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The Burning of Isobel Key by Jen McConnel & Giveaway(US/CAN)

Contemporary New Adult
Title: The Burning of Isobel Key
Author – Jen McConnel

When Lou travels to Scotland, she’s a mess.  She’s twenty-six, unemployed, and unsure of herself.  It doesn’t help that she’s traveling with Tammy, her best friend, who is everything Lou is not. At first, the trip pushes Lou towards the brink of depression, but then she meets Brian, a handsome local tour guide.  When Brian tells the tourists about the countless witches burned in Scotland, Lou starts to listen.  And when she discovers information about Isobel Key, one of the victims of the seventeenth century, Lou finds renewed purpose. Lou has begun exploring the Neo Pagan faith, a dramatic shift from her wealthy Catholic upbringing.  Despite her fears of being too “hocus pocusy”, Lou turns to her new faith as she struggles to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of Isobel Key.  But faith or not, Lou must face her demons if she has any hope of righting the wrongs of the past.

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My View:  Doesn’t that cover look amazing? As is the book.

I think this is my introduction to the genre of New Adult and I liked it very much.

Wow! What a book. Enthralling, scintillating and just beyond words.

As my habit of not reading a book blurb goes, I thought this would be one of those books about going to a new city and finding the love of your life but the title did confuse me. Not for long though when I came to know that this one was not one of ‘those’ books.

I like how the book shifts between the past and the present effortlessly, giving us a peek into what went and what is now.

I really liked the innovative plot and the setting of Scotland does spell ‘wow’ for me (What is it with me and the countries that end in ‘land’? Ireland…Scotland…).

The characters are nice though Tammy did irritate me quite a bit.

This book has a bit of romance, mystery and thrill all rolled in one and makes for a great one-sitting book like it did for me.

3.5 stars – between ‘I liked it’ and ‘I really liked it’. images (25)

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Author Bio:

Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. Since then, her words have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals, including Sagewoman, PanGaia, and The Storyteller (where she won the people’s choice 3rd place award for her poem, “Luna”).

She is also an active reviewer for Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), and proud member of SCBWI, NCWN, and SCWW.

A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. When she isn’t crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches writing composition at a community college. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.

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Often seen with a nose buried in a book, you might spy me at a library while 500 unread books adorn my shelf. At other times, I'm busy travelling solo, eating out or looking for my new escapades. You will always find me doing too much all at once.

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