While I love the Owens women, when I read a series of books, I like to see consistency in events and character arcs. When she wrote the prequel to Practical Magic, she pretty barely even bothered to ret-con it to match the film. Fair enough, I guess. The film was very popular and still much beloved. Maybe what everyone wanted were prequels and sequels to the movie, not the book. In fact, in this sequel, some major characters are thrown away, or their arcs changed completely, as is the conclusion of the first book. Oops, there's still a curse after all. I love Alice Hoofman's writing. This likely isn't a popular viewpoint, but I think it would have been better if she'd started fresh, and maybe written about the adventures of another branch of the Owen's family.