I loved Practical Magic and this book is the prequel to it but you do not need to read Practical Magic to love and understand this book. It is the story of the two aunts that raise the two orphaned girls in Practical Magic but it gives them so much more depth in their own tragic stories. Magic flows throughout the story as Franny and Jet grow up in the sixties in NYC with their brother Vincent. Their mother does not want them to grow up with magic as she did but her children’s natural magical talents are unstoppable. She is also trying to protect them from the family curse, that everyone they fall in love with will die tragically, by not letting them fall in love. Despite everything their mother tries to do to protect them, the children defy her and tragedy strikes the family. Together they learn to live with what they are and their destiny as Owens girls. I love Alice Hoffman’s storytelling and hopes she continues to write more books about the Owens family.
I received a free advanced copy of this book from NetGalley for review consideration.