Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman takes the reader back to the very beginning of the Owens family history, and shows how this history will come to affect the family all the way to the present day. This is the story of Maria Owens who was abandoned by her birth mother as an infant. She was found and raised by Hannah Owens during the late 1600’s. It is from Hannah that Maria inherits the Grimoire, a magical book of spells and enchantments; the same book that is passed down for generations in the Owens’ family. This is a story of magic, love, and betrayal set in the general time period of the Salem witch trials.
This is a must read for anyone who has fallen in love with the Owens family through either the books or the movie version of Practical Magic. It is also a good novel to begin your journey with the Owens family if this tale is new for you. I have loved this story and these characters for years, and was very glad to be able to read this enchanting tale that is the history of some of my favorite characters. I believe you will enjoy it too.
I received this ARC from NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for an honest review.