Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Penguin Group
Released on August 5, 2003
A history of magic and doomed love runs through the veins of the Owens sisters who grew up in a small town with their quirky aunts and their heritage follows them into adulthood. Practical Magic has been on my radar for oh so long and I had good intentions of reading. I figured it was high time when I caught sight of the 20th Anniversary edition.
Practical Magic introduces to very different sisters, Sally and Gillian. Sally is the older, responsible, care-giving sister who hopes for true love, but is fearful because she has seen what love can do to people especially those who come to her aunts for their homegrown magics to take love in greedy or possessive ways and are cursed to get exactly what they wanted. Gillian has flair and attracts the attention of every boy and man in sight, but she is flighty and can’t seem to keep love and has no desire to stick around any longer than she has to and runs off.
When years pass and Sally is widowed and living on her own with her two girls who have grown into tempestuous teenagers in a house on Long Island, suddenly Gillian is back in their lives once again bringing with her more than any of them bargained for. But, the arrival of Gillian is a catalyst in their quiet lives and suddenly the possibilities of love, life changes, and the strength in the Owens’ women of three generations is tested.
I enjoyed this gentle, heartwarming style that portrayed life, family connection, love in it’s many forms and a smidge of magic all rolled into one. The magic is there, but subtly though significantly part of the plot. The focus was Sally and Gillian, but the older pair of aunts and the youngest set of sisters were strong and made it a multi-generational story.
Both Sally and Gillian have been disappointed in first love, but no matter how far they are apart, they still have familial love. It is only when they come together as adults that they take chances on love again and see Sally’s daughters take steps toward first love and life. Even though, they weren’t that present in the story, I was captivated by the connection to the older aunts and the earliest Owen matriarch who started it all. I loved seeing the women conquer their fears and pasts to reach out for new chances with great guys, but also with each other and their whole family.
All in all, I was captivated by this delightful, magical story and want more of the Owens family. Those who enjoy magical realism, women’s fiction laced with romance, and stories about multi-generations of women should give this one a try.
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About the Book
or more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape. One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back—almost as if by magic…
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