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The Sunflower

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  7,695 Ratings  ·  992 Reviews

"Seek not your destiny, for it is seeking you."

In the wake of personal tragedy, two people meet on a humanitarian mission in Peru. Christine is a shy, unadventurous woman whose fiancé broke off the engagement only a week before the wedding, and Paul is a former emergency room doctor whose glamorous lifestyle, stellar reputation, and beautiful fiancée are cruelly snatch

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Paperback, 334 pages
Published June 19th 2007 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group (first published October 4th 2005)
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Stacy
Jan 04, 2009 Stacy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would add this book to the Top 5 list but I don't know what I would kick off! It is all I can do to not start reading it again...right now and I jusr finished it. It was a good mix between a love story, adventure and finding a purpose in this world. It is a quick, easy read.
Angela
Mar 02, 2008 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angela by: Springtown Book Club
Shelves: fiction, romance
I'm not a big fan of modern romance novels, but "The Sunflower" was a basically clean, easy read that kept me entertained on a day spent curled up on the couch with a cold.

That being said, it's probably not one I'll re-read: a little too cliche. Porcelain beauty who faints at the sight of spiders falls for manly man with a gloomy past who wields a machete and has a soft spot for orphaned children... Love at first sight, twists of fate, one nursing the other during a terrible illness, etc. The ro
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Melissa
Oct 22, 2010 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Summary: In the wake of personal tragedy, two people meet on a humanitarian mission in Peru. Christine is a shy, unadventurous woman whose fiancé broke off the engagement only a week before the wedding, and Paul is a former emergency room doctor whose glamorous lifestyle, stellar reputation, and beautiful fiancée are cruelly snatched from him one fateful, snowy Christmas Eve. Deep in the Amazon jungle, against a backdrop of poverty and heartbreak, they must confront their deepest fears and, toge ...more
Margaret
Aug 10, 2011 Margaret rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed with this book. The description at the back showed so much promise, but it did not live up to it at all. Though the story may have potential, the characters and their interactions with each other are unrealistic and often idealistic, as are some situations. The ending is completely far fetched. I like happy endings, but the author really tried too hard. Everything seemed so forced. I agree that the quotes in the book are its best feature. I WANTED to love this book, but in the ...more
Lisa Swanton
Jan 27, 2008 Lisa Swanton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this for book club and probably wouldn't have picked it up other wise. But, I enjoyed it. Don'tcha just love that about book club!? It was a quick read with a sweet love story. The reality of the world is sometimes hard to read about, but it is good to take the blinders off for a second and recognize that my problems aren't the worst the world has to offer. It certainly stirred up my "Momma-bear" feelings for all those children who do not feel safe and loved.
Moana
Feb 01, 2008 Moana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Moana by: Book Club read
I learned what it might be like to go on a volunteer vacation. Reading the book made such an adventure doable and survivable for me.

What helped make it more real was going to the author's website and seeing video footage from El Girasol. That was cool!

I really liked this book. I love happy endings!
Kerrie Rodgerson
This was a super slow book, with pretty basic writing. Nothing exciting or thought-provoking, really. I did want to find out how it ended, it was short, and I needed a comfort read, however. So....I got to the end and my audio cds were non-functional! I don't know how it ended! Has someone else read this and can tell me? I got to where Martin came to see her in Peru.
Camille
Aug 10, 2008 Camille rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is definitely one of the best books I have ever read. Very sweet story, typical Richard Paul Evans ending.
Heather
Sep 28, 2008 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, it made me want to go back to the exciting giddy times of dating (specifically dating my husband.)
Sarah
May 12, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a simply lovely book. It was a quick read, very interesting story, with realistic characters and sense of quiet truth about it. As as adoptive mom of kids from Central America, it was a reminder of the conditions faced by so many around the world, and inspires me to keep working as I can to improve the lives of kids who have not found a Forever Family, or at least a safe haven from the world's dangers.
Vannetta Chapman
Another excellent RPE book.
This time, he takes us deep into the Amazon jungle.
I've loved every Evans book I've read!
Loraine
SUMMARY: In the wake of personal tragedy, two people meet on a humanitarian mission in Peru. Christine is a shy, unadventurous woman whose fiancé broke off the engagement only a week before the wedding, and Paul is a former emergency room doctor whose glamorous lifestyle, stellar reputation, and beautiful fiancée are cruelly snatched from him one fateful, snowy Christmas Eve. Deep in the Amazon jungle, against a backdrop of poverty and heartbreak, they must confront their deepest fears and, toge ...more
Jenifer
Oct 11, 2010 Jenifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun and delightful though thoroughly predictable. The author has a simple, easy and conversational style in writing which for some reason I just enjoy. Overall, the book probably deserves 3 stars, but it earns 4 stars from me for 3 reasons: 1) It was a fun and worthwhile read; 2) I loved reading about and enjoying his descriptions of jungle Peru and the culture(s) there and 3) (and this is the most important reason) I am truly inspired by someone who uses their resources to relieve suffering whe ...more
moominspell
May 05, 2016 moominspell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what to say about this book other than it was cheesy, predictable and contrived. The protagonist felt really flat and you could tell Evans knew nothing about women when writing this book - I remember one line where Christine says, "I like things the way I like them." Lol, what? When has anyone in the real world ever said this. I got this book with another one of Evans' book The Locket and I realized all his male characters sound the same! They're all these moral, idealistic, good l ...more
Maria Sol
Es un libro muy fácil de leer, y que te engancha al instante de empezar a leer, es simple, y nos cuenta una historia muy muy linda que en mi opinón pudo haber sido muchisimo mejor. Esperaba mas, si, pero creo que era porque yo esperaba otro tipo de historia, algo mas tirando a una novela romántica y si bien nos habla del amor está mucho mas enfocada en otras cuestiones que también se hacen con mucho amor.
Me enamoré un poco mas de Cuzco, lugar que no conozco pero ansio conocer, y de su gente, sob
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Alyssa Dubois
Apr 03, 2014 Alyssa Dubois rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenagers/Young Adults
I really enjoyed reading this book! If you enjoy realistic fiction, I highly recommend this book! It first takes off as one of the main characters, Christine is heart broken by her fiance calling off the wedding. A friend of hers recommends going on a mission trip to Peru. There is an orphanage call El Garasol.(AKA The Sunflower)After much persuasion, Christine decides to go on the trip. While this part of the story is taking place, there is another story going on too. Paul Cook, a emergency ro ...more
Donna
Jul 01, 2015 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance lovers
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Kaitlin
Aug 28, 2008 Kaitlin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really did not like this book as much as I thought I would. I was confused in the beginning, since the two stories had not merged. I did enjoy the basic plot, a portion of the characters, and the setting. I felt like I was really in Peru with the characters because of the desciption. But some of the characters I thought were very one dimensional, in contrast to the well developed main characters. But even the main characters did not satisfy me in how their personalities were presented and deve ...more
Sabrina
Mar 19, 2009 Sabrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, very easy to read and get into. It is about two people that go away from lost love to find it in the craziest place. Yet it is not really a love story. I like the adventure that they go on and I think it based on a true story. Most of the story takes place in south america and the amazon where you learn about orphans and at one point it made me want to go on an exhibition to help an orphanage. This story has a great message and one of the coolest parts was the quotes ...more
Tiffany
Apr 09, 2008 Tiffany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I guess the story was kind of cute, but the writing drove me INSANE! I found myself mentally correcting the passive voice and re-arranging boring sentence structure... which is something I hardly ever do, but it was just so GLARING! Probably an okay book for the pool, since it doesn't require you to pay much attention.
Rhona
Jan 17, 2008 Rhona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This was a good book. It goes by quickly and can be read in a day or two. It's about love being found again after true heartbreak. It's also about how service and sacrifice to others has a healing affect in our lives.
Aleah
Jan 20, 2017 Aleah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Such a good book. Richard Paul Evans knows how to make a great romance that isn't mushy or displays more details than what I want. This book had some drama, an adventure, romance, tragedy, and a satisfying ending to it all. Great great read.
Kaitlin
Nov 26, 2008 Kaitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! It taught me alot to love those around you and to apreciate the things that I have.

August 4, 2012: I read this book for the second time and I'm proud to say that I liked it better the second time than the first!
Michelle Bell
Jan 28, 2008 Michelle Bell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a really easy read! It was the first book I read after the Twilight series and we all know that when your done reading those, you don't want to read anything else! After reading this book I want to go to the South America and do my own humanitarian work there with the people!
Maryanne
Jan 05, 2009 Maryanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
Complex themes, and a compelling story.
Caroline
May 10, 2014 Caroline rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The text is pretty plain but there's nice big illustrations.
Diana
Jul 22, 2015 Diana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy Richard Paul Evans books. Again I could y put it down. This one made me think and want to do more for street kids.
A great book
Jaye
from page 269:
"As much as we wish to believe otherwise, most of life
is a reaction to circumstances."
Jerri Stepp
Jan 08, 2009 Jerri Stepp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding book,...loved it.
Karen
Jan 09, 2009 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book and quick read.
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