: 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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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.

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Buy The Magic of Ordinary Days: Livvy could have never imagined that her life would take a course that was so distant from the dream she had for herself—her hopes to become an archeologist, to lead a cloistered yet fulfilling life. Feb 03, Hilary rated it it was amazing. This book tells the story of Livvy, a young woman who gets in trouble with a soldier and has to enter a marriage of convenience with a young farmer.

Ray is patient and loving, and never judges her about her past. Love between a husband and wife is not just about physical attraction, butterflies in the stomach, etc, that is portrayed in the movies.

And all the while, World War II is raging halfway around the world, and as Olivia tries to discover where she fits in this new life, she is faced with the reality of war, including making friends with two Japanese American sisters who are living at a nearby internment camp. Brown, who has yet to answer Livvy’s letters. Livvy marries a shy, honest, hard-working man named Ray Singleton.


I enjoyed this book. I’ve been there and it is gorgeous. The substory about the young Japanese women is also interesting and expands on the themes of love, loyalty and honor.

But when Livvy plays an unwitting role in the escape of two German POWs, she finally realizes that she, too, has a role in the history being made around her.

I’m glad I finally read it. The farm is isolated and lonely. What do you think you would have done in her situation? 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. I found the plot to be engaging, perhaps because the crisis the main character faces is one so many women have faced Overall, I really enjoyed this book.

Is writing for an older audience different? Leave A Comment Cancel reply Comment. Contrasts true love with what so many girls think love is and in the end I loved it! It was also heartbreaking to hear more about the sad situation of the interment camps during the war. Rather strange, she knows. Her use of the desolate, dusty prairie setting of southern Colorado echoes the desperation felt by her character, Olivia.

The Magic of Ordinary Days : A Novel

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. The book recovers its stride for a poignant if rather hasty finish, but the calm spell cast by the tale of Livvy and Ray, which would have been perfectly satisfactory to maintain the book, has been broken.

Happiness may be found in unexpected places and with unexpected people. I really enjoyed it. Now, she finds herself in rural Colorado, married to The oldest of three sisters, Livvy insisted that her life was meant for exploring the world and making new discoveries.


When Olivia unwittingly becomes an accomplice to a crime and is faced with betrayal, she finally confronts her own desires. Open Preview See a Problem?

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. How does each surprise you? She is also skilled at evoking the peculiar remoteness from the war of the high plains country, where farmers were regarded as an integral part of the war effort and even got enough gas to drive around for pleasure, a rare privilege in I would imagine that taking care of a home hoeard all the modern conveniences must have been a full-time job in and of itself, not to mention farm work and maybe contributing to the war effort in some ordinaty.

Her new husband Ray is a plain spoken man who is very kind and never judges her for her unplanned pregnancy. All of the indgredients for a Hallmark movie! Loved, loved, loved this book. It isn’t until the arrival of the Japanese farm workers from a nearby internment camp that Olivia finds friendship in the form of two teenaged sisters, Lorelei and Rose Umahara. Livvy Dunne is a thoughtful year-old with yearnings toward archeology, who in a rash moment in WWII Colorado becomes pregnant by a dashing officer and is forced into a marriage of convenience by her sternly puritanical minister father.

Is Livvy herself based on a real-life person?