Book Review: A Perfect Day

A Perfect Day
By Richard Paul Evans
273 pages
Finished 4/13/08


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 he is unexpectedly laid off from his job, Allyson encourages him to pursue his dream of writing. He writes a novel entitled “A Perfect Day”, based on the last few months Allyson and her father spent together as he died of cancer.

The story becomes a huge success and Robert finds himself swept into a new world far from his wife and home. In time Robert loses track of the things he loves most until he meets a stranger who begins telling him intimate details about his past, his present and, most important, the brevity of his future. Thinking that he has just weeks to live, Robert begins to discover the truth about himself; who he has become, what he has lost and what it will take to find love again.

If you can’t tell already, I’m a pretty big fan of Richard Paul Evans. I haven’t read all of his novels, but they are such enjoyable reads that whenever the chance presents itself, I can pick one up and read it in just a day or two. A Perfect Day was no exception for me. One strange thing about me is that I have the most difficult time remembering what happens in books I’ve read and movies I’ve seen. It has its advantages, as I can re-discover things over and over again and it always feels new. When I started A Perfect Day, I felt strongly that I had read it before, and I kept waiting to come upon a part of the book that would remind me of what happened in the rest of the book. That never happened. So, then I started thinking that maybe it was a sequel to another of Evans’ books that I had read, but a little research showed that to not be the case. While I had hoped that my 10,000 pages would all be ones that I had never read before, I can’t guarentee that the 273 that I just finished weren’t previously seen by my eyes….I’m sure I’ve read this book before, but I can’t remember doing it 😆

That being said, this is another super easy read….perfect for an over-stressed mom who can’t wait for her house to be put back together! I have to admit that I shed a few tears at the end, but not after feeling exasperated at some of the main character’s choices earlier. I’m glad I was able to enjoy it more than once, even though, during most of my reading, it felt like the first time through!

I’m not sure what’s going to be in the lineup next…I’ve got a few books on hold at the library, so I guess whatever comes in first!

2008 Page Count: 3294


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