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: 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 Reader’s Guide

Until this book you have been known as a writer of young-adult fiction. Stay in Touch Sign up. In Ann Howard Creel’s debut novel, The Magic of Ordinary Daysshe convincingly relates how life on the home front could be just as unsettling as the tumult on the ordniary.

Account Options Sign in. This was an engaging book, with a slightly different ending than the movie. Through her relationship with Rose and Lorelei, Livvy slowly begins to accept her present life, finding a new appreciation for the kind of freedom she had always taken for granted and a growing love for her simple, yet kind husband who is devoted to her happiness.

It was so sweet.


Livvy learns that through her saint of a husband, Ray. I was reminded of the Spanish word for pregnant, embarazadameaning embarrassed. It’s not even real. My problem is, when I am reading a fictional book I keep thinking, “This is so dumb. He said such sweet things. All of the hustle and bustle of life was left behind and I was able to breath for a few moments. Mar 21, Vivienne rated it it orddinary amazing. Livvy marries a shy, honest, hard-working man named Ray Singleton. In The Magic of Ordinary DaysCreel has captured a unique page in od as she weaves a tale inspired by actual events.


Beautiful story told in a truly beautiful way. 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.

What a huge commitment and responsibility to take on a stranger as your wife. Ray’s maagic is supplemented by Japanese Americans interned at nearby Camp Amache.

For Olivia Dunne, times were particularly trying as she worked through her own emotional upheaval, first dealing with the death of her beloved mother and her alienation from her minister father, then discovering that she is pregnant after a careless crreel of passion.

Hearing of Livvy’s dilemma from his pastor, Ray is moved by the story and agrees to marry without even having met her.

The Magic of Ordinary Days by Ann Howard Creel – Review | | BookPage

The groom is Ray Singleton Skeet Ulrichwho farms a remote section of land on ot family farm. In maic story the “couple” I enjoyed reading this book. I felt there were a few parts that were weaker in terms of the writing; at several points the author gives factual detail about farming or the war that almost reads like a textbook, for example, but these did not dominate the story for me.

This is a gentle but powerful novel, combining a story of bittersweet love with a poignant account of the journey toward self-realization and acceptance. Throughout Ray proves to be a caring husband, both patient and supportive. If only TV movies this good were ordinary events Well, I’d say I like this book since I finished it in one day.


She gets herself into trouble and her minister father arranges that she move from Denver into nagic country and marry a farmer. It didn’t even happen.

Olivia Dunne is giving up all o her dreams and is headed to a farm in the middle of nowhere Colorado to marry a man she has never even met. Every time I asked myself if I could rein back my dreams and live my life as a farmer’s wife, if I could just give up on what I’d once wanted so badly, if I could settle for something simpler xays teaching history instead of rewriting it, something inside me screamed, No!

THE MAGIC OF ORDINARY DAYS by Ann Howard Creel | Kirkus Reviews

The possesser of a broad formal education, she knows nothing of cooking or farming and is not particularly devoted to her religious beliefs. The Best Books of Besides the warmhearted romance ordinaru will learn what was expected of farmers during this era.

This page was last edited on 29 Juneat Life doesn’t always turn out the way one envisions but that doesn’t mean it cant turn out well. Buy The Magic of Ordinary Days: