Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic – Alice Hoffman

There is a curse in the Owens family that has existed since the 1600s. If you have read Practical Magic you know about it. And it all began with an abandoned baby girl, found in the snow by Hannah Owens. Hannah was skilled in the “Unnamed Arts” and taught the girl, Maria, all she knows. Maria has a gift and mostly uses it wisely, but she has forgotten an important lesson: Always love someone who will love you back.

Alice Hoffman’s books are always wonderful. In this one she takes Maria from England to New York and Salem Massachusetts, and tells a tale of the mistreatment of single women in the 17th century, especially self-reliant, independent women. I greatly enjoyed this book and found it hard to put down.

eGalley review                                   Publication date 10.6.2020

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