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The Sunflower

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  6,003 ratings  ·  858 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 snatche

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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
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
May 02, 2008 Angela rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Lisa Swanton
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 02, 2008 Moana rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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!
Melissa
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
Camille
This book is definitely one of the best books I have ever read. Very sweet story, typical Richard Paul Evans ending.
Heather
I liked this book, it made me want to go back to the exciting giddy times of dating (specifically dating my husband.)
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
Sarah
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.
Alyssa Dubois
Apr 03, 2014 Alyssa Dubois rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Jenifer
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
Lesslie
The Sunflower was a wonderful read and I am thrilled to find a new author I like. I plan to read more of his books.
Sabrina
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
Gabby
Beautiful story about finding love and knowing the true meaning of love.
Margaret
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
Rebecca Shaffer
The Sunflower
This Book is about Christine who's fiancé dumps her a week before the wedding which sends her into depression. To get her out of this 'funk' Jessica, her best friend, signs them up for a humanitarian trip to Peru where she falls in love with Paul. Along the trails of Peru, Christine has to decide what to do about her new love and old love. When Martin her ex, shows up she has to make a decision. In the end she has to choose between a safe ride through life or a dangerous yet loving...more
Kaitlin
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
Laura Ellison
Okay, I typically wouldn't give a book so poorly written 4 stars but I really did like the story and the characters. Actually they weren't characters since at the end you find out that they are real people and this was their experience. I don't think that was a spoiler since I'm not giving anything away. The book was heart warming and uplifting. The writing was terrible though. I kept thinking that certain things were being emphasized as a type of foreshadowing but then they came to nothing. An...more
Sheri Lornitis
As with all of Richard Paul Evans' novels, they are feel good and fuzzy and make me want to better myself. :)

I don't have much to say about this story, other than it was sweet and made me smile in numerous spots. I think its awesome that Dr. Paul Cook found his calling in the orphanage in Peru and he does sound quite dreamy. It was an easy read, but that doesn't take away from the sincerity of the story. It left me wanting more out of life, and wanting me to give more to not just my life, but ot...more
Michelle Bell
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!
Kaitlin
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!
Rhona
Feb 12, 2008 Rhona rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Mandy
What a sweet love story. I loved all the parts in spanish and the setting in Peru. I really hope to visit Machu Pichu one day!
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!
Jaye
from page 269:
"As much as we wish to believe otherwise, most of life
is a reaction to circumstances."
Stephanie
This is one of my favorite books by Richard Paul Evans! I have read it more than once.
Karen
Excellent book and quick read.
Maryanne
Jan 14, 2009 Maryanne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
Complex themes, and a compelling story.
Jerri Stepp
Outstanding book,...loved it.
Kristalyn Thornock (The Sarcastic Palmtree)
There are so many things I loved about this book. It has been such a long time since I read this one it was almost like reading it over again for the first time.

I love Richard Paul Evans' writing style. Many of his books use short, mostly one line journal entries to help tell the story and this is also present in The Sunflower. It gives you an inside emotion to the character while reading that I enjoy. Both Christine and Paul were well defined characters as well as the other characters in the b...more
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When Richard Paul Evans wrote the #1 best-seller, The Christmas Box, he never intended on becoming an internationally known author. His quiet story of parental love and the true meaning of Christmas made history when it became simultaneously the #1 hardcover and paperback book in the nation. Since then, more than eight million copies of The Christmas Box have been printed. He has since written ele...more
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