Book of the Day - The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
I almost read the Rules of Magic in one sitting. Last week, there was night that I couldn't sleep because my mind was too awake, so I picked up this book and started reading. Two and a half hours later... I was almost finished. I didn't get much sleep that night, but The Rules of Magic was a welcome distraction that enveloped my mind and brought me along on the riveting journey of the three main characters and siblings, Franny Vincent, and Jet.
The Rules of Magic tells the story of the three siblings as they grow from teens into adults in New York in the 1960s. They sense that they have unusual capabilities, even though their parents strongly discourage association with anything magical, and they soon discover their family ties dating back to the 1600 witches of Salem fame. As they journey through life and deal with both happiness and tragedy, searching for and finding true love, and developing only the bond that siblings can share, Franny, Jet, and Vincent come alive and pull you deep into their world.
This book felt like perfect blend of magic and reality to me. The characters felt extremely real despite the fact that they could do several magical things I'm not capable of, like foreseeing the future and brewing teas to make ex-lovers forget you. Franny began as my least favorite character in the book, but by the end, I was convinced of her fortitude, wisdom, and quiet resilience, especially as she solved problems and took care of her siblings without a thought to her own desires.
I should also note that this book is a prequel to Practical Magic, which I have not read but am now planning to do so. This was the first book by Alice Hoffman that I have read, and I think I will give a few more a try.