The Glorious Train Wreck Mom

This is a safe space for all train wrecks. Except here, we don't give you a puppy and a latte. We give you sarcasm and humor.

This is a very short list. It has one book on it. But it is a book I’ve been waiting to come out for years. Being the witchy chick that I am, it should come as no surprise that I am eagerly waiting for the sequel to Practical Magic to come out.

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The Book of Magic: A Novel (The Practical Magic Series 4) by Alice Hoffman

From the Amazon description –

Master storyteller Alice Hoffman brings us the conclusion of the Practical Magic series in a spellbinding and enchanting final Owens novel brimming with lyric beauty and vivid characters.

The Owens family has been cursed in matters of love for over three-hundred years but all of that is about to change. The novel begins in a library, the best place for a story to be conjured, when beloved aunt Jet Owens hears the deathwatch beetle and knows she has only seven days to live. Jet is not the only one in danger—the curse is already at work.

A frantic attempt to save a young man’s life spurs three generations of the Owens women, and one long-lost brother, to use their unusual gifts to break the curse as they travel from Paris to London to the English countryside where their ancestor Maria Owens first practiced the Unnamed Art. The younger generation discovers secrets that have been hidden from them in matters of both magic and love by Sally, their fiercely protective mother. As Kylie Owens uncovers the truth about who she is and what her own dark powers are, her aunt Franny comes to understand that she is ready to sacrifice everything for her family, and Sally Owens realizes that she is willing to give up everything for love.

The Book of Magic is a breathtaking conclusion that celebrates mothers and daughters, sisters and brothers, and anyone who has ever been in love.

About Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman is the author of thirty works of fiction, including Practical Magic, The Red Garden, The Dovekeepers and, most recently,The Museum of Extraordinary Things. She lives in Boston. Visit her website: http://www.alicehoffman.com

To learn more about the author and their other books, click here. https://amzn.to/3Ati6AI

To buy the two book series for Kindle e-book, click here. https://amzn.to/3zncTZN

Listen, here’s the thing. Practical Magic is one of the few books I read after watching the movie. And I’m glad I did because (as always) the book was so much better. And I wanted more. In my head, I now had a family. The Owens’ became my family. For real, who wouldn’t want the Aunts as their own. And that house. Admit it, you tried to make your spoon stir by itself. I fell in love with a world that only exists in my head. And I desperately wanted to be Sally. Strong. Fierce. Protective. No nonsense. But open to love when the time was right.

The Rules of Magic came out and we got the story of the Aunts and then some. I won’t spoil it but there’s a lot more to this family than what you know. This is when I fell in love with Jet and Franny. Strong women. Independent women. Don’t give a damn women. Unless family is involved. Then you bet your red boots they’re up in it. My heart broke from grief and joy reading this book. And still, I wanted more.

The latest book is Magic Lessons. This is Maria’s story. The one that started it all. I have never wanted red boots so badly as I did when I read this. Maria’s story sets the course for the next three chronologically. I’m a sucker for a good romance and let me tell you, this book did not disappoint. I honestly felt closure with this one. I felt like, yeah, there were some things left unfinished in the story but overall I was OK.

And then I found out about Book of Magic coming out. Two days before my birthday. I cried. This is it. This is the finishing story. And I’m going to have to say goodbye to these lovely humans who have been with me my entire witchy life.

But I guess that’s the good thing about books. We can always go back to them and start the adventure over again. It’s almost like going home. Except here, we have chocolate cake for breakfast and we jump off the roof at Halloween. And because of these books, I always throw spilled salt over my left shoulder, keep rosemary by my garden gate, and plant lavender for luck.

Have you read any of the books in the Practical Magic series? What did you think? Let us know. That’s all I’ve got for today train wrecks, so all aboard.

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