Book: Magic Lessons
Author: Alice Hoffman
This is my 70th book for the year
This is the prequel to Practical Magic and it begins almost 400 years ago with Maria Owens - the beginning of the Owens family blood line. She was abandoned as a baby and Hannah Owens finds her and raises her as her own. Hannah realizes that Maria is a witch - just like she is - and begins teaching her everything she knows.
Maria grows, and falls for a man who abandons her. Maria decides to find him and follows him all the way to Salem, Massachusetts. Here she raises her own daughter, Faith, and invokes a curse that will follow her family for centuries.
This was a pretty good book. I picked this one for my Book of the Month box and wasn't disappointed. Thought it was a good pick for the month of October. We live very close to Salem, Massachusetts, and have visited a few times, so it was another reason I picked this one. I have not read Practical Magic or The Rules of Magic year, but decided to start with this one (since this is the first in the series, even though it is the last she has written).
The story of Maria, and Hannah and Faith is a good one. One daughter after the other - practicing the namless art - saving people, finding love, and figuring out who they are in a world where witches are hanged for their practices. Maria spends her life trying to protect Faith and figuring out if she is worthy of love.
Check it out. I am anxious to see where the story goes.