For more than two hundred years, the Owens women had been blamed for everything that went wrong in their Massachusetts town. And Gillian and Sally endured that fate as well; as children, the sisters were outsiders. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, but... read more
Practical Magic is a complex story focusing on Sally and Gillian Owens. After their parents died in a fire when they were little girls, they were sent to live with their two eccentric aunts, Frances and Jet, in a dramatic old house on Magnolia Street built centuries before by their ancestor,... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Practical Magic is a complex story focusing on Sally and Gillian Owens. After their parents died in a fire when they were little girls, they were sent to live with their two eccentric aunts, Frances and Jet, in a dramatic old house on Magnolia Street built centuries before by their ancestor, Maria Owens, an apparent witch.
The girls live a life without rules, drinking soda for breakfast and never having to brush their teeth. But Gillian feels trapped, and when she's old enough, runs away with a boy who becomes her first husband out of many. Sally, meanwhile, only wants true love but is afraid that she'll end up like her mother and father - too in love to save themselves from the fire that killed them. But one day Sally meets Michael, the man of her dreams. She marries him and they have two children, Kylie and Antonia.
But then tragedy strikes. When Michael dies, Sally blames herself, the aunts and the centuries-old curse that surrounds the women of her family. She takes the girls away, despite their protests, in the hope of giving them a normal life with rules and healthy dinners and clean teeth.
Gillian, whom trouble seems to follow, comes to visit Sally at her new house on a balmy summer night with a surprise in her car, trouble up her sleeve and a detective following not far behind. She asks Sally for help cleaning up the mess she has made.
The story is back-to-back magic and mystery, a fairy tale for grown-ups, with a dramatic ending that sees the magic that surrounds the family come to lend a hand.
“Occasionally, someone might appear who wanted red pepper tea for a persnickety stomach, or butterfly weed for nerves, but every woman in town knew what the aunts' real business was: their specialty was love.”Sally
“My lover's heart will feel this pin, and his devotion I will win. There'll be no way for him to rest nor sleep, until he comes to me to speak. Only when he loves me best will he find peace, and with peace, rest.”Frances and Janet
“There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.”Alice Hoffman
“Sometimes running away means you're headed in the exact right direction.”Sally
Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.Highlighted by 45 Kindle customers
Sometimes, running away means you’re headed in the exact right direction.Highlighted by 39 Kindle customers
Trouble is just like love, after all; it comes in unannounced and takes over before you’ve had a chance to reconsider, or even to think.Highlighted by 38 Kindle customers
Goodness, in their opinion, was not a virtue but merely spinelessness and fear disguised as humility.Highlighted by 38 Kindle customers
the lonelier you are, the more you pull away, until humans seem an alien race, with customs and a language you can’t begin to understand.Highlighted by 35 Kindle customers
A halo around the moon is always a sign of disruption, either a change in the weather, a fever to come, or a streak of bad fortune that won’t go away. But when it’s a double ring, all tangled and snarled, like an agitated rainbow or a love affair gone wrong, anything can happen.Highlighted by 31 Kindle customers
IF a woman is in trouble, she should always wear blue for protection.Highlighted by 31 Kindle customers
What had she thought, that love was a toy, something easy and sweet, just to play with? Real love was dangerous, it got you from inside and held on tight, and if you didn’t let go fast enough you might be willing to do anything for its sake.Highlighted by 30 Kindle customers
She knows now that when you don’t lose yourself in the bargain, you find you have double the love you started with, and that’s one recipe that can’t be tampered with.Highlighted by 28 Kindle customers
ALWAYS keep mint on your windowsill in August, to ensure that buzzing flies will stay outside, where they belong.Highlighted by 24 Kindle customers
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