A 5 star book review of ‘The Rules of Magic’
by Alice Hoffman
In 1995 Alice Hoffman published Practical Magic, which was made into the 1995 film of the same name starring Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock. Now, more than 20 years after the original book was published Hoffman has published a delicious prequel.
Set in the turbulent 1960’s The Rules of Magic tells the story of Franny, Jet, and Vincent Owens. Ostensibly this is a story of the Owens’ family curse – if an Owens falls in love, tragedy will strike. However, like most good tales, it’s about much more.
The three siblings are as different as chalk to cheese, but they each must come to terms with their true selves. For the Owens children, this is complicated by the fact that their magic is also coming-of-age, and each one must find a way to accept their innate (magic) talents, whether they want them or not.
I devoured my ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) of The Rules of Magic and would unreservedly recommend it once it’s available.