Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Book Review: The Sunflower
This was a thoroughly enjoyable, lighthearted little tale. I chose the audio version and found myself looking for reasons to head off in the car. It is simply a sweet story.
Christine Hollister is shattered when her fiance calls off their wedding just two weeks prior to the planned ceremony (hmmm - that resonates with me for some reason - wink). When her best friend, Jessica, presents Christine with a humanitarian trip to Peru to take her mind off things, Christine wants no part of it. But, since her mother has put forth the money, she agrees to go to the informational meeting. She is lured in by the photos and stories of young children at an orphanage called The Sunflower.
Paul Cook is an ER doctor whose life spins out of control after an especially difficult night in the operating room. He retreats to a new life in Peru at The Sunflower. Jessica falls for the handsome tour guide, Jim, and Christine is intrigued by the orphanage director, Paul.
Although there is plenty of description of the travel on the tour, it never felt like a travelogue. The story always remained the primary focus. I found myself fully engrossed in the lives of these characters and rooting for their very best outcome. Who will she end up with, the handsome doctor or the repentant jilting fiance?? Read it to find out!