Sick, broke and homeless, Annie Hewitt must retreat to the cottage her mother left her, even if it is on a remote island off the coast of Maine—and even if Theo Harp, the boy who tried to kill her when they were teenagers and who is now a best-selling horror author, is ensconced in the Gothic mansion next door.
After making her narcissistic mother’s last days as pleasant as possible, Annie
falls ill with pneumonia and bottoms out financially. Desperate, she makes her
way to Moonraker Cottage, the small home Mariah loved and bequeathed to Annie,
along with a deathbed promise of a valuable legacy hidden there. Annie has
avoided the island since she was a teen, when she developed a huge crush on
Theo—the psychopathic boy who played on her emotions and ultimately tried to
kill her. She’d like nothing better than to never see him again, but once she
arrives, in the dead of winter, she finds herself drawn into the lives of the
people at Harp House: Jaycie, the injured housekeeper with a tragic past; her
mute daughter, Livia; and Theo himself, sexy as sin and, she realizes,
completely different from the evil teen she remembers. The longer Annie stays,
the more it becomes clear that someone doesn’t want her there, but for the
first time in her life, she feels a sense of purpose and belonging, and she’s
not going anywhere without a fight. Harp House and Moonraker Cottage both
conceal a wealth of secrets, and finding the truth could offer the whole
island a better future. Ventriloquist Annie, with her cozy puppets and
emerging fierceness, might save everyone—especially Theo, whose past has
convinced him he's a villain but who is really a hero at heart. Romance star
Phillips takes a new and intriguing direction that reads like an homage to the
classic gothic novel yet maintains her typical pitch-perfect characters and
compelling, complex plot.
Heart-wrenching and uplifting, with witty dialogue, emotional depth, and details that give substance and texture to an already entertaining, engrossing story.