By Alice Hoffman
** Publication Date 5 October 2021 **
This series is one of my faves. Alice Hoffman gave us another perfect story about the Owens women. Sally & Gilly are now older. Sally has two daughters of her own. Antonia is the older, a med student, and Kylie is the younger, trying to find her way in the world.
The curse that has followed the family for years is still in play, as we meet Franny’s & Jet’s long lost brother Vincent, who has recently lost the love of his life. Gilly is “married” but living separate from her husband to avoid the curse. Sally has kept the curse a secret from her girls, as well as keeping them from knowing about the Owens magical powers.
When a distant relative mentions the curse at a family gathering, Kylie’s ears perk while Antonia dismisses it as family gossip. But when tragedy befalls the family, and Kylie, it sets her off on a path to find out the truth and save her true love.
Sadly, this is the end of the road for the Owens family saga. Brilliantly written and in keeping with all the previous novels, Hoffman gives the family the right closure to their story. Reading about where the little girls have ended up, now grown, where the beloved aunts are at this point in their lives, and finding new family members to love make every page of this novel memorable.
If you haven’t read any of the Owens family books, start at the beginning. If you’ve only seen the movie, start at the beginning. You won’t be disappointed. As always, the books are better than the film (which is still one of my faves.)