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The Magic of Ordinary Days: A Novel af Ann…
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The Magic of Ordinary Days: A Novel (original 2001; udgave 2011)

af Ann Howard Creel (Forfatter)

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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 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.… (mere)
Medlem:curiouschild
Titel:The Magic of Ordinary Days: A Novel
Forfattere:Ann Howard Creel (Forfatter)
Info:Penguin Books (2011), Edition: Reprint, 304 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:Read, Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Historical Fiction

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The Magic of Ordinary Days af Ann Howard Creel (2001)

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A warm, easy to read but very enjoyable book. The characters come to life in their simplicity and "ordinary days" which yield so much. Well researched and developed. Strong recommend. ( )
  RetiredProf | Jun 19, 2018 |
I was browsing for new books to read or listen to when I saw this book, The Magic of Ordinary Days by Ann Howard Creel. I've loved the Hallmark movie for years and really wanted to read the book behind the movie. Thankfully, I was able to find the audio-book version on Audible.

As usual, I can honestly say the book is so much better than the movie (and that is saying a lot as I still love that movie). The narrator for this audio book was excellent and I was riveted by this beautifully crafted story.

The Magic of Ordinary Days is one that I will read/listen to again and again throughout my lifetime. I highly recommend it! ( )
  mrsrenee | Feb 3, 2018 |
This lovely little book has been waiting patiently for 12 years (!) on Mount TBR to share its beauty with me. I'm glad I finally read it.

This is a quick read but it contains a lot of detail and emotion. I learned some things about the World War II era - I don't recall previously having read anything set in the American heartland during that time. There is some romance and some drama and some heartache, and we are even left with a few unanswered questions, but the story feels real. Olivia learns that sometimes plan B is acceptable if we can let go of the bitterness of failing at plan A. There is a larger theme in this story of naïveté and its consequences, and Olivia finds that her outcome is not as harsh as the punishment life metes out to others.

I love the title of this book, as well. In our quest for adventure and visible success, we sometimes forget that ordinary days, routine tasks, and familiar people have their own magic.

Excellent story! ( )
  glade1 | Mar 24, 2017 |
This is a short book, but it is filled with so much history of WWII. The author weaves such a great story and her descriptions are wonderful. Olivia's personal story is woven in with the story of her new husband, and with the two girls she meets from the containment camp. Olivia's emotions come through so strongly in this book and it is interesting to watch her relationship with Ray grow and change. Not only for fans of WWII, this is also a great read for those who love good storytelling. ( )
  bnbookgirl | Oct 27, 2016 |
This was a very short read for me, I read it in about 2 sittings. Don't let the size of this book fool you, though coming in at 274 pages, this baby packs a punch you would not believe!

This book takes place during the middle of WWII. Olivia Dunne, Livvy, is the daughter of a minister from Denver. She's quite intelligent, dreaming of someday becoming an archeologist in Egypt.
Being the oldest of three sisters and the only one to be unmarried, she is left with the charge of taking care of her mother during her last days. After her mother's death, Livvy in her heartbroken state, finds herself pregnant and abandoned by a man she hardly knew.
Her father, being a minister, is disgraced and arranges for Livvy to marry a man she has never seen nor met.
Ray singleton is a lone farmer in rural Colorado. He is simple and plain. He was happy to marry Livvy and give her child a namesake. He believes Livvy coming into his life was Gods plan and wants to show Livvy love and respect.
Livvy's days on the farm are not what she is used to, to pass the time she befriends two Japanese American girls living in a nearby entrapment camp. Unbeknownst to her, she becomes an accomplice in a crime, that leaves her with the same feelings of distrust and betrayal she has worked so hard to overcome. This remarkable story is filled with forgivness, restoration and hope.

"Ray, I don't know what this is.
I could hear him say, "it's a beginning."

When first reading the blurb for this book I immediately thought it would be a romance. And while there is some romance. It's so much more than that.

This book had a lot and I mean a lot of history in it. If you don't know much about WWII, I garuntee you will by the time you finish. I really enjoyed being taken back in time. I found this book to be an fairly easy read, everything played out like a movie in my head!

The love story was lite and refreshing. Ther love, while fragile, grew into something stronger and loyal over time. This book reminded me that sometimes in love its not all butterflies and fireworks. That somethings grow from a connection or friendship.

"I wanted to understand his love, to see it clearly before me, to put it into a form I could roll around in my palm and examine it like molding clay. Or I wanted to write it with words of reason and illustrate it with romance. I wanted study it as once I'd studied my books."

Livvy is strong character, at times she doesn't realize her own strength and capability. I thoroughly enjoyed watching her grow and heal. It seems at every turn she being abandoned and taken advantage of. First by the death of her mother, the betrayal of her lover, the renouncment of her father and later the hurt inflicted on her by two friends she thought she could trust. Watching her struggle and rebuild structure in her life is what this book is about. It's about learning ones self worth, seeing yourself through someone else's eyes and overcoming obstacles and learning to let go and trust.

"Mother first told us the Greek myth about the origin of the sunflowers in the midst of a midwinter night, spellbound by her every word and dreaming of summer to come.
The sunflower is the Visage of Clytie, a water nymph who died of a broken heart when her love for the sun god Helius was not returnes. Clytie pined away for Helius until she died. Then her legs and arms dissolved and took root in the earth, her body metamorphosed into a stalk and her face into a sunflower that followed the path of the sun, day after day."

Honestly I have no complaints about this book. The writing style is phenomenal, the author made sure to go into detail just enough to paint a clear picture, but not so much as to get the reader lost. I loved the flow and pacing. And I loved the way everything was tied together at the end. All in all I would give this book 4 stars. It's definitely worth the read :)

"As a child, when I first heard the story of creation, I'd closed my eyes and pictured the earth as a ball rolling off the palm of God and into a dark space, then drifting around until it found its home in sunny orbit. Never perfect, but ever spinning, and holding on to her course, despite it all." ( )
  alliecollins8488 | Oct 8, 2016 |
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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 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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