The year is 1945 and John Winthrop, a man with leprosy, has fled to northern New York with his stepdaughter Jenny. Into John and Jenny’s life comes a young woman, Annie Conroy who is pregnant and running from her abusive husband Al. John decides to give her shelter. On the day Annie is due to have her baby. Al Conroy shows up demanding that Annie return with him. John threatens Al with a shotgun and rescues Annie. After John returns to his farm, he discovers the body of Al Conroy behind his barn. Al has been shot with John’s gun. Now John has to prove his innocence when every bit of evidence points to him as the killer, and the real killer is out there, still looking for blood.
“I really enjoyed this book. It had information(about the leprosarium in the U.S,) that I never knew existed.
The author knitted a good story together of a loving, unrelated family.
Easily readable and left one with a feeling that more stories from the family will come.” by Amazon Customer
“The author has researched the then (early 20th century) touchy subject of leprosy well, and she does a smooth job of guiding “John” through the vicissitudes of small town America once his secret is out. She also kept the story from being linear by means of the alternating persons . . . make that alternating VOICES . . . which put us readers into the hearts and minds of the main characters. Each formed his or her own sub-plot, which Marguerite brought back into the conclusion.” by Robert L.
About the Author
Before retiring, Marguerite Mooers taught inmates at a medium security prison in upstate New York. She is the author of numerous short stories, award winning poetry and novels. An enthusiastic watercolorist and water color teacher, she divides her time between upstate New York and coastal Texas. The Shelter of Darkness is her second novel.