Magic Lessons Pdf Summary Reviews By Alice Hoffman

Magic Lessons Pdf is a Historical Fiction Magical Realism novel by Alice Hoffman. In an unforgettable 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. Magic Lessons is a celebration of life and love and a showcase of Alice Hoffman’s masterful storytelling. 

Magic Lessons Book Summary

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.

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About Alice Hoffman Author Of Magic Lessons Pdf Book

Alice Hoffman
Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman Author Of Magic Lessons Pdf has written more than  thirty works of fiction, including Practical Magic, The Dovekeepers, Magic Lessons, and, most recently, The Book of Magic. She lives in Boston. Visit her website:

Magic Lessons pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information

Magic Lessons Pdf
Magic Lessons Pdf
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley; Reissue edition (August 5, 2003)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 286 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0425190374
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0425190371
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 8.3 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.1 x 0.85 x 8 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #6,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #215 in Family Saga Fiction
  • #627 in Contemporary Women Fiction
  • #692 in Literary Fiction (Books)
  • Customer Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars    7,522 ratings

Magic Lessons Book Reviews

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 2, 2022

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Told in a story book fashion, filled with magic, it is about women and men’s distrust of them, as well as distrust of what they perceive to be different. It is about the need, desire and the right to be onesself, whether it be a witch, an independent woman, or a Jew.

The store weaves history into it, from the Salem witch trials, to the Inquisitions, and to the pain and suffering inflicted on loved ones because of these things.

I loved the novel, not just because it held my interest on every page, but the message that love is stronger than any dark force opposed to it and will win in the end us what I need to believe.

Denise D. Davis

5.0 out of 5 stars loved this story
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 11, 2022

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Anyone that loved the movie “Practical Magic” must read this prequel. Great story as to the beginning of the Owens women. I have not read the book “Practical Magic”, that is my next book, I already know that it is not like the movie and I am fine with that. These are book of fantasy, sometimes light and sometimes not so light.


5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent prequel to Practical Magic and Rules of Magic
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 12, 2020

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Alice Hoffman’s longtime readers will know that women of the Owens bloodline, practitioners of the Nameless Art, have suffered from troubles of the heart for generations. “Beware of love, Maria Owens had written on the first page of her journal. Know that for our family, love is a curse. The curse, according to Maria’s writings, was simply “Ruination for any man who falls in love with them.” How did the curse come about? We learned a little of it in The Rules of Magic which gives us the backstory of how Sally and Gillian came to live with their aunts Franny and Jet and how Franny and Jet ended up living in the historic Owens family home. For instance, we know that Maria Owens fell in love with, and was ultimately betrayed by, the witchfinding magistrate of Salem, John Hathorne. But where and how?

Magic Lessons gives us Maria Owens’ complicated story, beginning with her life as a foundling in Essex, England, where she is taken in and raised by Hannah Owens, a practitioner. When Hannah foresees and suffers her own horrible fate, Maria leaves England and searches for safety, having been sold by her stepfather (for she eventually meets her mother) for indentured service to a captain on a vessel sailing to the Dutch colony of Curaçao. There she must work for five years for a Dutch family to earn her freedom. She does and just as she is going to be free she meets their guest, a tradesman by the name of John Hathorne. After a few fateful days, Maria is left heartbroken, pregnant, and bound toward the Salem colony of Massachusetts, to catch up with the man she is sure she loves. Only does he? And does he love her? With so much of the magic of the Nameless Art centered on love (and its heartaches), Maria has failed to listen to Hannah Owens cardinal rule- Always love someone who will love you back. She will pay a heavy price for this mistake, as will her daughter Faith, and the young Jewish man who saves Maria’s and Faith’s lives, just as Maria has saved his. But given Maria’s uttered curse, perhaps Samuel Dias’ price is just the price of happiness.

Magic Lessons is both a novel of historical fiction, looking at the era of the Salem Witch Trials, and a beautiful novel of fantasy, giving us the Owens family history. The elements of the Marrano history of the Sephardim in Portugal were a wonderful touch to the story, as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I am, however, now hungry for the story of Hannah Owens, and for that of the enchanting Catherine Durant, another practitioner. You will never satisfy us, Alice!

After reading, I promptly listened to Sutton Foster’s beautiful narration of the novel to enjoy the story all over again. Lessons learned? “Drink chamomile tea to calm the spirit. Feed a cold and starve a fever. Read as many books as you can. Always choose courage. Never watch another woman burn. Know that love is the only answer.”

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