It’s been a while since I reviewed a book for you and since it’s Fall I thought I would read a book to get into that Fall feeling.
The Rules of Magic are to harm no one, remember what you give will be returned to you threefold and fall in love whenever you can.
*Warning Spoiler Alerts*
I have yet to read Practical Magic but of course I have seen the movie and it’s one of my favorites. So when the prelude came out The Rules Of Magic was out I definitely had to read it.
Story is set in the 1960’s & 1970’s during the era of love, peace & war and centers around Maria Owens ancestors; Franny, Jet and Vincent. If you have read or seen the movie Practical Magic then you know the Owens family has the curse of the one they fall in love with dies. So their mother makes sure to set rules for her three 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. Of course, they don’t follow these rules and you see the effects it has on their lives.
Franny and Jet are the aunts in Practical Magic so you see their lives from when they were young and how they receive their gifts and their family life. Who taught them their magic that is within them. You see Jet, Franny and Vincent mature from their young age and go through death, heartache and trying to be true to themselves. If you are familiar with Practical Magic and Maria Owens curse you get to read more about it and how her love affair is revealed. Jet encounters lost of love at a young age. Vincent discovers his sexuality during the time in America when it wasn’t acceptable and Franny who loses her love of her life to cancer questions how she could love again when Sally & Gillian Owens, recently orphaned enter their lives.
So what did I think about the book? Well it’s a little dark but not dark as evil. It’s not a sweet fun comedy like the Practical Magic movie and to be honest, I have never read any of her books and this was my first one. I wanted to start with this one first before I read Practical Magic and I’m glad I did. The love stories are tragic but I love how the book incorporated the most important moments during that time era, like the Vietnam war draft and California’s summer of Love.
Overall I loved it! Cant wait to to read more of her books!
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