- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 9 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
- Audible.com Release Date: December 19, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H2SUCJM
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The Secret of Isobel Key Audiobook – Unabridged
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One of the stories is about Isobel Key, who lives in Scotland during the 1600s. She learns the art of healing from her mother and uses that gift to help the people of her community. Isobel experiences some familial struggles that cause her to slowly pull away from her community. She ends up a recluse and is eventually accused of witchcraft. No one that Isobel has helped in the past steps forward to help her; they are all too afraid that the same fate will befall them. After years of helping others, Isobel is powerless to help herself.
The other story is about Louisa, who is frustrated with her life. She has obediently lived her life for her parents, but now that she’s a woman, she’s ready to take charge and make her own decisions. In a fit of desperation, she quits her job and leaves for Scotland with her outgoing friend, Tammy. While on a tour in the Highlands, she feels pulled to the witch stories that haunt the land. When Brian, the handsome tour guide, offers to help her with her research, they discover two truths that pertain that she cannot ignore. These truths alter Louisa’s future and change her perception of the past. Can we right the wrongs of the past? Louisa will sure try!
Reasons why I particularly enjoyed Isobel Key:
1. It seems like a lot of new adult books are about sex and while I love a sexy story, those pivotal new adult years are about far more than just sexual exploration and that’s what you get with Isobel Key. You have a main character, Lou, who is struggling to find herself. She’s graduated college yet she essentially doesn’t know who she wants to be when she grows up. At times Lou is mopey, at times she’s adventurous, at times she’s thoughtfully introspective. In other words, she’s real. She experiences a bevy of emotions and remembering back to when I was that age, that really struck home for me and rang true. I was all over the map and Lou is too.
2. Isobel Key is about witches but not your typical paranormal witches. Instead, the novel looks at the Wiccan religion as well as those healers of bygone eras who were accused of witchcraft and burned for it. While I love a good paranormal witch tale, there’s nothing wrong with a little realism now and again.
3. The novel has a strong historical side to it without getting bogged down in boring details. Jen McConnel adds just enough to make the novel feel authentic and to give it atmosphere without making it dry.
4. I liked that the novel had romantic elements but it wasn’t a true romance. The novel was about a girl finding herself: her history, her purpose, her beliefs, her family. Adding a full on epic romance into the mix would have been overkill and I’m glad the author didn’t feel the need to tackle that. The novel felt more true because of that omission.
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