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 “Unnamed 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.
Oh my! If you liked Practical Magic or The Rules of Magic then this is the very beginning of the Owens line of witches. As per normal, Alice Hoffman did a wonderful job portraying her characters and the story line is superb. I could barely put it down. As I said before this book starts the whole Owens line and explains why they are love cursed and why they are witches.
As a lover of witchcraft and stories about them this one fulfilled all my hopes. I have enjoyed The Rules of Magic and Practical Magic so I was not surprised that I enjoyed this one. The love that Maria followed only to be abandoned with her daughter. The life they had to make for themselves, everything they went through made them the women and witches they were. You even come to realize that the curse was not meant the way that future books tell it and that Maria comes to regret the curse but it is one thing that can not be reversed and that brings emotions into the reading.
The love between Maria and her daughter, Faith, is amazing. Though Faith goes into the dark magic, Maria is there to help her realize that she does not need to use the dark magic but at the same time I do not blame her one bit. For the abuse and betrayal Faith went through as a child in Salem left a dark hole in her that she tried to fill.
With the characters, story line, and the elements that Alice Hoffman always manages to put into her books, this one is no different. I recommend you read this one. It does not matter if you have read the Owens book in order or out of order they can stand on their own.
I received this book from Net Galley for this review.