Heroes are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips-Book Review

Book Review by Veronica

The novels Heroes are My Weakness starts off with Annie the heroine having a conversation with her puppets. I was ready to give up as soon as read that.  Then the entire atmosphere turned, into that of a Gothic novel. I’m not a big fan of Gothic novels, especially when I was looking forward to a nice relaxing love story. There are two reasons I didn’t give up on this novel , I didn’t have anything else to read, also the mere fact that I have yet to dislike even one of Susan’s novels, that was the most compelling reason for me to continue on. The novel contained  a bit of everything, great humor, a little intrigue and a hint of darkness, lets not forget the sweet love story that I was looking for in the beginning.


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.

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