Fall in Love Whenever You Can (Practical Magic – A Book Review)

Hello, book clan!

I’m sorry about the delay in posting. I took the holiday and spent it with my family and also got slammed with a bit of extra work this weekend with Black Friday. I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving. I’m thankful that I had my family to spend time with. It was a great time. I don’t know about you, but green bean casserole is the best besides the turkey, of course.


Practical Magic (Practical Magic #2)
Author: Alice Hoffman
Published: 1995

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Practical Magic

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For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in town.

After Sally and Gillian Owens’s parents die, they come to live with their strange aunts. The siblings soon discover their great family legacy. Magic. As they grow up, watching their aunts help countless women by casting love spells for them as well as other spells for the right price, they also witness the consequences and feel the town’s whispers of witchery.

Gillian fall in love as much as possible, but Sally is logical and cautious with her heart. Both women just was to escape and they get their chance. One runs away and the other finally finds love and marries. They’re never truly far away from each other. Their bond keeps them close and protects them. A bond of magic and sisterhood.

 

The Rules of Magic

Book Review

I loved this book as much as I loved the one before it. 5 bolts for this one! It was elegant and poignant and tragic and heartbreaking. The magic lit this book with a warmth that soothes the heart. It’s a struggle being a woman and you get to see some of those struggles in this book. It’s a struggle to be in love, too.

Hoffman’s writing is so beautiful that it makes me ache. They’re like whispers on a warm wind that evokes delicious goosebumps. There’s just a longing in it and makes me daydream.

Scarlet Reader - Practical Magic

The magic isn’t just in the Owens family, but is this book. The cover is vibrant and creative and bewitching. I love the artistry. The writing style is wispy and has an ancientness to it that doesn’t touch the modern world.

The bond between main characters, Sally and Gillian, is one of true sisterhood. While there were times (a lot of times) that they didn’t see eye to eye and argued with each other, they also protected each other no matter what. They loved each other even though they struggled with one another, and you saw that echo on down with Sally’s daughters. I couldn’t get enough of it. It brought realism to the book and made it even more magical. A simply splendid coming- of-age tale.Scarlet Reader - Practical Magic

While there was sisterhood, there was also romance. It’s not easy for an Owens to find love. Sally and Gillian were not excluded. To see how each sister fell in love and how it was for them was emotional. The book takes a primary focus on it. It’s not the idea that love is some fairytale. It’s that love is hard and comes in many and unexpected ways. Also, that love is worth it. It can stun you, shock you, surprise you, make you feel like you can’t breathe and/or that you’re floating. So I hear anyway. All of this? This book greatly encourages it. It seeks for you to fall in love, too, like Sally and Gillian did and to not give up on it.

Overall

I haven’t brought up the movie LOL. The book and the movie are so incredibly different. So much so that they seem like they’re not even related. Both, however, were amazing. Practical Magic is my favorite movie hands down. It’s dramatic, filled with family, romance, and even a little horror, and the best part, magic. I really enjoyed this book. It’s going up on my favorites shelf.

 

Quotables:

“Real love is dangerous, it got you from inside and held on tight, and if you didn’t let fast enough you might be willing to do anything for its sake.” (p. 24)

“Never think summer is over, even when roses droop and turn brown and the stars shift position in the sky. Never presume August is a safe or reliable time of the year. It is the season of reversals, when birds no longer sing in the morning and the evenings are made up of equal parts golden light and black clouds.” (p. 193)

“Lightning, like love, is never ruled by logic. Accidents happen and they always will.” (p. 203)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

P.S. Song today? Crystal by Stevie Nicks.

 

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