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 fiancé 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 fiancée 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


“Author of the smash The Christmas Box and spinoffs, Evans delivers an entertaining…picking-up-the-pieces romance. Heartbroken and bereft when her fiancé backs out a week before the wedding, Christine Hollister allows herself to be talked into a volunteer work trip to Peru by best friend Jessica so that the pair can work together in an orphanage called the Sunflower. There she meets Paul Cook, the handsome but damaged former ER doc who left the U.S. after being blamed for a series of tragic Christmas deaths on the ward…Evans adds a nice dramatic touch when Jessica’s newfound boyfriend is seriously hurt while guiding a group of orphanage workers through the mountains near Machu Picchu, and he has a nice feel for framing devices, dialogue and scene-pacing. Evans also puts the jungle setting to good use during the couple’s ‘dates.’ Although the various references to Christmas feel gratuitous, and a sudden appearance by jilter Martin doesn’t do much to make the ending harder to anticipate, the finish nonetheless remains satisfying.” –Publisher’s Weekly

“Evans, author of The Christmas Box (1994) and Perfect Day (2003), returns with 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


ISBN: 0689823193

Published June 2007
Simon & Schuster

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