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A Perfect Day

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,632 Ratings  ·  364 Reviews
One of the world's most beloved authors returns with the story of a man who found everything he thought he was missing in the family he already had.

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
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Hardcover, Large Print, 421 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Doubleday
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Paula  Phillips
Aug 13, 2011 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Christine
Mar 29, 2008 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Kay
Apr 14, 2012 Kay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My take away was a quote from the book "the greatest threat to love is not circumstance but the absence of attention"
Erin
Apr 24, 2010 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  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
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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
Susan
Dec 21, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Purple Osprey
Oct 12, 2014 Purple Osprey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Michelle Polk
Oct 15, 2008 Michelle Polk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kristin
Feb 21, 2008 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mj
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
Jun 28, 2014 Kathy Saunders rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 16, 2015 Debbie Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational
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
Bonnie
Mar 19, 2011 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Kristin
Nov 14, 2007 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 09, 2010 Mike Coe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Afton
Nov 05, 2010 Afton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Gregandemy
Jul 07, 2015 Gregandemy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
His books are so enjoyable. Just quick, nice reads with good messages. Perfect for vacation or around the pool.
Kaitlin
Jan 30, 2009 Kaitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!! :)
Gayle
Jul 07, 2015 Gayle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A different type of story from his normal. Great story line and love story.
Jill
Jul 09, 2008 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Joy
Sep 24, 2010 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Insightful!
Brisbride13
This is your typical Evans book except for one thing; there are no diary excerpts!! What is so ironic about this is that the main character Robert talks about writing in his diary a lot whereas none of his other characters has ever spoken of keeping a diary (I haven't read them all YET so we'll see). Robert is happily married with a daughter, but not happy at his job. When he is fired, his wife encourages him to pursue his dream of becoming an author. His first endeavor, a story about his wife s ...more
Janet Nguyen
Jun 06, 2014 Janet Nguyen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Michael
Dec 06, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Louise
Apr 06, 2009 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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Vonnie Alto
Mar 28, 2011 Vonnie Alto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fiction
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
Maggie
Nov 29, 2008 Maggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Loraine
Jan 15, 2016 Loraine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 10, 2014 Jamie Howerton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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