Throw Back Review: The Magic of Ordinary Days

June 11, 2015

Thursdays I want to feature a “throw back” review from my old blog.  I have so many books that I posted and loved on my old reading spot. So I’m throwing back to join them all together.


The Magic of Ordinary Days
Ann Howard Creel
304 pages
Hard copy edition

From the Publisher:
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.

Throw Back Review,
first posted, July 2, 2007:

One of my sisters recommended this book to me. Actually, she sent it to me to read. Livvy, the main character in this novel becomes pregnant by a WWII officer and is forced into a marriage to Ray Singleton, a remote farmer in Colorado.

Not only is the story a love story but it tells about Livvy’s struggles with leaving her old life behind that had promise and education. Livvy dreamed of becoming an archaeologist. She becomes friends with two girls in an internment camp. The friendship leads Livvy into interesting paths and some dangerous situations.

Hallmark came out with a movie of this book, which I watched with my sister as well. We both agreed there was much left out of the movie, but the movie alone was pretty good.

Updated Review:
I still remember loving this book.  When I was browsing through my old posts on my old blog this has always been a favorite of mine, it’s one of the most popular posts on my old site as well.  I love the romance involved and the friendships made.  This book is working it’s way up on my re-read list and I hope to get to it soon. I reserved it at the library, but then didn’t make it there time to pick it up… It also is a movie. I couldn’t find it on netflix or amazon prime, but I our library had a copy so I checked it out and watched it.  It’s a great movie if you are looking for a fun movie night too. (Of course it leaves some out, but it’s still pretty good for a book/movie)

I think this would be a fun book for a book club book.  It’s got a lot you could discuss and talk about.  If you like historical fiction, this would be a good book to look for.

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