"The Rules of Magic"

"The Rules of Magic"

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
Alice Hofffman’s dreamy story that follows the lives of the Owen’s sisters who would later become the grand dames of the Victorian on Magnolia in the book/movie Practical Magic. Growing up in NY, coming of age on their summer visit to Aunt Isabell’s, such tender stories of Star crossed lovers. Two sisters and a brother encounter a most challenging existence, they struggle to raise themselves on the streets of New York. Their plight makes each unique and endearing.  It would be hard to choose a favorite character, but Vincent was indeed special.  Will he ever find his place in the world? The siblings make a way to live and love despite their family curse. A moving story filled with miracles and magic.
-Kim Luke


Book Blurb

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.

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