Series: Waxwood Series #1
Published by: Dreambook Press
Release Date: 2019
Contributors: Tam May
Genre: 19th Century Fiction, Family Drama/Saga, Gilded Age, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction
Add on GoodreadsTo what lengths will one go to exorcise a specter?In 1892, people gather to mourn the death of San Francisco socialite, Penelope Alderdice. Among them is a strange little woman who claims to have known “Grace” as a young woman in the small coastal town of Waxwood. But Vivian, Penelope’s granddaughter, has never heard of Grace or Waxwood.Vivian journeys to Waxwood and eventually discovers a packet of letters her grandmother wrote forty years ago.As Vivian confronts the specter that holds the truth to the secrets and myths buried in the family consciousness for forty years, she is forced to examine her grandmother’s life as a mid-19th century debutante and her own life as a Gilded Age belle.
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Larissa patted her head. “You’ve done all I asked of you thus far, Vivian. But lately, you’ve forgotten your position.”
“You’re the granddaughter of Malcolm Alderdice,” her mother said in a firm voice. “That means something in San Francisco.”
“I was the granddaughter of Penelope Alderdice too,” Vivian said. “Doesn’t that mean something?”
“In so far as she was Mrs. Malcolm Alderdice, dear.” Her mother sighed.
“A door has opened,” Vivian said. “Mrs. Ross opened it, whether we wanted her to or not.”
Her mother gave her a rueful look. “One need not walk through every open door, especially if a madwoman holds the key.”
“Mrs. Ross wasn’t mad,” Jake murmured. “Confused, but not mad.”
His mother gave him a look. Then, in a more congenial voice, she said to her daughter, “Not every door is the door to heaven, dear.”
“Let it be the door to hell, then,” Vivian declared.
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