Don't Fear, My Darling

Don't Fear, My Darling

by Laura Stewart Schmidt

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It's been five months since twenty-two-year-old Louisa Berry's cherished grandfather died, and although she's determined to live a life that honors his memory, she's dropped out of college twice, and her refusal to play the corporate game has cost her three jobs. She thinks her new position—a live-in secretary to an elderly author, Marguerite Roberts—is perfect.

But the moment she arrives at the Roberts' house, Louisa senses an undercurrent of menace. The wheelchair-bound Marguerite is confined to her room, and the family members can barely disguise their hostility toward one another. A series of threatening events soon makes Louisa question whether her growing affection for Marguerite is enough to keep her in a house in which she can trust no one—not even Marguerite's grandson, with whom she is falling in love. As the danger escalates, Louisa is trapped. She can't leave Marguerite alone and unprotected. But she may be risking her own life if she stays.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161483329
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Publication date: 05/04/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 401 KB

About the Author

Laura Stewart Schmidt is a lifelong avid reader and writer who was inspired by “Good Books for Bad Children” such as Harriet the Spy, Emily of New Moon, and Otis Spofford. She studied Political Science and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and spent several years working as a community education coordinator, encouraging parents to read to their preschoolers and starting reading clubs for middle-school students. For two years she was a family court advocate for at-risk youth and parents suffering from substance addiction. She worked for several years at a non-profit agency offering one-on-one support for children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.

Her mystery Step Daughter won third prize at the 2016 All Write Now! Flash Fiction contest. Her short suspense story, “With Friends Like These,” appeared in Heater Magazine’s September 15, 2016 issue.

Like Don’t Fear, My Darling’s Louisa, Schmidt spent several years as an active member of the American Indian Society and is a veteran of the powwow and festival circuit. Schmidt is a member of Sisters in Crime, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Association. She lives near St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband and two dogs.

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