Magic Lessons

“She was found in January day in a field where junipers grew, wound in a blue blanket with her name carefully stitched along the border with silk thread.”

Thank you, Simon and Schuster, for gifting me a copy of MAGIC LESSONS by Alice Hoffman.

“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.”

I loved Practical Magic (the book and the movie) and the Rules of Magic was one of my favorite books of 2018. So when I discovered that Alice Hoffman had crafted yet another prequel, I knew I had to read it. The Owens Sisters have always fascinated me and I love that Hoffman has allowed her readers to learn so much about that family. With MAGIC LESSONS, we’re taken back even farther in history to Maria Owens in the 1600s. 

The historical touches that Hoffman left throughout this novel were fantastic. It allowed for just a touch of reality to be found within the pages. I also loved the journey that I took with Maria and how she played such an important role in the future of her family. 

While I would love to see more from Hoffman regarding the Owens family, I feel like she did the series (and the women) justice. It was a poetic tribute to the ties that bind us all to family and love. 

MAGIC LESSONS was published on October 6, 2020, and is available to order now! It was also a Book of the Month pick for this month! 

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