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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,798 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Paul Evans Narrator: Campbell Scott Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN: 9780743552509
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Just a week before their marriage, Christine's fiancé 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 -- The Sunflower.
While working at the orphanage Christine meets Paul Cook, a successful and charismatic American doctor who has fled the States after one fatal day took away his career, his faith, and the woman he loved.
Unplanned events lead Paul and Christine into the jungle of the Amazon, where Christine must confront her deepest fears, and she, and Paul, must both learn to trust and love again. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Evans delivers an entertaining…picking-up-the-pieces romance...Satisfying.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A heartwarming tale about two people who have to pick up the pieces after their lives derail in unexpected ways…Sweet and uplifting, Evans’ new tale is as enjoyable as his previous ones.”  

    Booklist

  • “This wholesome story from Evans boasts an amazing setting...A romantic meditation on faith, redemption, and public service.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Samantha | 2/8/2014

    " I wasn't that impressed with the story. It wasn't bad, just not terribly impressive or inspirational, though of course that's just my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 1/30/2014

    " This is the first book by Richard Paul Evans that I have read, and I finished it in 2 days! I really enjoyed his writing style and there was just enough romance, action and thought-provoking commentary to keep me very interested. I thought it was a great story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 1/23/2014

    " this was a super fast read that really kept me interested. enjoyable, and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lola | 1/22/2014

    " It is a novel about healing hearts, forgiviness and putting the past behind you and moving forward in life. Richard Evans main setting is the Peruvian jungle and a real orphanage - The Sunflower. I enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MarioHeidi V | 1/19/2014

    " Sweet clean love story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 1/14/2014

    " I listened to it on tape. It was okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babs | 1/5/2014

    " A well written, fast moving read about life in the Amazon region of Peru along with an intriguing development of relationships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 1/4/2014

    " Mr. Evans tried to make us believe we didn't know who she'd pick in the end but it was completely predictable - which might sit better with someone who still believed in happy endings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 1/3/2014

    " This is a good love story! He writes good wholesome books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Furlann | 12/20/2013

    " I read this book in one day. It was very hard to put down. It left me feeling very badly about the way children are treated around the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 11/23/2013

    " This book made me want to go on a mission trip. I think Richard Evans books are really cheesy but I like them. It is defiantly a Hallmark movie in the making. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanine | 11/16/2013

    " Good, fast, interesting read. Story line is about a girl going to Peru on a service vacation. I liked the little love story in it as well, (of course). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Juli | 10/17/2013

    " I read it when I was out of work for a week after a car accident, and it didn't totally suck so I kept reading. Sometimes Evans' novels get a little dry for me, but they're not terrible, and they generally tell a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 9/17/2013

    " I read this in one day at the cabin...A lovely romantic story about a woman with a history of men "leaving." Nicely written and easy to read when you need something uplifting and short. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 2/13/2013

    " My take away..."there are none so impoverished as those who do not acknowledge the abundance of their lives" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 12/29/2012

    " I enjoyed this book. It was a very easy read and was just a nice story. Nothing too amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelle | 10/17/2012

    " Loved, loved this book! Will make you want to ditch the country and do humanitarian work in an impoverished country. Makes you realize how very fortunate we are to be living in the lap of luxury here in America. A love story is weaved into the plot, of course. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skeetoid | 8/25/2012

    " This book really made me want to go on a 2 week mission to Peru to help in an orphanage there. Really enjoyed this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie Hadlock | 8/24/2012

    " This was a nice feel good read. It was quick and fun, but also a bit predictable. However, it was definitely worth the few hours it takes to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 8/7/2012

    " This was a very different setting for Evan's books. Again, a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 4/3/2012

    " One of the best birthday presents ever! I read this one once a year too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorena | 2/7/2012

    " Not very good writing, really, but it had a good ending. Paul Cook's diary entries were deep and insightful - best part of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendi | 12/7/2011

    " Again, I read this quite a while ago. I don't remember a whole lot about it, just enjoyed it. A quick, easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judith | 10/28/2011

    " Richard Paul Evans is so awesome. I can't put this book down. It's set in Peru the characters are great and the story line flows. I don't have to travel to Peru he takes me there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 9/4/2011

    " This was one of my favorite books by this author. I am not really sure why, maybe becuase I went to mexico to an orpahanage. But I really liked this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 8/4/2011

    " Great little love story! It makes you appreciate the many blessings in which we have! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Howardmomma | 6/3/2011

    " I really liked this one and enjoyed how it encouraged me to worry more about those forgotten children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 5/20/2011

    " Haven't found a Richard Paul Evans book I would recommend or read again until now. Really enjoyed this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/17/2011

    " I went into reading this with a bad attitude but ended up liking it a lot. It was a bit sappy for my taste. But it was a quick happy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 5/15/2011

    " I remember really enjoying this book when I got it. I enjoyed the premise of serving others while having some pretty exciting experiences. This speaks to me. I long for living life out loud, but I'm also all about doing good in the world. It's a nice marriage between the two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 5/11/2011

    " Great book - actually inspires you.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 4/19/2011

    " We did this for book club. I got a kick out of personally knowing Van Evans, the author's brother, who the book is dedicated to. It wasn't a life changer, but a nice, light read. Made me want to travel to Peru. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babs | 4/15/2011

    " A well written, fast moving read about life in the Amazon region of Peru along with an intriguing development of relationships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauna | 4/14/2011

    " I picked this up on a 50¢ book table and didn't expect very much, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this true story. It was a quick, easy read, with lots of romance, drama and adventure. And as it deals with good-hearted people and adoption too, I was readily won over.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley | 4/7/2011

    " I just read this book, and it was a really good book. I loved the story and the characters, it is based on a true story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kari | 4/4/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to you! It was a quick read...just a day for me, which is unusual. ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marjorie | 3/23/2011

    " I read this story in the Readers Digest Condensed Books and enjoyed it very much "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 3/17/2011

    " This story is an easy read, and one with a pretty predictable ending...and yet every time I read it, I enjoy it. I guess the sweet story combined with the faith each character experiences makes it endearing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 3/11/2011

    " The best book I've read in a long time. It's got adventure and romance all rolled into one. The message of hope and love is one that needs to told and retold. I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiff | 3/10/2011

    " I just finished the Sunflower. LOVED this book! It was so descriptive of the trip to Peru, I felt like I was there too. The love story touched my heart, as I could relate to the characters. I also fell in love with the children of Peru. "

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