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The Sunflower

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  6,887 ratings  ·  908 reviews
B"Seek not your destiny, for it is seeking you."/Bbrbr
Just a week before their marriage, Christine's fiance calls off the wedding, leaving her heartbroken. With hopes of helping her through a difficult time, Christine's best friend Jessica enrolls them both on a humanitarian mission in Peru, to work at an orphanage called El Girasol #151; The Sunflower.
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ebook, 352 pages
Published October 4th 2005 by Simon & Schuster
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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.
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
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
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.
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!
This book is definitely one of the best books I have ever read. Very sweet story, typical Richard Paul Evans ending.
I liked this book, it made me want to go back to the exciting giddy times of dating (specifically dating my husband.)
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Jul 12, 2015 Donna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance lovers
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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.
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
Beautiful story about finding love and knowing the true meaning of love.
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
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
Loved it! Richard Paul Evans draws us in to his stories with warmth, humor and wonderful characters! Fans of Nicholas Sparks and Robert James Waller will enjoy this author.
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
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
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
Lyndsey Thackston
I couldn't get over the poor writing. The dialogue was awkward at times and the story was predictable.
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.
Sarah Jackson
I really enjoyed this book. I really felt like I was with them in the book. I thought the descriptions of the people was really well written. Maybe I enjoyed this book so much because I'm a nurse or it might be the fact that I was interested in serving a humanitarian aid mission myself, but I just thought it was a lovely story. It had depth in my opinion without being too sad and on other people's reviews they don't believe a love story would happen like that... but I've read many true stories t ...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!
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!
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.
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