The Other Child
Author: Margaret Chittenden
Published: August 4, 1979 by Pinnacle Books
Main Character: Eden Amory, Jessica Hammond, Sheriff's Deputy Rafe Simon, Leonie
It was difficult for Eden Amory, an attractive young divorcee, to keep her hot-tempered former husband away from their sensitive six-year-old daughter, Samantha, and to keep herself out of range of his fists. She thought it was kind of Jessica Hammond, her landlady, to offer to look after Samantha, to give her French and piano lessons, leaving Eden a little time to make a new life for herself. Eden understands Jessica's need to have a child around, Jessica had lost her own little girl some time ago. After that, she had spent a lot of time with little Katy O'Brien, another neighbor's child, until Katy was mysteriously murdered. Now Jessica had Samantha to lavish all her love on. But borrowing another woman's child isn't enough for Jessica; she wants a little girl for her very own, and she and Leonie, the controlling companion she'd brought back with her from Haiti, both know that the only way to possess Samantha is to get rid of her mother...