Is a false father better than no father at all?
Jake has none of the virtues of the Gilded Age masculine ideal. Where he should be aggressive, he is contemplative. Where he should be ambitious, he is wayward. Where he should be money-driven, he is artistic.
Two years after his grandfather's death, twenty-one-year-old Jake takes up the role of family patriarch and heir to the Alderdice family businesses. But he's not sure he's cut out to be a businessman.
Jake plans to decide his future during his family's summer trip to Waxwood, a small coastal town turned luxurious resort for Nob Hill's elite. While there, he befriends a man who becomes a father figure, promising to mold him into the Teddy Roosevelt ideal, shaping him into the man he's meant to be.
But danger and heartache are lurking in Jake's path, and his father figure may turn out to be more hindrance than help.
Book 2 of the Waxwood Series is a touching coming-of-age story from one of America's most chaotic times by the author of the bestseller LESSONS FROM MY MOTHER'S LIFE, which debuted at #1 in the Amazon Historical Short Stories category.
Get False Fathers today to find out if Jake will become the man his grandfather wanted him to be.
THE WAXWOOD SERIES
The Specter (Waxwood Series: Book 1)
Pathfinding Women (Waxwood Series: Book 2)
Dandelion Children (Waxwood Series: Book 4) - coming in December 2020
About the Author
Tam May started writing when she was fourteen, and writing became her voice. She loves history and wants readers to love it too, so she writes historical fiction that lives and breathes a world of the past. She fell in love with San Francisco and its rich history when she learned about the city’s resilience and rebirth after the 1906 earthquake and fire during a walking tour. She grew up in the United States and earned a B.A. and M.A. in English. She worked as an English college instructor, interesting a class of wary freshmen in Henry James’ fiction. She also worked as an EFL teacher, using literature to teach English to business professionals before she became a full-time writer.
Her book Lessons From My Mother’s Life debuted at #1 on Amazon in the Historical Fiction Short Stories category. She’s also published a Gilded age family saga titled The Waxwood Series. Set in Northern California at the close of the 19th century, the series tells the story of the Alderdices, a wealthy San Francisco family crumbling amid revolutionary changes and shifting values in America’s Gilded Age. Tam’s current project delves into historical mystery fiction. The Paper Chase Mysteries is set in Northern California at the turn of the 20th century and features amateur sleuth and epistolary expert Adele Gossling, a young, progressive, and independent young woman whose talent for solving crimes comes into direct conflict with her new community, where people are apt to prefer the Victorian women over the new century’s New Woman.
Tam lives in Texas but calls San Francisco and the Bay Area “home”. When she’s not writing, she’s reading classic literature, watching classic films, cross-stitching, or cooking yummy vegetarian dishes.
For more information about Tam May and her work, check out her website at www.tammayauthor.com. You can also sign up for her newsletter, which offers glimpses into the nooks and crannies of history that aren't in the history books and subscriber-exclusive sneak peeks, giveaways, and polls. plus a free short story.