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Alice Hoffman - Author

About the Author

Alice Hoffman is the bestselling author of eighteen acclaimed novels, including The Ice Queen, Practical Magic, Here on Earth, The River King, Blue Diary, Illumination Night, Turtle Moon, Seventh Heaven, and At Risk. She lives in Massachusetts.

 

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Featured books by Alice Hoffman

The World That We Knew

The World That We Knew

Author: Alice Hoffman Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/08/2020

This moving, thoughtful, and expressive historical novel walked into my heart with deep empathy, and more than a hint of fantasy. Set during the Second World War, between 1941 and 1944, The World We Knew explores the nature of war, anti-Semitism, and what people can become when faced with the hardest of choices. When Hanni Kohn approaches her rabbi to help save her 12 year old daughter from the Nazi regime, assistance comes from the least likely of places. The first chapter, stark, urgent, and compelling was so intense I almost stopped breathing. As the chapter came to a close I sat for a moment in contemplative silence. I simply adored how Alice Hoffman balances the fantasy element of the novel, it feels as though a truth has been sent free. I disappeared into the words, and took to my heart that survival isn’t just a matter of life or death. One word of advice, you may need to have tissues close to hand, I cried at the beauty of the ending. The World That We Knew is not only one of my picks of the month, it has also been chosen as a LoveReading Star Book.

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Practical Magic

Practical Magic

Author: Alice Hoffman Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/10/2017

As so often happens when a book is filmed as this is, there is far greater detail on the page than on the screen, here perhaps more than most.  In its recently written prequel, The Rules of Magic, which follows the lives of the wacky aunts Jet and Fran, we are only introduced to these sisters who dominate this story, Gillian and Sally, towards the end of that book.  Here, in this original classic published in 1995, we get their story. Unlike the film (which is wonderful) the troubles Sally has bringing up her teenage daughters as a single mum, is extensively handled.  Sadly the aunts are rather in the background and Gillian’s love interest comes in late too.  If you have not read this and only seen the film then I urge you to do so but read The Rules of Magic first since you now can.  Both books and the film are enchanting, highly recommended. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

eBooks of the Month
The Museum of Extraordinary Things

The Museum of Extraordinary Things

Author: Alice Hoffman Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/03/2015

Coney Island, 1911: Coralie Sardie is the daughter of a self-proclaimed scientist and professor who acts as the impresario of The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a boardwalk freak show offering amazement and entertainment to the masses. An extraordinary swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl,and a 100 year old turtle, in her father's museum . She swims regularly in New York's Hudson River, and one night stumbles upon a striking young man alone in the woods photographing moon-lit trees. From that moment, Coralie knows her life will never be the same. The dashing photographer Coralie spies is Eddie Cohen, a Russian immigrant who has run away from his father's Lower East Side Orthodox community. As Eddie photographs the devastation on the streets of New York following the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, he becomes embroiled in the mystery behind a young woman's disappearance and the dispute between factory owners and labourers. In the tumultuous times that characterized life in New York between the world wars, Coralie and Eddie's lives come crashing together in Alice Hoffman's mesmerizing, imaginative, and romantic new novel.

eBooks of the Month
The Museum of Extraordinary Things

The Museum of Extraordinary Things

Author: Alice Hoffman Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/03/2015

Coney Island, 1911: Coralie Sardie is the daughter of a self-proclaimed scientist and professor who acts as the impresario of The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a boardwalk freak show offering amazement and entertainment to the masses. An extraordinary swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl,and a 100 year old turtle, in her father's museum . She swims regularly in New York's Hudson River, and one night stumbles upon a striking young man alone in the woods photographing moon-lit trees. From that moment, Coralie knows her life will never be the same. The dashing photographer Coralie spies is Eddie Cohen, a Russian immigrant who has run away from his father's Lower East Side Orthodox community. As Eddie photographs the devastation on the streets of New York following the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, he becomes embroiled in the mystery behind a young woman's disappearance and the dispute between factory owners and labourers. In the tumultuous times that characterized life in New York between the world wars, Coralie and Eddie's lives come crashing together in Alice Hoffman's mesmerizing, imaginative, and romantic new novel.

eBooks of the Month
The Dovekeepers

The Dovekeepers

Author: Alice Hoffman Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/08/2012

The lives of four sensuous, bold and remarkable women intersect in the year 70 AD, in the desperate days of the siege of Masada, when supplies are dwindling and the Romans are drawing near. All are dovekeepers, and all are keepers of secrets - about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love...

eBooks of the Month
The Third Angel

The Third Angel

Author: Alice Hoffman Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/04/2009

She is one of my favourite authors with a large back catalogue that fluctuates between tales with a magical or fey slant and stories of American life.  This is the first one she has set in London.  It centres around a corridor in a hotel in Knightsbridge which is reputed to be haunted – but this is not a ghost story, it is a tale of a tormented soul, of love and loss and sadness and it is stunning. Comparison: Sadie Jones, Patricia Schonstein, Joanne Harris.

eBooks of the Month
The Blue Diary

The Blue Diary

Author: Alice Hoffman Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/04/2002

An idyllic family are shattered by a phone call that reveals a terrible crime, committed years before. Alice Hoffman once again has hit gold with a story that will leave you feeling a plethora of emotions as you watch a family fall apart and the effects it has on all those around them. As always Hoffman captures the mood and atmosphere brilliantly, transporting you right in to this small sleepy town and it’s newfound problems. Highly recommended.

eBooks of the Month
Seventh Heaven

Seventh Heaven

Author: Alice Hoffman Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/09/2014

Nora Silk doesn't really fit in on Hemlock Street, where every house looks the same. She's divorced. She wears a charm bracelet and high heels and red toreador pants. And the way she raises her kids is a scandal. But as time passes, the neighbors start having second thoughts about Nora. The women's apprehension evolves into admiration. The men's lust evolves into awe. The children are drawn to her in ways they can't explain. And everyone on this little street in 1959 Long Island seems to sense the possibilities and perils of a different kind of future when they look at Nora Silk.This extraordinary novel by the author of The River King and Local Girls takes us back to a time when the exotic both terrified and intrigued us, and despite our most desperate attempts, our passions and secrets remained as stubbornly alive as the weeds in our well-trimmed lawns.

eBooks of the Month
Turtle Moon

Turtle Moon

Author: Alice Hoffman Format: Ebook Release Date: 28/08/2009

Turtle Moon transports the listener to Verity, Florida, a place where anything can happen during the month of May, when migrating sea turtles come to town, mistaking the glow of the streetlights for the moon.A young single mother is murdered in her apartment and her baby is gone. Keith, a 12-year-old boy in the same apartment buildingthe self-styled "e;meanest boy"e; in townalso disappears. In pursuit of the baby, the boy and the killer, are Keith's divorced mother and a cop who himself was once considered the meanest boy in town. Their search leads them down the humid byways of a Florida populated almost exclusively by people from somewhere else; emotional refugees seeking sanctuary along the swampy coast.

eBooks of the Month
The Rules of Magic

The Rules of Magic

Author: Alice Hoffman Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2018

Practical Magic, to date Alice Hoffman's biggest ever selling novel, became a major Hollywood film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman who played sisters Sally and Gillian Owens. In this sparkling prequel we meet sisters Frances and Jet and Vincent, their brother. From the beginning their mother Susanna knew they were unique: Franny with her skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, who could commune with birds; Jet as shy as she is beautiful, who knows what others are thinking, and Vincent so charismatic that he was built for trouble. Susanna needed to set some rules of magic: no walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles and certainly, absolutely, no books about magic... But the Owens siblings are desperate to uncover who they really are. Each heads down a life-altering course, filled with secrets and truths, devastation and joy, and magic and love. Despite the warning handed down through the family for centuries - Know that for our family, love is a curse - they will all strive to break the rules and find true love. Book 2 in the Practical Magic series 'Hoffman delights in this prequel to Practical Magic... a coming-of-age tale replete with magic and historical references to the early witch trials. The spellbinding story, focusing on the strength of family bonds through joy and sorrow, will appeal to a broad range of readers. Fans... will be bewitched' Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Rules of Magic

eBooks of the Month

Other books by Alice Hoffman

The Book of Magic

The Book of Magic

Author: Alice Hoffman Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/10/2021

'Filled with secrets and splendour and light and dark... It casts a spell' Matt Haig, author of The Midnight Library The Owens family finally confronts the curse that has marked their family for centuries in the thrilling and unforgettable conclusion to the beloved Practical Magic series The Owens family has been cursed in matters of love for over three-hundred years. In Massachusetts, beloved aunt Jet Owens hears the deathwatch beetle, a signal she has only seven days to live. She has finally discovered the secret to breaking the curse, but is out of time to help. And she is not the only one in danger - the curse is already at work. The new Owens generation is unaware of the family's witchcraft lineage and of the curse. But one of the young sisters has fallen in love. After declaring their love for each other, her boyfriend falls into a coma, spurring three generations of Owens women and a long-lost brother to venture back to where it all began and use their gifts to break the curse once and for all. Doing so threatens to destroy everything the family has fought so hard to protect. How much will they give up for the greatest gift of all? PRAISE for ALICE HOFFMAN 'Beautiful, harrowing, a major contribution to twenty-first century literature' Toni Morrison 'I am still reeling from The Dovekeepers - from the history Alice Hoffman illuminates, from the language she uses to bring these women to life. This novel is a testament to the human spirit and to love rising from the ashes of war. But most of all, this novel is one that will never be forgotten by a reader.' Jodi Picoult 'In her remarkable new novel, Alice Hoffman holds a mirror to our ancient past as she explores the contemporary themes of sexual desire, women's solidarity in the face of strife, and the magic that's quietly present in our day-to-day living. Put The Dovekeepers at the pinnacle of Hoffman's extraordinary body of work. I was blown away.' Wally Lamb 'Alice Hoffman takes seemingly ordinary lives and lets us see and feel extraordinary things.' Amy Tan 'Miss Hoffman heals wounds with the gentle touch of an angel' Joseph Heller 'Oh, what a book this is! Hoffman's exploration of the world of good and evil, and the constant contest between them, is unflinching; and the humanity she brings to us - it is a glorious experience.' Elizabeth Strout

Magic Lessons

Magic Lessons

Author: Alice Hoffman Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2020

The extraordinary novel tracing a centuries-old curse back to its beginning from the author of PRACTICAL MAGIC and THE DOVEKEEPERS We first met the Owens in the glorious novel Practical Magic. We discovered the tragedy of the Owens siblings in Rules of Magic. Now we learn how it all began... with a baby abandoned in a snowy English field in the 1600s. Under the care of gentle Hannah Owens, little Maria learns about the 'Unnamed Arts'. Maria has a gift for them - a gift that may well prove her undoing. When Maria is abandoned by the man she loves, she invokes the curse that will haunt her family for centuries. Because magic has rules, and they must be followed. This is the lesson that Maria will carry with her for the rest of her life, and pass on to her children and her children's children. PRAISE for ALICE HOFFMAN 'Beautiful, harrowing, a major contribution to twenty-first century literature' Toni Morrison 'I am still reeling from The Dovekeepers - from the history Alice Hoffman illuminates, from the language she uses to bring these women to life. This novel is a testament to the human spirit and to love rising from the ashes of war. But most of all, this novel is one that will never be forgotten by a reader.' Jodi Picoult 'In her remarkable new novel, Alice Hoffman holds a mirror to our ancient past as she explores the contemporary themes of sexual desire, women's solidarity in the face of strife, and the magic that's quietly present in our day-to-day living. Put The Dovekeepers at the pinnacle of Hoffman's extraordinary body of work. I was blown away.' Wally Lamb 'Alice Hoffman takes seemingly ordinary lives and lets us see and feel extraordinary things.' Amy Tan 'Miss Hoffman heals wounds with the gentle touch of an angel' Joseph Heller 'Oh, what a book this is! Hoffman's exploration of the world of good and evil, and the constant contest between them, is unflinching; and the humanity she brings to us - it is a glorious experience.' Elizabeth Strout

Survival Lessons

Survival Lessons

Author: Alice Hoffman Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2020

The New York Times-bestselling author and cancer survivor tells how to hold on to joy in times of sorrow in this absolutely beautiful book (Sue Monk Kidd). The prize-winning author of such modern literary classics as Practical Magic, The World That We Knew, and The Marriage of Opposites, Alice Hoffman is also a cancer survivor. In Survival Lessons, she shares her transformative journey, showing us how to re-envision our own lives and relationships with our friends and family, and the significance of the everyday choices we make. Sorrow and joy are both part of the human experience, and the beauty of the world is easy to overlook during periods of crisis, illness, or loss. Here, Hoffman offers wit, wisdom, and comfort in an optimistic instruction manual [for] anyone struggling with self-care in a time of trouble (Story Circle Book Reviews). In this gem of a book, Alice Hoffman acknowledges the sorrows of life, while reminding us of its joys. Survival Lessons is filled with love, insight, and lots of practical advice-including a crazy-good brownie recipe. -Will Schwalbe, New York Times-bestselling author of The End of Your Life Book Club Hoffman's storytelling artistry enlivens each intimate, thoughtfully distilled, charming, and nurturing lesson in living. -Booklist [Survival Lessons] is not about [Hoffman's] breast cancer per se but about making choices that will improve readers' lives and relationships and remind them 'of the beauty of life.' -Library Journal Full of smart intentions and kind reminders . . . Uplifting advice we'll gladly take. -Better Homes & Gardens

The World That We Knew

The World That We Knew

Author: Alice Hoffman Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2019

This moving, thoughtful, and expressive historical novel walked into my heart with deep empathy, and more than a hint of fantasy. Set during the Second World War, between 1941 and 1944, The World We Knew explores the nature of war, anti-Semitism, and what people can become when faced with the hardest of choices. When Hanni Kohn approaches her rabbi to help save her 12 year old daughter from the Nazi regime, assistance comes from the least likely of places. The first chapter, stark, urgent, and compelling was so intense I almost stopped breathing. As the chapter came to a close I sat for a moment in contemplative silence. I simply adored how Alice Hoffman balances the fantasy element of the novel, it feels as though a truth has been sent free. I disappeared into the words, and took to my heart that survival isn’t just a matter of life or death. One word of advice, you may need to have tissues close to hand, I cried at the beauty of the ending. The World That We Knew is not only one of my picks of the month, it has also been chosen as a LoveReading Star Book.

Star Books
The Rules of Magic

The Rules of Magic

Author: Alice Hoffman Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2018

Practical Magic, to date Alice Hoffman's biggest ever selling novel, became a major Hollywood film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman who played sisters Sally and Gillian Owens. In this sparkling prequel we meet sisters Frances and Jet and Vincent, their brother. From the beginning their mother Susanna knew they were unique: Franny with her skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, who could commune with birds; Jet as shy as she is beautiful, who knows what others are thinking, and Vincent so charismatic that he was built for trouble. Susanna needed to set some rules of magic: no walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles and certainly, absolutely, no books about magic... But the Owens siblings are desperate to uncover who they really are. Each heads down a life-altering course, filled with secrets and truths, devastation and joy, and magic and love. Despite the warning handed down through the family for centuries - Know that for our family, love is a curse - they will all strive to break the rules and find true love. Book 2 in the Practical Magic series 'Hoffman delights in this prequel to Practical Magic... a coming-of-age tale replete with magic and historical references to the early witch trials. The spellbinding story, focusing on the strength of family bonds through joy and sorrow, will appeal to a broad range of readers. Fans... will be bewitched' Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Rules of Magic

Rules of Magic

Rules of Magic

Author: Alice Hoffman Format: Ebook Release Date: 10/10/2017

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.

Faithful

Faithful

Author: Alice Hoffman Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/11/2016

She was disappearing inch by inch, vanishing into thin air, and then one day a postcard arrived . . . There was no return address, no signature, only a scrawled message: Say something. Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl growing up on Long Island until one night a terrible road accident brings her life to a halt. While her best friend Helene suffers life-changing injuries, Shelby becomes crippled with guilt and is suddenly unable to see the possibility of a future she'd once taken for granted. But as time passes, and Helene becomes an almost otherworldly figure within the town, seen by its inhabitants as a source of healing, Shelby finds herself attended to by her own guardian angel. A mysterious figure she half-glimpsed the night of the car crash, he now sends Shelby brief but beautiful messages imploring her to take charge of her life once more . . . What happens when a life is turned inside out? When you lose all hope and sense of worth?Shelby, a fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookshops, and men she should stay away from, captures both the ache of loneliness and the joy of finding oneself at last. From the bestselling author of The Dovekeepers comes this spellbinding, poignant and life-affirming story of one woman's journey towards happiness and the power of love, family and fate. ';A great atmospheric storyteller . . . Her books are a real pleasure' Kate Atkinson ';Alice Hoffman reminds us with every sentence that words have the power to transport us to alternate worlds' Jodi Picoult

The Marriage of Opposites

The Marriage of Opposites

Author: Alice Hoffman Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/08/2016

'As intoxicating as the finest island rum' Independent From the bestselling author of The Dovekeepers comes a love story about one of history's most captivating 'invisible' women: Rachel, the mother of Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro. Growing up on the idyllic island of St Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachel's mother, a pillar of their tight-knit refugee community of Jews who escaped the European Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for refusing to live by the rules. But Rachel's fate is not in her own hands: in order to secure the future of her father's business, she is married off to a widower with three children. When her husband dies suddenly and his handsome nephew Frederic arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes control of her life, beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal affecting her entire family, including her favourite son, Camille Pissarro, who will one day become a founder member of the Impressionists and one of history's greatest artists. Set in a world of lush, exquisite beauty, The Marriage of Oppositesshows Alice Hoffman at the height of her considerable powers. The marriage of Rachel and Frederic is an unforgettable story of an extraordinary woman and her forbidden love.

Nachtvogel oder Die Geheimnisse von Sidwell

Nachtvogel oder Die Geheimnisse von Sidwell

Author: Alice Hoffman Format: Ebook Release Date: 28/07/2016

Als Twig mit ihrer Mutter in dem idyllischen Stadtchen Sidwell ankommt, ist sie nicht die einzige Person auf dem Rucksitz. Von ihrem Bruder darf jedoch nie jemand etwas erfahren, genauso wenig wie von dem Fluch, der auf ihrer Familie lastet. Deshalb macht Twig sich so unsichtbar wie moglich und entdeckt dabei jede Menge Geheimnisse in Sidwell: Dinge verschwinden, seltsame Graffiti tauchen auf ... Ob das alles mit dem geflugelten Ungeheuer zu tun hat, das sich in mondhellen Nachten uber ihrem Haus in die Lufte schwingt?Wahrend die Leute in Sidwell reden und die aberwitzigsten Vermutungen anstellen, vergrabt Twig sich in Schweigen. Und macht einen besonders groen Bogen um Julia, das mitreiend frohliche Nachbarsmadchen. Die lasst sich allerdings durch nichts und niemanden davon abhalten, Twigs beste Freundin zu werden, und dann ist es auf einmal vorbei mit der Geheimniskramerei - zum Gluck, denn gemeinsam ist alles plotzlich ganz leicht. Zusammen machen die beiden Madchen sich daran, die Geheimnisse von Sidwell zu losen.Eine magische Geschichte uber das Normale am Anderssein, die Kraft der Freundschaft und einen Ort, an dem alles moglich ist.

Marriage of Opposites

Marriage of Opposites

Author: Alice Hoffman Format: Ebook Release Date: 04/08/2015

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Museum of Extraordinary Things: a forbidden love story set on the tropical island of St. Thomas about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarrothe Father of Impressionism.Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachels mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules. Growing up, Rachels salvation is their maid Adelles belief in her strengths, and her deep, life-long friendship with Jestine, Adelles daughter. But Rachels life is not her own. She is married off to a widower with three children to save her fathers business. When her husband dies suddenly and his handsome, much younger nephew, Frdrick, arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes her own life story, beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family, including her favorite son, who will become one of the greatest artists of France. Building on the triumphs of The Dovekeepers and The Museum of Extraordinary Things, set in a world of almost unimaginable beauty, The Marriage of Opposites showcases the beloved, bestselling Alice Hoffman at the height of her considerable powers. Once forgotten to history, the marriage of Rachel and Frdrick is a story that is as unforgettable as it is remarkable.

Nightbird

Nightbird

Author: Alice Hoffman Format: Ebook Release Date: 10/03/2015

Bestselling author Alice Hoffman's bewitching Nightbird is perfect for ages 10-13:love and friendship empower a lonely girl to embrace her uniqueness and discover her strengths.Twig lives in Sidwell, where people whisper that fairy tales are real. After all, her town is rumored to hide a monster. And two hundred years ago, a witch placed a curse on Twig's family that was meant to last forever. But this summer, everything will change when the red moon rises. It's time to break the spell.PraiseNominated for: The Great Stone Face Award (NH) Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award (Illinois) The Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (Maryland) ';Hoffman reminds us that there are secrets everywhere . . . Nightbird soars.'The New York Times';Alice Hoffman has a gift for melding magic and realism in a way that makes nearly anything seem possible.'Shelf Awareness, Starred';The mix of romance and magic is irresistible.'Kirkus ReviewsWhat Other Authors Are Saying';I love the way Alice Hoffman creates the most ordinary people and then turns their lives magical. . . . [Nightbird] is like reentering a wonderful dream that you vaguely remember.' Lois Lowry, two-time Newbery Medalwinning author of The Giver

White Horses

White Horses

Author: Alice Hoffman Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/10/2014

Alice Hoffman, the bestselling author of such beloved novels as Practical Magic and Seventh Heaven, has written a powerful story of love that shows why she has been called a "e;born storyteller"e; (Entertainment Weekly).When Teresa was a little girl, she dreamed of dark-eyed, fearless heroes on white horses who would sweep her away. But now, as the grown-up Teresa negotiates life and love, she begins to understand that fairy tales don't always come true.

Drowning Season

Drowning Season

Author: Alice Hoffman Format: Ebook Release Date: 15/09/2014

The matriarch of a Long Island clan with a stubbornly suicidal son and a defiant, restless granddaughter, Esther has hired a Russian landscaper to watch over the family as well as the grounds of their secluded waterfront estate. But he has been watching Esther, too. And his love for her is growing wild enough to uproot them all.The author of Here on Earth and The River King presents a "e;stunning and hypnotic"e; novel that "e;interweaves past and present with piercing images and unfailing energy"e; (Publishers Weekly).

Angel Landing

Angel Landing

Author: Alice Hoffman Format: Ebook Release Date: 15/08/2014

The bestselling author of Practical Magic offers "e;an affecting love story, laced with humor"e; (Booklist) that tells the tale of a man and a woman, an activist and a therapist, so consumed with helping others that they are in danger of failing in their duty to themselves.Natalie, a therapist, is in love with Carter-but he is deeply dedicated to his environmental work, and the fate of their relationship takes a backseat to the fate of the planet. Then a new client walks into Natalie's office. He is an intriguing man, with an incredible tale to tell, and under his influence she faces questions about the direction of her own passion, the true meaning of commitment ... and the possibility of finding the love she seeks-right in her own backyard.

Fortune's Daughter

Fortune's Daughter

Author: Alice Hoffman Format: Ebook Release Date: 15/07/2014

This fierce and beautiful story charts the histories of two women: Rae, young, unmarried, and far from home, awaits the birth of her first child. Lila, a fortune-teller with no interest in the future, lost her own daughter more than a quarter of a century earlier in New York. When these two women meet in Southern California, it's earthquake weather-the time when unexpected things happen. Immediately, their lives and fortunes become intertwined, as Rae tries to break away from the man she has been with since high school and Lila reaches into the past to search for the child she lost.This contemporary world is set against a series of Russian folktales told by an old woman who lives at the edge of Manhattan, in a place so well hidden it can only be found once in a lifetime.

Museum of Extraordinary Things

Museum of Extraordinary Things

Author: Alice Hoffman Format: Ebook Release Date: 18/02/2014

From the beloved, bestselling author of The Dovekeepers, a mesmerizing new novel about the electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York during the volatile first decades of the twentieth century.Coney Island: Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a boardwalk freak show that amazes and stimulates the crowds. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her fathers museum, alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl, and a one-hundred-year-old turtle. One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man photographing moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River. The dashing photographer is Eddie Cohen, a Russian immigrant who has run away from his fathers Lower East Side Orthodox community and his job as an apprentice tailor. When Eddie captures with his camera the devastation on the streets of New York following the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, he becomes embroiled in the mystery behind a young womans disappearance. New York itself becomes a riveting character as Hoffman weaves her magic, romance, and masterful storytelling to unite Coralie and Eddie in a sizzling, tender, and moving story of young love in tumultuous times. The Museum of Extraordinary Things is Hoffman at her most spellbinding.

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