Practical Magic

Now that I've finished Alice Hoffman's Practical Magic I understand why Sarah Addison Allen's book are compared to it. They have the same magical realism about them, where magic is just accepted as part of life whether you like it or not.

There are the parts that you want to believe - like the luck of blue patio stones, roses and lavendar. That you should always plant rosemany by your gate. That meeting a couple in love can make you crave lemonade.

But if you believe in those lovely parts you must believe in the opposite - that spirits can haunt you and cause strife in your house. That lilacs can bloom all summer long because they are haunted. That Kaylie can see the spirit that no one else sees and can feel everyone's emotions so much that they start to leave her empty. That you can make someone fall in love with you by sticking pins in a dove's heart and that the love you so want may not be at all what you imagined.

I'm familiar with the movie version of the book. It was one of those movies in university that we used to put on while we were "studying". I couldn't help but pictute Sandra Bullock and Nichole Kidman as Sally and Gillian. I was surprised by the differences in the book versus the movie - how much older Sally's girls were, Gillian's love interest, that they didn't live with the aunts.

The aunts, I love the aunts. They are such a touchingly sad pair - scared to love so they hide it away and in doing so push Sally and Gillian away.

Sigh. I want more of this book.