The Magic of Ordinary Days

The Magic of Ordinary Days

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...

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Title:The Magic of Ordinary Days
Author:Ann Howard Creel
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The Magic of Ordinary Days Reviews

  • Heather

    I loved this. Reading each page was like rolling a chocolate around in my mouth. The words and images 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 out, 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. Reading each page was like rolling a chocolate around in my mouth. The words and images 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 out, 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 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.

  • Hilary

    I loved this book! I picked it up after watching and loving the Hallmark movie version of the novel. It's even better than the movie! It's set in 1940'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:

    1. Love between a husband and wife is not just about physical attraction, butterflies in the st

    I loved this book! I picked it up after watching and loving the Hallmark movie version of the novel. It's even better than the movie! It's set in 1940'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:

    1. 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.

    2. Forgiveness is powerful. 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.

    3. 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!

  • Bren

    “Sometimes you do find what you're looking for closer than you think”

    ― Ann Howard Creel, The Magic of Ordinary Days

    This was a beautiful exploration of love and self. I read this because I had previously seen the movie which was outstanding. It's rare when a movie does a book justice but this one did. And I read the book AFTER seeing the Hallmark film.

    I liked the character of Olivia. It was wonderful to watch her emotional growth throughout the book. The relationship between the two main charact

    “Sometimes you do find what you're looking for closer than you think”

    ― Ann Howard Creel, The Magic of Ordinary Days

    This was a beautiful exploration of love and self. I read this because I had previously seen the movie which was outstanding. It's rare when a movie does a book justice but this one did. And I read the book AFTER seeing the Hallmark film.

    I liked the character of Olivia. It was wonderful to watch her emotional growth throughout the book. The relationship between the two main characters felt so real and the book does not take any shortcuts. It's a poignant read filled with lush descriptive writing of the characters and their surroundings in a sleepy Colorado town.

    The friendships depicted here are realistic and there is just nothing here that I did not love. I kind of wish I'd read the book BEFORE seeing the movie but it was still a wonderful and stirring read anyway and I highly recommend it to all Historical Romance fans.

  • Larada Horner-Miller

    I love the setting because it is very close to where I grew up. She is a great story weaver!

  • Linda

    I first 'saw' this book as a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie on TV. 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 WWII. Olivia is a

    I first 'saw' this book as a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie on TV. 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 WWII. 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. A stranger. A lonely man. A gentle man. Someone who has known heartache in his own way.

    Journey with these two isolated individuals who eventually earn the 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.

    THE MAGIC OF ORDINARY DAYS moves slowly but not in a bad way. 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.

  • Erin

    Re-read 2019

    Originally I read this book many years ago after watching the 2005 Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie. Over the last few days I decided to take a second look and realized that I loved the main characters of Livy and Ray because of the way they were portrayed by Felicity Russell and Skeet Ulrich in the film. Livy in her book format is harder to love as she spends much of the book stuck in the past. Ray, though is a bea

    Re-read 2019

    Originally I read this book many years ago after watching the 2005 Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie. Over the last few days I decided to take a second look and realized that I loved the main characters of Livy and Ray because of the way they were portrayed by Felicity Russell and Skeet Ulrich in the film. Livy in her book format is harder to love as she spends much of the book stuck in the past. Ray, though is a beautiful man but I wished he was able to take over narrative at times.

    Set during WWII, Ann Howard Creel does offer readers of glimpse of opinions and events during that time period. But sometimes the book read more like a history lesson than making me feel invested fully in the characters.

    My original rating falls from a 4 to a 3.

    Goodreads review published 29/08/19

  • Jaidee

    3 "whimsical, delicate but sometimes (often even) off the mark" stars.

    Ms. 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 1940s. 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.

    Ms. 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 1940s. 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's farm as they have been sent to a camp for being Japanese during World War 2.

    Ms. Creel is expert at letting a story unfold slowly, langourously even and is quite adept at describing shifting emotions and internal psychological struggles around love, desire, grief and gender and ethnic dynamics. If she focused solely on this she would have had a quietly moving masterpiece.

    Ms. 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.S. as well as the treatment of women who had unplanned pregnancies. 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 took 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 !

    Addendum: So weird. 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.

  • Sawsan

    Happiness may be found in unexpected places and with unexpected people.

    enjoyable warm novel, its events going on during the world war2

    story of forgiveness, trust, love and starting over

    ordinary days could be magic if you were with someone who really cares

  • Avid Booker

    RATING JUST BASED OFF OF THE MOVIE!!!! I KNOW THIS IS A BOOK PLACE. BUT I KNOW I'LL NEVER READ THIS BECAUSE OF THE MOVIE AND PEOPLE SAID THE MOVIE WAS PRETTY ACCURATE.

    For one, I HATED the heroine. She was ungrateful, and treated the hero badly when all he wanted to do was help her and love her. She planned to leave after practically mooching off his money, food, and home for like 8months.

    The hero was perfect. Like literally. He said such sweet things.

    There were moments of too much history. His b

    RATING JUST BASED OFF OF THE MOVIE!!!! I KNOW THIS IS A BOOK PLACE. BUT I KNOW I'LL NEVER READ THIS BECAUSE OF THE MOVIE AND PEOPLE SAID THE MOVIE WAS PRETTY ACCURATE.

    For one, I HATED the heroine. She was ungrateful, and treated the hero badly when all he wanted to do was help her and love her. She planned to leave after practically mooching off his money, food, and home for like 8months.

    The hero was perfect. Like literally. He said such sweet things.

    There were moments of too much history. His brother died in the war and there was a sort of clear animosity he had with Asian people kinda.

    Why did she help the Prisoner of war only to turn him in?

    At the end, I didn't feel like she change any. Maybe the book will prove to be different. But just from the movie alone, I'm gonna prob stay far far away from this.

  • ☕Laura

    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. I especially disliked the main character, Livvy, and found her to be self-centered and lazy. You live on a farm during WWII and you complain that you don't have enough to do? Really?

    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. I especially disliked the main character, Livvy, and found her to be self-centered and lazy. You live on a farm during WWII and you complain that you don't have enough to do? Really? I would imagine that taking care of a home without 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 way. But no, she instead spent her time on leisurely driving, using the gasoline which they were allowed only because it was necessary for farm work. I guess I should have realized that a book which was the inspiration for a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie might somehow miss the mark in terms of literary quality, but I was sucked in by the promise of Livvy's unwitting involvement in some type of crime, which I thought must contribute some intrigue. Unfortunately, the crime occurs only in the last 30 pages of the book and was a big let-down in the intrigue department. Did you ever wish you could get a couple of days of your life back and do it all over again? Maybe read something good? Sigh.

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