The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

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Full disclosure here, I am a Practical Magic fan. At least of the movie, I’ve never actually read the book.

This coming of age story for Franny, Jet, and Vincent (who I never knew existed until this novel) was indeed a magical and beautifully written story. From this novel forward I will be in love with Alice Hoffman‘s storytelling forever.

It was a delight to read about the life of the aunts before we first see in them in Practical Magic. I loved them as adult characters in the movie, so I knew I would love them as children and young adults in The Rules of Magic and I did, immensely so. From the very begging to the very end I was engrossed 100% of the time I read.

After reading this beauty, I have decided that I cannot wait any longer. Practical Magic (the novel) is sitting right beside me. I must continue reading. I’m in complete love with this story. There is no way I can walk away from the Owneses until I can read no more.

I’m so happy I got this hardcover for Christmas. Five cheers for magic and a lifetime of enchanting stories as epic as this one.


T I T L E: The Rules of Magic

A U T H O R: Alice Hoffman

P U B L I S H • D A T E : October 10, 2007

P U B L I S H E R: Simon & Schuster

I S B N: 9781501137471

General Fiction


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.


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