A Perfect Day

A Perfect Day

by Richard Paul Evans, TBA

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Overview

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Broken Road series presents an inspiring story about a man who has to rediscover his priorities after finding money and fame.
 
Robert Harlan has three loves in life: his wife, his daughter, and his writing. But when his thirst for success causes him to lose focus on his family life, it takes a few more missteps—and finally, a stranger with a mysterious message about the brevity of his future—before he discovers the truth about himself: who he has become, what he has lost, and what it will take to find love again...

A Perfect Day examines love, relationships and self-awareness...This well-written story spans the range of emotions from joy to sorrow and grief.”—The Sunday Oklahoman 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142800355
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 09/29/2003
Edition description: Unabridged CD
Pages: 1
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 5.82(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Richard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box, the Walk series, and the Broken Road series. Each of his more than thirty novels has been a New York Times bestseller. There are more than thirty million copies of his books in print worldwide, translated into more than twenty-four languages.

Hometown:

Salt Lake City, Utah

Date of Birth:

October 11, 1962

Place of Birth:

Salt Lake City, Utah

Education:

B.A., University of Utah, 1984

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"The inevitable twist is clever, the writing throughout assured, the sentiment unapologetic."—Publishers Weekly

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A Perfect Day 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book I've read in a long time and I am always amazed how well Paul Evans writes. I am a real fan of his .
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started reading it on a flight to Asia from LAX. I could not put it down as pages turned so smoothly and the story went right thru a long 14 hours flight journey on a tight space for me. Unfortunatelly a bit lacked of exciting twists or turns I was hoping for, though his plain, easy, simple style suited right well with the characters. Lots of repeating news for his famed book-tours/interviews that I thought it was a bit old. Not sure if I could pick it up again I will leave it to my old pile of a small book mountain. Or, I will find a new home for it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Evans I have read. Are all of his characters so stupid? After the book's success all Allyson can do is whine that she never sees enough of her husband. What if he was in the Navy or Army and gone for 6 months to a year? Her father did not raise her that way, and her early behavior is not that way. So this character is extremely inconsistent. Robert is no smarter. I started out feeling sorry for him having to put up with Allyson's behavior. But then he starts thinking about 6 bedroom houses on the east bench. Get real. He sells 1 book for 125K, has no idea for a second book, has no job, was fired from his last full time job, and he is thinking of investing in a million dollar house. I quit reading at this point. Just couldn't handle the stupidity of the characters.
jlcarroll on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An easy read with an important reminder: don't take the most important things in life for granted. You don't get to keep them forever.
silenceiseverything on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 and heartwarming Christmas movie (that starred Paget Brewster whom I sorta adore due to how hilarious she is, so that had a big part in why I chose to watch the movie), I decided to read the book. And surprisingly, I liked it. The premise of A Perfect Day is fairly simple. Robert, a happily married family man gets fired from his job. So, he decides to go back to his dream of writing and tries to finish his first novel. His novel is based on his wife, Allyson's, relationship with her father and what she had to go through while he dealt with cancer. Rob's book becomes a huge, best-selling hit, the fame starts going to his head, and he starts being a douche. Really, there's no other way to put it. He then finds out that he only has a few months to live and has to try to make everything right between him and his wife. (And before some of you get upset and say that I ruined the whole book, trust me, this is all in the inside flap of the book. I try not to be douche and give away spoilers myself because I hate it when people do that in a review I'm reading.) Since I did see the movie first, I already knew most of the surprises in the book and oddly enough the movie was very close to the book. But still, I enjoyed A Perfect Day. It gave more of an insight into the Rob and Allyson relationship than the movie did and you could see more of Allyson's side in the book as opposed to the movie where she starts to become the nagging wife a bit too quickly (still I liked her). Again, I'm not a romance fan at all, but I really did like their relationship and found myself "awwing" in a few of the parts. However, it didn't make me cry, but I'm usually one of those that cries when something is terribly sad in a book, not when something is terribly happy and heartwarming. So, all in all, A Perfect Day was a pretty sweet and heartwarming book and while the movie was a bit more Christmas than the book, the book can still be classified as a holiday read if you want it to be, but you can still read it at any time of the year if you hate reading Christmas books at non-Christmas times. Also, check out the movie as it was also really great (plus, Rob Lowe and Paget Brewster, yay!) and while I don't think I'll re-read A Perfect Day, I will re-watch the movie countless times throughout the Christmas season.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very touching story. Great plot! I can't wait for the next book! I will go back and read this one again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Richard P. Evans always tells a great story. This one, like his others, really makes you think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down!
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quaintinns More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, as a short light read about a struggling author who finds fame and success and yet changes his personal life and is about to lose it all. Makes you think about those things which are precious and dear to your heart. Robert has a wonderful wife, daughter and gets fired from his job and unable to find a job, (feels as though he has to prove himself, based on his relationship with his father) and turns to his love of writing. After many rejections, he finally catches a break with much success; however, in the process he lets down his family, until a stranger appears with a mysterious message which changes his life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was another one of his books that I didn't want to put down. I laughed and cried. I thought it really touched on how people really act and feel about life. Very touching and clever book!
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mamacheryl52 More than 1 year ago
I started reading his books about 2 months ago now I can't put them down. I loved this book. Make sure you have a box of tissues though when you read it. I read this book in about six hours. Loved it so much. Read the rest of them also.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book. It allowed me to open my eyes to using my passion for writing in a way that allows me to not lose my other passion for family. I enjoy everything Richard Paul Evans writes and every year I give 6 or more of his books as gifts. This has to rate as one of my all time favorites. It reminds us, that we can discover our passion and lose what is most important to us or we can balance our lives. Take a peek in the life of promoting a book and step into another great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A synopsis of this book is included in the other reviews so I will forgo repeating it. I do see by reading the other reviews that I am in the minority regarding my opinion on this book. All story lines have the potential to be exciting reads if the story and the characters are richly developed. Unfortunately, neither is in this book. This leaves it being nothing more than a fine book to read on the beach. However, I read it as a book to discuss and, quite frankly, found nothing to discuss. The story was quite predictable. Average couple totally in love, couldn't be happier. Then, circumstances lead him to write a book which becomes more successful than anything he could have imagined and brings him thousands of (mostly female) adoring fans. (oh, oh, looks like I'm including the synopsis anyway). He's now paying attention to everyone except his wife, so he's no longer the greatest husband to have ever lived. She's no longer the greatest wife to have ever lived because she's complaining about it, so he goes searching elsewhere. It was also obvious where the 'angel', the stranger who knew all about him, was getting his information, and take my word for it, I'm not that smart. Besides a predicatable story, the characters were not well developed at all. The best way I can describe it is actually included in this book. Mr. Evans notes that a review given to his fictional author describes his book as '...'trite, poorly written and an unabashed yank of emotional strngs.'' I was not surprised later in the book to learn that the fictional author's favorite group is Styx--a band you might listen to with some degree of satisfaction but has no real emotional depth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Picked this up at the Library and read it in 3 nights. I haven't read a book this engaging in years. I had to read every book he has written and was not disappointed in any of them. Each one was better than the last. It's best if you read them in order given, but not necessary.Mr Evans really knows how to hold you interest! They were all fantastic. How will I ever wait until Oct, 2005 for the 'Sunflower'?