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Lost December

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  5,527 Ratings  ·  789 Reviews
"It has been said that sometimes the greatest hope in our lives is just a second chance to do what we should have done right in the first place. This is the story of my second chance." —Prologue of Lost December

When Luke Crisp graduates from business school, his father, CEO and co-founder of Fortune 500 Crisp’s Copy Centers, is ready to share some good news: he wants to tu
Hardcover, 346 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Simon & Schuster (first published October 4th 2011)
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Dec 13, 2011 Jinky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Richard Paul Evans is one of my go to authors when I want to get out of a reading slump (which I am in at the moment). He has a way of telling stories that touch the heart (my kind of book), using melancholy to drive at a moral message. I often find myself emotionally involved with the characters. This book is no exception. A riches-to-rags story through a take on the well known Bible parable The Prodigal Son. Prodigal being the key word in defining the essence of the tale ...(view spoiler) ...more
Nov 04, 2012 Sara rated it it was amazing
For this review I am just going to put what I learned from this great story. Even good people make bad choices sometimes. The road downhill sometimes sneaks up on you. There is always hope. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes you have to hit your lowest point to find your way back. There are angels living as people among us. There is good in the world; look for it. Sometimes you just need one person who cares to get back on track. Selfishness never made anyone happy. Service ...more
This was a beautifully written modern day retelling of the biblical parable
"The Prodigal Son".

Luke Crisp graduates from business school, his father, CEO and co-founder of Fortune 500 Crisp’s Copy Centers, is ready to share some good news: he wants to turn the family business over to his son. But Luke has other plans. Taking control of his trust fund, Luke leaves home to pursue a life of reckless indulgence.

But when his funds run out, so do his friends. Humbled, alone, and too ashamed to ask hi
Jan 02, 2012 Gail rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Gail by: Linda Sullivan
I received this book as a Christmas Gift.This book was awesome! A modern day story of the prodigal son. It is totally amazing. I was so onto the book I had a hard time putting it down. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you think about what is important in life. If you get a chance to get a copy of Lost December by Richard Paul Evans you should you won't be disappointed. Thanks to Linda for recommending this book to me!
Linda Hart
Feb 05, 2016 Linda Hart rated it liked it
Typical Richard Paul Evans fluffy, predictable, easy clean read.
Dec 10, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it
Could not put this book down. Richard Paul Evans has a way of doing that to me.
Nov 11, 2011 Greg rated it liked it
For years I have looked forward to reading Richard Paul Evans’ latest novel. Unfortunately, this one was a little disappointing. It was oversaturated in melancholy for most of the book, and though it had a positive ending, it almost seemed like an afterthought rather than a satisfying, meaty, tying-up-loose-ends way to finish the book. This one tied up the loose ends in just a couple of pages, much like movies where there is a scrolling “here’s what happened to the characters” sort of way. I ...more
Nov 28, 2011 Jodi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What a wonderful book for all teens and adults to read. This was a story about the prodigal son. The son in the story, Luke has a father who is extremely wealthy. The father owns a chain of businesses and wants his son to take over the whole operation one day. The father wants him to go to get his masters degree and be the first one the family to ever do this. The son was hesitant, but then decides to go. He gets in with the wrong crowd and ends up down a bad path. He tells his father after ...more
Dec 05, 2011 Jessie rated it liked it
Shelves: adult
A typical Richard Paul Evans book. Easy, quick read and enjoyable. It has a message, as all of his do. This wasn't too preachy. It was basically the modern day story of the prodigal son. **stop here for spoilers*** The son of a rich man goes off to get his MBA and gets in with the wrong crowd. They take him for all of his money on a spending spree in Europe. He goes through a million dollars in 40 days. He comes back to Vegas and finds out he is out of money. He is homeless with no friends. He ...more
Nov 18, 2011 Lora rated it really liked it
Richard Paul Evans is usually good for a fast "feel-good" story with a message. This book is no exception. Love the story of the prodigal son, which this wasn't, but appreciated it. Had to read it before I gave it to my son as a present and really liked the message. The main moral was, "If it hadn't been for the darkness, I never would have known the light. In life we all take different paths, some more difficult than others, but in the end, all that matters is whether or not they lead us home." ...more
Jody Phillips
Dec 24, 2015 Jody Phillips rated it really liked it
I don't like sappy romances and this book has some of the appendages of that type of book. But somewhere, somehow it isn't. It's touching, thought provoking, and has depth.

Favorite quotation:
The truest indication of gratitude is to return what you're grateful for.
Another fav...
If you couldn't get out to the quicksand when you were strong, how are you going to get out after you've lost all your strength?--This thought leads to the premise, we all need each other's help-- and we have much to learn
Julie Barrett
Oct 04, 2016 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing
Lost December by Evans_ Richard Paul
Diary entries tell the story of Luke and how he finished college, night of graduation party one of his best friends die
His father wants to bring him into the firm but Luke has other plans.
Luke decides he and his girl need ot travel Europe because his friend would never get the chance. His other friends come along also and Luke pays for them all as Shawn is trying to work out his money problems.
Travel is great and the bills amounted to so much more than I can
Christina Knowles
Nov 30, 2013 Christina Knowles rated it really liked it
At first I thought this book would be another story like "A Winter Dream" by the same author (a re-telling of Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors but based on The Prodigal Son instead; however, this prodigal son tale was pretty original for a re-telling. I thoroughly enjoyed it and actually had sympathy for Luke, the son who left home, squandered a million dollar trust fund, and ended up homeless on the streets. Luke didn't actually spend all the money himself, which helped in the sympathy ...more
Judy Collins
Dec 29, 2012 Judy Collins rated it it was amazing
A young man, with everything in the world he could ever wish for—wealth, comfort, and most of all, a loving father—leaves his home, taking his inheritance with him. Carelessly, he spends it all, and finds himself left penniless, homeless, and starving, living in the tunnels of Las Vegas. Can you go home???

His dad wants him to take over the business which he has worked in during high school, but first Luke to see more of the world and to receive the sort of education Carl never had a chance at. L
Mar 08, 2012 Jackie rated it it was ok
I probably shouldn't review this book now, since I just spent a hellish morning getting grandkids to the dentist. Having said that, I will try not to take my frustations out on a book (or the, I am sure, really nice Richard Paul Evans). Hence, the 2 stars.
We will start with the postiives.
1. Short.
2. Biblical reference to the prodigal son.
3. I learned some new meanings for the word "prodigal".
4. A nice Christmas gift from my boss. I appreciate him thinking of me :0)
5. Short.
On the downside:
1. The
Lauren Chai
Jun 11, 2012 Lauren Chai rated it really liked it
I love this book! This romantic situation seems so realistic which made me love this book. I enjoy reading in the male point of view because it is interesting. So in this book I am reading in the point of view of Luke Crisp, who is a rich boy. Luke's father always wanted to give the family business to Luke, but Luke doesn't want to. Luke decided to take a break for now and told his father that he can take care of himself. When Luke goes on vacation with his new friends and new girlfriend, he ...more
Dec 10, 2011 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Seriously, this book was so hard to put down!

I spent the first half of the story incredibly pissed off at the main character. Although its written really well, its not a suspense novel, and you can clearly see what is going on even before the main character, Luke, figures things out.

However, you still feel sort of bad for him, even knowing he's letting these things happen.

But the story has a turn-about halfway through -- he's down on his luck [and a poor economy] and thinks everyone has turne
Diane Bell
Nov 29, 2011 Diane Bell rated it liked it
I have to start off by saying that Richard Paul Evans is not my favorite author. He writes short, neat little packages of books that make decent Christmas gifts, but that's about it. Of course, I haven't read Michael Vey, which seems to be a departure from his norm, but Lost December fits in the first category. I read it for my book club, and finished it in about three hours. The modern day story of a prodigal son who blows his inheritance, and whose father welcomes him back in the end makes for ...more
Lori Henrich
Dec 29, 2011 Lori Henrich rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful told version of the Prodigal Son. I have know the story from the bible for as long as I could remember, but this is a version of the well know tale that will not quickly leave my heart.

Luke Crisp is the only son of a copy company magnet. He was brought up with the knowledge that one day he would take over the company from his father. When the time comes for the mantel to switch to his shoulders, Luke informs his father that he wants to see the world - live life to the fullest
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Luke Crisp has a great life all planned for him. His father has always taken care of him and wants Luke to finish his MBA before coming to work for the family business. While away at school, Luke's path is changed when he falls in with the wrong crowd.

I don't know if I would call it a holiday book, but it sure was appropriate for this time of year. Based on the prodigal son story, it has a lot of truths in it. We see the extremes in Luke's life, from the top to the bottom.

The first part of the b
Nov 14, 2011 Dawn rated it it was amazing
I started this modern day prodigal son story just intending to read a few chapter while eating supper. Two and half hours later, I was done with the book. This quick but highly enjoyable book tells the story of a son who takes his money and runs off with his friends totally proving that the saying "Youth is wasted on the Young" is true. The son does remember his father's encouraging words and life lessons that he taught him along the way but is to embarrassed to admit his mistakes and does not ...more
Nov 07, 2011 JoAnne rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book from beginning to end. This time a riches to rags story and the lessons a young man learns from going against his father's wishes. There was some tears along the way and although I didn't like the man Luke became when he turned his back on his dad and went to Europe after graduation the real Luke surfaced as he faced hardship after hardship but never forgot the lessons he was taught. I've loved all of Richard Paul Evans books and this one didn't disappoint. There is a ...more
Deann Doolittle
Nov 30, 2011 Deann Doolittle rated it it was amazing
I love all of his books. I know that most of the books all sound about the same but they are books that end on a good note and don't we all need to see that once in awhile. This book was a story similiar to the one in the Bible about the prodigal son. There really needs to be more people with the patience, love, and the giving like the father in both stories. I think the world would be a much better place. Love that my husband buys me the new Evans book every year for my birthday. Can't wait ...more
Brian Wilson
Nov 24, 2011 Brian Wilson rated it it was amazing
Absolutely love this book. Such a fantastic tale of redemption and true love from a father to a son. I can't say it truly fits as a Christmas book because really none of the story focused on the holiday at all, and was a very deep and heart wrenching book, which tends to be a bit heavy for me to want to read this time of the year but I am still glad I read it. Phenomenal book...brought a tear to my eye on several occasions and had this fist pumping happiness at the end, just a really great story
Nov 30, 2011 Loraine rated it really liked it
This modern day version of the story of the prodigal son started very slowly. I honestly thought that I was going to quit after about 90 pages and am so glad I continued reading. I would have given t a 5/5 if it hadn't been for the rather slow start. I found the beginning rather repetitive but once the story began move I couldn't read fast enough. I think the main character, Luke, is an excellent example of many of the young people of today who lose their way and don't think they can ever go ...more
Dec 27, 2012 Terrie rated it really liked it
Great take on the prodigal son. My favorite part of the book comes at the end of Chapter 28: "Thank you," I said again. It felt good to say it. It felt good to feel truly grateful. I had learned a great truth: Joy isn't the natural response to blessings--joy is what comes from acknowledging them."

I hope that I can always acknowledge my blessings! So, to my friends on Goodreads, you are certainly one of those blessings. Thanks for your friendship!
Jun 06, 2012 Jo rated it really liked it
This book wsa chosen by my book club to read. At first, I was resistant. The premise is the parable of the lost son. Told by the son. In brief chapter, almost letter form. But half way through...I wss hooked. I could not put it down. The prodigal son, the wasteful son, hits rock bottom and through the people that touch his life...pulls himself up and reunites with his father. I would recommend this book. It puts a entire new meaning on the parable for me.
Carol Sherman
Jul 04, 2015 Carol Sherman rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book! Couldn't put it down. This is a fast easy read and takes a day, two at the most to finish.

This is a real story of riches to rags and the prodigal son. This teaches us to be grateful for what we have because you never know when it can all be taken away. You will love the Crisp family!
Mar 13, 2013 Carole rated it liked it
After just finishing Gone Girl this was a rather tame read, but I enjoyed it. The story is based on a modern day version of the prodigal son from the Bible. Lessons in forgiveness, impulse decisions, materialism, trust and helping others can be learned from the plot.
Sara Bevilacqua
Feb 13, 2015 Sara Bevilacqua rated it it was amazing
Loved it. This was my first book by Richard Paul Evans and I'm already looking forward to reading another. The book's story has a solid progression throughout and was hard to put down. I liked that the story gives you something to take with you after you finish reading it. I recommend it.
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