The Rules of Magic
If only I could give this a million stars, I would. If you loved Practical Magic, you'd love this prequel. I read it in two days and then started over again. To say I enjoyed diving back into the world of magic was an understatement. In some ways, prequels are more satisfying to me than a series written in chronological order because the reader knows what ends up happening and like watching an accident or live theater you can't take your eyes away.
Of course, everyone has a back story and although this one contains magic it still plainly shows the honest truths about how families treat each other. Watching Jet, Franny and Vincent grow up together breaking the rules set out by their Mother was a lesson in human nature. As the reader, I knew there was no stopping magic, and yet with every page, the suspense continued to build. I read it last Spring and still think about certain passages and events in the story daily.
I read a DRC of The Rules of Magic after shamelessly begging the folks at Edelweiss Above the Treeline for a copy.