Review: The Burning of Isobel Key by Jen McConnel

“Lou is in the middle of a quarter-life crisis. Ever since college, she’s lacked direction, working as a clerk in a local bookstore. But when she quits her job just before the winter holidays, Lou must do some serious soul searching to overcome her fears of straying from the mainstream. On a whim, she accompanies her best friend, Tammy, to Scotland for the winter holidays, but the vacation soon turns into an emotional roller coaster.

When she becomes embroiled in a hunt for information about Isobel Key, a woman falsely accused of witchcraft in the seventeenth century, Lou opens up to her intuition and makes a startling discovery about her own heritage.” via Goodreads

The story begins with Lou quitting her job at the store she’s been working at for a number of years. She knows she can find better with her college degree. Her best friend, and roommate, Tammy was just given a promotion and assignment in Scotland. This is the perfect time for a vacation for Lou. Plans have been made and they reach Scotland.

Tammy has a few meetings to attend when they first arrive, but they schedule a guided tour of the Highlands.  During their tour, both women take a liking to a particular tour guide and his rugged Scottish charm, Brian.

I love how this story incorporates the current day adventure with the 1600’s legend of the accused witch burning of Isobel Key. Normally, I don’t like for a story to jump back and forth, but this was essential for the unfolding of the complete story. From it’s beginnings to the ultimate revelation in the end, it’s an overall great read. The story is smooth and flowing. I give the an A++ and recommend it for anyone!


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