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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  5,516 ratings  ·  624 reviews
Emma Tupper is a dedicated lawyer with a bright future. But when she takes a month-long leave of absence to go on an African vacation, she ends up facing unexpected consequences. After she falls ill and spends six months trapped in a remote village thanks to a devastating earthquake, Emma returns home to discover that her friends, boyfriend, and colleagues thought she was ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published May 2012)
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Anne Martin it's more or less about love. Nothing complicated, but if the idea of two persons wanting to look at each other, etc, seems stupid or ridiculous, you …moreit's more or less about love. Nothing complicated, but if the idea of two persons wanting to look at each other, etc, seems stupid or ridiculous, you probably won't like it. No complicated words, easy to read. It is written with young women in mind, in their twenties or thirties.
I would say it is fine for teenagers.(less)

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Three stars - enjoyable read.

Despite the feeling that the author has no clue about Africa, like in never-visited-the-place clueless, this was a really entertaining read as it was meant to be. For one, earth quakes are not occurring in the fictitious region she chose as background. There is no country like Tswanaland. But there are Tswanas living in that area. She got that right. But why spoil a feel-good story with facts, right?

Nevertheless, this young lawyer had a challenge on hand when her mot
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will start off by saying that I LOVED this book!! I was hooked from the very first chapter.

The premise behind the book is not unique. Many stories have catalysts that force the protagonist to confront the things that are not working in their lives and make changes. What kicked off this set of events WAS pretty unique, however. What if you found yourself in a situation where everything in your life was gone and everyone thought you had died? Would you use it as a clean slate and a way to start
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-borrowed
If anyone has been glancing at my reviews since September, they would perhaps surmise that I am engulfed in a massive reading drought that has caused my reviews to be rather, lackluster. But Catherine McKenzie was the cure for my woes. "Forgotten" is a page turner with a cast of compelling characters and a nice mixture of romance and mystery.
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shelf-12, chick-lit
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
Kathryn in FL
Forgotten addresses the disconnect one experiences when they are out of the loop. Our protagonist, Emma goes for a brief visit to a fictionalized country in the South African Continent for safari. She is about to return home when an earthquake hits the region and she is unable to exit due to a closure in infrastructure. She is presumed dead by authorities and her office.

When she finally gets home everything has changed and everyone has moved on without her. She fights for her old life (career an
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
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, chick-lit
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
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
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.
Jun 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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
Toni Osborne
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
Bookphenomena (Micky)
I would class this as women's fiction. The audiobook was based on a very interesting concept. Emma, the heroine went on a trip to Africa and because of a natural disaster, everyone presumes she's dead. When she returns to pick her life back up, she can't. I thoroughly enjoyed the intrigue in the early parts of the book but equally liked reading life beginning to return to some normality. The relationships in this book are hugely complex and betrayal is on the menu from multiple angles.

Emma hers
Lisa Brackmann
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dana Marie
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trifecta-author
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
Shannon Knight
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great story - 4.5 stars. It was different to what I was expecting. I thought it would be more a deeper story than the slightly fluffy chick-lit it was, but certainly entertaining just the same.

And, it's different to your usual chick-lit story at that - after all, how often does one go away for a month only to return SIX months later to the shock that {almost} everyone believes you are dead? The characters are compelling, the story is unique and the ending satisfying. It's a story of discovery
Briana Alzola
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, edelweiss
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
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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. She d ...more
Andrea P.
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Marguerite Kaye
Jan 25, 2015 rated it liked it
This was one of those books which started well, which I kept on reading really quickly hoping it was going somewhere and which - well, it sort of didn't.

I really liked the premise. The main character is a high-flying lawyer whose mother dies, and leaves her a trip to Africa. She doesn't want to go, Africa was her mother's thing, but she goes anyway, gets ill, gets caught up in an earthquake and is then presumed dead. Finally, she goes home and tries to carry on with her life.

So, this is a nove
Bonnie Dewkett
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
I took Forgotten out of the library on a whim after reading the summary. The premise of the book involves a woman thought to be dead after being trapped in Africa for six months. This woman then comes home and has to deal with the aftermath of being considered dead for so long. Compelling, no? Well perhaps had it been fleshed out and not reduced to the cliche "romantic" movie level, it would have been.

The characters are dull and the dialogue between them is heard in sub-par movies everywhere. Th
I very much enjoy Catherine McKenzie's books so I was looking forward to getting to read this one. I liked it but must admit, not as much as Spin & Arranged. I liked Emma & really was interested in how she would put her life back together after six months away & being believed dead but the romance part fell a bit flat for me. I'm not sure why but I didn't feel very invested in Dominique. Maybe I needed to know more about him but he just didn't pull me in the way other paramours have in her other ...more
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Danielle Allen
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Catherine McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. A graduate of McGill in History and Law, Catherine practiced law in Montreal for twenty years before retiring to write full time. An avid runner and skier, she's the author of numerous bestsellers including HIDDEN, FRACTURED, THE GOOD LIAR and I'LL NEVER TELL. Her works have been translated into multiple languages.


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