Series Saturday – August

Hello bookworms!

I have decided to start a new monthly feature on my blog called Series Saturday. I was amazed at how many book series I had on my shelf and thought it was about time I shared them with you all. Each month I will choose one series to feature. This may be a series I have read and loved or am yet to read. This month I have decided to share a magical series that I started last year and have recently finished…..

As a teenager and young adult I absolutely adored the film Practical Magic starring Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock. When I discovered it was based on a book I decided to wanted to read it. Thankfully a few of the ladies in my book club also wanted to read the series so we started a buddy read. For anyone not familiar with the series here is the synopsis of the first book Magic Lessons.

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.

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 celebration of life and love and a showcase of Alice Hoffman’s masterful storytelling.

What do I love about this series?

The is just a phenomenal series! In the first book we learn the origins of the Owen’s family and the curse Maria set upon her bloodline. I loved the historical aspect of this book and all the herbal remedies that were classed as magic. In the second book we meet Fran, Jet and Vincent for the first time and these siblings ended up being my favourite of all the characters. Practical Magic ended up being my least favourite but I think that’s because of how much I love the movie. The final book was a brilliant conclusion to this fantastic series and I would go as far as to say the entire collection is one of my favourites.

There’s magic, there’s history and complex but beautiful relationships. What else could you ask for?

Have you this series? Which was your favourite?

Fancy sharing a series on your shelf? Why not join in?


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