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Lost December: A Novel by Richard Paul Evans

Lost December: A Novel (2011)

by Richard Paul Evans

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A young man, with everything in the world he could ever wish for—wealth, comfort, and most of all, a loving father—leaves his home, taking his inheritance with him. Carelessly, he spends it all, and finds himself left penniless, homeless, and starving, living in the tunnels of Las Vegas. Can you go home???

His dad wants him to take over the business which he has worked in during high school, but first Luke to see more of the world and to receive the sort of education Carl never had a chance at. Luke applies to pursue an MBA at the Wharton School in Philadelphia. There, he finds romance with a beautiful woman and, for the first time, friends. But the more time he spends with his new companions—especially the cocky and worldly Sean—the more he finds himself and his values changing. Slowly but surely, he grows further away from his father, until they barely communicate at all.

After blowing thru his trust fund in Europe and loss of his girlfriend, he finds himself homeless. One night, he is attacked and beaten by two men, left with nothing but a broken rib and his underwear. And that is when his fortunes begin to change. A good Samaritan—a Latino man who runs a care center for the elderly—stops to help him, buys him a meal, and offers him a job.

Gradually, the formerly prosperous young man rebuilds his life and relearns the principles that were once so important to him. He still cannot bring himself to contact his father, but to prove himself worthy of the Crisp name, Luke takes a second job, at one of the family company’s stores, aiming to see how high he can rise on his own merits. He cannot foresee that he will also fall in love—and find the redemption he has ached for so long.

The book was amazing! I loved it as very much demonstrates the need to be grateful for what you have. The best book I have read by Evans - (keep a box of tissues handy)!

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  JudithDCollins | Nov 27, 2014 |
A modern version of the biblical story of the prodigal son. I enjoyed reading about Luke Crisp's life, and the lessons he learned while growing up.
  Judy.Welker.Frick | Nov 6, 2014 |
This was fine...It isn't going to win any awards, but it also didn't infuriate me like Miles to Go. So, all in all, it was okay. ( )
  HopingforChange | Jan 21, 2013 |
The majority of our book group thought that this book was to predictable & sugary sweet. Too contrived. The minority thought of it as a good, quick read during the hoiday season with the underlying message of unconditional love that each parent hope their child realizes exists. ( )
  allbookedup | Jan 8, 2013 |
This story is a retelling and modernization of the prodigal son. In it, author Richard Paul Evans illustrates just how little it is and how quickly one million dollars can evaporate. Well, at least that’s what happened to the protagonist of the story. I suspect this scenario is the exception rather than the rule. But it was interesting to see how one man went from riches to rags and then back again. If you like a feel-good tale not really grounded I reality, except that is was originally based on a Biblical story, then you’ll enjoy this novel. An easy read, it’s not a bad way to while away an afternoon when the weather keeps you indoors and you’re feeling lazy. ( )
  Maydacat | Jan 31, 2012 |
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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.

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