Okay, so I wouldn’t say that this author is an author of horror, but more dramatic. I am pretty sure you have watched the movie, Practical Magic. Well, it was based on the book with the same name, but, the story is somewhat different. I actually fell in love with the story, and just watch the movie for entertainment. The prequel, The Rules of Magic, is based on the Aunts, on their brother, from childhood to adulthood, when you are introduced to Sally and Jillian.
I listened to the audio books, and they were wonderful (the times I was traveling four hours round trip, and at work for nine hours). It made the commute time less stressful. I felt like I was in their own world, and seeing everything through their own eyes.
In The Rules of Magic, you learn why the Aunts are the way they are, and many people assumed that in Practical Magic (the movie), that the Aunts had a sister, but no, they had a brother. In the movie, the man running around with the sisters when they were babies, he would be the brother. Ta-dah!!!
If you are keen to the movie, I suggest you pick up The Rules of Magic, and then read Practical Magic. It just makes more sense that way, now that you know about the history.
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A wonderful “history” book on different women of the same family line with different personalities.
A sweeping historical saga that traces five generations of fiercely powerful mothers and daughters – witches whose magical inheritance is both a dangerous threat and an extraordinary gift.
I saw A Secret History of Witches advertised on Facebook on Mother’s Day. I had to order it. I love anything with witches. The story starts out in 1827, with meeting the grand witch Ursele, who dies and is left buried in the middle of nowhere while her daughters and their husbands run for hiding. You meet her daughters, and the only witch out of the daughters who births a daughter is Nanette.
It goes on with her daughter Ursele (yes, named after the grandmother), Ursele has a daughter Irene. Irene has a daughter Morwen who has a daughter Veronica, which ends with her. Each daughter has a different personality. Through each daughter, the power becomes stronger, and each learn of their heritage in a different way.
I can see this story as a mixture of Charmed and Practical Magic. You learn of the heritage and how it all began. You will love, you will hate, you will fear, and you will grow.
I rate the book 5/5 for not only the way it was written, but the story and the feeling.
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