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Magic Lessons

Magic Lessons 1

The Prequel to Practical Magic

by Alice Hoffman
Paperback
Publication Date: 07/10/2020
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Where does the story of the Owens family begin? With a baby abandoned in a snowy field in the 1600s.

Under the care of Hannah Owens, little Maria learns about the “Unnamed Arts.” Hannah recognizes that Maria has a gift and she teaches the girl all she knows.

When Maria is abandoned by the man she loves, she follows him to Salem, Massachusetts. Here she invokes the curse that will haunt her family.

And it’s is here that she learns the rules of magic and the lesson that she will carry with her for the rest of her life. Love is the only thing that matters.

ISBN:
9781471198946
9781471198946
Category:
Fantasy romance
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
07-10-2020
Language:
English
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster, Limited
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
416
Dimensions (mm):
234.01x153.01mm
Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The Marriage of Opposites, Practical Magic, The Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers. She lives near Boston.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating

5 / 5 (1 Ratings)
  • Brew Yourself Some Courage Tea and Settle In

    by on

    “Do as you will, but harm no one.
    What you give will be returned to you threefold.”

    Colour me bewitched! I say this with the utmost respect: with each Alice Hoffman book I read, I become more convinced that she is proficient in the Nameless Art.

    If you’ve ever wondered how the Owens curse came to be, wonder no more. The answer lies in this book. The story of Maria Owens and her daughter, Faith, is one of love, revenge and the fear of powerful women.

    Any story involving witchcraft in the 1600’s, especially one partially set in Salem, is bound to include all manner of horrors perpetrated against women. I prepared myself for the likelihood of witnessing immolations and drownings but I was still surprised at times by the darkness of some of the events that unfolded. I probably needed to brew myself a cup of Courage Tea before settling in.

    “It was a dangerous world for women, and more dangerous for a woman whose very bloodline would have her do not as she was ordered, but as she pleased.”

    There was so much to love about this book: the bond between mothers and daughters, the importance of keeping the door open to those in need, the power of words and finding the courage to be who you are. While I really liked Maria, it was Faith’s journey that really sucked me in.

    A few times in the first quarter of the book I caught myself thinking that if something could be said in two sentences it was said in five, but over time I got used to the descriptions and backstories. I was left with a few outstanding questions.

    Reading this Owens origin story made me want to reread ‘Practical Magic’ and finally read ‘The Rules of Magic’. ‘Practical Magic’ and I have a long history. I fell in love with Alice Hoffman’s early books in the 90’s, so of course I found ‘Practical Magic’ then. I also managed to wear out the movie on VHS before the DVD made its way into my life. I would still have that DVD, if not for a friend who ‘borrowed’ it and failed to return it. Never fear; I found the perfect incantation in my Grimoire so they aren’t likely to do it again.

    ““You never told me what happens if someone falls in love with us.”
    “We ruin their lives,” Maria told her daughter.”

    Content warnings are included on my blog.

    Thank you so much to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read this book. I’m rounding up from 4.5 stars.