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*25th Anniversary Edition*—with an Introduction by the Author!The Owens sisters confront the challenges of life and love in this bewitching novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Rules of Magic, Magic Lessons, and The Book of Magic.For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape. One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back—almost as if by magic...“Splendid...Practical Magic is one of [Hoffman's] best novels, showing on every page her gift for touching ordinary life as if with a wand, to reveal how extraordinary life really is.”—Newsweek “[A] delicious fantasy of witchcraft and love in a world where gardens smell of lemon verbena and happy endings are possible.”—Cosmopolitan
Penguin Publishing Group
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"This is the third book (chronologically) of the Practical Magic series. The bloodline of the Owen’s from 16th century Salem MA continues. Two sisters, two Aunts and two daughters continue to try not to fall in love, try to run away from the magic, but seem to never succeed. The writing is beautiful, clever and entertaining."
"As much as Practical Magic is one of my absolute favorite movies, I was really disappointed with this book. I quickly noticed that a LOT of changes were made between the book and the movie, which is fine — I read Hoffman’s “The Rules of Magic” and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I was open to reading a somewhat different story. But I couldn’t get into this book. <br/><br/>Her writing style felt less cohesive and not quite as evolved as it did in “The Rules of Magic“, and it was surprisingly smutty in a few parts. I didn’t even make it halfway through before I gave up. From what I read, this book felt like it was kind of about witches but also kind of a half-assed romance novel. I’m just here for the witches."
"This will be difficult. I try to always read a book before the movie but in this instance I watched the film back when I was young and not fond of reading in the least. So my opinion will be biased now that I know how good the book might have been. All I can do is compare and there is no way around it.<br/><br/>The book for me was missing that sisterly companionship. The one were each one senses the other in danger. Or instantly comes to the others aid. I was very sad about that. The connection felt magical and organic. Still I understand there could be no movie without the book. So obviously there was magical elements. Though not as much unfortunately.<br/><br/>Also the movie had that ominous feeling. You are waiting the entire time for the happiness to be over. For the evil to show it's face. The book was a bit more mundane. Honestly it's difficult to shift thru my feelings and stop complaining about the difference, the lack there of. It was witchy and good but it was missing all the key elements that made the movie great. One of my favorite parts was how the family lived in thier old ancestral home but again in the book this is not so. The sisters move away for the majority of the story. <br/><br/>I did enjoy the spells spoken at the beginning of each chapter. And I'm not sad I read this I'm just saddened I couldn't give it a proper review.<br/><br/>Quotes:<br/><br/>"Avoid men who call you baby." Greatest words ever spoken."
"Well right now I’m actually mainly reading Fan-fictions. Mainly about Klaroline and Dramione. I haven’t been able to find the books I like as actual physical books near me to get. "