In an unforgettable novel that traces a centuries-old curse to its source, beloved author Alice Hoffman unveils the story of Maria Owens, accused of witchcraft in Salem, and matriarch of a line of the amazing Owens women and men featured in Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic.
Where does the story of the Owens bloodline begin? With Maria Owens, in the 1600s, when she’s abandoned in a snowy field in rural England as a baby. Under the care of Hannah Owens, Maria learns about the “Nameless Arts.” Hannah recognizes that Maria has a gift and she teaches the girl all she knows. It is here that she learns her first important lesson: Always love someone who will love you back.
When Maria is abandoned by the man who has declared his love for her, she follows him to Salem, Massachusetts. Here she invokes the curse that will haunt her family. And it’s here that she learns the rules of magic and the lesson that she will carry with her for the rest of her life. Love is the only thing that matters.
Magic Lessons is a celebration of life and love and a showcase of Alice Hoffman’s masterful storytelling.
Do you ever read a new book, and instantly it feels like home?
Magic Lessons had that affect on me. Maybe because Practical Magic was apart of my childhood, or maybe because it was written in such a way that couldn’t help but make your emotions intertwined with the story. Either way, I was sad to turn the last page.
They story of Maria Owens felt familiar, yet new. I did not expect the way it ended at all, but yet deep down, I knew it was going to happen. So many lessons were learned between these pages. Of loss, hope, revenge, forgiveness, perseverance and most of all love.
This book gives depth to Practical Magic. Made me feel like I was reading reality not fiction. At times I couldn’t help but google random lessons written in the pages just to check if Alice made them up or if she researched witches. I won’t spoil which it is for you.
Instead I will leave you with Maria’s update to Hannah’s rules:
Do as you will, but harm no one.
What you give will be returned to you threefold.
Fall in love whenever you can.
While I know you’ll love this book if you love the world created by Alice Hoffman. Even if you haven’t read any of her books, but love witches, you’ll enjoy discovering the life of Maria Owens.