Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Secret of Isobel Key by Jen McConnel

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 seventeenth century Scotland and a contemporary romance, THE SECRET OF ISOBEL KEY is a mystery that will please readers of all ages.

"My Favourite Quotes From the Book"
"I mean, people were killed for things they believed, or didn't believe, things that other people were afraid of, and isn't it the same as now, people are killed for being different?"
---The Secret of Isobel Key, Jen McConnel

"Lass, you should be knowin' that we Scots don't hold with coincidence; more often than not, coincidence is the mark of greater forces at work in your life."
---The Secret of Isobel Key, Jen McConnel

"This book belongs to one Isoble Key."
---The Secret of Isobel Key, Jen McConnel

"... Look at Christians! Even my mother believe in miracles! And Muslims believe in angels. How is this any different? I may call it magic, and you may call it a prayer or miracles or angels, but we are all saying the same thing."
---The Secret of Isobel Key, Jen McConnel

"I know you don't believe what I believe, Tammy. But that shouldn't mean that what you believe is automatically right, and what I believe is wrong. There's a room for a lot of different idea in this world."
---The Secret of Isobel Key, Jen McConnel

"But secrets do not stay buried forever."
---The Secret of Isobel Key, Jen McConnel

A delightful read. I really enjoyed reading this book. It is in truth a book which can be enjoyed by people of all ages. A refreshing read, in time, when more and more books had started to sound like just the same.
The story of Isobel goes side by side with Lou's story. It tells us about a woman wrongly accused of being a witch and burned. And how a quest to clear her name leads Lou to find herself & her family.
Isobel was betrayed by the man she fell in love with and after that she chooses to live in isolation. As more time passed people forget about her past and some even forget her true identity. To them she is just a weird woman who helps them whenever they need her. Children are scared of her and there are rumours of her being a witch. One thing leads to another and one day she is burned alive for the murders she did not commit.
Lou is a modern day girl who has graduated from college early but still can't decide what she wants to do with her life. When her adoptive parents give her permission to take vacation with her best friend her life changes for the better. In Scotland adventure of her life awaits.
This book has everything. Its a perfect mixture of romance, mystery and history. All the characters are well written and there are enough twists and turns to keep a reader entertained.