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Title:The Rules of Magic
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Alice Hoffman
Publisher:Simon & Schuster
ISBN 13:
Number of Pages:369
Category:Fiction, Fantasy, Magical realism, Historical fiction, Witches, Paranormal

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

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For the Owens family love is a curse that began in 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 sixties 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 i Practical Magic i while Vincent their beloved brother will leave an unexpected legacy

The Dovekeepers

Over five years in the writing The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman s most ambitious and mesmerizing novel a tour de force of imagination and research set in ancient Israel br br In C E nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada a mountain in the Judean desert According to the ancient historian Josephus two women and five children survived Based on this tragic and iconic event Hoffman s novel is a spellbinding tale of four extraordinarily bold resourceful and sensuous women each of whom has come to Masada by a different path Yael s mother died in childbirth and her father an expert assassin never forgave her for that death Revka a village baker s wife watched the horrifically brutal murder of her daughter by Roman soldiers she brings to Masada her young grandsons rendered mute by what they have witnessed Aziza is a warrior s daughter raised as a boy a fearless rider and an expert marksman who finds passion with a fellow soldier Shirah born in Alexandria is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine a woman with uncanny insight and power br br The lives of these four complex and fiercely independent women intersect in the desperate days of the siege All are dovekeepers and all are also keeping secrets about who they are where they come from who fathered them and whom they love

Here on Earth

After nearly twenty years of living in California March Murray along with her fifteen year old daughter Gwen returns to the sleepy Massachusetts town where she grew up to attend the funeral of Judith Dale the beloved housekeeper who raised her Yet returning to her hometown also brings her back to Hollis March s former soul mate and lover March s father had taken the teenaged Hollis an abandoned child and the product of a series of detention homes into his house as a boarder and treated him like a son Yet March and Hollis s passionate love was hardly a normal sibling relationship When Hollis left her after a petty fight March waited for him three long years wondering what she had done wrong br br Encountering Hollis again makes March acutely aware of the choices that she has made and the choices everyone around her has made including Mrs Dale who knew more of love than March could ever have suspected and her brother Alan whose tragic history has left him grief struck with alcohol as his only solace Her attraction to Hollis is overwhelming and March jeopardizes her marriage her relationship with her daughter and her own happiness in an attempt to reclaim the past

Practical Magic

The Owens sisters confront the challenges of life and love in this bewitching novel from i New York Times i bestselling author Alice Hoffman br br 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 br br 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 br

The Marriage of Opposites

From the i New York Times i bestselling author of i The Dovekeepers i and i The Museum of Extraordinary Things i a forbidden love story set on the tropical island of St Thomas about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro the Father of Impressionism br br Growing up on idyllic St Thomas in the early s Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris Rachel s mother a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules Growing up Rachel s salvation is their maid Adelle s belief in her strengths and her deep life long friendship with Jestine Adelle s daughter But Rachel s life is not her own She is married off to a widower with three children to save her father s business When her husband dies suddenly and his handsome much younger nephew Fr derick arrives from France to settle the estate Rachel seizes her own life story beginning a defiant passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family including her favorite son who will become one of the greatest artists of France br br Building on the triumphs of i The Dovekeepers i and i The Museum of Extraordinary Things i set in a world of almost unimaginable beauty i The Marriage of Opposites i showcases the beloved bestselling Alice Hoffman at the height of her considerable powers Once forgotten to history the marriage of Rachel and Fr derick is a story that is as unforgettable as it is remarkable

The Museum of Extraordinary Things

Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the sinister impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things a Coney Island boardwalk freak show that thrills the masses An exceptional swimmer Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father s museum alongside performers like the Wolfman the Butterfly Girl and a one hundred year old turtle One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man taking pictures of moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River The dashing photographer is Eddie Cohen a Russian immigrant who has run away from his father s Lower East Side Orthodox community and his job as a tailor s apprentice When Eddie photographs the devastation on the streets of New York following the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire he becomes embroiled in the suspicious mystery behind a young woman s disappearance and ignites the heart of Coralie


Growing up on Long Island Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate Her best friend s future is destroyed in an accident while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt br br What happens when a life is turned inside out When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky Faithful is the story of a survivor filled with emotion from dark suffering to true happiness a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world A fan of Chinese food dogs bookstores and men she should stay away from Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls including an angel who s been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night br br Here is a character you will fall in love with so believable and real and endearing that she captures both the ache of loneliness and the joy of finding yourself at last For anyone who s ever been a hurt teenager for every mother of a daughter who has lost her way Faithful is a roadmap

The Red Garden

i The Red Garden i introduces us to the luminous and haunting world of Blackwell Massachusetts capturing the unexpected turns in its history and in our own lives br br In exquisite prose Hoffman offers a transforming glimpse of small town America presenting us with some three hundred years of passion dark secrets loyalty and redemption in a web of tales where characters lives are intertwined by fate and by their own actions br br From the town s founder a brave young woman from England who has no fear of blizzards or bears to the young man who runs away to New York City with only his dog for company the characters in i The Red Garden i are extraordinary and vivid a young wounded Civil War soldier who is saved by a passionate neighbor a woman who meets a fiercely human historical character a poet who falls in love with a blind man a mysterious traveler who comes to town in the year when summer never arrives br br At the center of everyone s life is a mysterious garden where only red plants can grow and where the truth can be found by those who dare to look br br Beautifully crafted shimmering with magic i The Red Garden i is as unforgettable as it is moving

The Ice Queen

From the bestselling author of i Practical Magic i a miraculous enthralling tale of a woman who is struck by lightning and finds her frozen heart is suddenly burning br br Be careful what you wish for A small town librarian lives a quiet life without much excitement One day she mutters an idle wish and while standing in her house is struck by lightning But instead of ending her life this cataclysmic event sparks it into a new beginning br br She goes in search of Lazarus Jones a fellow survivor who was struck dead then simply got up and walked away Perhaps this stranger who has seen death face to face can teach her to live without fear When she finds him he is her opposite a burning man whose breath can boil water and whose touch scorches As an obsessive love affair begins between them both are forced to hide their most dangerous secrets what turned one to ice and the other to fire br br A magical story of passion loss and renewal i The Ice Queen i is Alice Hoffman at her electrifying best

The Story Sisters

The Story Sisters charts the lives of three sisters Elv Claire and Meg Each has a fate she must meet alone one on a country road one in the streets of Paris and one in the corridors of her own imagination Inhabiting their world are a charismatic man who cannot tell the truth a neighbor who is not who he appears to be a clumsy boy in Paris who falls in love and stays there a detective who finds his heart s desire and a demon who will not let go br br What does a mother do when one of her children goes astray How does she save one daughter without sacrificing the others How deep can love go and how far can it take you These are the questions this luminous novel asks br br At once a coming of age tale a family saga and a love story of erotic longing The Story Sisters sifts through the miraculous and the mundane as the girls become women and their choices haunt them change them and finally redeem them It confirms Alice Hoffman s reputation as a writer whose keen ear for the measure struck by the beat of the human heart is unparalleled The Chicago Tribune

The Probable Future

Alice Hoffman s most magical novel to date three generations of extraordinary women are driven to unite in crisis and discover the rewards of reconciliation and love br br Women of the Sparrow family have unusual gifts Elinor can detect falsehood Her daughter Jenny can see people s dreams when they sleep Granddaughter Stella has a mental window on the future a future that she might not want to see br br In The Probable Future this vivid and intriguing cast of characters confronts a haunting past and a very current murder against the evocative backdrop of small town New England By turns chilling and enchanting The Probable Future chronicles the Sparrows s legacy as young Stella struggles to cope with her disturbing clairvoyance Her potential to ruin or redeem becomes unbearable when one of her premonitions puts her father in jail wrongly accused of homicide Yet this ordeal also leads Stella to the grandmother she was forbidden to meet and to a historic family home full of talismans from her ancestors br br Poignant arresting unsettling The Probable Future showcases the lavish literary gifts that have made Alice Hoffman one of America s most treasured writers

The Marriage of Opposites, The Probable Future, Faithful, The Dovekeepers, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, The Story Sisters, The Ice Queen, Practical Magic, The Red Garden, Here on Earth