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.
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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. The ladies of the community church try to include Olivia in their activities. Like Olivia, the sisters must learn to adapt to their confinement while their passion for living seeks other outlets.
In The Magic of Ordinary Days, Creel has captured a unique page in history as she weaves a tale inspired by actual events. She includes many little-known details of the Japanese-American internment camps and German POW camps that were scattered throughout the country.
Her use of the desolate, dusty prairie setting of southern Colorado echoes the desperation felt by her character, Olivia. This is a gentle but powerful novel, combining a story of bittersweet love with a poignant account of the journey toward self-realization and acceptance.
The Magic of Ordinary Days.
The Magic of Ordinary Days
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!!
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.