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Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie
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Apr 17, 2012

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Read from April 16 to 17, 2012

A young ambitious lawyer, Emma Tupper, is thrown out of her pleasant and organized life by her mother's death and her last gift that sends Emma on a safari to Africa, to the fictitious Tswanaland. Of course, events don't go as planned, from illness to earthquake, Emma is bound to stay longer, much longer... When she returns life at home has changed dramatically, in more ways than one. Like in her previous novels, McKenzie,writing in the first person, focuses on Emma's inner turmoils and musings. As she tries to pick up the pieces from her before-Africa life, she has to navigate an obstacle course of office politics,love interests and friendships. Above all, she has to find out what she really wants from life and who she really is.

FORGOTTEN is a pleasant and fast read. McKenzie writes in an easy-going style and creates a lighthearted story, touching nonetheless on a range of more serious topics that can confront a young and successful professional woman when she is thrown out of her routines. Romance comes into it also and while the outcome may be predictable, the route to get there is not straight forward. For somebody very engaged with African issues, I would have liked Emma's experiences there to be more detailed and meaningful. For example, Emma is a reluctant Africa traveler and does not come close to understanding her mother's fascination with Africa and its cultures. I received a review copy of FORGOTTEN from NetGalley.
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