by Jen McConnel
Published by Bloomsbury Spark Release date : December 19th 2013 (first published September 14th 2012)
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery/Thriller, New Adult
Source: The Author | Format: eBook
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Lou is in the middle of a quarter-life crisis. Fresh out of college, she’s unemployed and unsure of herself. But when she gets the chance to escape to Scotland with her best friend, it could be the answer to her quest for self-discovery. The trip is not at all what she expected, especially when her tour guide turns out to be the dreamy historian Brian, and together they embark on a hunt for information about Isobel Key, a woman accused of witchcraft in the seventeenth century.
They set out to learn the truth of the condemned witch, but Lou isn’t prepared for the knowledge that awaits her. She must face her own demons if she has any hope of righting the wrongs of the past. Flashing between the seventeenth century and modern day Scotland, The Secret of Isobel Key is a mystery that will please readers of all ages.
I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Secret of Isobel Key immediately piqued by interest by its premise. I love reading about witches and the Witch Trials. So, after seeing the tour sign up, I jumped on it immediately.
Weaving together two individual stories about a young woman trying to find her way and a woman from the past, who suffered more than anyone should. We have Lou in present day, who is just finishing College and trying to “find herself.” Then there is Isobel; a young woman in the 1600’s. Both were in third person narration, but each one had a different.. tone. With Isobel, it was summarized– us being told her story. With Lou, we are taking the journey with her. Between the two, I would have to say I enjoyed Isobel’s story more.
It took me a long time to get a feel for Lou and actually like her. She seems really passive, quiet and a little bit of a pushover. Eventually, after getting a better feel of her character and seeing how her parents, and even Tammy treated her, I understood her a lot more. I loved it when she finally stood up for herself. Her passion and determination to find out about what happened to Isobel was admirable too. I was confused about her relationship with Tammy, though. I mean, they’re suppose to be best friends but I never really felt that. Lou was very bitter were Tammy was concerned.
As far as the romance goes; it was cute. Brian is a nice guy, and it’s obvious he really cares for Lou. I consider myself a romance junky but I liked that it didn’t consume the story and was more in the back drop of things. I’m a little baffled about the ending, though.
Not only was Isobel’s story my favorite narrative, it was my favorite part of the book. The writing was stronger, the story flowed better and just overall, more interesting. We don’t see the “day-to-day” life of Isobel, it’s more summary of her years in each “chapter” and I loved it. I also thought the details were put together remarkably well.
Overall- I liked it! The Secret of Isobel Key is a fun, entertaining and quick read. I am curious to see what Jen brings us next. 🙂
Tour Wide Giveaway–donated by Heathergems