Ann Howard Creel’s The Magic of Ordinary Days is set on the WWII home front in Colorado from the perspective of Miss Olivia “Livvy” Dune. Unlike most fiction out there, she is not a perfect heroine and neither was her life. After the death of her mother Livvy, lonely, just wanted to be loved and looked in the wrong place to find it, in the arms of a stranger. When her dashing officer leaves, she soon finds herself pregnant and unmarried. Her father a minister, thinks her a disgrace and has her married off to a farmer away from where she grew up. Livvy doesn’t like the man, Ray Singleton, who was chosen for to marry, but has no choice and they marry. Livvy knows it doesn’t take Ray long to fall for her and between meeting new friends, Rose and Lorelei two Japanese interns at Amanche, she learns from the compassion of Ray and his sister Martha about what love is. By the end Livvy is able to forgive herself and to love Ray, not only as her husband, but as a friend.
The Magic of Ordinary Days isn’t a spectacular monumental piece, it’s different than that, it’s the kind of book that is satisfying and endearing. Two qualities I look for whenever I pick up a book, sometimes only to be disappointed, though this was not the case with Ms. Creel’s book. The Magic of Ordinary Days is a sweet book that isn’t thought provoking, you don’t have to read between the lines to learn about forgiveness and redemption; she pulls it all together nicely in the end.
Ms. Creel’s novel was created into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie a few years ago and whether you read the book first or see the movie first, I suggest you do both. Both novel and movie will leave you feeling satisfied and not as if you wasted your time. I hope The Magic of Ordinary Days will leave it’s book fingerprint on you.