Lost December

Evans, Richard Paul

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Lost December
Baker & Taylor
Presents a story inspired by the biblical tale of the prodigal son in which Luke, a recent MBA graduate, refuses to take over the family business and instead cashes out his trust funds to pursue a life of wanton pleasure.

& Taylor

The best-selling author of The Christmas Box presents a story inspired by the biblical tale of the prodigal son in which Luke, a recent MBA graduate, refuses to take over the family business and instead cashes out his trust funds to pursue a life of wanton pleasure. 400,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
From one of America’s most beloved storytellers comes his most spiritual book sinceThe Christmas Box. The New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Boxand The Walk series returns with a modern-day, Christmas-themed retelling of the story of the prodigal son.

It has been said that sometimes the greatest hope in our lives is just a second chance to do what we should have done right in the first place. This is the story of my second chance.

When Luke Crisp graduates from business school, his father, CEO and cofounder of Fortune 500 Crisp’s Copy Centers, is ready to share some good news: he wants to turn the family business over to his son. But Luke has other plans. Taking control of his trust fund, Luke leaves home to pursue a life of reckless indulgence.

But when his funds run out, so do his friends. Humbled, alone, and too ashamed to ask his father for help, Luke secretly takes a lowly job at one of his father’s copy centers. There he falls in love with a struggling single mother and begins to understand the greatest source of personal joy.

Lost December is New York Times bestselling author Richard Paul Evans’s modern-day holiday version of the biblical story of the prodigal son, a powerful tale of redemption, hope, and the true meaning of love.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451628005
Branch Call Number: FIC E
Characteristics: 346 p. ; 19 cm.


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Apr 12, 2013
  • Lanny213 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I love stories of redemption and self awareness and growth.

Jan 22, 2013
  • Raynpetal rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was a short and good read. Worth your time.

Dec 18, 2012
  • mandmom rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Evans does it again with yet another masterful plot full of delightful twists and turns. There are spots with exposition but they do not harm the story. It still manages to plow forward regardless. Some parts are somewhat unbelieveable but even so, the story still manages to entertain and instill a sense of humbleness in spit of it all. A very enjoyable read.

Mar 03, 2012
  • melissajayne80 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this one. The story takes the story of the prodigal son and gives it a modern twist. I found it to be a little too simplistic and a little too straightforward, but I guess if somebody is basing a fictional story on a biblical tale, it usually is a little more straightforward than if one is developing one's own storyline, but for some reason I never found East of Eden to be that straightforward, even though it is also based on the biblical story of Cain and Able. But I digress.

One thing that I thought that could have been improved upon was that there could have been a little more conflict between Luke and Rachael and more time spent on it; felt that it was rather rushed and it felt as though they resolved whatever issues they had rather quickly and probably a little too quickly for my liking. I realize that its supposed to be a book that is meant to be read fairly quickly and therefore doesn't go into much depth, but I felt that issues that they had was dealt with fairly quickly, even though it felt like it was a huge betrayal for Rachael to discover; just felt that he could have added a few more pages and dealt with the conflict in regards to the text message a little more and have them discuss it a little more than they did at the end, not that I didn't understand where the author was coming from.


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Dec 18, 2013

“Sometimes its not the strength but gentleness that cracks the hardest shells.”
― Richard Paul Evans, Lost December


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