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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

Olivia Dunne, a studious minister's daughter who dreams of being an archaeologist, never thought that the drama of World War II would affect her quiet life in Denver. An exhilarating flirtation reshapes her life, though, and she finds herself banished to a rural Colorado outpost, married to a man she hardly knows. Overwhelmed by loneliness, Olivia tentatively tries to establish a new life, finding much-needed friendship and solace in two Japanese American sisters who are living at a nearby internment camp. When Olivia unwittingly becomes an accomplice to a crime and is faced with betrayal, she finally confronts her own desires.

Beautifully written and filled with memorable characters, Ann Howard Creel's novel is a powerful exploration of the nature of trust and love.

©2001 Ann Howard Creel (P)2016 Tantor

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I purchased this audio book not 15 minutes ago...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A DIFFERENT NARRATOR! What a horrible nasal-y voice this narrator has! I admit that I listened to the preview and was not happy with the voice, but I thought I would give the book a chance anyway. I love the Hallmark Movie of the same title. Looked forward to hearing this....but cannot stand it. I will return it.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Terrible Narrator!

What did you like best about The Magic of Ordinary Days? What did you like least?

The story is interesting, absorbing, and quite good. However, the narration was so poor that it detracted from the story and the listening experience. I almost quit listening at the beginning because I found the narrator's voice and inflection so very annoying and had an initial thought of 'you've got to be kidding me!'. I kept on because of the excellent story line. I would recommend the printed version of this book over the audio version.

Would you be willing to try another one of Justine Eyre’s performances?

Absolutely not!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Lovely romance

A lovely romantic story. There is one glaring problem, however. Livey, the main character, is rather unsympathetic ( for me, at least ) and her abrupt change of character and feelings toward Ray is changes the story's dynamic. Yes, I wanted her to appreciate his kindness, but there is no explanation or revelation on how she comes to change her attitude. The lovely narration by Justine Eyre was PERFECT for the story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Slow-growing tale of love in imperfect circumstances

I watched the movie based on this book years ago and snatched up the book as soon as Amazon could get it to me. I have read it several times over, as it is a very easy read. The listen may be just as easy. I did not care for the narrator at first, especially her 'Ray' voice, but I noted about halfway through that I no longer noticed

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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It draws you in...

This is my third time reading this and I love it even more. So sublime.

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  • Lucy'sMom
  • Montrose, CO, United States
  • 06-25-17

A tender story of love not expected

I loved the Hallmark Hall of Frame movie of this story so decided to read the book. no surprise that the book is even better than the movie and the story slightly different.

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Beautiful Book; Awful Voice

I love this book but could not handle the reader's voice. It grated on my nerves -- tired and mewling.

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just an ok read

Usually the book is better than the movie, but didn't find that to be the case this time.

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Good story line with awful narration

Tourture listening to this narration of a good novel I struggled through having originally enjoyed the movie.
I can't recommend you listen to this rendition read the novel instead.

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Not sure about being 'Ordinary' or 'Magic' certainly not 'usual'

This novel is quite difficult to explain in that I found the subject matter filled with intent ... by that, deep and, should you be so inclined, thought provoking. I sensed that I was reading several stories wrapped in a greater episode of lives lived during a certain time period.
It is well written, told quite well, and offers the reader a challenge to accept these people as they faced their daily strife.