More Ann Howard Creel writes historical novels about strong female characters facing seemingly impossible obstacles and having to make life-changing decisions. Rather strange, she knows. For book clubs, Ann will visit you via Skype. Contact her through her website: www. Historical fiction is based on true events, but the author creates fictional characters to witness them and become involved in some way. The love story in the book is a product of my imagination, but the story of the Japanese- American women and German POWs is based on a complicated chain of events that unfolded during the war in Colorado.
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Start your review of The Magic of Ordinary Days Write a review Mar 31, Jaidee rated it liked it Recommends it for: those that like sweet historical romances Recommended to Jaidee by: random personal pick 3 "whimsical, delicate but sometimes often even off the mark" stars!! Creel had a 5 star book here had she taken more time and care with this gentle historical drama romance. This book takes place in Colorado in the s. It is about an intelligent young woman who gets herself pregnant and then is sent to marry with a socially awkward but loving farmer who is willing to raise the child as his own.
She befriends two Japanese sisters that work on her 3 "whimsical, delicate but sometimes often even off the mark" stars!! Creel is expert at letting a story unfold slowly, langourously even and is quite adept at describing shifting emotions and internal psychological struggles around love, desire, grief and gender and ethnic dynamics. If she focused solely on this she would have had a quietly moving masterpiece.
Creel wants to do more though. She wants to "tell" rather than "show" the ethical dilemas about the treatment of the Japanese during World War 2 in the U. She also wants to infuse poetry into her prose and this is where she really loses me. It is amateurish, flowery and often does not fit. It took me out of the very interesting and beautiful story and made me shudder.
Saccharine, artificial and contrived were many of these passages. I find it really difficult to deal with a book that is so moving and important on one page that then leads to a horrible Hallmark greeting card on another page. Addendum: So weird. My partner just looked up and saw that Hallmark actually makes movies and this book was adapted into a film.
I will watch it and report back.
The Magic of Ordinary Days
For Olivia Dunne, times were particularly trying as she worked through her own emotional upheaval, first dealing with the death of her beloved mother and her alienation from her minister father, then discovering that she is pregnant after a careless act of passion. Her dreams of becoming an archaeologist are dashed as she sets her sights on a future of being a wife and mother. The Singleton farm is remote, as is its owner. Ray, although a kind man, is used to living on his own and has difficulty dealing with another person in his home.
Livvy is sent off to a rural town in southeastern Colorado , there to be married to a young farmer in need of a wife. The groom is Ray Singleton Skeet Ulrich , who farms a remote section of land on a family farm. Unbeknownst to Livvy, Ray has suffered the loss of both his father and mother, and the further loss of his younger brother when he was killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Though young, handsome and a family man at heart, Ray has lacked the opportunity to find a wife in this remote region. His sister Martha Mare Winningham , her husband and their three children are the only family he has left. Ray and Livvy are an unlikely couple.