Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Alice Hoffman has become one of my favorite authors. I have seen this movie many times, but as expected the book is different in a good way. The continuing story about women in the Owens family picks up where the last book leaves off. Stories about these witches is entertaining, humorous, touching and even enlightening. Labeling anyone is unjust and so damaging, as the story shows. The sisters may be shunned except after dark when desperate women come to them for their special kind of help. Their world is turned upside down when love comes along, and despite the curse they are powerless over a different kind of magic of which they have no control. Sweet and beautiful story of independent, strong women who realize the only way through the storms of life is together.
The Owens sisters confront the challenges of life and love in this bewitching novel from New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman.
For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape.
One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back—almost as if by magic...