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Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic

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Sutton Foster

13 Hours 26 Minutes

Simon & Schuster Audio

October 2020

Audio Book Summary

In this “ bewitching” (The New York Times Book Review) novel that traces a centuries-old curse to its source, beloved author Alice Hoffman unveils the story of Maria Owens, accused of witchcraft in Salem, and matriarch of a line of the amazing Owens women and men featured in Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic.

Where does the story of the Owens bloodline begin? With Maria Owens, in the 1600s, when she’s abandoned in a snowy field in rural England as a baby. Under the care of Hannah Owens, Maria learns about the “Nameless Arts.” Hannah recognizes that Maria has a gift and she teaches the girl all she knows. It is here that she learns her first important lesson: Always love someone who will love you back.

When Maria is abandoned by the man who has declared his love for her, she follows him to Salem, Massachusetts. Here she invokes the curse that will haunt her family. And it’s here that she learns the rules of magic and the lesson that she will carry with her for the rest of her life. Love is the only thing that matters.

Magic Lessons is a “heartbreaking and heart-healing” (BookPage) celebration of life and love and a showcase of Alice Hoffman’s masterful storytelling.

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  • Linda R.

    Enjoyed this as the prequel after having read Practical Magic and the sequel. Fun to get the back story on Maria Owens and the cause of her curse on love. Now I want to reread Practical Magic with new insights.

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  • Gina G.

    Love this book:) wonderful story. The narrator did an excellent job.

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  • Cynthia P.

    Loved this book! Narrator is excellent!

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  • Hanah B.

    just magical.

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  • Jennifer C.

    I love the book couldn't stop readying it. strongly recommend it .

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