First, let me start off by confessing that I did see the movie first. I saw the movie years ago when it first came out and loved it. It is still one of my favorites. I guess the real question is, what took me so long to read the book? I can't answer that, except to say that the book is very different from the movie. (I hate to say it, but I did like the movie better.)
When I saw that Hoffman released a prequel of sorts to this novel, I decided it was time to read this one. It is still the story of sisters. Both wanting more than just being an Owens woman and the burdens that carries. One sister will run away, the other will marry and try to be someone different. In the end, the sisters will come back to each other. They will fight, they will love, they will learn...together. The writing is eloquent, if a bit spare. The story left me wanting more, and I can't explain why.
The prequel, The Rules of Magic came out on October 10, 2017 and tells the story of the aunts. I definitely need to read this one sooner, rather than later.
A very enjoyable read. Delightful and entertaining.
The Washington Post coined the phrase Yankee Magical Realism to describe Hoffman's work. In the Owen family, three generations of women weave their spells of magic and love, making lilacs bloom out of season and hearts race with passion. An amazing read from an author who improves with each book.
Alice Hoffman's magical realism and prose delight me. I will eat her words (in the best, most delicious way possible).
I think of this as one of my "safety blanket books" that I have reread countless times. Sometimes I'll just pick it up and read a portion because it makes me feel comfortable and happy - hence, safety blanket book.
It's sacrilege when people prefer the movie over the book, especially when the book isn't pandering to its audience. Hoffman has a certain touch to all her books and has just the right amount of detail to give you an idea of what's going on. In comparison to the movie, this book isn't strictly plot driven. It mostly describes the lives of the characters and the transformations they go through. In comparison to the movie....it's more honest and authentic. The movie touches at your romantic core while the book is just touching. Nuff said.
Good, relatively light reading. I loved how magic was casually interspersed into the story.
An enjoyable way to spend some free time. The magical aspect in all of Hoffman's books (at least the ones I've read thus far) is always fun. Relationships and love are are at the forefront here, so it's definitely chick-lit.
This book was good, not great. Oddly, i liked the movie better.
Not the greatest book. Watch the movie instead.
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