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The Magic Of Ordinary Days

Updated on April 4, 2018
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I love everything weird and colorful in this world and I try to live a life that will make the world a little better once I'm gone.

A Wonderful Story of How Love Grows From Nothing

I read this book after seeing the movie, something I have NEVER done in the past.  Usually after seeing a movie, I think "Well I know what happens, so why bother".  This story is completely different.  It is not about where it ends up, but how it got there.  This is the story of an evolving relationship.  I highly suggest The Magic Of Ordinary Days for everyone who loves to see love bloom.

The story takes place in 1944, when after her mother's death, Olivia Dunn (Livy) finds herself pregnant without a husband. Her father, the respected Reverend Dunn, deals with the situation by sending her off to Colorado to marry a VERY rural farmer, Ray Singleton. This is the story of how love can grow, even between to opposite people from two very different worlds.

There is also a sub-story of two Japanese-American girls who live in an Internment Camp, and working on the Singleton farm. Livy finds a friend in these girls who have also found their lives tossed upside-down.

Olivia Dunne, a the daughter of a minister had aspirations to travel the world and get an education in archaeology, but then her mother got sick. She stepped away from that life course to care for her, and then her life took a different direction entirely. Now pregnant and unwed in the midst of World War II, with her mother now dead, Olivia's future is uncertain.

In an effort to help her, or perhaps punish her, Livy's father arranges a marriage to Ray, a farmer in rural Colorado. A marriage to a man she never even met. Filled with loneliness, fear, detachment, and guilt, Livy is out of place in her new home.

From a local internment camp, two Japanese American sisters, who are working the farm befriend Livy and share with her how they, too, have altered futures in this detached place, but for very different reasons.

Livy and Ray, though very different people, cope with lives they hadn't planned but it they learn to love each other. This is a beautiful story of how love can grow. The beauty in this story is not where its goes, but how it gets there.

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Book Clubs

If you plan to use this book in your book club or in the classroom, be sure to visit this site provided by the publishers, Penguin, which includes an interview with the author and discussion questions.

"In one fleeting moment I stripped away the petals of my future, let them catch wind, and fly away."

The Magic of Ordinary Days was made into a movie!

This great book was turned into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie in 2005 staring Keri Russell and Skeet Ulrich as Liv and Ray and Mare Winningham as Martha.

IMDB: The Magic of Ordinary Days.

Rotten Tomatoes: The Magic of Ordinary Days - 86% Like It

The Magic of Ordinary Days - Hallmark
The Magic of Ordinary Days - Hallmark
The Magic of Ordinary Days was a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation based on a novel of the same name by Ann Howard Creel and adapted as a teleplay by Camille Thomasson. It first aired on CBS on January 30, 2005. It was directed by Brent Shields and produced by Andrew Gottlieb. This film starred Keri Russell and Skeet Ulrich. NEWS: There is rumor of Hallmark filming a sequel to this movie. I guess we just wait and hope. The first five minutes are the five worst in the whole film, in fact they are the worst five minutes I've seen in a long time. But don't judge this movie by it's terrible start. Give it a chance, after that, it is really quite good.

The Making of The Magic of Ordinary Days - Behind the Scenes

Interview with Skeet Ulrich, Keri Russell, and Mare Winningham during the filming of the film about their take on the characters and the story.

By book or by film?

If you both read the book and saw the movie, which did you prefer?

Did you prefer the book or the movie?

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Book/Film Comparison

I, personally, saw the movie and then read the book. I'm torn at which I liked better.

How would you compare the book with the film adaptation of The Magic of Ordinary Days? By experiencing one, did it affect how you reacted to the other?

Since there were some plot changes, did you think they helped or hurt the overall presentation of the film? Were they necessary? Tell us in the guestbook!

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    • ItayaLightbourne profile image

      Itaya Lightbourne 

      7 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I watched the movie but haven't read the book yet. The movie was awesome! Thanks for reminding me about the book though. It's now on my 'Must Read' list. :)

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      7 years ago

      i have read book and watched movie. Movie is excellent but book is so much better. they missed a lot of the interactions between livvey and ray that would have really added to the show.

    • TreasuresBrenda profile image

      Treasures By Brenda 

      9 years ago from Canada

      No, I haven't read the book but I might...lensrolling you back to my Hallmark Romantic Movies page.

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      lasertek lm 

      10 years ago

      I have not heard about this book, even so the movie. Quite interesting story, will add The Magic of Ordinary Days to my list of books to read this year. 5*

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      10 years ago

      Never heard of the book or the movie, thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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      12 years ago

      Welcome to the Period Dramas group! I will have to check this out, Hallmark Hall of Fame movies are great, and the book sounds good too.


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