Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Key Inheritance

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.

*May Contain Spoilers*

Ten years later, the lovely Scottish Professor MacDonald, who helped Lou exorbitantly, has passed away. Unfortunately, this is Louisa's sole reason for returning to Scotland, at least at first. The country that gave her a family now holds for her an inheritance in Jen McConnel's newly released novella, The Key Inheritance. Along with another mystery to solve. 

Suspicions arise within Louisa when she discovers how much planning the professor was able to do before his death, down to knowing the date that Louisa would arrive in Scotland to take care of his belongings. When Lou stumbles upon a journal, she has a frightening revelation. And it all comes back to one Miss Isobel Key. This plot keeps the story moving along quite quickly which pulls readers in, allowing the previous formed connection with Lou to build. 

In this continuance, readers get a chance to rekindle their connections with Louisa and Brian. Louisa has obviously changed into a woman who understands her beliefs and has continued her study of magic. Flames of her past self still burn within as Lou is still uncertain of what she wants out of life. Readers who bonded with Lou based on her desire to know her past, will strengthen that bond when Lou starts opening herself up to love. 

Brian plays a bigger part in this novel; as it is more about their relationship with a side dish of mystery and ghost stories. He becomes a pillar of Louisa's strength, giving her someone to lean on in hard times. Readers also get a peak at how he was affected by Louisa ten years ago. To say the least, I nearly had to reach for a tissue.

Highly recommended. Promise these will not bring disappointment. Read them. =) 

Rating: 4.5/5 Cups

1 comment:

  1. So glad you liked this one! Thanks for taking the time to review :)