The Burning of Isobel Key
However, I did find the writing stilted and awkward from time to time, especially the dialogue between Lou and her best friend Tammy. But again, overall, it was a free kindle book with an interesting story line and characters in whom I was sort of invested. So that's a good thing. I don't know that I can give it 4 stars, my inclination...more
The book follow's, Lou, who is in a quarter life crisis: at age 27 she has no job and has no idea what she wants to do w...more
I really wanted to like this book. Scotland- yes! Witches- yes! A twenty-six year old girl looking for love- sure, seems like I could related to that...but I didn't. The main character,Lou, is a twenty-six year old college grad who works in a bookstore, lives with her childhood best friend/roommate in Boston, and has over-bearing wealthy parents in Connecticut that pay her bills for her. The book begins with Lou in a "dark place" or "quar...more
In her debut novel, The Burning of Isobel Key, Jen McConnel transports readers to the beautiful land of Scotland where she shows us the lives of two different women with so much in common, yet separated by centuries. Louisa begins to feel like a complete failure when she quits her dead-end job right before the holidays. She has no idea what she wants to do with the rest of her li...more
So, as I have said above, I didn't really think of the Blog Tour as I was reading this book. Honestly, it was pretty good! It passed by pretty quickly for 259 pages( Been reading big books lately). I didn't even skim and scan, either. (Which I pretty much do for most ebooks I receive if I lose interest in them.)
So, the narrating is a bit interesting. It alternates between Modern Day,...more
Author Jen McConnel takes you on Lou’s journey as she travels to Scotland on a vacation. There amongst the castle ruins Lou learns about the...more
I really enjoyed following...more
Isobel is a caring and a kind midwife/healer who lived in the late 17th century..Brought up in a family filled with love and warmth...She is only too glad when she has a baby sister but by twist of fate and horrible choice she spends the rest of her life all alone in a cottage away from the town on her natural talent of healing and being a midwife...With her sister's second pregnancy(both s...more
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 betw...more
I really enjoyed the back and forth between the present and the past. In fact, I believe I enjoyed Isobel's story more than Lou's. I wanted more of that story, the details, the every day. Kudos to McConnel for her twist ending. You expect one t...more
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...more
The Burning of Isobel Key is about a young woman named Louisa and her quest to find the truth about the witch trials that happened in S...more
I was really able to connect with Lou. I too have struggled to find my place in the world. And that's what this book is about. You get to journey with Lou as she finds herself and comes to terms with her religion.Of course I would be remiss to mention, but this is a book with a Wiccan main character. We need more of these!
Lou is a directionless, somewhat unmotivated, bookstore clerk who embarks on a trip to Scotland—a holiday/vacation/soul-searching sojourn—immediately after quitting her job. Of course, little does she know how much that trip will change the course of h...more
I can find nothing to recommend this book, honestly. Poorly drawn characters, tons of pointless detail unrelated to moving the story forward, stilted and silly dialogue. Amateurish on every level--the plotting and dialogue feel like...more
Lou was almost 27 years old when she quit her job at the bookstore. She was just fed up with the customers. They was always asking some question or another that didn't make much sense. The day that she walked out was no different from any other day. Lou had a degree from Duke University and didn't know what she wanted to do with her life...more
“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 seventee
I loved that the author introduced Wiccan beliefs and gave light to the chance that other belief systems may have credence. I thought it was realistic how the friend responds to her BFF's growth to another way of thinking.
This book is full of ideas to th...more
My heart ached for Isobel and all that befell her. I was drawn to most of the characters in a similar way. The interaction between the characters felt "true" and complex, like it should. Particularly, the interaction regarding pagan/ Christian beliefs was very well thought out by the author and added another layer of "realness" to...more
It's almost the holidays, and Louisa found herself jobless after she decided to quit her job in a bookstore. Her bestfriend, Tammy, however, seemed to have gotten all the luck in the world. Soon, when Tammy asked Louisa to go with her on a business trip to Scotland, she was happy to accompany her without telling her bestfriend her predicaments. And soon her quest for her spiritual self unfolded.
The beautiful and enticing countr...more
Anyone who knows me knows I love a good story where a character learns and grows throughout. Where something drastic happens that changes their life for the better. Where they finally come about and learn who they are and what the...more
I liked how chapters about the modern day vacation in Scotland was interspersed with interludes reverting back to the 17th century and the life and times of Isobel Key.
And it seemed like modern day folk of St Andrews had some insight into Lou's bloodline, even if she knew nothing abo...more
She is also a former reviewer for Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), and a proud member of SCBWI, NCWN, and SCWW.
A Michigander by birth, she now lives...more