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? Such is the dilemma facing Emma when she takes a trip to Africa to honor her mother’s dying wishes only to get trapped there by an earthquake. Upon finally returning home six months later she is stunned to find everything changed because of one very huge detail – she has been presumed dead. In Forgotten, author Catherine McKenzie’s newest novel, she once again totally drew me into the lives of her characters. I have been a fan of Catherine’s from her very first novel Spin, then Arranged, and now Forgotten. She never disappoints me and always has me anxiously awaiting her next book.
Emma had everything she had ever wanted. She was just about to become partner at the law firm she worked at when her mother passed. Her mom had always dreamed of going to Africa but knowing she never would left a ticket for Emma to go. Emma gives up a lot for this trip – her boyfriend and most importantly the partnership in her law firm but she wants to honor her mother. Unfortunately for Emma she gets sick while there and then an earthquake hits leaving the area a disaster and with no communication to the outside world. Being unable to contact anyone at home Emma stays with a couple she met there and ends up helping to build a school house. When she can finally get a plane back home she arrives only to find that everyone actually thinks she’s dead.
Emma had expected to come home and just slip right back into her old life but she finds that it’s anything but easy to do that. It seems everyone has moved on including her boyfriend. Even at the law firm her cases had been given to her enemy Sophie right along with her office and now she’s expected to start at the very bottom of the ladder again. Well she’ll just have to take it – she loved her job and the firm… or did she? Then there’s the boyfriend – Craig – they seemed to be the perfect couple and even Emma had thought Craig was the perfect boyfriend. How could he move on so soon and even worse believe she was dead? Should she fight to get him back? Does she really want to? Oh and let’s not forget the very gorgeous Dominic who just happened to sign a lease giving him her apartment. Imagine her surprise upon learning that but he turns out to be a pretty decent guy and he is letting her stay on at the apartment until she can find something else. Boy oh boy he’s hot though not to mention he cooks too – but can there be more between them?
Forgotten is a fantastic story with memorable characters. I find Catherine always writes books that are humorous but also carry a message and Forgotten is no different. It is a story of a woman who learns many things about herself in the most unexpected way and Emma is a fabulous character. She’s one of those women you could totally picture yourself curling up on the couch with drinking a glass of wine and chatting it up. I felt like she was an old friend by the end of the novel and I was sad to say good bye to everyone in the novel when I turned that last page. Forgotten is another terrific novel from Catherine and as with all of her books, this one too comes highly recommended by yours truly! You can pick up your own copy of Forgotten here in the US and here in Canada and be sure to visit Catherine’s website to learn more about her work!
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Source: Review copy received from the publisher via Edelweiss. No compensation was received for this review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.