The Magic of Ordinary Days: A Novel

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The powerful story of one woman's passion in a world at war.

Olivia Dunne, a studious minister's daughter who dreams of becoming an archaeologist, never thought that the drama of World War II would affect her quiet life in Denver. But when an exhilarating flirtation reshapes her life, she finds herself in a rural Colorado outpost, married to a man she hardly knows. Overwhelmed by loneliness, Olivia tentatively tries to establish a new life, finding muchneeded friendship and ...

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Overview

The powerful story of one woman's passion in a world at war.

Olivia Dunne, a studious minister's daughter who dreams of becoming an archaeologist, never thought that the drama of World War II would affect her quiet life in Denver. But when an exhilarating flirtation reshapes her life, she finds herself in a rural Colorado outpost, married to a man she hardly knows. Overwhelmed by loneliness, Olivia tentatively tries to establish a new life, finding muchneeded 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 yearnings and comes to understand what she truly believes about the nature of trust and love.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143119951
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 8/30/2011
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 114,554
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Howard Creel is the author of two award-winning young adult novels, Water at the Blue Earth and A Ceiling of Stars.

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  • Posted April 2, 2011

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    heart wrenching

    Olivia is so relatable. Her life in this brief time reminds us all of that time in our own lives, when we just wanted something 'else'. This is one of my favorite books of all time. Take the time to enjoy the magic if ordinary days!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    Beautifully written, the title of this book captures its essence

    Beautifully written, the title of this book, <u>The Magic of Ordinary Days </u>, encompasses the essence of this story. Set in rural Colorado during World War II, Livvy is an independent, modern, city girl of the 1940s who, "in one fleeting moment . . . stripped away the petals of [her] future, let them catch wind, and fly away."

    After nursing her mother through a long-suffering death, Livvy's grief stricken vulnerability leads her to fall in love with a handsome soldier who is being shipped out to Europe. In her need to feel loved, she becomes pregnant by a soldier she never hears from again. Her stern father, a prominent minister who keeps his family and his grief at arms length, banishes Livvy to the country through an arranged marriage. At first, the isolation of the prairie, not to mention the lack of amenities such as a telephone, are a punishment that Livvy endures as a part of the penance she owes for her lapse in judgement. As she struggles with what her life has become as a farmer's wife, she grieves the loss of her dreams of becoming an archeologist and college professor. The monotonous days lead her to explore the area and befriend two Japanese Americans who are confined at an internment camp nearby. As their friendship blooms, Livvy sees the effects of the war in way she never had before.

    Seeing the history of this time period lived through the eyes of Livvy gave me an insight into life during World War II that was fascinating. Events in history, such as World War II, I tend to think of as far removed from life as I know it. Perhaps because this book is set in Colorado, I experienced it in a personal way when the author, Ann Howard Creel, details the places and terrain I live in. Seeing the subtleties of how lives were effected by those left behind makes that part of history seem more real to me, and makes me and the people who lived through it more alike than I ever considered. Thinking of history in terms of people rather than events allows me to feel pieces of history, rather than just recite the events. This book will become one of the classics on my shelf.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2012

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    One of my all time favorite reads. Something about arranged mar

    One of my all time favorite reads. Something about arranged marriages fascinates me. This was so cleverly written. I fell in love with Ray, and his ongoing ways of trying to make Livy happy. Such a gentleman. The movie is exceptionally great too!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2011

    BEAUTIFUL STORY

    I HAD THIS BOOK ON MY "TO READ" LIST FOR THE LONGEST TIME, THIS YEAR I FINALLY RETIRED SO BOUGHT THE BOOK SAT DOWN AND READ IT, I LOVED IT. I PLAN ON READING MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2011

    LOVE this book!

    A perfect love story with the heart of nicholas sparks but richer with world war 2 history. Filled with anticipation for the central characters Livvy and Ray"s relationship I could not set it down. A feel good ending, middle and start!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

    Love is not always a bang, sometimes it's a whisper

    I wanted to read this book after seeing the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. The book is slightly different, but no less interesting. Livvy and Ray are very full rich characters, and today's morals might find their arranged marriage hard to believe. It is a beautiful love story, one slow in developing, but mostly it is about grief, loneliness, and loss and the way it affects the decisions we make. The ending is more realistic than the movie version, and although I think the "lost in the snowstorm" scene a bit over used, it is a well written novel. The beauty of nature is very evident, and only embellishes the story. Well worth your time. If after reading you feel this couldn't happen today, then you are much too jaded my friend.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2005

    A must read book

    I watched the movie on Hallmark and loved it, so i decided to read the book. I'm one of these people who hates to read but i absolutly loved the book and couldn't put it down. I definitly recommend it for someone who enjoys a love story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2005

    Creel needs to write more, more, more

    I watched the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie and just had to get the book. I couldn't believe how hard it was to find. I now have purchased 14 books and am giving them to my friends. They all love it also. We are going to have a booktalk in September and use the discussion questions.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2005

    good story line, but disappointed

    This story had a lot of potential but just didn't seem to hit the mark right away. Very vague beginning. Did not develop the characters as much as I had hoped. What could have been a great story turned out to be rather mediocre. Glad I read it, but it was a book that could have had more meat to it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    A Beautiful Love Story

    I loved this book. The characters were sincere and vivid. A beautiful story that had a love interest, drama, history etc. Would highly recommend to a book club or anyone who wants to read a love story that captures you from the very start.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    This is a beautiful love story and so very well written. I saw

    This is a beautiful love story and so very well written. I saw the Hallmark movie and enjoyed the movie so much that I decided to purchase the book. Was not disappointed. The book had a somewhat different story line. However the book still held my interest with the concept of love and integrity. Would recommend the book and the movie. Was extremely moved by the book and also the movie. Neither disappointed me. A good book club because of the issues of the Japaneese interement and WW II. Would generate great discussions.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Great love story!

    I loved this book even more than I love the movie; finished it in less than 24 hours. Definitely worth a read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Love it

    Love it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    I liked the movie better.

    I liked the book, I really did but the movie had a happier ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2005

    Excellent Book!

    I absolutley loved this book. I could not put it down. This book follows the journey of a young woman named Olivia Dunne, whose life turns out much differently that she ever expected. A powerful and moving story about the nature friendship and about finding love in places that you never expect to.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Wonderfully woven story

    I had seen the film first by Hallmark, then found the book. I love this story: romantic but not cheesy or vulgar but also real. Love is not always a movie production- its not sparkly. Those who love a good historical fiction will be pleased as well.

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  • Posted December 17, 2013

    I've had this book for several years and have read it more than

    I've had this book for several years and have read it more than once. I find it a very heart warming story. I also learned a bit about that time period. If you like historical fiction I think you'll really like this book.

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  • Posted March 7, 2012

    Great book - Less emotional than I like

    I loved the story. It was emotionally complex, but left me wondering what those emotions were, especially for the lead male character (Ray). Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    Great romantic read

    Great romance

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Amazing!

    This book is beautifully written and seems historically accurate. Read this after seeing the hallmark movie. The book is so mucch better than the movie, though the movie was very good!

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