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Find your magicFor the Owens family love is a curse that began in 1620 when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong manHundreds 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 uniue Difficult Franny with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair shy and beautiful Jet who can read other people’s thoughts and cha. It s FANTASTIC The Rules of Magic is such a wonderful world to visit Most people avoided the Owens family believing any entanglement with them would taint not only their present but their future as well It was said that some family members could place a single horse hair into a pan of water and turn it into a snake Yikes that might scare me away from them too Ha But oh how I loved this family who came from a long line of witches as far back as the year 1620 when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for falling in love with the wrong man The siblings Franny Jet and Vincent are colorful fascinating distinct characters each with special powers gifts personality temperament and charm Aunt Isabelle is a standout too They made me laugh They made me cryFrom Manhattan to Massachusetts to California the storytelling is irresistible filled with magic and imagery many scents throughout wildflowers herbs eucalyptus peppermint trees patchouli chocolate bittersweet scent of almonds curries coffee even bacon etc etc Flowers were everywhere at The Summer of Love gathering in San FranciscoYou ll even visit the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 The grateful dead Janis Joplin the who Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding Music Love Peace Page after page are delightful surprises gorgeous prose I devoured this booktaking away wisdom which brought me back to the magic of our everyday lives but I miss these folks their stories and their rules already Thank You Netgalley Simon Schuster and Alice Hoffman

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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 curseThe 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 legac. 5 Crazy Dazzling Reckless Stars The Rules of Magic is a Mystical Whimsical Fantastical and Heartbreaking Novel about the Owens family Siblings Franny Jet and Vincent who are given simple yet strange rules by their mother Susanna no walking in moonlight no wearing black no wearing red shoes no cats or crows no candles and no reading books about magic Oh and the biggest rule No falling in love They are provided no explanation None They obey though they don t know why until they are summoned to visit their Aunt Isabelle in Massachusetts Then they discover the truth They are witches And everything falls into place Jet and Vincent take to it immediately and they study and practice Franny tries ignores what she knows to be true until one day she too has no choice but to embrace her true self She is a witch through and through And her siblings need her From their Aunt and from books that they have been warned to stay away from they learn spells they learn the secrets of making soaps and how to make potions and from each other they find strength They find love though it terrifies them for they have been told of the curse on the Owens family It is beautiful exciting haunting and terrifying Yet Franny Jet and Vincent are destined for it In The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman what you will learn is that There is no remedy for love but to love We all strive for this each and every one of us This book s magical realism and utter whimsy made me want to dance in my kitchen learn to fly converse with animals and make potions but alas I had to settle for dancing in my kitchen Thankfully it was enough Alice Hoffman does something amazing here but then doesn t she always Her characters are beloved and endearing yet tortured The story grabs you from the get go and not just because it s a Preuel to Hoffman s Practical Magic which you don t need to have read in order to read this and she just creates this feeling that sinks into your soul and soothes you completely Yes She does that All I can say is that you must experience its magic for yourself It worked for me Thank you to NetGalley Simon Schuster and Alice Hoffman for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review I am externally grateful that I was given the opportunity to read and review this incredible book Published on NetGalley and Goodreads on 81317Will be Published on on 101017

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Rismatic Vincent who began looking for trouble on the day he could walkFrom 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. It was clear from the start that they were not like other children therefore Susanna felt she had no choice but to set down rules No walking in the moonlight no Ouija boards no candles no red shoes no wearing black no going shoeless no amulets no night blooming flowers no reading novels about magic no cats no crows and no venturing below Fourteenth Street Yet no matter how Susanna tried to enforce these rules the children continued to thwart her Do you ever read a wonderful book and wonder what happens next How about wondering what might have happened before the action of a book If you read Alice Hoffman s 1995 novel Practical Magic or saw the wonderful 1998 film adaptation with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman I bet you d like to spend a bit time with the Owens family Hoffman wanted to go there some as well But sometimes life intervenes The set of the film was built in two locations The exterior of the house was constructed on a small island off Washington State so gorgeous and realistic that Barbra Streisand is said to have wanted to buy it while the interior was built in a hanger at a Hollywood studio I went to visit in California invited by star and producer Sandra Bullock and when I walked into the house I had first created in my novel I was stunned There I was in the Owens kitchen a place I had only imagined now brought to life I realized then the person on the film whose work was most like mine was the set designer We both created the world for the characters to step intoI might have continued on with the Owens family then for certainly there was to their story a mysterious past and a relative who had begun a curse that still affected the family but on my return from Hollywood I was diagnosed with breast cancer During my treatment ideas of returning to the Owens family of Practical Magic evaporated During my treatment and after my illness I moved on to other books Still I felt haunted by the world I had created as if the family had been trapped in time waiting to come alive from the Foyle s articleOnly twenty two years after the original Hoffman has finally brought us back into the magical world of the Owens family not Bullock and Kidman s characters but a tracing back of their elderly aunts born in the 1950s and growing up in New York with serious exposure not only to the Massachusetts house where they will end up but in the allure that was Manhattan in the 1960s Hoffman had a pretty good time setting her tale mostly in that very lively decade It is my favourite time period a time of enormous change when the attitudes of young people women gays and lesbians and of people of colour radically changed and when an unjust and unpopular war was affected by protests in the streets A cultural revolution took place one in which young people were able to change attitudes during a time when America was horribly divided as it is now Artistically the sixties was a thrilling magical timeThe sisters and theirmysterious brother Vincent live in Greenwich Village the epicenter of music art and politics in the States in the sixties from the Foyles articleThere was particular personal resonance for me a contemporary of Franny and Jet and a native of the city It was particularly fun to learn some facts about The Village that I had never known I cannot say how much the at homeness of that setting invoked warm feelings maybe a bit but whatever the cause those feeling were sustained by plenty Alice Hoffman image from The Palm Beach Daily NewsFrances Franny is the oldest sulky pale skin red hair six feet tall and has a particular ability to communicate with birds Bridget aka Jet has hair appropriate to her name She is beautiful but shy and both sensitive and kind Finally there is Vincent We meet him at age 14 already a musician already deadly attractive We follow the three as they discover and develop their latent witchy talents Most significant is a summer long visit to a Massachusetts aunt who gives them the direction and free reign they need to grow into their talents It is not just their talent at conjuring that we track but their romantic entanglements as well The latter arrives with baggage however It is believed that there is a family curse on the Owens line ruination for any man that fell in love with them Woe to any they love for those unlucky souls are surely doomed Well that s what they believe anyway Is it true Maybe There are certainly enough interested others who meet dark ends that there is a real world basis for taking the curse seriously One might conjure a bit of Edward Gorey and dash off sets of couplets for the many who find a foul fate once enchanted by the siblings OwenJ is for Jack struck who was struck down by lightningAlong with his twin It was all rather frighteningOne caught a train or did it catch himAnother dove in for a deep one way swimKinda makes it tough though for three young people to develop as loving human beings if they have to worry that anyone who gets too close might run terminally afoul of ancient craft So there is a constant tension between loving and fearing the conseuences of that love Like the rest of us I guess but with just a teensy bit oomph I ve always been interested in witchcraft and I ve done research my whole life I did a bit for The Rules of Magic because I was writing specifically about a particular judge Judge Hathorne at the witchcraft trials in Salem I read whatever I could find about him and I found him a really interesting character As to magic for me it s always a pleasure to study magic and to find out and Everything in the book about magic lore was something that I researched For instance the use of medicinal plants and herbs Still while the research is interesting it s not what s important Really the most important thing is writing the novel and creating the characters That s the big difference between an historical novel and a history What I m mostly interested in is the novel part of it All the research that I do is in service to that from the writermag interviewOne of the true bits of magic in the book is the strength of the relationship among the siblings particularly between Franny and Jet They face a series of challenges but their connection to each other offers strength to face what comes You might keep an eye out for wind as a recurring motif Franny gives the prisoners in the Women s House of Detention a cool breeze on a hot day for example In another circumstance It came on the wind the way wicked things must for they are most often weighted down with spite and haven t the strength to lift themselves There are others Hoffman uses scent as well to keep us grounded in earthly sensations while rapt in a tale that touches another planeAlice Hoffman is one of my favorite writers So I started off than a bit receptive to this novel despite having never read Practical Magic I did see and love the film I uite enjoy her fondness for fantasy and fairy tales She even begins this one with Once upon a time Coming of age tales are common enough but work best when one cares about the characters I am not certain Vincent as interesting a character as he is will get as warm a welcome as his sisters but he also gets a lot less screen time That said you will most definitely care for Jet and will certainly love Franny and suffer with her as she struggles to balance the needs of love with the existential demands of real or imagined sorceryYou don t need the sight to see that this is a spellbinding novel It s time to switch on your midnight light and let everyone in the neighborhood know The magic is back and it is totally bewitching Once again Alice Hoffman will put you under her spellPublished October 10 2017Review posted November 24 2017EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal and FB pagesInterviews The Writer Alice Hoffman interview Story Magic by Jack Smith Fort Myers Magazine Magicalice by Paula Bolado Psychology Today Alice Hoffman Talks About New Book The Rules of Magic by Jennifer HauptOther Hoffman books I have reviewed Local Girls Green Angel Blackbird House The Ice ueen The Red Garden The DovekeepersOther Foyles Alice Hoffman on Revisiting the Owens Family in her Preuel to Practical Magic an article by AH A Wiki on John Hathorne


About the Author: Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman is the author of than thirty works of fiction including The World That We Knew The Rules of Magic The Marriage of Opposites Practical Magic The Red Garden the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth The Museum of Extraordinary Things and The Dovekeepers Her most recent novel is The World That We Knew She lives near Boston



10 thoughts on “The Rules of Magic

  1. says:

    It's FANTASTIC The Rules of Magic is such a wonderful world to visit Most people avoided the Owens family believing any entanglement with them would taint not only their present but their future as well It was said that some family members could place a single horse hair into a pan of water and turn it into a snake Yikes that might

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    If you don't read this book because you don't believe in witches or in magic you would truly be missing out on

  3. says:

    How much did I love this book? I cannot even count the waysFranny Bridget Jet and Vincent Owens are siblings growing up in New York City in the late 1950s and early 1960s raised by no nonsense parents who discourage their children fr

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    It was clear from the start that they were not like other children therefore Susanna felt she had no choice but to set down rules No walking in the moonlight no Ouija boards no candles no red shoes no wearing black no going shoeless no amulets no night blooming flowers no reading novels about magic no cats no crows and no venturing below Fourteenth Street Yet no matter how Susanna tried to enforce these rules

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    The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman is a 2017 is a Simon Schuster publication Those eccentric aunts from “Practical Magic”? Just what is their backstory anyway? I was so excited when I heard this book was go

  6. says:

    Woo woo here woo woo there Here a witch there a witch everywhere a witch witchSadly I couldn't finish this one I never should have reuested it knowing that magical realism isn't my thing Reading it has been torture so I'm stopping right now a

  7. says:

    5 unmagical but magical anyway magical in the best way stars to The Rules of Magic ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ The Rules of Magic was not as full of magic as I expected it to be At times when discussing th

  8. says:

    5 Crazy Dazzling Reckless Stars The Rules of Magic is a Mystical Whimsical Fantastical and Heartbreaking Novel about the Owens family Siblings Franny Jet and Vincent who are given simple yet strange rules by their mother

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    Rating 45 Release date 10 10 17Magical Enough said end review Seriously I loved this book I got an email one day asking if I was wanted to read this new book by Alice Hoffman I didn't even think I just replied YESThe Rules of Magic i

  10. says:

    Reading with Retro Chapter Chicks as we get ready for Magic LessonsThe Rules of Magic was the October 2017 fiction group read in the goodreads group reading for pleasure After a two month delay my library had the book for me and I was all too happy to read it before the end of the year Last month I read Isabel Allende's new book and it left a sour taste in my mouth because it was devoid of her magical realism which I love I had

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