Winter is on the way! That means time for toasty warm fires! Steaming mugs of Tazo tea!
Me, snuggled up on my oh-so-comfortable couch with a great book in hand.
No genre appeals to me this time of year like fantasy, and I'm so happy to share that Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman is the perfect enchanting read as we settle into gray and chilly winter weather.
Magic Lessons is the second prequel (the first is The Rules of Magic) to Practical Magic, Hoffman’s most famous novel. That’s where we met the magical and mysterious Owens family, a family where the women possess some truly extraordinary abilities.
If you need a refresher, Practical Magic centers on Jillian and Sally Owens, sisters who recoil against their magic and strange family history. They don’t want to believe they are anything but normal or that their ancestor, Maria Owens, was truly an all-powerful witch.
It's an engaging, imaginative book and was adapted (VERY loosely) into the 1998 film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman.
In both the novel and the movie, we see and really feel the intense emotional bond Sally and Jillian share, and I loved watching them slowly take the path from resisting their unusual heritage to embracing it – though not without some hardships and heartache along the way. You don’t need to read Practical Magic to follow Magic Lessons, but if you do, you’ll see hints of foreshadowing and a few winks to the later events with the modern Owens generation.