May 19, 2014

Memory Lane Monday #8 ~ The Sunflower ~ Review

Memory Lane Monday is a feature that is hosted by 
Amber at Paradise of Pages 

Amber and I have been talking about wanting to re-read some of our favorite books and how we feel like we never have time trying to keep up with the latest and greatest books for our blogs.  So, we came up with a great plan, let's start our own meme and get everyone else joining in on the re-reading fun as well!  We are, of course, still planning to keep up with current reads but we are intertwining old favorites at the same time.  

The Sunflower
"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 fiancee 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 fiancee 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, together, learn to trust and love again.

You can read my Memory post on the Sunflower here

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 book.  I really like it when you can read about a whole cast of characters and know them all individually and feel like they have a purpose.  I particularly loved the little girl Roxana.  She was so sweet and I just wanted to give her a big hug. 

You can tell there was a lot of research done by the author.  I felt like I was right there in the moment and learning about places in Peru right along with the characters.  It helps makes things very visual and I love it when I can find that in a book.  I really enjoyed the story when they were in the jungle.  It solidified the fact that I am definitely not cut out for a jungle adventure myself.

I also want to note the fact that I did NOT have any tears shed while reading this book.  Most of Richard's books make me ugly cry so maybe that's why I remembered this one as one of my favorites. 

The Sunflower is a fast paced adventure full of characters you can't help but fall in love with.  I would quickly recommend it to anyone. 

Here's how Memory Lane Monday works:

  • Each week the co-hosts will trade off with recapping when it is a re-read or what they have heard so far about the book and the other co-host will put up their review. 
  • The participants can read anything that they remember reading in the past, or something that they have wanted to read that has been around for a while and just haven't gotten around to reading it yet for whatever reason.
  • Participants can decide if they want to recap the book before reading it or just put up a review of what they read.
  • Anyone can join in, just please link back to our blogs as well as add your name to the linky so we can hop around and see what everyone is reading.
  • Please put our banner on your post as well, so we all look the same!
  • We ask you kindly to follow BOTH of our blogs.
  • Most importantly remember to just have fun! :)

We will be providing each week a linky that you will be able use to link your posts for us and everyone else to see as well. All we ask is for you to put up our banner as well as a link back to both hosts on your post. 

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