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Publisher's Summary

“Hoffman certainly knows how to enchant” (The New York Times Book Review) in this breathtaking conclusion to the Practical Magic series - a spellbinding and bewitching novel that asks: How far will you go to change your fate?

For over 300 years, a curse has kept the Owens family from love - 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.

A heartfelt and satisfying conclusion to a beloved series, The Book of Magic celebrates mothers and daughters, sisters and brothers, and anyone who has ever been in love.

©2021 Alice Hoffman. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

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it's good that the author decided we needed a suitable ending to the Owens saga. The book "Practical Magic" was very important to me as a middle aged woman with a toad or two in her garden. It gave me hope and a bit of magic in love. Now, as a woman who has more in common with the elderly aunts and a couple of middle aged daughters of my own, I enjoyed seeing the fruition of the love of this family.

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Loved it

Listened to this over two days. Couldn’t stop. It’s perfect. Love it. Now to listen to all three in order. ❤️

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such a great ending to a magical saga

this is by far my most favourite book series I ever listened to, just love Hoffman's books and the "magic" saga is the very best, leaves you feeling just happy and satisfied, a must listen!

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Wrong reader

Wrong reader for this book unfortunately. She just reads, with no voice to individual characters. The characters are well written, but the reader does not give them any life. Makes story hard to track. All are read the same, story is lost. This one better to read.

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Absolutely Wonderful!

To me it was the ultimate series finale! Intergenerational, intercontinental Magic.
Loved it start to finish. Thank you, Alice Hoffman.

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Good to wrap it all up but it’s a lot to throw out there. Multi/generations on top of each other. Too much recapping needed stretched it out too much at times. The narrator spoke too slowly. First time I have ever had to put the dial up past 1.0.

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Too much "tell", not enough "show". Author needs a course in writing fiction. A waste of time and money. Find something else to read.

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Splendid

I loved it and it was just what I was in the mood for. Thank you

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I am struck by how much Alice Hoffman's prose feels like poetry. She tells a powerful a story with such gentleness and beauty. I have read all the books in this trilogy numerous time and each time it is a wondrous experience. Jennifer Ehle gives voice to those words beautifully, her cadence perfect for the story and her gentle pacing only adds to the experience.

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This is the 4th and last one of the Practical Magic series and at this point I'm in love with all the characters and it was very hard for me to finish it knowing someone had to go (no spoilers)
I love the story and the voice and speed of the narrator, I will definitely be reading more from Hoffman.
It took me about a month to finish cuz I kept putting it off by reading something else, but at last I'm done and I'm gonna miss all the Owens sisters.