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Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic

Alice Hoffman

In the 1600s, Maria was abandoned in a snowy field in rural England as a baby. Under the care of Hannah Owens, who recognizes that Maria has a gift, she learns about the 'Unnamed Arts.' When Maria is abandoned by the man who has declared his love for her, she follows him to Salem, Massachusetts. She invokes a curse that will haunt her family for generations.  And she learns the lesson that she will carry with her for the rest of her life: Love is the only thing that matters. -- adapted from jacket