I was so busy babysitting and dealing with runny noses yesterday, my Monday Mailbox post went away in a ball of four-year-old drama and tissues. So, today, we’re doing First Chapter, First Paragraph Intro Tuesday and using what arrived in my mailbox over the week, making it a genuine two for one!

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Don’t forget to check out last weeks Mailbox Monday, or my review of Nothing Bad Happens Here by Nikki Crutchley.

Recent Additions

Yes, yes, I know it’s a Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club pick, but I have long enjoyed Alice Hoffman’s books and I couldn’t resist.

FCPIT – Two In OneThe Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
Published by Simon and Schuster on October 10th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Literary, Historical, Occult & Supernatural
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From beloved author Alice Hoffman comes the spellbinding prequel to her bestseller, Practical Magic.

Find your magic.

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.

The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy. Thrilling and exquisite, real and fantastical, The Rules of Magic is a story about the power of love reminding us that the only remedy for being human is to be true to yourself.

First Chapter, First Paragraph – The Rules Of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Once upon a time, before the whole world was changed, it was possible to run away from home, disguise who you were, and fit into polite society. The children’s mother had done exactly that. Susanna was one of the Boston Owenses, a family so old that the Daughters of the American Revolution were unable to deny them admission to their exclusive organizations, despite the fact that they would have liked to close the door to them, locking it twice. Their original ancestor, Maria Owens, who had arrived in America in 1680, remained a mystery, even to her own family. No one knew who had fathered her child or could fathom how she came to build such a fine house when she was a woman alone with no apparent means of support. The lineage of those who followed Maria was equally dubious. Husbands disappeared without a trace. Daughters begat daughters. Children ran off and were never seen again.

In Other News …

I did make myself a shirt a couple days back, a generic baseball T with a glittery and important message …

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That’s it! Let me know what you think of Nothing Bad Happens Here, or let me know what landed in your mailbox recently!