My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is my first Richard Paul Evans novel and, while he is a good storyteller, stylistically he is not a great writer. His narration is almost entirely in the passive tense and he definitely told rather than showed Luke’s story. I mean, Luke lived to excess while traveling through Europe, lived on the streets (and under them) of Las Vegas, and worked in a nursing home. If those experiences don’t provide ample opportunity to use all five senses, I don’t know what does. This kept me at a distance from Luke’s story.
And it is a good story. A familiar one that teaches the reader about human nature and hope and humility. And the list goes on. Personally, I feel that the whole learning experience was avoidable but then where would have Luke’s life been if he hadn’t had to rediscover his father’s love?