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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 The author generally krdinary for juvenile audiences, and I think that shows through a little in this book. Strong female characters face unforeseen obstacles and then have dwys make life-changing decisions.

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Link to my review on my blog: Books of the Week. Contrasts true love with what so many girls think love is and in the end I loved it! Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

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: Buy The Magic of Ordinary Days: I enjoyed reading this book. And all the magc, World War II is raging halfway around the world, and as Olivia tries to discover where she fits in this new life, she is faced with the reality of war, including making friends with two Howarrd American sisters who are living at a nearby internment camp.

Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Ray, on the other hand, has spent his life on his farm and never had any particular desire to go anywhere else. It’s set in ‘s Pf farming country, and Livvy is forced into an arranged marriage by her strict father when she becomes pregnant out of wedlock.


His brother died in the war and goward was a sort of clear animosity he had with Asian people kinda. Rose and Lorelei, meanwhile, hint that they have begun dating a pair of American soldiers, and Olivia drives them to meet the men in secret. My current endeavor takes place in the West and is an exploration of family ties, love and loyalty, and how they relate to human connectedness to the land.

Ann Howard Creel normally writes young girl fiction but this adult fiction is oh-so-sweet.

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I though it interesting that she was upset at being lied to and deceived, and yet had compassion for them and understood the why. She wants to “tell” rather than “show” the ethical dilemas about the treatment of the Japanese during World War 2 in the Magjc.

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. 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. Book ratings by Goodreads.

Her use of the desolate, dusty prairie setting of southern Colorado echoes the desperation felt by her character, Olivia. I enjoyed reading this book ordinaty listening to it. An exhilarating flirtation reshapes her life, though, and she finds herself banished to a rural Colorado outpost, married to a howare she hardly knows.


Hearing of Livvy’s dilemma from his pastor, Ray is moved by the story and agrees to marry without even having met her.

If only TV movies this good were ordinary events Well, I’d say I like this book since I finished it in one day.

Maybe find out if he was killed at war? When Olivia xreel becomes an accomplice to a crime and is faced with betrayal, she finally confronts her own desires. Now, about 4 years later I revisited this good book. Jun 18, Linda rated it it was amazing Shelves: Can I get the book at the library?

See 2 questions about The Magic of Ordinary Days…. Ray’s sister Martha and her family give Livvy new insight into the lives of people in rural America. She currently lives in Paris, Kentucky. Love between a husband and wife is not just about physical attraction, butterflies in the st I loved this book!

Contrasts true love with what so many girls think love is. Speaking of pregnancy acknowledged that women were sexual beings, after all. Livvy’s friendship with Rosa and Lorelei was fun to see unfold as well. A hard worker, he is kind, honest and patient. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It didn’t even happen. I howwrd agree with other reviews Arianne’s — she ended way too abruptly and could’ve done a much better job with closure.

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I liked the story, and it was a unique perspective on how the war affected people back at home. I also enjoyed a slight personal connection with this book. I hwoard loved the characters.