First Impression Friday – The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman

Here’s a little Friday something called First Impression Friday hosted by J W Martin.

First Impression Friday is a meme where you talk about a book that you have JUST STARTED! Maybe you’re only a chapter or two in, maybe a little further. Based on this sampling, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.

The Blurb: Alice Hoffman’s most magical novel to date—three generations of extraordinary women are driven to unite in crisis and discover the rewards of reconciliation and love.

Women of the Sparrow family have unusual gifts. Elinor can detect falsehood. Her daughter, Jenny, can see people’s dreams when they sleep. Granddaughter Stella has a mental window on the future—a future that she might not want to see.

In The Probable Future this vivid and intriguing cast of characters confronts a haunting past—and a very current murder—against the evocative backdrop of small-town New England. By turns chilling and enchanting, The Probable Future chronicles the Sparrows’s legacy as young Stella struggles to cope with her disturbing clairvoyance. Her potential to ruin or redeem becomes unbearable when one of her premonitions puts her father in jail, wrongly accused of homicide. Yet this ordeal also leads Stella to the grandmother she was forbidden to meet and to a historic family home full of talismans from her ancestors.

First Impressions: Having read and been completely captivated by The Rules of Magic at the beginning of the year, I was excited to find this earlier novel (2003) from Alice Hoffman at a book fair and quickly snapped it up….then I let it sit for 6 months in my tbr pile….whoops!!!

Now with the end of the year so close, I have been attempting to get through my tbr pile in anticipation of all the lovely Christmas book presents and holiday purchases on the way.

I only picked this book up from the pile yesterday and have had to force myself to put it down to get things done. I am immediately captured by the character of Stella – the 13th generation of Sparrow women, who upon their 13th birthday discover their unique, powerful and magical abilities.

I am drawn to the relationships between women so beautifully portrayed by Alice Hoffman and am looking forward to seeing how the relationships between grandmother, mother and daughter develop throughout the book.

Like all Alice Hoffman novels, I am expecting this book to be wonderfully moving and poetic; with magic woven into every line.