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Rules of Magic
Rules of Magic | Alice Hoffman
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.
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LibrarianBecky
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Finally finished Book 2 in the Practical Magic series. Since I already read book 3 it‘s onto Book 4 and final in the series .. if you like witches .. you will love this series!!

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Megzmarie5
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I always enjoy books from Hoffman, but this one wasn‘t on the top of my list. Interesting narrative that weaves between character development, lessons of magic and the actual storyline. The book does a great job of giving the reader glimpses of history, love, family, and the inner wickedness we all must navigate. Using your powers to help or hurt in order to achieve what you want, very intriguing overall!

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fredamans
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Gissy
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#Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash
#ScarathlonDailyPrompt #19 curse (“...Owens family, love is a curse...”)

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@Staycurious

Clutterbucks_Queen I love the snow globe!! 😍 where did you get it from? 1mo
Gissy @Clutterbucks_Queen That wonderful store called Marshall‘s ☺️Every year I find amazing Halloween decorations. I‘m planning to check what is left after Halloween to take advantage of those discounts
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JenReadsAlot
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This has been on my shelf a long time... #scarathlondailyprompts @Clwojick

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LittlebearReads
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This was such an interesting exploration of how Franny and Jet came to be the Aunts we know in “Practical Magic.” Heartbreaking at every turn, yet still sweet and life-affirming. The inclusion of Dickenson‘s quote “unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality” feels especially poignant.

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JuliaTheBookNerd
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Love having any extra day off to sit in my library with some iced coffee and a book 😊 ☕️ 📖

#BookNerd 🤓💙📚

BethM Omg where did you get that glass!?! 5mo
marleed What a beautiful space! 5mo
JuliaTheBookNerd @BethM I got it from The Bookish Shop a couple years ago 😊 5mo
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Katie.happens
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I always love a Practical Magic novel. The stories always tug your heart strings and the characters are so painfully human, you can‘t help but want them to find happiness.

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Conleyheather
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Yellow dandelions always let me know that warmer days are just around the corner. I‘m so ready to be reading outside. #reesesbookclub

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WriterAtHeart
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Finally picked this book up and so happy that I did. I had been putting off reading my first Hoffman book, but I finally read something by her! I was hooked from the beginning and loved the creation of the mysterious ethos surrounding the Owen's family. I know that this is technically the second book published in the series, but I didn't mind reading it first given that it is a prequel to book 1. I am looking forward to the next book.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this cover 🌞💛 9mo
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Clare-Dragonfly
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I was really into this at first, but unfortunately the dreamlike writing style really started to drag. I felt like I was being told what to think and how to feel—which is a sure way to keep me detached from the narrative. I also thought the characters‘ reactions to the curse were nonsensical.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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Why has it taken me so long to read Alice Hoffman?! This is a delight so far. And I enjoyed encountering a kindred spirit in some past borrower who corrected a typo 😆

Amiable Love that edit! 🙌🏼 11mo
monalyisha Love everything about this post! 11mo
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katlyn447
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43 Books this year; my goal was 40. A busy and crazy year so I'm glad to have reached my goal even if it's less than past years.
Tagged my favorite of the year. I reread the whole series this year, and I just love it so much!

#PracticalMagic #Goodreads2021

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sprainedbrain
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I‘m continuing my first trip through the Practical Magic series, and so far have loved every book. The Rules of Magic is a gorgeous book! Vincent was such an unexpectedly great character, but Franny and Jet… oh my heart. ❤️

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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MeganAnn
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I finished my chronological reread of this series last week with Practical Magic on Saturday. However the Rules of Magic remains my favorite of the series — I think because Franny and Jet‘s stories resonate the most with my own past experiences figuring out who I am and what I want.

We spent Halloween evening handing out candy and watching the movie Practical Magic 🖤✨🔮

Practical Magic was my October #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

MeganAnn Many additional thanks to @DebinHawaii for the witchy tattoo on my wrist in my #basicwitchswap box. I put this on yesterday afternoon along with my witchy tshirt, hat and earrings to answer the door for trick-or-treaters. 13mo
DebinHawaii @MeganAnn That actually looks pretty cool! I wasn‘t sure how the silver would show up but I thought they‘d be fun/different. 🤗 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 13mo
Chrissyreadit I love how the tattoo looks 😍 13mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
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My latest sewing project is a witchy #booksleeve with ghosts haunting the inside.

BookwormAHN Cute 👻 13mo
GondorGirl I love your fabric choices! 🥰 13mo
Gissy Beautiful books sleeves!😱 ❤️ ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
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MaleficentBookDragon @GondorGirl Thanks. I bought some sharks fabric for myself to make next. (edited) 13mo
TheSpineView 🖤🖤🖤 Especially that you used a different material for the lining 13mo
tracey38 Nice one! 13mo
Avanders Beautiful! 👏🏽👏🏽 13mo
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Lizpixie
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Andrew65 100 hours up soon. 👏👏👏🙌 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 13mo
Lizpixie @Andrew65 I know. It‘s the best time I‘ve had so far, I haven‘t been sleeping well I‘m reading pretty much constantly with just a few hours of sleep. 13mo
TheSpineView Fabulous 13mo
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Lizpixie
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Trying to decide between these three books for my next #Scarathlon2021 #Screamathon #OutstandingOctober read but I can‘t make up my mind! I‘ve just finished the last two Merry Gentry books(posts upcoming)and need something different but just as readable. Magic, Vampires or Murder?🤔 1pt #TeamSlaughter

TrishB I read the vampire one recently and really enjoyed 👍🏻 13mo
Clwojick All such pretty colours! 13mo
Andrew65 I‘d have gone for murder. 13mo
Lizpixie @Andrew65 I did actually! Great minds huh🙌 13mo
Andrew65 @Lizpixie 🤣🤣🤣😍 13mo
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Linsy
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Eggs Brilliant 👍🏼👏🏻 14mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love this cover 💛💫 14mo
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angelamarie1029
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Loved this book so much more than I ever expected!

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BarkingMadRead
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Omg I loved this and I‘m so glad I have the others to read as well! So much fun and theme related for #teamhendrix plus it mentioned #halloween a few times. Score! This was also my #doublebookspin #scarathlon2021 @StayCurious @Clwojick @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 14mo
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BarkingMadRead
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Loving the tagged book! Week one of the #scarathlon2021 I scored 1874 points! @StayCurious @Clwojick

Clwojick Awesome job!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 14mo
StaceGhost I just finished this one! I liked it as much (if not more than) practical magic 14mo
BarkingMadRead @StaceGhost this is my first one, I‘ve seen Practical Magic but haven‘t read it yet. I have all 3 though, so I‘ll be reading them all! 14mo
StaceGhost @BarkingMadRun oooh yay! I just read them all for the first time too! I liked how much more realistic the sister relationships were in the book version of practical magic. It‘s definitely a different vibe though 14mo
StayCurious Wow you're amazing! 14mo
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mklong
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#Screamathon Book 2! I know it isn‘t scary, but it‘s about witches so I‘m counting it. I‘m so glad I decided to reread this series in chronological order, but this reread made me itch for a Susannah in Paris spin-off novel. Where do I put in my formal request for that?

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Kimberlone
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I didn‘t love this one as much as Magic Lessons, but it was a very sweet book nonetheless. I loved the time period and getting to experience the journey through life and love of Franny, Jet, and Vincent, as they try to circumvent the magic curse established by their ancestor, Maria Owens.

#Scarathlon2021 #TeamHendrix #Screamathon #LittenListen #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 14mo
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KatieDid927
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Chrissyreadit Yay!!!! 14mo
Chrissyreadit Hope you‘re not sick of me…. 14mo
KatieDid927 @Chrissyreadit lol never! 14mo
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Palimpsest
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I loved this story about Frances, Jet, and Vincent growing up in N.Y.C. on the cusp of the 1960s and spending time in Massachusetts with an aunt whose presence would help to alter their lives and become who they were really meant to be. This book made me feel a bit melancholic and thoughtful, but in a good way knowing that life is short and how even small decisions can change lives. A really beautiful story that I can tell will linger for awhile.

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Julsmarshall
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I loved this book! So lovely to learn the backstory of the Owens family in this lyrical, magical tale of family, love and loss. #BookspinBingo #authoramonth @TheAromaofBooks @Soubhiville

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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AmyG
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The story of Vincent, Franny and Jet Owens…and how they navigate the laws of the magical family they were born into. I enjoyed this so much. I couldn‘t help but love the Owens family.

@Soubhiville #AuthorAMonth September

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BookwormAHN
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This is the story of Frannie and Jet the Aunts from Practical Magic. It was a really fantastic and at times heartbreaking story. I loved it 😻
#AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville #aamah
#LittensDressdInBlood #Superstitions @MidnightBookGirl

KathyWheeler I liked Practical Magic, but loved this one so much more. 1y
AmyG I am reading this now and really enjoying it. 1y
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Scochrane26
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Really enjoyed this story of Franny, Jet, & Vincent. It was sad, and I wanted all the characters to find hope & some happiness. I read Practical Magic a few years ago but don‘t remember much about it. Think I liked this one more. #authoramonth

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Skygoddess1
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I really enjoyed this prequel to Practical Magic about the Aunts. It was great getting a deeper glimpse into the Owens family and the events surrounding their curse and how the sisters and their brother work to try and outwit the curse. #BookSpinBingo #AuthorAMonth

Read-y_Picker Just loved this one! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1y
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Eggs
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The irresistible story of the Owens family, who for many generations, were blessed/cursed with magic. The colorful 1960s is the setting that begins the novel—the Owens‘ siblings‘ mom Susanna forbids any foray into dark arts, but.....
Amazing, wonderful, compelling book!

#authoramonth2021 @Soubhiville
#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

librarygoddess619 I loved this one, too! Glad you liked it. 1y
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Texreader
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I adored this book, my first Alice Hoffman book, and of course now I have to read Practical Magic (& see the movie?). Siblings Franny, Jet, and Vincent learn they are witches, and about the rules of magic as they grow up in in NYC and Massachusetts during the turbulent 1960s and 70s. We follow their lives and tragedies—and adoringly, their familiars. Easily my fave #authoramonth book so far this year. @Soubhiville

Scochrane26 The movie is great but very different than the book. 1y
Soubhiville Oh yay! You have made me want to read it 😁 1y
Texreader @Scochrane26 Always so weird when that happens but sometimes that works 1y
Texreader @Soubhiville It was a great read 1y
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Q84
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Reread... listened to this for #AuthorAMonth

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Q84
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Started this one on my way into work this morning.

#AuthorAMonth #BookSpinBingo

AmyG I am reading this one, too. 1y
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Read-y_Picker
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Can I say I LOVED this one?? Super pick from me. 5 🌟 maybe due in part to how disappointed I was by the audiobook of Practical Magic. I didn‘t have the highest of expectations for this prequel but it ended up being a perfect origin story. The plot never got dull. The characters were well written, everything flowed seamlessly and tied beautifully into the next part with which I‘m already so familiar. I can‘t wait to dig into the next one.

Texreader What an excellent review!! 1y
DanaManiac I loved this one so much! I can‘t wait for the next installment coming in October! 🥳 1y
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Texreader
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Kitty cuddle time while I read.

Leftcoastzen 😻 1y
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“Unable are the Loved to die, for Love is immortality.” —Emily Dickinson

How lovely is that?

#authoramonth @Soubhiville

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Texreader
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I picked up daughter from college and I stopped working early and here we are getting our nails done! Life is good.

DivineDiana How nice! And I enjoyed this book! ❤️ 1y
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Texreader
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I asked you all for your recommendation of which Alice Hoffman I should read since I hadn‘t read anything by her, and my fellow Littens you‘ve chosen well. I‘m only on page two but it‘s definitely got my attention! #authoramonth @Soubhiville

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Texreader
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Y‘all, I have three Alice Hoffman books I‘ve never read, and I know I‘ll only get to one for next month‘s #authoramonth

I‘d love to hear anyone‘s opinion about which to read to introduce me to this author. Thanks!

KathyWheeler The Rules of Magic is a prequel of sorts to Practical Magic. I liked it. I haven‘t read the others. 1y
Sargar114 I second @KathyWheeler but I too haven‘t read the others, but I really enjoyed Rules of Magic. I actually preferred it to Practical Magic. 1y
Soubhiville I haven‘t read any of these. I have The Dovekeepers. I tried reading it once before and set it aside, so I‘m going to give it another try. 1y
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KathyWheeler @Sargar114 I liked it better than Practical Magic too. 1y
DivineDiana I vote for The Rules of Magic! 1y
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Jgacreations
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Being that practical magic is one of my favorite movies i had to read this one. The prequel shares the story of the family of before, when the aunts were young. Love this!

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JennyM
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In need of a bit of sparkle ✨ and magic 🪄this Sunday.

erzascarletbookgasm And here‘s some 💕 too. Have a good day! 1y
JennyM @erzascarletbookgasm you too, Jessie 😘 1y
LeeRHarry Sending you a hug 🤗 x 1y
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Cathythoughts Cover looks fab 💫 1y
JennyM @LeeRHarry and back to you, Lee. Did you see the tennis? So happy she won! 1y
JennyM @Cathythoughts it‘s gorgeous and I‘m liking the story, too. A bit of magical escapism. ✨ 1y
TrishB Enjoy ♥️ 1y
JennyM @TrishB thanks lovely. Hoping there‘s magic in the match also. We will be up early and screaming along with everyone back home ⚽️ 🤞 (edited) 1y
TrishB It will certainly be a big night! 1y
LeeRHarry @JennyM I did - it was very exciting 😊 so glad she won …now if Djokovic loses and England win it will be a perfect sporting weekend! 😊not looking forward to the 5am start tomorrow 😬 1y
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Mdonald
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BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1y
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Andrea4
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I was hesitant going into this because of somewhat mixed reviews and my love for PM. That said, I was glad I finally chose it- I really always loved Franny and Jet and prequels are always interesting! I'm not in love with Vincent's storyline, I expected something more shocking?
I love the backdrop of the 60s and war. More magic would have been more fun. Oh well, the remedy for love is to love more. The remedy for magic ..more magic! Haha

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Kris10H
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Just as in love with this book as I am with Practical Magic. ❤