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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (May 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144340991X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443409919
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
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Powerfully engaging. . . . [McKenzie is] an exciting new voice whose tone is both witty and captivating. (USA Today)

An endearing story of discovery and transformation and the importance of turning lemons into lemonade. (Booklist)

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A charming tale of discovering what really matters after everything is lost

Emma Tupper, a young lawyer with a bright future, falls ill on a trip to Africa. While recovering in a small village, a devastating earthquake hits, turning her one-month vacation into a six-month ordeal. When she’s finally able to return home, she’s shocked to find that her friends and colleagues believed she was dead and that life has gone on without her.

Can she pick up where she left off? Should she? As Emma struggles to recreate her old life, everyone around her thinks she should take the opportunity to change: her job, her relationships and even herself. But is she willing to sacrifice everything she worked so hard to build?

“An endearing story of discovery and transformation and the importance of turning lemons into lemonade.”—Booklist

“For fans of The Good Wife . . . . Forgotten is a pure page-turning pleasure.”—Gwendolen Gross, author of The Orphan Sister

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By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 25 2012
Format: Paperback
Forgotten is the third book by author Catherine McKenzie. I've read the first two - Spin and Arranged, but I have to say, this latest book is my favourite. (so far!)

I always stop and look at a cover before reading and wonder - what does the picture have to say about the story? Where could this woman be going?

Well, Emma Tupper goes on more than one journey. When her mother dies, she leaves Emma a ticket for a journey she wished she could have taken herself - a month in Africa.

"Her death was a fractional thing. One moment she was still and pale, but alive. The next she was gone. It seemed like almost nothing had happened, but that almost nothing changed everything for me."

Emma is a lawyer and has been working towards partnership for many years. When her firm strongly discourages her taking a month long absence, she surprises herself by going anyway. The trip starts out well, but within a few days, Emma is seriously ill. The safari leader leaves her with volunteers in a remote village with a promise to send a doctor. But then an earthquake decimates the country. Emma recovers, but there is still no way for her to contact anyone from her remote village. Six months later, she is finally able to return, ready to step into her life again. But, that life is no more - the key to her apartment doesn't work, there's a strange man living there, she can't reach any of her friends by phone, someone else has her job...and more. When Emma googles herself, she discovers the truth - she's been declared dead.

McKenzie has concocted a great premise that just opens up so many avenues. As one supporting character advises Emma - to "treat what happened to me like an opportunity to change the things in my life I didn't like.
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By Toni Osborne TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 22 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
Once in a while I love to take a mental break and read something light and refreshing, a women’s fiction (chic-lit) seems to do the trick although it is always preferable to suspend a certain degree of disbelief to enjoy the experience.

If you had the chance to start over, would you? Or would you just try to pick up the pieces of your life and move on? What a dilemma…

This enjoyable story has Emma, the protagonist facing this challenge after she went missing in Africa and declared dead. Returning home 6 months later she finds her world has been turned upside down and her life is as she knew it gone…….what to do now.

“Forgotten” relies on many of the elements popular for the chick-lit genre: a protagonist Emma with a best friend, trouble with a mean girl at the office, having mix feelings about her boyfriend and having an attractive stranger on the sideline to distract her and of course what women like best….shopping. The premise is a well- crafted mix of humour and sadness but most of all make you realize that life goes on. Although quite predictable we do have a few twists, quite a few suspenseful moments, lots of back-stabbing and a tad of romance. This is a story easy to get lost into from page one, wanting to know the outcome. The story has a steady pace, flows smoothly and plays out nicely. The characterization is also good and is well thought out.

“Forgotten” is a cute novel and a great book to bring to the beach
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Forgottenis a novel about starting over amidst unusual circumstances and illustrates that the impetus for change can come in many ways regardless of whether you want it or are ready for it. Emma's life is altered forever when she returns home from what was supposed to be a three week trip to Africa - her mother's last wish before her untimely death - but due to a natural disaster, she unexpectedly ends up remaining for six months. Returning home, Emma discovers everything she had was gone - her apartment, all her belongings, her bank account, even her boyfriend has moved on. Labeled missing and presumed dead, Emma finds that nothing normal remains of her perfect and orderly life. Watching Emma fight and then ultimately accept and adapt to her unexpected circumstances leads to a unique, fast paced and absorbing read.

In typical McKenzie style, the premise of Forgotten is just as unique and original as the storylines of her previous two novels and is one I found incredibly intriguing. To suddenly show up after several months expecting your life to go on as usual when it's anything but because you've been declared to be missing and presumed dead was fascinating. How would I react if that was me? Would I expect everyone and everything to fall back into place, even if I wasn't aware -as Emma was - that this assumption had occurred? Who could I go stay with? How would I be received? What if I wasn't fortunate as I am to have friends and family that would take me in? What then? These were just a few questions inspired by reading Forgotten. It really made me think. And I like that.

McKenzie's main characters usually grow on me over the course of her novels as I initially seem to have a hard time warming up to them.
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By Buggy TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 9 2012
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Emma Tupper never imagined herself going to Africa that was always her mother's dream. All she's ever wanted was to be a lawyer and now through eighty hour work weeks to make partner at the firm. So when her mother falls ill and dies, leaving Emma a ticket to the (made up) country of Tswanaland, it might be grief forcing her decisions or an anguished sense of wanting to connect with her mother but Emma suddenly finds herself taking (an unheard of) month off work and boarding a flight to Africa.

Six months later... We join Emma on a dirt road attempting to get home; it seems her 30 day safari hasn't gone exactly according to plan. Falling ill early on the tour Emma was left in a remote village to recover only to get stranded by a massive earthquake. Completely cut off to the outside world and any form of communication, her ordeal has finally come to an end. Now she can just slip back into her old life, or can she?

These early chapters were my favourite parts of the book as we watch no nonsense Emma naively return home expecting to pick up where she left off. It quickly becomes apparent though that everything has changed. To start with someone forgot to tell her that she was missing -presumed dead.

The fact that no one meets her at the airport should have been her first clue something was wrong, then her bank cards won't work, her accounts frozen. When she discovers some (cute) guy living in her apartment everything falls apart. She's also been replaced at work (that biotch!) her boyfriend has found someone else (awfully fast don't ya think?) And her car and all her possessions have been disposed of. It seems that everyone has just moved on and that Emma has been "forgotten."

This was a great read I loved the original storyline.
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