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Kind of Ordinary
on May 13, 2005
Because I saw the Hallmark movie "The Magic of Ordinary Days," I had to get the book by Ann Howard Creel on which the movie was based.
Let me just say that I found both enjoyable. I can see where and why the movie deviated from the book, but that made reading the book more interesting, because it was a familiar story, but not the exact same thing as what I'd seen.
I feel like the movie stayed true to the book, which is about a young, single woman who gets pregnant during the latter years of WWII. Her strict preacher of a father sends her from their home in the heart of Denver, CO and arranges for her to marry a farmer. For Livvy, this is torture. Before getting knocked up, she'd almost completed her Master's degree in history/archeology, so to be in the middle of nowhere with no one she knows, bored and pregnant, is devastating.
Her relationship with her "husband," Ray, is a distant one. He's a sweet and humble man who does what he can to make her comfortable and he eventually falls in love with her.
But Livvy can't understand why a farmer like him would be willing to accept a woman like her, who knows nothing of farming and doesn't understand rural life, and who's willing to accept a baby that is not his own.
A second plot comes into play, when Livvy meets the Uhmara sisters (Rose and Lorelei) who are living in the local Japanese internment camp and volunteer their time to work on local farms, teach English to the young, and keep their family trade of tailoring alive.
Intrigue, love, secrets, and family are all central themes to this novel.
It's decently written, but often slow paced, and the secondary plot doesn't seem necessary, but it's still a captivating and heart-warming story.