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This is the first adult novel by an author who has written two well-received YA books. Livvy Dunne is a thoughtful 24-year-old with yearnings toward archeology, who in a rash moment in WWII Colorado becomes pregnant by a dashing officer and is forced into a marriage of convenience by her sternly puritanical minister father. She goes off to Ray Singleton's remote farm knowing nothing about him except that he is lonely, utterly inexperienced around women and touchingly devoted to her. The relationship between the two, graced by some delicate, perceptive and fine-boned writing, is at the heart of the book, and Creel gets it all just right. She is also skilled at evoking the peculiar remoteness from the war of the high plains country, where farmers were regarded as an integral part of the war effort and even got enough gas to drive around for pleasure, a rare privilege in 1944. Lonesome Livvy yearns for more communicative companionship, however, and grows close to a pair of charming Nisei sisters at an internment camp and this is where plot devices begin to play an unwarranted role. For Rose and Lorelei, it turns out, will do anything for love and involve Livvy in what develops into a dangerous (and inherently improbable) exercise in deceit and manipulation. The book recovers its stride for a poignant if rather hasty finish, but the calm spell cast by the tale of Livvy and Ray, which would have been perfectly satisfactory to maintain the book, has been broken.
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"...a gentle but powerful novel, combining a story of bittersweet love with a poignant account of the journey toward self-realization..." -- Book Page, July 2001
"...blends historical richness and a fine sense of place...a satisfying emotional depth...a light, precisely written novel." -- Kirkus May 15, 2001
"The Magic of Ordinary Days" is a simple tale, well-told, featuring some lively and believable characters and gorgeous, stark landscapes. -- Boulder Daily Camera, July 22, 2001
"This is the ideal book to read while sipping lemonade on the porch swing this summer." -- The Gazette, August 5, 2001 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The Magic of Ordinary Days is one of the most beautifully written books I've read in a long time. The author has the heart of a poet. Grateful I found this book.Published 10 days ago by melissa balsam
Worth reading, particularly if you are interested in the history of what was happening in the U.S. during World War II. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Beach Reader
This is such a a sweet and interesting book. I fell in love with the movie and later pursued the book which is great all in it own.Published 1 month ago by Lauren
An interesting historical story with character growth. I found the main character to be very believable and appealing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Abbe Kesterson
What a beautifully written book! Loved the story, and the beautiful, nuanced storytelling is superb. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lindy40
Although the Hallmark movie of the same name was entertaining, the book was so much more interesting. Great read for anyone that loves historical romance.Published 2 months ago by RD
A very pleasant and insightful read. Well done and well written.Published 2 months ago by Laurel J. Shelhamer