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Don't Fear, My Darling

By: Laura Stewart Schmidt

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.


Don’t Fear, My Darling is a domestic suspense novel in the tradition of Hallie Ephron’s There Was an Old Woman. A young woman finds herself in a situation she cannot understand, and is trying to keep herself, and someone for whom she cares deeply, safe. But how can she, when neither of them knows where the danger is coming from? I always tell young writers to keep an eye and ear out for ideas, because you never know where they are hiding. This book was inspired by a dream.

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Black Opal Books

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5.25 x 0.78 x 8 inches


12.6 ounces

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