Book Review of
The Magic of Ordinary Days
Olivia Dunne, a studious minister’s daughter who dreams of becoming an archaeologist, never thought that the drama of World War II would affect her quiet life in Denver. But when an exhilarating flirtation reshapes her life, she finds herself in 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 yearnings and comes to understand what she truly believes about the nature of trust and love.
I first heard about The Magic of Ordinary Days by watching the movie. After I watched the movie I did a little bit of research and realized that there was a book the movie was based on. The movie does a good job of following the book. The book does go into more detail.
This book covers a tough subject, but I thought it was well done. I reads a lot like a Hallmark-type movie, which I am sure is why it was made into a movie.
The Magic of Ordinary Days covers a subject that many people don’t know about and that many people have forgotten about. That topic is the internment camps that many Japanese American were sent to during WWII. It is not part of American history that we should be proud of, but it is part of our history. We need to learn from it. A book like this does a good job of bringing a difficult subject to people that may have never heard about it.