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Magic Lessons

Magic Lessons

Book - 2020 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
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"Where does the story of the Owens bloodline begin? With Maria Owens, in the 1600s, when she's abandoned in a snowy field in rural England as a baby. Under the care of Hannah Owens, Maria learns about the "Unnamed Arts." Hannah recognizes that Maria has a gift and she teaches the girl all she knows. It is here that she learns her first important lesson: Always love someone who will love you back.When Maria is abandoned by the man who has declared his love for her, she follows him to Salem, Massachusetts. Here she invokes the curse that will haunt her family. And it's 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."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2020
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781982108847
Branch Call Number: F HOFFM-A
Characteristics: 396 pages ; 25 cm


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May 08, 2021

A fun book to read but sometimes it seemed to be redundant and could have been shortened w/o ill effect. Maria is a master of the Nameless Art as were her Mother and caretaker Hannah. At a young age Maria travels from England to Curacao and eventually to New England. The story of her family, familiars and loves unfolds w/ magic spells, potions, teas incantations along the way. Loved the descriptions of all the plants and how used.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Mar 01, 2021

It's been decades since I read and loved Practical Magic...and honestly don't remember the story very well. Because of this I was hesitant to pick up the prequel, but I loved this Salem-Witch-Trials era read...and will be reapproaching the entire series in order to be ready for the final installment which will be published in October 2021!

ArapahoeKara Feb 09, 2021

I love the story of the Owens family, and this is my favorite novel yet. I've always wondered about her story and am so glad it was finally written! If you love historical fiction, witches, and stories about magic and the power love, this book is for you.

A bagatelle, prelude to Practical Magic. Writing is not great so I ended up scanning quite a bit of repetitive or patronizing sections of the book, The plot was amusing enough to keep me reading to the end.

Jan 22, 2021

There's nothing sweeter and more pleasurable than the Storytelling of Alice Hoffman. She is brilliantly deft at weaving a tale, which educates, entertains, and enlivens the reader. As a lover of the series, this prequel provided the background and so much more that I had speculated about over the years. The story arc provided myriad unanticipated turns, including a Dutch Island, and an unconventional pirate. If you haven't fallen in love with the Owens' Women yet, this is a perfect opportunity to jump in before Book Four is published.

Nov 19, 2020

Found in the AARP magazine

Nov 08, 2020

Lacks spirit and magic of “Practical magic” book!😞
“These are the lessons to be learned. Drink chamomile tea to calm the spirit. Feed a cold and starve a fever. Read as many books as you can. Always choose courage. Never watch another woman burn. Know that love is the only answer.”

Nov 02, 2020

I really enjoyed this book. Alice Hoffman is one of my favorite authors and I wasn’t disappointed. Loved the historical perspective and characters.

JCLPiepieB Oct 06, 2020

I wasn't a total fan of this book. The writing was too dry and flowery. For me there was no real heart-wrenching action that kept me on the edge of my seat. I did, however, like the conclusion -- what happened to all the characters after the main events. "Rules of Magic" has been my favorite out of this trilogy.


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