The Specter (Waxwood Series: Book 1)

The Specter (Waxwood Series: Book 1)

Release Date: June 28, 2019

When an odd little woman from Penelope Alderidice’s past shows up at her funeral, her granddaughter Vivian is forced to search into her grandmother’s past and unearths family secrets and half-truths hidden for forty years.

About the Book

To what lengths will one go to exorcise a specter?

On a windy afternoon in 1892 San Francisco, people gather to mourn the death of Penelope Alderdice, the matriarch of one of the city’s most prominent citizens. Among them is a strange woman named Bertha Ross who claims to have known “Grace” as a young woman in the small village of Waxwood in the 1850’s. Neither Penelope’s granddaughter Vivian nor her grandson Jake had ever heard of Grace or Waxwood.

Bertha reveals some surprising details about Grace’s life in Waxwood, including her involvement with a man named Evan, an artist and member of Brandywine, the art colony isolated on the hill of wax wood trees across the Waxwood bay and her sudden retreat back to San Francisco to marry her father’s ambitiously cold and ruthless right-hand man, Malcolm Alderdice.

Vivian’s mother Larissa refuses to discuss Penelope’s life and insists Bertha is an imposter spouting lies about someone they never knew. But Vivian senses Bertha’s lies are hidden truths about her grandmother’s past and embarks on a quest to find out more. She journeys back to Waxwood and into her grandmother’s letters, forcing her to examine her own life as a Gilded Age debutante as well as confront family myths and lies buried for forty years.

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