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Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic (3) (edição 2020)

por Alice Hoffman (Autor)

Séries: Practical Magic (1)

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Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:In this " bewitching" (The New York Times Book Review) 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 "heartbreaking and heart-healing" (BookPage) celebration of life and love and a showcase of Alice Hoffman's masterful storytelling.
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Título:Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic (3)
Autores:Alice Hoffman (Autor)
Informação:Simon & Schuster (2020), Edition: 1st, 416 pages
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Suspending progress... While I am THRILLED to have snagged an advance copy (thank you, Tonie!), it was veering a little too close to disturbingly dark for me, at this time. Can't wait to come back to it when I am a little more resilient with such tones.
  BethOwl | Jan 24, 2024 |
I'm losing the will to live: another three star bloater. Practical Magic is one of my favourite films, but the books are romance novels with literary pretensions. The author rhapsodises on the meaning of love so often that she sounds like the Love Is ... cartoons by Kim Casali from the 1960s. Why have a prequel about a strong woman like Maria Owens, the female ancestor who escapes hanging when the rope breaks, and make her a blithering idiot who falls for the first charmer she meets? Why make her story about men at all? Maria is the daughter of a witch who is raised by another woman also skilled in the 'Nameless Art', and her daughter Faith is even more powerful, yet half of the overblown and repetitive story is wasted on wall art philosophy like 'love someone who will love you back'. The author's only saving grace is her historical research and wry take on the hypocritical 'Puritans' of New England and the men - of course - who labelled as witches and then murdered women for not following the rules. So much for the New World! ( )
  AdonisGuilfoyle | Dec 3, 2023 |
Going into this my only experience with Alice Hoffman or the Owens family was the movie Practical Magic, and getting through this was difficult at times because it has a very different tone. This is very much a novel of historical fiction, and there are a lot of difficult situations (based on historical truths) that need to be grappled with. It wasn’t really “fun” to read, for the most part, but I’m glad I stuck with it. Also, it really made me want to get a pair of red boots. ( )
  kaitlin_jones | Oct 21, 2023 |
I am really digging this series! I loved the tidbits of history woven into the story. I especially loved all the NY history since I grew up there. This book fleshes out Maria and her motivations, which is nice because in the first book you kinda get the feeling that she was this severe woman and she was, but not in the way that you think. I'm super intrigued about the last book and what's going to happen. ( )
  LynnMPK | Jun 27, 2023 |
This book chronicles the life of Maria Owens from an abandoned baby in the forest to a woman with a child of her own. Maria isn't any ordinary child or woman though -- she's a witch. Her heritage puts her at risk in her home country of England and later when she moves to Salem, Massachusetts as well.

This book is part of a saga about the Owens family. I really debated for a while about how to dive into this series because while this is the first in the chronology of the family, it is a prequel written after other stories were already out there. In the end, I chose this one and I don't think I was thrown off by anything, although there could have been little nods or Easter eggs that I missed.

On the whole, I liked this book. The beginning was a tad slow, but it eventually came together. Maria was an interesting character, as were the other folks around her. I liked how Hoffman slowly introduced characters over time rather than bombarding the reader with a ton of names and backstories all at once. I also enjoyed how she mixed complete fiction with historical tidbits; it seemed as if she really did her research although I did not fact check anything. In a similar vein, she combined standard lore about witches in with her own inventions of magic.

For the audiobook listener, Sutton Foster did a really good job of bringing to life all these different characters so the reader did feel like these were all real folks. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Jun 12, 2023 |
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"To any man who ever loves an Owens, let this curse befall you, let your fate lead to disaster, let you be broken in body and soul, and may it be that you never recover."
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Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:In this " bewitching" (The New York Times Book Review) 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 "heartbreaking and heart-healing" (BookPage) celebration of life and love and a showcase of Alice Hoffman's masterful storytelling.

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