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The Magic of Ordinary Days
by Ann Howard Creel

Published: 2002-06-25
Paperback : 304 pages
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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 ...
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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.

"Highly satisfying." (Susan Vreeland, author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue)

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  "The Magic of Ordinary Days"by Subo551 (see profile) 12/16/11

 
  "The Magic of Ordinary Days"by Lynn2 (see profile) 12/15/11

 
  "Is there Magic in Ordinary Days?"by K8Tullamore (see profile) 01/04/11

We all really liked this book. Those of us that have seen the movie recommend it as well.

 
  "The Magic of Ordinary Days"by jones (see profile) 12/07/10

Book was great. I can't wait to read again. Beautiful story and interesting story. The book had several stories within the main story, which made the book more interesting.

 
  "The Magic of Ordinary Days"by provojean (see profile) 07/01/09

During WWII Livvy falls for a soldier and finds herself pregnant and him shipped out. Her pastor father arranges a marriage, and she leaves college and plans to become an archeologist and finds herself... (read more)

 
  "Tells the story of a young woman, unmarried, pregnant, in the mid-40s, whose father finds a man willing to marry her; she befriends two young Japanese-American girls who are in an interment camp."by councilcolinda (see profile) 05/16/07

Our book club enjoyed this selection and had a good discussion about both the book and the political ramifications of the interment years.

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