The Rules of Magic

The Rules of Magic (Practical Magic 0)

byAlice Hoffman(Goodreads Author)

Find your magic

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.

The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy.(less)

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Expected publication: October 10th 2017 by Simon & Schuster
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Kudos to Alice Hoffman, author of”The Rules of Magic” for such a mesmerizing , and magical  reading journey.  I loved every moment reading this book, and didn’t want to put it down. The genres for this novel are Fiction, General Fiction and Adult Fiction with a dash of fantasy a fantasy and magical essence.
  The timeline for this story is in the 1960’s and in the past where being a witch could be a sentence for death. This  book is the prequel to  “Practical Magic” in this series, but it certainly is a stand alone. I would very much like to read the other book. It’s like I am bewitched. I have to say, Alice Hoffman certainly can weave a tale.
The blurb about the book does state “For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man”……”The Rules of Magic” is the story of the power of love reminding us that the only remedy for being human is to be true to yourself. “
The author’s descriptions of the characters are that they are complex and complicated due to their circumstances. In the Owen family, each individual seems to have some magical ability or power. The parents set rules up to protect the two sisters and brother from what they believe is the “Owen Curse” On the eldest daughter’s 17th birthday, the children visit a quirky and colorful Aunt, who dabbles in herbs, potents, and a knowledge of  magic. It is at the aunt’s house, the children are more aware of their powers. The parents have warned their children that to love is a curse, and brings problems.
I was captivated by this intriguing novel and would highly recommend this to readers who enjoy Alice Hoffman’s books, magic, fiction, and the answer to what is love. I received a copy of this ARC for my honest review. I look forward to reading  “Practical Magic”. Happy Reading!

8 comments on “MY REVIEW OF “THE RULES OF MAGIC” by Alice Hoffman”

  1. I did not know this woman wrote Practical Magic. So as I was reading a review for this one, I’m sitting here thinking “isn’t this a Sandra Bullock movie?” I’m a quick one tonight lol 🙂 Great review!


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