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. 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.
I first decided to read the novel after seeing “The Magic of Ordinary Days” the Hallmark Hall of fame movie when it re-released early this year. There were quite a few differences between novel and movie. However I loved the book equally to the movie. They are different, but I loved them so much. Ann’s style wasn’t what I was expecting, however I enjoyed it immensely. I love reading books from first person narrative and the way Ann wrote this novel made me want to read more of her work. Livvy Dunne was just as she was portrayed in the movie a lonely young woman just in want of love looking for it the wrong places who ended up getting pregnant and was made to marry Ray out of convenience. And Ray Singleton was just as sweet and compassionate as he was in the movie, if not more so. The sweet and gentility he showed her as they grew as a couple and from friendship/companionship to love was wonderful. It mentioned how Ray would pray every day and read the Bible more than any book, I don’t know if Ann is a believer, but she truly brought across what a true believer is, not perfect, but loves unconditionally just as Christ commanded of us. He showed Livvy love from day one and that’s more than I can say with many of the Christian novels I’ve read in the past.