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A Perfect Day

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  4,407 ratings  ·  349 reviews
Robert Harlan has three loves: his wife, his daughter, and his writing. But when his thirst for success causes him to lose focus on his happy family life, ambition begins to consume him. When a stranger appears with a mysterious message about the brevity of his future, he discovers the truth about himself: who he has become, what he has lost, and what it will take to find ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 5th 2004 by Signet (first published January 1st 2003)
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Paula  Phillips
Have you ever achieved something that you wanted so badly and then once you got it, it only ended up ruining your life instead of making it happier ? For Robert Harlan, he always dreamed of becoming a writer and eventually four years later when he lost his job, he finally finished his book A Perfect Day , a book based on the last few months his wife Allyson and her father Carson had together before he passed away with Cancer. Robert sends out the book to twenty-five publishing agents and one fin ...more
Mar 29, 2008 Christine rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Tammy, Emily, Merry, Rachel
I've read all of Richard Paul Evans books and this is by far my favorite. It's not as sappy romantic as his others and it made me cry. It's about a guy who loses his job then finally fulfills his dream of writing a novel. He quickly finds huge success then realizes how hard it is to balance family and his touring. He meets a man who knows intimate details of his life and tells him he's gonna die on New years and it makes him start to re-prioritize his life. It's a tear-jerker so be warned!
Xmas happiness

Sweet Christmas read. It was a sweet read for the season. Book so much better than movie. Author has a nice voice and style.
Michelle Polk
Another wonderful book by Richard Paul Evans! It is a book about learning what your priorities are and should be. A man has his dreams come true with a best selling book about his wife's life. What looks like the best thing that could ever happen to him isn't all that great. He loses his priorities in the middle of his new exciting life. It goes down hill from there for him but the sweet twist that brings this book to an end is great! I recommend it for everyone.
Probably my favorite "Richard Paul Evans" book that I have read. I think his style has evolved over the years and his storytelling is drawing me in. (I didn't care for and quit reading his earlier works right after Christmas Box House). The lesson and unexpected twist at the end of this book has stayed with me over the years reminding me what is really important to me in my life.
Enjoyed the book. Flows well. Easy to read. Good message. Didn't rate as high as Richard Paul Evans' other books because there were aspects of the story that were a bit of a stretch and there really wasn't much depth to the book. Nonetheless it is worth reading and would be a good pick me up read for a leisurely weekend.
Kathy Saunders
This is a book about learning what your priorties are and should be. A man has his dreams come true with a bestselling first novel about his wife's life(based on the last few month of his wife, Allyson,and her father spent together as he lay dying of cancer and their undying love). What looks like the best thing that could happen to him isn't all that great. He loses his priorties in the middle of his new life. It goes downhill from there, but a sweet twist brings this book to an end that is tou ...more
Debbie Williams
This was one of my mother-in-law's books that I inherited when she passed away. Just when you think everything is perfect, until the bottom falls out. Sometimes it's be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. Becoming famous is not all that it's cracked up to be. When I look at the famous, I feel sorry for them. They do have the advantage of money and what it can buy, but they give up their privacy and become very public figures. Most are scrutinized in every move they make, and if the ...more
This is the second book that I have read by this author... I cried during both... and really enjoyed both! I tend to get A.D.D. when I am reading but this book really made me feel like I was a part of the story!
I'm kind of embarassed giving 5 stars to a Richard Paul Evans book, but I really, really enjoyed this one! As it is a RPE, it's a very easy read, but I was intrigued by the story and it had a great moral to it, too.
Mike Coe
Great story about the challenges of unexpected success and fame. Even in the good times we must keep balance in our lives. Learn from the past, embrace the present, hope in the future.
I think this is my favorite book by Evans. I love all his books, especially when I need a good cry. I walked away from this one with more love in my heart for the awesome guy I married.
His books are so enjoyable. Just quick, nice reads with good messages. Perfect for vacation or around the pool.
I read this during Christmas break and it was a perfect book to read for my weeks off of school. I cried!!! It was a perfect book for a perfect day!! :)
A different type of story from his normal. Great story line and love story.
Jul 09, 2008 Jill rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a good message
Recommended to Jill by: me
This book made me cry. We get so caught up in life/success that we forget what really matters. Good message in this book.
My take away was a quote from the book "the greatest threat to love is not circumstance but the absence of attention"
Purple Osprey
Primitive. Even for christian literature this is primitive.

Basically a guy gets rich and his wife becomes whiny biatch because of that, although for the first half of the book it was repeatedly established that they had perfect marriage.
Anyway.. now he's rich and goes to business trip and she's sooooo unhappy, but - you guessed wright- it's all his fault. Nowhere in the book does it say what he did to offend her so badly (other than go to work), but everything is his fault (because majority of t
Janet Nguyen
Rating 3.5 -
Reading this book felt like going through a timeline instead of reading a novel - the story was so sequential, it felt like the story was guided by time and not emotion or people. I think it was the first time I read a story with a layout like this. It made sense, allowed you to understand what happened and how it became so but having a story led by events instead of emotions left me detached pretty much the majority of the book. It's a sweet story and the ending was tearjerking. An
Apr 24, 2010 Erin rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of clean romances
Recommended to Erin by: picked it for a reading challenge
I know a lot of people who would probably really like this book, but it actually left me not quite satisfied. I really liked the premise of the book; it was just the execution, and the ultimate resolution, that bugged me. I don't want to say too much so that I don't give the end away to those who might read it, but I will say that I think the author copped out of a potentially really strong ending. I do applaud him for trying to do it creatively, but I just didn't buy it.
As for the rest of the b
Alisha Marie
Okay, so A Perfect Day is so not the type of book that I usually read. It's a bit on the sappy, romantic side and that just doesn't appeal to me half the time. However, I have an intense love for Christmas movies and unbeknownst to me at the time, the movie was based on the book (I seriously groaned out loud when I started the DVD and it said "Based on the novel by Richard Paul Evans" as I like to read the book THEN watch the movie). Since I loved the movie and thought it was a sweet, yet angsty ...more
Robert Harlan has big dreams of being a novelist but is stuck as a sales rep. Only reason why he took it was because he thought that it was going to lead him to his dream in becoming a novelist but he is beginning to think that his dreams will never cone to pass. Alyson his adoring wife encourages him to pursue his writing,once he gets fired from his job. Struggling to pay the bills, Alyson gets a job to take care of the expenses. Carson his loving daughter was named after her grandparent who pr ...more
This is Evans' 8th novel which was just published and released in Sept. 03. I found this novel to be quite different from most of Evans' other novels like "Timepiece", "The Looking Glass" etc. I thoroughly enjoyed this new novel.

From the dust jacket:
"Robert Harlan has three loves in his life: his wife, Allyson; his daughter, Carson; and his writing. A sales rep for a small radio station, he has hopes of one day leaving it all behind for a successful writing career. When he is unexpectedly laid o
Vonnie Alto
Normally Evans doesn't write paranormal, but this book interestingly can be interpreted as such. A completely absorbing, probing read featuring an angel type messenger. The hero has three things that matter the most to him: his wife, daughter, and writing. After he writes a novel about his wife and her beloved father, he becomes a bestselling author. Ambition consumes him and his success comes between him and his family and friends. One day, he meets a mysterious stranger who tells him that he h ...more
Kevin Symmons
Somehow my written review got deleted which is a good thing for Mr. Evans should anyone take my reviews to heart. Those who have read my reviews of JPEs work know I love most of what he writes. I thought "The Last Promise" and "The Carousel" were top notch. While I found much of this novel interesting (since like the hero I am an author with a first novel just released) I felt two things that kept me from embracing this work. First, I thought the hero was far from sympathetic. Despite his hard w ...more
Nov 29, 2008 Maggie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
In the tradition of Nicolas Sparks, you can expect to shed a few tears at the conclusion of this great story about what is really important in our lives.

Robert Harlan has 3 loves in his life, his wife, his daughter, and his writing. He is a sales rep for a small radio station, but his real love is writing which he hopes to be able to pursue one day. One day he is unexpectedly laid off from his job and his wife encourages him to pursue that dream of writing. He writes a novel entitled A Perfect D
Could Richard Paul Evans' books ever be less than a 5 star? He's amazing. And so are his stories. One thing I didn't think was as realistic was when Ally became upset so quickly with her husband's absence from home. It happened in 4 weeks!! I'd be upset too, if I were her husband. My husband has had to travel quite extensively for his career, and we just deal with it. It doesn't mean he doesn't love me, in fact, quite the opposite. He loves me so much, he's willing to do whatever it takes to kee ...more
Jamie Howerton
Richard Paul Evans seems to use a lot of the same things in all of his books. Because of this it makes them seem repetitive and has me questioning if I've already read it before. I liked this book because I think it showed what can happen in a marriage if both people aren't working to make it the best it can be. I was also worried that this book was going to have a horribly sad ending, but it ended on a happy note, as all of this authors books do.
Nov 06, 2014 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Robert Harlan has three loves in his life: his wife, Allyson, his daughter, Carson, and his writing. As a sales rep for a small radio station, he has hopes of one day leaving it all behind for a successful writing career. When he is unexpectedly laid off from his job, Allyson encourages him to pursue his dream of writing. He writes a novel entitled “A Perfect Day”, based on the last few months Allyson and her father spent together as he died of cancer. The story becomes a huge success and Robert ...more
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