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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 estaOlivia 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 establish a new life, finding much-needed 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 desires. Beautifully written and filled with memorable characters, Creel's novel is a powerful exploration of the nature of trust and love....

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ISBN : 9780142000908
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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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The Magic of Ordinary Days Reviews

  • Jaidee
    2019-03-02 21:43

    3 "whimsical, delicate but sometimes (often even) off the mark" stars. 2016 Most Disappointing Read (Tie) 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.

  • Hilary
    2019-03-10 03:54

    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!

  • Heather
    2019-03-14 20:43

    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.

  • Linda
    2019-03-06 21:51

    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. I highly recommend this special form of enchantment.

  • ☕Laura
    2019-03-07 01:37

    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.

  • Larada Horner-Miller
    2019-03-01 02:40

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

  • Avid Booker
    2019-02-22 00:24

    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.

  • Jayci
    2019-03-21 19:30

    The oldest of three sisters, Livvy insisted that her life was meant for exploring the world and making new discoveries. As she watched her sisters marry young soldiers, Livvy was certain she could accomplish more than love. However, all plans were put on hold when Livvy's ailing mother took a turn for the worse. Livvy drops everything to see her mother out of this world. Sturggeling with grief, Livvy makes a decision that will change her life. Now, she finds herself in rural Colorado, married to a stranger, and searching for friendship with two internment camp prisoners.This was a very quiet love story. The vivid descriptions glided along at a gentle pace. All of the hustle and bustle of life was left behind and I was able to breath for a few moments. So much humanity and selflesness tied up together with a little bow.....All of the indgredients for a Hallmark movie! I loved Creel's style. Her writing had a way of rocking me to sleep.

  • Dorcas
    2019-02-27 02:44

    This is a gentle, thought provoking story of a young pregnant woman who is sent away to marry a farmer before her child is born. Its a story of acceptance, forgiveness, and a slow building love. Life doesn't always turn out the way one envisions but that doesn't mean it cant turn out well. Ray (her arranged husband) is so sweet and tenderhearted that your heart aches for her to accept him. Overall a very good read and I enjoyed it.CONTENT :SEX : There is one sex scene (one paragraph) where she thinks back on what it was that brought her to her present predicament.PROFANITY : NoneVIOLENCE : NoneMY RATING PG -13Because of the sex scene I cant recommend this to YA readers. It was a short reference but fairly descriptive. If viewer ratings are anything to go by, the hallmark movie is supposed to be wholesome and family friendly.

  • Abby
    2019-03-18 00:52

    I thought this book was okay. But if you like novels, you probably would like it more than I did. (My reader friend who suggested it to me said it was the BEST BOOK EVER!!! But she also loved Twilight and all the other books that I am ho-hum on.)My problem is, when I am reading a fictional book I keep thinking, "This is so dumb. It didn't even happen. These people are fake. It's not even real. Why am I even reading this?" I just love awesome non-fiction, where the stories are true and you could actually meet the people involved!This book moved slow for me, and nobody survived a natural disaster or invented something or almost got ate by a shark. What did happen was this: the main character meets a handsome young man named Edward, who is not a vampire, falls in love, and sleeps with him the night before he ships off to war. He says he doesn't write letters much, and that he won't be able to send a letter at all for at least a couple weeks. A month passes. No letter. And she's pregnant. But month two, she knows he never cared about her and slept with her only as a conquest. Her dad arranges a marriage for her with a farmer in the country, and she meets him the same day she marries him, 3 months pregnant. At first the farmer is boring, then she gradually decides she loves him. Plus another subplot, but that's the basic story.Seriously, though - did she even TRY to get ahold of her Edward lover? Maybe write and tell him you're pregnant? Maybe find out if he was killed at war? Call his parents? IMO, a better ending would have been Edward coming to find her after he heard she was pregnant, but after meeting him again she realizes that she actually loves the farmer. Edward doesn't want the baby, so they go their separate way and she chooses farm guy. And then they should escape a shark attack.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-21 21:37

    I watched the Hallmark movie with Keri Russell and Skeet Ulrich first and absolutely loved the story, so I was eager to read the book that the movie was based off. Aren't books always better than the movies? In this case, no, for while it is a strong book I actually preferred the movie.Livy, a young woman living in Denver, unexpectedly becomes pregnant when she has an out of character fling with a WWII soldier, for she has been bereft and lonely since her mother's death. Her pastor father is scandalized and arranges for her to marry sight unseen a rural farmer on the CO plains. Her new husband Ray is a plain spoken man who is very kind and never judges her for her unplanned pregnancy. Lonely out on the farm, she befriends two Japanese-American sisters who are working in the farm fields while they are interned nearby. When given a chance to go back to the city, Livy needs to decide if she wants to go back to her empty but cosmopolitan life, or stay with Ray and his extended family. This was an engaging book, with a slightly different ending than the movie. The themes of God, family and duty were represented in a loving manner, and the title was a wonderful reminder that life doesn't have to be extraordinary to be beautiful.

  • Raina
    2019-03-22 20:48

    I really liked this book. I was a bit disappointed in the ending--not how it ended, just that it was wrapped up a little more quickly than I would have liked.That said, please don't let the slow beginning turn you off. Trust me on this. Don't give up on it. This book is a love story that kind of sneaks up on you. Contrasts true love with what so many girls think love is and in the end I loved it! It's not an exciting book, but a good book that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. I was really touched by this book. I especially loved the characters. Although Livvy is the main character, my thoughts of Ray lingered for several days. I know there will be many out there who would call this story cheesy or predictable whereas others would criticize Livvy for conforming to society's expectations of her at that time period. As a stay-at-home housewife with kids to tend to, however, I found that I could relate to Livvy's sacrificed dreams. Having said that, I, like Livvy in the end, wouldn't change a thing which is probably why this book touched me so much.My favorite thing about this book, however, is the title. That is absolutely a 5-star title! It's so evocative, and it's the reason I picked it up in the first place.

  • Diane
    2019-03-14 19:50

    Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The author generally writes for juvenile audiences, and I think that shows through a little in 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. I found the plot to be engaging, perhaps because the crisis the main character faces is one so many women have faced throughout the ages: if, to marry and have a family, means you must drastically change your original plans for your life, are you comprising yourself too much? What really is the value of love and family? Can one love someone who is significantly different in education and outlook than oneself? Is being a "good" man enough to win a woman's love? and so on. The writing is very simple and direct, but drew me in. The substory about the young Japanese women is also interesting and expands on the themes of love, loyalty and honor.

  • Lauren Fidler
    2019-03-21 00:43

    3.5 starsa word of caution: this review might be the most biased review i ever write on goodreads.the magic of ordinary days (from here out TMOOD) is a quiet story of learning to love when you've been betrayed badly by those you've trusted, loved, and lost. i knew i was in trouble when the back cover "applause" included the line "gentle but powerful" - any turn of phrase that could easily grace the box of some feminine cleansing product as it does a book jacket probably isn't ideal. know what i'm sayin'?the story itself isn't terrible. livvy is a free-minded, "educated" daughter of a minister who, after the death of her mother, gets herself in a spot of trouble, zygote-wise, when she falls for a smooth-talking history buff-cum-soldier named "edward". okay, tragically, the name edward has been ruined for me by the "twilight" series, and while this book came out first, it still made me giggle every time i read his name. her shamed and distant minister father calls on one of his "minister buddies" and arranges a marriage between independent livvy and reticently stoic bachelor-farmer ray. here's my thing: i liked ray. i didn't really love livvy. and ray being SO good, made it harder and harder to like livvy.the plot itself is fairly quiet - a lot of awkward dinner conversations as livvy learns how to be a farmer's wife and love her hubby. there's a strange twist with japanese internment prisoners - rose and lorelai - who made me think more of the gilmore girls than the plight of the asian during this time period. they, like the unfortunately named edward, abuse livvy's loneliness, to the point where she commits treason for them (unwittingly...but considering livvy has to analyze ray's entire genealogy before she'll hug him, i'm sort of shocked she didn't crack that caper long in advance). the end, like the rest of the novel, is quiet...and strangely ray-free. the last few pages deal more with livvy's quiet transformation than the quiet man who helps her to love again. i thought that was a particularly sad choice, actually. by now, you're probably wondering where the bias comes in. here you go: the whole book reminded me of this unfortunate class at tufts i took when learning to become a teacher. the english MAT students paired up with the history MAT students and we read "snow falling on cedars" - another literary glimpse at japanese interment. i loathed it with the fire of a thousand suns. the real kicker? livvy, her temperament, her words, hell, even her major and college remind me of this awful girl in the self-righteous, so not-as-smart-as-she-thinks-she-is,so artificial...i could go on but i won't. i probably dislike livvy partly because of her startling similarity to the one i went to school with, and that's not really fair.

  • Danielle
    2019-03-05 22:41

    3.5. I absolutely love that this protagonist is getting her master's degree in history when World War II begins. She gets herself into trouble and her minister father arranges that she move from Denver into the country and marry a farmer. The farm is isolated and lonely. Livvy investigates antiques and artifacts she finds from the homesteading days, still a historian at heart. She's not beautiful, and her new husband isn't handsome. I like all of that.I also enjoy Livvy's relationship with two sisters who are internees at a nearby Japanese-American internment camp (who themselves were students at UCLA before the war). Where the story falls down for me a bit is the subplot with these sisters. It feels tacked on and a bit too hard to believe. So much to love about this novel, but it tries to do too much.

  • Shauna
    2019-03-02 00:50

    Eh. This book was okay. I was disappointed because I thought the Japanese internment camp would be more prominently featured, but the main focus was on the protagonist's love life. My fault for not reading between the lines of the back cover copy.

  • Audrey K.
    2019-03-24 01:28

    Ann Howard Creel has crafted a uniquely-written, touching story of WWII Colorado war bride Olivia Dunne. I enjoyed the story of Olivia's personal changes and growth, as she experiences married life and re-defines what is most important to her.

  • Melissa
    2019-03-23 21:34

    I really, really liked this book. I was a bit disappointed in the ending--not in _how_ it ended, just that it was wrapped up a little more quickly than I would have liked. Favorite quotes:"I miss all the lively conversations, the sharing of ideas. A classroom of students may read the same piece of poetry or the same passage in a novel, and each person will interpret it differently." "Perhaps someday, we could all make it back to the places where we started.""Three months and I wondered, how much longer? 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 like teaching history instead of rewriting it, something inside me screamed, No! But I couldn't picture myself walking out on Ray, either. I looked back at the calendar. At the end of 1944, I could never have imagined I'd end up here."Already, I knew much about him: that he awakened early before dawn, and nearly every morning he made up his bed. He read the Bible more than any other book, he could do card tricks, of all things, and this family farm was his life, his life's commitment. ... He had accepted me into his home without asking questions, had loved me despite the way I'd come to him. Once I'd thought such simple love could only come from simple people, or from those who didn't know better."

  • Melissa
    2019-02-24 23:27

    Well, I'd say I like this book since I finished it in one day. It was nicely written. The evolving story of Livvy's pregnancy, and her gradual love for her husband. He truly was the kindest of men. What a huge commitment and responsibility to take on a stranger as your wife. And to be completely devoted from the get go. It was so sweet.Livvy's friendship with Rosa and Lorelei was fun to see unfold as well. I though it interesting that she was upset at being lied to and deceived, and yet had compassion for them and understood the why. Loneliness.I also enjoyed a slight personal connection with this book. My friend was born at Amache and lived there until she was three. A wonderful loving woman who holds no resentment to this day. The book mentions one of the interns who is from Sonoma County, CA. That is where I am from and where my friend is from too. I am glad that Creel did her research and portrayed the internment camp life style in a historically accurate way. A sad time to be sure.Also on a personal note, Edward, with whom Livvy had her drunken tryst, lived in Estes Park, CO. I've been there and it is gorgeous. I thought momentarily that the hotel he was describing could have been The Stanley Hotel? Anyway, I think I will go and watch the movie again........

  • Wendy
    2019-03-18 22:50

    I enjoyed reading this book. Set in the early 1940's in Colorado. Where a young lady experiences the death of a loved one and her whole life plan changes because of decisions made throughout the few months following. She is able to overcome certain obstacles and be able to trust and love once again. It's an arranged marriage -- which was interesting enough to read about because anymore the husband and wife to be usually know each other ahead of time, and fall in love. In this story the "couple" don't know each other and this marriage is one of "convenience" but through day to day issues, hearts can be softened and the relationship thrives. A good, easy read.

  • Mary
    2019-03-08 20:28

    I enjoyed this book. Sweet story of learning what love really is, and finding happiness in whatever place life takes us. Sacrificing good dreams for other good dreams. Engaging historical fiction. I do agree with other reviews (Arianne's) -- she ended way too abruptly and could've done a much better job with closure. Several ideas and storyline were left simply undeveloped at the end. But, overall a lovely, simple read.

  • Kiersten
    2019-03-17 22:52

    This book was very interesting--not as much in the subject matter (although that was quite interesting as well), but in the way it moves. It is...a very soft book. I don't know if that makes any sense. It isn't one that demands to be read, one that you can't put down, but it does keep you coming back. It was a little slow moving, but I think that was a virtue rather than a fault. I really enjoyed it.

  • Kodie
    2019-02-25 20:42

    Slow beginning, so don't give up on it. This book is a love story that kind of sneaks up on you. Contrasts true love with what so many girls think love is. I loved it! Not a truly exciting book, but good anyway.

  • Vivienne
    2019-03-23 00:28

    Loved, loved, loved this book. The magic of love grows through the daily acts of service and devotion, patience and understanding. I truly did not want this book to end. The writing to me was magical, too.

  • Donna Hatch
    2019-03-23 20:26

    Beautiful story told in a truly beautiful way. A bit slow for my taste, but filled with imagery and symbolism. The romance grew so slowly, I hardly saw it coming but was so glad the way it happened.

  • Kari
    2019-02-22 19:53

    I actually would give this book four stars, except some aspects of how the story ended bothered me. But besides that, I really enjoyed the book. I loved the different viewpoint of the simple lives of farmers during such tumultuous times during WWII. I also found the writing to have imagery that was beautiful.

  • Lesley
    2019-02-25 23:54

    I really liked this story but I kept thinking it is familiar for some reason. well darn, I am behind the times, they made a Hallmark channel movie like 12 years ago! so yes I remember watching that movie, based on the book. a few things different but overall excellent story.

  • Gina
    2019-03-20 20:40

    This was an interesting and lovely story that takes place during WWII. A young woman has been sent to a small town in Colorado, by her father, to be married to a beet farmer. She's in the family way, and unmarried, so this was a way to save face and give her baby a name. She had big plans before her life was ruined by a fling with a soldier heading off to war. Now, her dreams of being an archeologist are cast aside. She has resigned herself to fulfill her duty, but she is resentful, and discontent. Will she eventually adjust to her new surroundings? Will the quiet farmer, who becomes her husband, finally win her heart in the end? Can she love an unwanted baby? Time will tell.I loved how the author described the scenery, and there were some interesting facts about this moment in history to be learned. For instance, I hadn't heard much about the American Japanese during this era, and the ridicule they suffered due to Pearl Harbor. I watched the Hallmark movie version of this, which was very good, and it was what inspired me to read the book. The book is better, of course, and there are a few differences in the movie. I recommend both.

  • Nolan
    2019-03-15 21:51

    This isn't one of those books that will keep you hyperventilating and on the edge of your seat. It's rather a thoughtful, quiet book that deals with love, trust, betrayal, and ultimately sifting through life's numerous distractions to determine what ultimately matters most.Olivia Dunne is an independent, ambitious young woman who enjoys her life in Denver during World War II. She has dreams--big ones--of ultimately achieving a college education and becoming an archeologist. Since her girlhood, she has harbored those dreams and nurtured them however she could. Even the tragic death of her beloved mother does not ultimately derail her dreams. But what began as an innocent enough romance with a young soldier shipping off to Europe changed every aspect of her life. When it became clear that Edward had slipped irrevocably from her life, leaving her pregnant, Olivia is banished to rural southern Colorado. Her father, a strict minister, has, with help from a colleague in a rural community, arranged for Olivia to marry a man she has never met. As you read this, you will experience her pain as she must adjust to the slower life of rural Colorado, standing as she does amidst the debris of her smashed and shattered dreams. Out of loneliness, Olivia makes friends of two Japanese-Americans who are interned at one of the infamous camps which operated throughout much of World War II wherein American citizens of Japanese descent were housed.Olivia is instantly taken with the community. Despite their unfair treatment, the people find ways to create good things from the stark deprivation that has become the fabric of their lives.Only when the sisters brutally betray her and she unwittingly participates in a crime does Olivia begin to more fully understand love--specifically the love of her husband.I read this because I've seen advertisements on CBS announcing it as an upcoming Hallmark movie. Having read the book, I'm not sure I'll watch; but the author does a skillful job of helping readers understand that there is indeed magic in what seem ordinary days.In short, this book won't go down as your favorite book of the year; but it will be interesting enough that you will likely finish it if you start, and it will leave you with much to think about regarding fulfilling dreams and changing dreams when that fulfillment is truly impossible. You will come away from the back cover immensely satisfied with how this ends. You will have to set aside your 21st-century perspective just a bit and remember that being unmarried and pregnant in the mid-1940s was looked on as a truly horrific crisis that, at least in many homes, resulted in rather drastic steps being taken. This is a gentle book that will leave you with much to think about.

  • Jeanette
    2019-03-07 20:38

    There is a blurb from author Susan Vreeland on the cover of this book that describes The Magic of Ordinary Days as "highly satisfying." I'd have to say that is exactly how I felt about this book. This novel did something that few of the books I've read recently has done, it lingered with me. For several days after finishing the book I would think about it and pick it back up to read over certain sections or passages again.At the height of World War II Livvy Dunne is a strong, intelligent and independent woman who has plans for the future. She is attending University and dreams of becoming an archaeologist and traveling to far off places like Egypt. When her mother falls ill Livvy takes time off from school to care for her and after her mother's subsequent death Livvy is left floundering and feeling lost. She begins a flirtation with a solider that changes the course of her life sending Livvy to live on the plains of Colorado married to a man she does not know. Forced by circumstances to give up her dreams and the life she knew Livvy is lonely and struggles quietly to accept her new life. Livvy's new home is not far from a Japanese internment camp and when some of the detainees come to her new husband's farm to help with the harvest Livvy finds some much needed friendship and solace in two young Japanese American sisters.The Magic of Ordinary Days is a very quiet, almost gentle story that unfolds slowly but beautifully. I loved Creel's writing and her descriptions of the Colorado plains and of Livvy's internal struggles.I really appreciated Livvy's character and how she wanted to do what was right and accept the consequences of her actions even if it was a struggle to do so.I enjoyed the pacing at which the story was told, Livvy's full history not being revealed until more than half way through the novel.I did feel that the big plot point at the end came up suddenly, even if it was forshadowed pretty well, and then the book ended quickly. But, that aside, I still really, really enjoyed this lovely novel.Creel gives the reader a look at a slice of life on the home front during the war and the treatment of Japanese-Americans. A love story, sure, but also a story about trust, friendship and finding happiness (in the magic of ordinary days.)