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25th Anniversary Editionwith a New Introduction by the AuthorThe Owens sisters confront the challenges of life and love in this bewitching novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Rules of Magic and Magic LessonsForthan 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 backalmost as if by magicSplendid Practical Magicis one of Hoffman's best novels showing on every page her gift for touching ordinary life as if with a wand to reveal how extraordinary life really is NewsweekA delicious fantasy of witchcraft and love in a world where gardens smell of lemon verbena and happy endings are possible Cosmopolitan This novel is not easy for me to review since I’ve seen the movie first In truth I didn’t even know it was a book until I seen it on the shelf in the library a few years back I wished I would of check it out then At the same time I’m not sure that having done that I would have read The Rules of Magic because while this story is great there are years 22 years of storytelling experience between Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic Don’t get me wrong it’s still well written but there is a difference Overall it’s still another great story of the bonds of sisterhood the tragedy and triumph of love Another great adventure by Alice HoffmanIn this novel you get all the great magical prose as you do in The Rules of Magic The storyline is similar but with drastically different life experiences content and events I loved that as it added to the whole Owens women are all destined for an enchanting life vibeI’m sure some want to know how it compares to the movie You can’t compare the two They are peas and carrots I can’t say I like one better than the other because this novel is very different from the movie With the novel there is depth about Sally and Gillian’s life from childhood to adulthood Even better there is narrative for Antonia and Kylie as they grow into their teensI love the movie and I always will but I love the book differently Either way I adore this family of sincere and driven women and the final page brought on the same dread as the last page of The Rules of Magic I simply didn’t want it to end

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Practical MagicN 25th Anniversary Editionwith a New Introduction by the AuthorThe Owens sisters confront the challenges of life and love in this bewitching novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Rules of Magic and Magic LessonsForthan 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 backalmost as if by magicSplendid Practical Magicis one of Hoffman's best novels showing on every page her gift for touching ordinary life as if with a wand to reveal how extraordinary life really is NewsweekA delicious fantasy of witchcraft and love in a world where gardens smell of lemon verbena and happy endings are possible Cosmopolit I love the film of this and used to watch it loads when it first came out but hadn’t realised there was a book until I saw it on the sale Last weekend I was feeling a bit Halloweeny so decided how would be the perfect time to start readingFor lovers of the film it is obviously uite different and I can imagine if I’d read the book first I would probably have been annoyed about some of the cuts and changes they made but doing it this way round I can kind of understand some of them The book takes place over a longer timescale and in locations than the film so they obviously needed to condense things down and just covered the main plotI really enjoyed this Hoffman’s writing flows really well and holds your interest I was completely gripped My only complaint would be that she maybe tried to cram too many plot threads into the story and it meant some areas weren’t explored as thoroughly as I would have liked and the ending seemed a little inconclusive for meI love the Owens sisters; the different ways they deal with the difficult upbringing that they had were very realistic and in keeping with each of their characters Although it is a novel with witchcraft at its heart it wasn’t hugely dark or gothic but definitely helped with the Halloween feels so glad I read it at this time of yearI’d definitely be open to reading of Hoffman’s work

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doc Û Practical Magic ☆ Audio CD É join or create book clubs É [Reading] ➷ Practical Magic By Join or create book clubs – Eyltransferservices.co.uk 25th Anniversary Editionwith a New Introduction by the AuthorThe Owens sisters confront the challenges of life and love in this bewitchin25th Anniversary Editionwith a New Introduction by the AuthorThe Owens sisters confront the challenges of life and love in this bewitching novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Rules of Magic and Magic LessonsForthan 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 backalmost as if by magicSplendid Practical Magicis one of Hoffman's best novels showing on every page her gift for touching ordinary life as if with a wand to reveal how extraordinary life really is NewsweekA delicious fantasy of witchcraft and love in a world where gardens smell of lemon verbena and happy endings are possible Cosmopolita To preface my review I felt it necessary to mention that I read the preuel to this book titled The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman prior to reading Practical Magic Since Fall had finally begun and Halloween my favorite holiday was right around the corner reading Practical Magic just felt right In my opinion reading the peruel helped me to better understand the history of the Owens family curse and the role it has played for generations You cannot help but fall in love with ALL the Owens women including the ancient and mysterious aunts Francis and Jet the main characters in the preuel who took up residence in the infamous Owens family home established by their ancestor Maria Owens Hundreds of earlier The aunts also took over the family business of magiccreating potions remidies and of course the art of spell casting that has been passed down from generation to generation The main characters in Practical Magic sisters Sally and Gillian find themselves parentless and orphaned with only the aunts to turn to Their world is completely turned upside down in a single evening and when the girls arrive at their aunts they soon discover the truth of who and what they really are It seems that through out history the Owens women have tried to deny hid and run away from who they really are but fate always has its way of bringing out the truth and bringing the sisters and their aunts back together Sally and Gillian are complete opposites from day one but blood family the curse and of course love brings this family closer and closer This book is a true testament to the powerful bond of sisters the importance of family and the dangers that await along the road to self acceptance There is also a movie called Practical Magic that is based on this book if you love the book I would recommend watching the movie as wellbut read the book andor books first Honestly you should ready both books The Rules of Magic preuel and Practical Magic prior to watching the movie Practical Magic This was a fast but great weekend read I highly recommend reading both books in this series by Alice Hoffman and if you enjoyed them watch the movie The book of course was better than the movie with a few different twists Nicole Kidman Gillian Owens and Sandra Bullock Sally Owens bring this story to life in the movie Practical Magic they could not have picked 2 better women to play these fabulous characters Alice Hoffman worked to hard to create