Published by Penguin on August 5, 2003
The Owens sisters confront the challenges of life and love in this bewitching novel from New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman.
For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape.
One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back—almost as if by magic...
Welcome to the Eighth day of October! I hope that your year has been going well. If you have been with me a while, you will know that every year I attempt to watch a lot of scary movies for October mostly to cure myself of my wariness of scary movies. When I started this series several years ago, I could barely sit through a scary movie to save my life. Now since doing this series I can say that I am much better. Last year, I decided to attempt to add books to this series. Unfortunately, I didn’t end up completing this series last year, but I have high hopes for this year 😉
This was a Paper & Glam book club read back in 2019, but alas I didn’t get to it then. Luckily, I was able to find this book and it’s prequel book at a local used book seller for pretty cheap, so I was finally able to read it. I was glad to hear that there was a book to a movie that I have loved so much and is so much fun to watch this time of year.
I loved that the book has a bit more depth than the movie and gives a bit more background on the characters and why they are in the situations they are in. Don’t get me wrong I love that the movie just thrusts you into situations , but I do also a lovely background story. I also loved reading about some of the other characters, which I thought in a way gave the story more depth. I would love to see how the story continues with Antonia and Kylie, but even if we never get that book that would be fine to.
I would definitely recommend you read this book if you are looking for a fun Halloween read that isn’t too scary. I would also recommend this book if you loved the movie with Sandra Bullock just as much as I did. I hope that you’ll keep an eye on this space for more blog content coming soon 😉 See you soon!