When Luke Crisp graduates from business school, his father, CEO and co-founder 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 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 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.
A beautiful written and poignant story about Luke Crisp who graduates from Wharton University with an M.B.A. to prepare for taking over his father’s Fortune 500 photocopy company. But after meeting up with a gang of friends while living in Philadelphia, the first time he’d ever lived alone, Luke decides to tour Europe with this rowdy group and tells his father he is not, ever, going to take over Crisp’s Copy Centers. This disappoints his father terribly.
Once in Europe, Luke is duped and learns a hard, hard lesson that you don’t always know the people you think you know. This is a wonderful story of love, grace, redemption, betrayal, greed, hope, and most of all the true meaning of love.
Once again Evans hasn’t disappointed. I was so enamoured that I read it in one sitting and I highly recommend this novel.