Book Review: The Key Inheritance


Title: The Key Inheritance
Series: Isobel Key
Author: Jen McConnel | blog | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Goodreads
Genre: historical, fantasy, contemporary, adult
Published: Jauary 2013
Source: author
Buy it: Kindle
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Judging a book by its cover: Love it! Very mysterious!
Summing it up in a sentence: 10 years after her first visit, Lou travels back to Scotland to deal with some family business and realizes that the past doesn't always stay in the past.
Opening line: The man in the light blue suit coat leaned across Lou to peer out the tiny window.
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Why did I read it? I love books with a witchy theme and loved the first!


From the back cover…

Ten years after the trip to Scotland that changed her life, Lou is back in the misty, magical country. This time, however, she’s not on vacation: Lou is there to settle some distasteful and depressing family business. When Brian, her old Highland fling, turns up, Lou is forced to wrestle with a past that she thought was dead and buried. As tension between the former lovers mounts, something wicked is stirring in Scotland. Lou must use all her strength to handle the increasingly desperate situation, but will she be strong enough to battle both a vengeful ghost and her heart?

The Key Inheritance is a novella that takes place a decade after the events of The Burning of Isobel Key. This contemporary story crosses into the supernatural as Lou discovers evidence of a long-dead spirit who refuses to rest in peace. Lou may have thought that she was finished with the witch Isobel Key, but her inheritance is more than the young woman can handle alone.

My review: This is a follow-up novella, following The Burning of Isobel Key, and a must read if you loved the first book. Isobel Key left us wondering what would happen with Brian, her sexy Highland fling, wondering if that was over forever. It also left us wondering what would happen to Lou, with all of the new discoveries she had made in Scotland. Key Inheritance answered those questions for us, along with lots of unexpected twists and turns.

Things to love about Key Inheritance

  • The reunion of Lou and Brian. I love, love, love that the author didn't make their reunion unrealistically perfect from the moment they set eyes upon each other once again. It was rife with hurt feelings and trust issues and that is the reality of a situation like that.

  • The storytelling. Once again, the story went back and forth in time, this time using letters and journals as the primary vehicle for that to happen.

  • The magic. 10 years later and Lou is clearly more comfortable with her magic and her faith. There was a lot more of the magic and the paranormal in this book and it made the story pretty engrossing.

  • The characters: Going back in time in this book dealt with other characters, the doctor and Alexander. We met them in the first book, but it is their stories that were told in this book. Alexander was a bit of a jerk in the first book, and wasn't much better in this one. The doctor was the one that surprised me. The story was told more from his point of view than Isobel's and gave us a different perspective on him.

Things that I wanted more of…

  • Alexander. I really wanted to know even more about why he treated Isobel as he did and how he felt about what he did.
  • Lou's adopted family: At the end of the first book, I wondered how Lou's adopted parents were going to feel about Lou's need to seek out her biological family. From the beginning of this book, it was clear that Lou and uprooted herself and moved to be in her bio-family, but there was no mention of where things stood with her adopted family.

Definitely a wonderful series that I am glad I read! If you like good witchy tales and historical fiction, this is a good fit. Added bonus, it is steeped in Scottishness!


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