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Best Selling Book &
Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie


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, Creel's novel is a powerful exploration of the nature of trust and love.

On Sunday January 30, 2005 CBS aired a Hallmark Hall of Fame Presentation of The Magic of Ordinary Days starring Keri Russell, Skeet Ulrich, and Mare Winningham.


The film turned out to be the highest-rated movie on any network since the 2001-2 season, watched by 18.7 million viewers. 


Some of the many movie reviews:

"Hallmark makes magic." USA Today

"The performances make it extraordinary." US Weekly

"Ordinary Days is no ordinary movie." Noel Holston, Newsday

"Casts a spell but it's not magical; hypnotic is a better word." N.Y.


Daily News

"Magic has heart, brains, and texture." Lansing State Journal

"A touching story, beautifully filmed... Keri Russell and Skeet Ulrich rev up their characters." Philadelphia Enquirer

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