8 Best Alice Hoffman Books Update 05/2022

Best Alice Hoffman Books

It’s been a long time since Alice Hoffman has made us fall in love with her magical, atmospheric, and captivating books. From witches who are in love with each other to brave girls who want to be free, all of Alice’s characters are unique and loveable in their own ways. The new book in Alice’s Practical Magic series, Magic Lessons, is coming soon. We’re remembering some of our favorite Hoffman books. For someone who has written more than 30 stories, this was a hard list to choose from, but we can’t promise you’ll be sucked in by any of them, no matter which one you choose to read first.

The World That We Knew

by Alice Hoffman

The World That We Knew

This is Elizabeth’s favorite: THE WORLD THAT WE KNEW. In the beginning, there is a mother who wants to protect her family. Berlin is in the hands of the Nazis and is on the brink of a war that will kill many people. To provide a mythical guardian for her daughter, Hanni Kohn breaks all the rules and traditions. A fearsome woman who is in love with 12-year-old Lea and wants to keep her alive at all costs is the guardian Hanni Kohn wants for her daughter. As a group, they flee to France with the help of a local Rabbi’s daughter who is rebellious. They look for love and happiness in the middle of war. To show not only a moment in time, but also the passion of those who fought for survival and joy when the world around them was falling apart, magic and history work together. For when you want to be reminded that there are always people who fight for the good.

The Museum of Extraordinary Things

by Alice Hoffman

There is a Coney Island freak show called the Museum of Extraordinary Things that was put together by Coralie Sardie’s father. Coralie’s exceptional swimming skills make her conniving and sinister father think of something to do with his daughter. To make money off of the unusual, he shows his daughter as a mermaid along with his other unusual acts. This story has a lot of Alice’s magic mixed in with a story about young love in troubled times.

The Marriage of Opposites

by Alice Hoffman

Her favorite book is set on the tropical island of St. Thomas in the 1800s, where there is a forbidden love between two people who meet. Rachel wants to live out her dreams in Paris, but her father needs her to marry a widower with three kids of his own to save the business. It isn’t until this older husband dies that Rachel can truly take charge of her own life. Her husband’s nephew, Frédéric, who is handsome and a lot younger than him, comes from France to settle the estate. There is a scandal in Rachel’s whole family, including her favorite son, who will become one of the best artists in France. A defiant and passionate love affair starts it all.

The Rules of Magic

by Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic

Elizabeth loves Alice Hoffman’s new book, THE RULES OF MAGIC, which is a prequel to her best-selling book, PRACTICAL MAGIC. Greenwich Village in New York City is the perfect setting for this book. Practical Magic is about two young sisters being raised by their elderly aunts, Franny and Jet, who teach them about magic and how their family has a long history of being spell-bound. In THE RULES OF MAGIC, Hoffman tells the story of how Franny and Jet came to be teenagers in 1960s New York City. Along with their brother, Victor, the siblings learn about their family’s history and risk facing an inherited curse that tells them not to fall in love. For love, will they risk the curse on their family.

The Dovekeepers

by Alice Hoffman

This is Hannah’s Favorite thing: About two thousand years ago, nine hundred Jews stayed on a mountain in the Judean desert for months against Roman armies. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children were still alive when he died. Alice Hoffman wrote a book called THE DOVEKEEPERS that is based on this important historical event. The story is about four brave women: Yael, Revka, Aziza, and Shirah. The lives of these women all come together during the harrowing days of the siege to tell a powerful story of strength that is deeply rooted in history.

Faithful

by Alice Hoffman

Holly’s pick: Shelby is a survivor of a terrible car accident that left her best and only friend in a coma. Shelby is living in the aftermath of a lot of bad things. It’s been hard for her to deal with her guilt as she spirals into a deep depression because she was the one who died. After moving to New York City on a whim to start over, Shelby is finally able to get out of her dark place and start a new life. A group of people, including an angel who has been watching over Shelby, help her find happiness through rescued dogs, Chinese food, and a group of people who have lost their way.

The Red Garden

by Alice Hoffman

The Red Garden

When Holly reads Alice Hoffman’s book The Red Garden, she learns about the town of Blackwell, Massachusetts, which has been haunted for more than 300 years. People there have been linked by magic for that long. Everyone has a mysterious garden at the center of their lives where only red plants can grow. Because it has so many unique and vivid characters, The Red Garden is a Hoffman book you won’t want to miss out on.

Turtle Moon

by Alice Hoffman

This is Holly’s favorite: Keith Rosen has run away from home with an orphaned baby. His mother is worried and confused. Keith’s mother goes on her own journey to find him. Relationships in this story get a little messy as the characters try to figure out how to get out of each other. TURTLE MOON shows how good Alice Hoffman is at telling stories. In the beginning, I was so in love with them. You’ll fall in love with them, too.

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