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�For fans of The Good Wife, Catherine McKenzie’s Forgotten is a pure, page-turning pleasure.�
—Gwendolen Gross, author of The Orphan Sister

�By turns hilarious and heart-tugging….A thoroughly enjoyable read!�
—Juliette Fay, author of Deep Down True

If your old life vanished completely, should you try to get it back or create a whole new one? That’s the intriguing question at...more
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Published October 16th 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published May 2012)
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Opening Line: “My mother’s funeral was a small affair on a hot Tuesday."

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 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 tak...more
This one surprised me, I thought the premise was intriguing. Emma reluctantly goes on a trip due to a death bed promise to her mother, then all hell breaks loose and she isn't able to come back to her high powered lawyer life for 6 months and is surprised to learn that everyone thought she was dead. Where do you go from there, how do you go back to your life, and was what was important before still important? Those are the questions that Emma faces.

I can't imagine being in this situation and ge...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Emma Tupper's mother had a lifelong love of anything African, though she never had a chance to go there herself. After her mother's death, Emma discovers that she spent her last money on a plane ticket for Emma to go to Tswanaland in Africa for a month. Emma is on the fast-track at her big corporate law firm and looking at making partner soon, but the last thing she said to her mother was to promise she would go to Africa, and when the estate lawyer at her firm, who also handled her mother's wil...more
Most of my readers know that I love Catherine Mckenzie. I love everything about her books from the stories to the writing and characters. Although all her books fall under the chick lit/women's fiction genre, they usually have a deep element and I expected something similar with Forgotten.

However, this book was a different read from the rest and not in a bad way. Despite the blurb, Forgotten was more of a chick-lit read with an adorable romance and unique storyline. The first thing I noticed wa...more
I love Catherine McKenzie's books and writing style. I find her incredibly talented and well rounded. This is the third book by her I have read. Once again, she has surprised me with her knowledge base as this time around the protagonist is an attorney who, before leaving for Africa, is up for partner. She has sacrificed and put in her time, sweat, tears and given up everything else except her lawyer boyfriend and one good friend when her mother succumbs to cancer and she is handed an inheritanc...more
Jennifer Rayment
The Good Stuff

Simply put, I just adore anything that McKenzie writes, and this is no exception. She is just the perfect storyteller. She hooks you in with great characters that you can relate to and puts them into intriguing tales with plenty of twists and turns
The perfect book for just losing yourself into too
nothing cliche or predictable - thank you - now lets make this into a movie 'kay - cuz we need some romantic movies that are not cliche and predictable - this is a smart romance people...more
"Forgotten" was extremely refreshing. It is one of those reads where you can sit down and truly enjoy the book, where you can escape into a world that isn't your own. If I had to say one thing I really loved about "Forgotten", it would be the writing. The entire story had such a graceful flow to it, making it easy to follow and get into. The beginning starts off with a wave of emotions, instantly pulling you in. I find Catherine McKenzie's writing to be wonderfully black hole-like.

The main char...more
Dana Marie
I didn't think it was possible to like Forgotten more than I liked Arranged but I did. This book was awesome. Awesomer. Awesome-sauce. I loved it a lot. I really cared for the characters, Emma and Dominic, and wanted to hug Emma so much after she lost her mother. Also, I love a book where I not only like the major characters but want to hang out with them and their friends. I think I'd really hit it off with Emma and Stephanie. I might be a bit older than them but still, we'd be buds. I can just...more
Feb 19, 2013 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy by: Book Club Selection ~ February 2013 (Amy)
Loved this book, I think it is my favorite that I've read in a while. Great story and writing that made me not want to put it down. In fact, I couldn't and read it in just a few hours. Highly recommend!
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 3/17/13:

I received this novel prior to its release, but things have been so hectic that I was just able to work it into my reading schedule. This was the perfect read for me; I was getting a little burnt out on YA fiction. Catherine McKenzie delivers another immensely entertaining story with characters that are so real they could be sitting next to you at your local Starbucks.

Forgotten is the story of Emma Tupper, a brillian...more
Bonnie Dewkett
I read a lot of books. And a good portion of them are "chick lit". However, after a while, they all start to blend together. That is where Catherine McKenzie comes in. Her books are fun, original, fresh and filled with page turning drama.

Her latest book, Forgotten tells the tale of Emma, who ventured to Africa and was unable to return. Presumed dead, her old life goes on without her. She then has to decide if she wants that old life back at all.

The book has humor, drama and of course, a little l...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Emma Tupper never imagined when her mother passed away leaving her a ticket to Africa that her life would take unexpected turns she never imagined. As a dedicated lawyer just on the brink of making partner, she faces a choice. If she takes the trip to Africa, she forfeits her partnership with the law firm of Thompson, Price & Clearwater, and has to apply for it next year or she can turn down the trip which is what the lawfirm hopes she will opt for since she is one of their top litigators. S...more
Andrea (Cozy Up With A Good Read)
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I really loved the premise of this novel, what would you do if everyone in your life thought you were dead. The synopsis is very intriguing making you think about would you start your life over after something like this? The thing that really caught my attention with this book is that something like this could happen to anyone. With all these natural disasters, many people end up missing without a way to contact family/friends.

This book was surpris...more
Forgotten is quick paced and witty. I'd classify it as intelligent chick lit or just a fun contemporary fiction novel.

What I appreciated most about Forgotten was the way the main character, Emma, was not the typical chick lit heroine. I find most chick lit novels feature main characters who are clumsy, awkward, bumbling and sometimes ditsy. Another cliche is for the main character to have a bad relationship with a parent. Thankfully, this book didn't have any chick lit cliches!

That's what I lo...more
Emma Tupper has a promising future as an attorney, but when her mother passes away and leaves Emma with a plane ticket to Africa, she feels obligated to honor her mother's wishes. Shortly after arriving in Africa, Emma suffers a devastating illness and survives an earthquake, which ultimately cuts her off from work, her friends, and her boyfriend back home.

When Emma finally returns home six months later, it's to find that her life is over on paper, as everyone assumed she had died in Africa. Emm...more
Most people would jump at the chance for a fresh start, a chance to use the lessons learned from previous actions and build a new life with that hard-won wisdom. What makes Forgotten so interesting is the fact that when given the chance, Emma does not want to take it. While she recognizes certain aspects of her pre-earthquake life were not healthy, she was satisfied enough with who she was and what she had accomplished to want to rebuild it the same way again, much to the chagrin of everyone who...more
Lisa Brackmann
I hate to call a book "Chick lit" -- it conjures up cartoon images of sparkly high heels and champagne glasses. There must be a better term to describe books about the misadventures of young women who are still finding themselves in life, work and love. In many ways, FORGOTTEN fits this description: Emma, an ambitious young lawyer, takes a trip to Africa to fulfill her late mother's bequest and life-long ambition. Things happen, Emma is thought dead, and six months later, comes back to find that...more
This was an absolutely charming little novel. It had a great, unique story that was beautifully told. I was worried that in the beginning the novel would dwell too much on the main characters time in Africa instead of focusing on the character restarting her life back at home, but I was wrong. There were little snippets of what happened in Africa here and there spliced together with the actual story; it made for a pleasurable reading experience. The characters were also very real and likable and...more
Shannon Knight
I always feel like I'm gushing when I review Catherine McKenzie's books but screw it -- yes, consider me gushing. There's just something about the way she draws you immediately in to this main character and her plight -- I didn't have that chapter or two where I had to learn to care about her the way I do when I read other books. And the peripheral characters are fantastic too -- the Initial Brigade made me laugh. And I knew I wasn't going to put this book down from almost the minute I picked it...more
Danielle Allen
I zipped through the last half of this book. One thing I really enjoy about Catherine McKenzie's writing is that I can never predict what is going to happen, and "Forgotten" does this well. I would have liked more scenes of the protagonist in Africa and I kept wishing I could have seen more of her in that setting (and more interactions with her mother). But overall I really enjoyed this read. It was quick and engaging. McKenzie has an addictive writing style that I envy! I'll definitely be watch...more
Briana Alzola
Over the course of her three novels Catherine McKenzie has completely won me over and I'm proud to say I have become quite the fan. I don't know if this is the best of her three books but it is the one I liked the most with components that appealed to me quite a bit. An art heist, a dating-type service to match people with the books of their dreams, a safari in Africa? I love it all. And a good old-fashioned love story thrown in. I look forward to more books from this author.
This the second book that I've read by Catherine McKenzie and just like "Arranged", I could not put this book down! I read most of this book in one setting. She creates novels that have such compelling storylines, that you just have to keep reading to see what happens. I loved "Arranged" and now I love "Forgotten". Now, I'm itching to read "Spin". She needs to get cracking on her next novel, because I cannot wait! I am officially a Catherine McKenzie fan! :)
Plot, pacing and dialogue strain credibilty, and the characters are one-dimensional. My head hurts from all the eyeball rolling I did while reading this. Wouldn't have given it two stars except my gold standard for a one-star rating is "50 Shades of Grey" and there are very few books that are THAT bad.
Forgotten is that good friend you welcome with open arms, sharing a world of life, strife and triumphs, with a few tears and good laughs along the way. Forgotten is, well, memorable.... for all that is good and warm and strong in fiction.

Highly recommended. (Some language.)

See my full review here: http://shirley-mybookshelf.blogspot.c...
Meredith Schorr
I really like Catherine McKenzie. She has this way of putting very real characters into somewhat farfetched situations and making it believable.

I can't even imagine what it would feel like to have the people in your life assume you were dead, move on with their lives, and then have to come back and try to put things back together, but Emma's experience felt so real to me and I loved how we got to experience the shock and the agony right along with her. I loved the characters in this book because...more
I love love loved this book!! The characters were totally relatable and I just felt so connected to them. The writing was so well done that I felt like I was right there with them and not just an outsider. I wish this book had a sequel so we could find out what happens next!! I will definitely be checking out more books by this author.
Pleasantly surprised by this very enjoyable book. It was light, but not silly chick-lit. The story was fun, and the characters were people I'd like to hang around with (although I'm closer in age to the "50-something executive secretary" she refers to in the book.
If you are looking for an enjoyable quick read, this one won't disappoint.
Really good book. It sucked me in pretty quickly and I flew threw it. I like the ending and believe Emma really knows what she wants and isn't afraid to fight for it.
Definitley a chick-lit, tuck yourself in with a fire and hot cocoa kinda book! Most people could probably read it in one sitting or at least one weekend.
If you’ve been reading past, you’ll notice that I seem to have had a falling out with reading. To get back into my love for it, I decided to read one of my go-to favourite authors – Catherine McKenzie.

This week’s is FORGOTTEN by Catherine McKenzie. It’s everyone’s nightmare situation – deadly sick in a foreign country. But what happens if your access to ‘home’ was cut off? Come read what happens when the title character finally returns home … to find she’s been declared de...more
Ms McKenzie has earned the status of "has her own space on my bookshelf and please let her be publishing something else soon". An amazing writer, Forgotten was every bit as good as her last two novels. Can't wait for a fourth!!
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Catherine McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. A graduate of McGill University and McGill Law School, Catherine practices law in Montreal. An avid runner and skier, she's the author of the international bestsellers SPIN, ARRANGED, FORGOTTEN, HIDDEN and the novella, SPUN. HIDDEN was a #1 Amazon bestseller and a Digital Bookworld bestseller for five weeks. Catherine is currently working...more
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“It seemed like almost nothing had happened, but that almost nothing changed everything for me.” 11 likes
“I stare off into space for a minute. "I just wish my life would go back to the way it was."
"Because I was happy then. Things weren't perfect, but still, I knew where I fit. I knew where I was going."
"And you don't feel that way anymore?"
"No. I feel kind of...lost in the middle of my own life, if that makes any sense.”
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