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From beloved author Alice Hoffman comes the spellbinding prequel to her best seller Practical Magic.

Find your magic.

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the '60s, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood-red hair; shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people's thoughts; and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

From the start, Susanna sets down rules for her children. No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And, most importantly, never, ever fall in love. But when her children visit their aunt Isabelle in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City, each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.

The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered and sometimes feared aunts in Practical Magic while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy. Thrilling and exquisite, real and fantastical, The Rules of Magic is a story about the power of love reminding us that the only remedy for being human is to be true to yourself.

©2017 Alice Hoffman (P)2017 Simon & Schuster

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Terrible narration

I love Alice Hoffman...have for years. I was thrilled to see another on the way and pre-ordered this book. I am currently on chapter 3 and had to stop to write this. The narration is awful. It's unfeeling, dull and any attempts at character personalization fall flat. I hate this person who is ruining my usually enthralled, enlightened Alice Hoffman experience. Mystical detail and rich character development are Hoffman staples! Why are you ruining them with your boring, monotone delivery?! I will keep listening in the hopes the story becomes so enticing I won't notice her snore-fest.

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Magic indeed :)

An engaging and lovely story. I enjoyed it so much I purchased Practical Magic to listen to ,even though I own the hard copy.

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Sweet and beautiful

The Rules of Magic is so much better than practical Magic. The story flows so much better.

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Amazingly wonderful

Amazingly wonderful for those who believe in the practical magic of everyday life and the powerful magic of love.

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