A Perfect Day

A Perfect Day

by Richard Evans
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Overview

A Perfect Day by Richard Evans

Robert Harlan has three loves: his wife, his daughter, and his writing. But when his thirst for success causes him to lose focus on his happy family life, ambition begins to consume him. When a stranger appears with a mysterious message about the brevity of his future, he discovers the truth about himself: who he has become, what he has lost, and what it will take to find love again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101098974
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/05/2004
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 111,247
File size: 274 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Richard Evans is the Regius Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His books include Death in Hamburg (winner of the Wolfson Literary Award for History), In Hitler's ShadowRituals of Retribution (winner of the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History), In Defense of HistoryLying About Hitler, and The Coming of the Third Reich.

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A Perfect Day 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 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.
Anonymous 9 days 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'?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love a book I can't put down and also where the characters seem to become a part of my life. I recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book about love and how fame and fortune are not all they are cracked up to be! We all hope for that kind of love in our lives and once found sometimes we forget what we have...thank goodness someone reminded him! I think I actually shed a tear!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a rivoting book. I started it last night and couldn't put it down. Got up first thing this morning to finish it. One I won't loan out as I will read it again. This book makes one stop and think about their own life... What if we only had 40 days? How would we spend them? The writings of Evans makes you feel as though you know him personally. One Author I would love to meet and talk to. He truely has a gift with words.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I lost my husband a little over two years ago and didn't think I could cry any more when reading a book or watching a movie. Somehow I felt that I had cried all my tears. This book gave me a good cry and I felt so refreshed. It has such a message for us all. The twist at the end was wonderful! My final tears were tears of happiness! This is a wonderful read, I couldn't put it down and read it in a day!