The Rules of Magic

The Rules of Magic

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"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. Thrilling and exquisite, real and fantastical, The Rules of Magic is a story about the power of love reminding us that the only remedy for being human is to be true to yourself."--Provided by the publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2017
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501137471
Characteristics: 367 pages ; 24 cm


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Oct 21, 2017

"There is no remedy for love but to love more."
Henry David Thoreau

This prequel of Practical Magic pulls you in from the very beginning: first there is wonderfully designed book jacket, then the story about Owens family. You don't need to believe in witches or spells, but you need to believe in magic of life! I loved reading and watching The Practical Magic and I have enjoyed this one with the same passion and eagerness. Deserves to be a movie again!

Oct 18, 2017

It took over a hundred pages for me to get into this book. The story lacked cohesion and the characters ill defined. I warmed up to it more and more as the novel progressed but felt like the author brushed over events and swiftly moved on to the next. It is a story of three siblings trying to find what they are and learn how to find love without hurting another or themselves. There were bittersweet moments, tragic ones, and lovely momentous ones adding up to a rambling discourse of their lives. I'd say it is a very good book, one that deserves rave reviews but it was not really my cup of tea.

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