This is the second book written about the Owens family, but is the prequel to Practical Magic. In this book you learn the origin of the curse, and how the Aunts in Practical Magic came to live at the house on Magnolia Street. Fully developed characters and environments (I want to live in the house on Magnolia Street), make you long to settle in for an extended stay, but the book is a fast read and too soon it is over. I have only seen the movie Practical Magic and now look forward to reading the book.