: The Magic of Ordinary Days: A Novel (): Ann Howard Creel: Books. The Magic of Ordinary Days is a Hallmark Hall of Fame production based on a novel of the same name by Ann Howard Creel and adapted as a teleplay by. Olivia Dunne, a studious minister’s daughter who dreams of being an archaeologist, never thought that the drama of World War II would affect.

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The Magic of Ordinary Days

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Return to Book Page. Olivia Dunne, a studious minister’s daughter who dreams of being an archaeologist, never thought that the drama of World War II would affect her quiet life in Denver. An exhilarating flirtation reshapes her life, though, and she finds herself banished to a rural Colorado outpost, married to a man she hardly knows. Overwhelmed by loneliness, Olivia tentatively tries to esta Olivia Dunne, a studious minister’s daughter who dreams of being an archaeologist, never thought that the drama of World War II would affect her quiet life in Denver.

Overwhelmed by loneliness, Olivia tentatively tries to establish a new life, finding much-needed friendship and solace in two Japanese American sisters who are living at a nearby internment camp.

When Olivia unwittingly becomes an accomplice to a crime and is faced with betrayal, she finally confronts her own desires. Beautifully written and filled with memorable characters, Creel’s novel is a powerful exploration of the nature of trust and love.

Paperbackorrinary. Published June 25th by Penguin Books first published Denver, Colorado United States.

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Linda I was able to get my copy at the library. See 2 questions about The Magic of Ordinary Days…. Lists with This Book. Mar 31, Jaidee rated it liked it Recommends it for: Creel had a 5 star book here had she taken more time and care with this gentle historical drama romance.

This book takes place in Colorado in the s. It is about an intelligent young woman who gets herself pregnant and then is sent to marry with a socially awkward but loving farmer who is willing to raise the child as his own.

She befriends two Japanese sisters that work on her husband 3 “whimsical, delicate but sometimes often even off the mark” stars. She befriends two Japanese sisters that work on her husband’s farm as they have been sent to a camp for being Japanese during World War 2. Creel is expert at letting a story unfold slowly, langourously even and is quite adept at describing shifting emotions and internal psychological struggles around matic, desire, grief and gender and ethnic dynamics.


If she focused solely on this she would have had a quietly moving masterpiece. Creel wants to do more though. She wants to “tell” rather than “show” the ethical dilemas about the treatment of the Japanese during World War 2 in the U. She also wants to infuse poetry into her prose and this is where she really loses me. It is amateurish, flowery and often does not fit. It ordinart me out of the very interesting and beautiful story and made me shudder.

Saccharine, artificial and contrived were many of these passages. I find it really difficult to deal with a book that is so moving and important on one page that then leads to a horrible Hallmark greeting card on another page. Very glad I read the book but I’m not sure I’ll be back to read another of her books! My partner just looked up and saw that Hallmark actually makes movies and this book was adapted into a film.

I will watch it and report back. View all 13 comments.

Nov 21, Sawsan rated it liked it. Happiness may be found in unexpected places and with unexpected people. View all 6 comments. Feb 03, Hilary rated it it was amazing. I loved this book! I picked it up after watching and loving the Howad movie version of the novel.

It’s even better than the movie! It’s set in ‘s Colorado farming country, and Livvy is forced into an arranged marriage by her strict father when she becomes pregnant out of wedlock. She marries a shy, simple farmer she’s never met before her wedding day.

This book taught a few lessons that I loved: Love between a husband and wife is not just about physical credl, butterflies in jagic st I loved this book!

Love between a husband and wife is not just about physical attraction, butterflies in the stomach, etc, that is portrayed in the movies. It’s about selflessness, kindness, and commitment. Livvy learns that through her saint of a husband, Ray.

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Throughout the book Livvy has a hard time forgiving herself for getting pregnant by some loser she thought she loved. Ray is patient and loving, and never judges her about her past. This allows her to forgive herself.

She is also able to accept the consequences of her actions, and she realizes that this new life is even better than she could have hoped for. I want to be a spouse like Ray! He is so kind, he is so patient, he is extremely selfless, doing anything to make her happy, even when she gives him nothing in return.

That’s what makes a good marriage! I’ve said a lot, but I just thought this book was great! I must say, there were a couple sexy scenes, just so I said I warned you! Oct 08, Heather rated it it was amazing. Reading each page was like rolling a chocolate around in my mouth. The words and crel were that beautiful. The story was artfully and thoughtfully created and I ended up loving these wonderfully human characters with all their brilliance and flaws.


As my friend Laura pointed crel, it was so great to see the protagonist’s attitude change over the course of the book. I think it was because she was surrounded by uncommonly good and kind people, whose words and actions brought me to t I loved this. I think it was because she was surrounded by uncommonly good and kind people, whose words and actions brought me to tears several times. Maybe these kind of people aren’t so uncommon though, because I know many in real life, and this book made me appreciate them even more.

View all 5 comments. Jun 18, Linda rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was so impressed with the story that I had to get the book. Olivia Dunne is the oldest of three sisters. She is the only one who is single and she is also pursuing her master’s degree in history. Intelligent with goals to better her life, she wants to become an archeologist. At the opening of the story she is taking care of her mother who is ill. This is a simple story of love-gone-wrong during the early days of Kagic.

Olivia is a minister’s daughter who does the unthinkable; she gets pregnant after a one-night stand with a soldier that she thought would love and marry her. Unfortunately it is war time and he never returns. Her mother passes away and her strict father sends her off to marry a farmer. Someone who has known heartache in his own way. Journey with these two isolated individuals who eventually earn orrinary respect and then love, from one another.

Deep in scope, this is a powerful story with interesting characters.

Besides the warmhearted romance you will learn what was expected of farmers during this era. There is also a secondary story between Olivia and two Japanese sisters she meets. This is one of those romances that you will be sad to end. Ann Howard Creel normally writes young girl fiction but this adult fiction is oh-so-sweet. The movie follows the book but takes some liberties. Read the book first. I highly recommend this special form of enchantment.

View all 9 comments. I really did not like this book. I found the plot and the writing to be too simplistic, the characters to be too one-dimensional, and the relationships between characters to be poorly developed. The choices made by the characters felt contrived and I did not find myself caring in the least what would become of them.