“Sometimes you have to leave home. Sometimes, running away means you’re headed in the exact right direction.”

Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic, p. 56

I was looking forward to reading this book much as I had for Safe Haven, as I love the movie, but this was another book that I found hard to get into. It was a good book, just not a favorite. The book and movie are vastly different, that’s for sure. Of course, there is a ton of extra detail within the book that was left out of the movie, but I found the movie was more entertaining in this case. Shocker, I know.

I’m one that looks for a thrill to be had within the books that I read. I do try and give almost everything a chance with a few exceptions, however, when it lacks things like action and suspense I tend to take longer to get through the book. You would think I would read faster to get through it and onto another that would hold my interest better, but I’m actually the opposite. There was quite a bit that went on throughout this book but it was more just fiction with a dash of romance, nothing that caught onto me, making me want to turn the pages quickly to see what was bound to happen.

The story flows well, moving from the aunts taking in Gillian and Sally to Sally and her two girls. Then comes when Jimmy comes up dead. But unlike in the movie where Sally goes to her sister and ends up killing Jimmy on the way, Gillian shows up with him already dead and they bury him in Sally’s backyard instead of that of the aunts. There really isn’t all that much that goes on at the aunts’ house in Massachusetts like how everything happens there in the movie. In the book, everything pretty much takes place at Sally’s place in New York. If the book would have made me laugh more, or even get teary-eyed at times, I probably would have enjoyed it more, but it was one that I was happy to experience, even if it’s not one I’ll reread on a regular occasion.

About Practical Magic

For 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…

A list of Alice Hoffman’s books can be found on her site here – Book List


Have you read this book? If so, what did you think of it?

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