Heroes Are My Weakness

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Heroes Are My Weakness

This contemporary story evokes gothic romances but also addresses thorny issues of abuse and the difficulties of eking out a livelihood in an isolated region. Unfortunately, the tale starts out fairly ponderously and the homage to the great authors of gothic romances temporarily bogs the action down because so much attention is paid to evoking the gloomy atmosphere and brooding hero, but things do start to pick up and the interaction between the characters becomes much more intriguing. I thought the explanation for the events that took place so long ago was a bit predictable so that revelation was a bit of an anticlimax, but I was very happy that to discover that Annie’s relationship with her puppets were not indicative of a mentally disturbed woman talking to herself but rather a very valuable therapeutic tool! This was a story that took me a bit of determination to continue reading at first, but it was definitely worth persevering and I found it both thought-provoking and entertaining.

“Heroes are My Weakness” by Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a contemporary romance that follows the adventures of puppeteer Annie Hewitt who has temporarily retreated to a relatively isolated island in Maine to re-evaluate her life, which is at an all-time low. The puppets which have become such a big part of her life are her only support as she deals with her new circumstances, which include dealing with those from her past, including the person who almost killed her, but someone or something seems determined to chase her away again. Annie is no longer the person who fled so long ago, and she is determined to rebuild her life...if she can survive long enough to do so.

Book Blurb for Heroes Are My Weakness

New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips is back with a delightful novel filled with her sassy wit and dazzling charm

Deepest winter.

An isolated island off the coast of Maine.

A man. A woman.

Puppets. (Yes, puppets . . .)

And . . .

A mysterious house looming over the sea . . .

He's a reclusive writer whose imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill his characters with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill an audience with laughs. But she's not laughing now.

Annie Hewitt has arrived on Peregrine Island in the middle of a snowstorm and at the end of her resources. She's broke, dispirited, but not quite ready to give up. Her red suitcases hold the puppets she uses to make her living: sensible Dilly, spunky Scamp, and Leo, the baddest of bad guys. Her puppets, the romantic novels she loves, and a little bit of courage are all she has left.

Annie couldn't be more ill prepared for what she finds when she reaches Moonraker Cottage or for the man who dwells in Harp House, the mysterious mansion that hovers above the cottage. When she was a teenager, he betrayed her in a way she can never forget or forgive. Now they're trapped together on a frozen island along with a lonely widow, a mute little girl, and townspeople who don't know how to mind their own business.

Is he the villain she remembers, or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes.

It's going to be a long, hot winter.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2015 4.00