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ALICE HOFFMAN DRAWS YOU IN AND MAKES YOU LOVE HER CHARACTERS!

The prequel to Alice Hoffman’s novel Practical Magic, made into a movie in 1998, The Rules of Magic begins in the 1960s, when sisters Jet and Franny are children living in New York City with their parents and younger brother, Vincent. Vincent––a rare wizard in a long line of witches––has his own approach to dealing with the curse, and the example he sets inspires his sisters to find their own courage. That’s not to say that all will go well, but what is living really about and when is fate just fate, and no one’s fault? In true Alice Hoffman style, the characters are engaging individuals who draw you into their unique world, and quickly involve you in their lives. While one can tire of the tales of young people discovering their magical abilities, the Owens girls have always known they were different; witchcraft has been in their bloodline for centuries. Whether or not you knew of Jet and Franny before, The Rules of Magic will make them people you care about as they navigate their way through the complexities of life. As one who had no knowledge of either the novel or the movie prior to reading this book, I can attest that The Rules of Magic is a stand-alone story that needs no previous awareness of the Owens family or their house on Magnolia Street to be enjoyed.

~ Rosemary Fifield (TopShelf Reviews)