction Reviews


Part gothic fiction, part psychological drama, “The Specter” was a deeply moving & introspective book about one of San Francisco’s powerful families set in 1892 – Amazon Vine Voice reader


An intriguing and beguiling story. – Amazon reader


A fantastic story that will definitely intrigue the reader and pull you into to the last page. – Amazon reader

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Photo Credit: Portrait of Sonya Knips, Gustav Klimt, 1898, oil on canvas, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria: Aavindraa/Wikimedia Commons/PD Old 100

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