Forgotten by Catherine McKenzieForgotten by Catherine McKenzie


byCatherine McKenzie

Paperback | May 1, 2012

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Emma Tupper is a dedicated lawyer with a bright future. Butwhen she takes a month-long leave of absence to go on an African vacation, sheends up facing unexpected consequences. After she falls ill and spends sixmonths trapped in a remote village thanks to a devastating earthquake, Emmareturns home to discover that her friends, boyfriend, and colleagues thought shewas dead and that her life has moved on without her.

As she struggles to recreate her old life, throwing herselfinto solving a big case for a client and trying to reclaim her belovedapartment from the handsome photographer who’s taken over her lease, everyonearound her thinks she should take the opportunity to change. But is she willingto sacrifice the job, relationships and everything else she worked so hard tobuild?

In FORGOTTEN, Catherine McKenzie tweaks a classic tale of discovering who we really are when everything that brings meaning to our lives is lost.

CATHERINE McKENZIE was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. A graduate of McGill University and McGill Law School, Catherine practices law in Montreal. An avid runner and skier, her novels SPIN and ARRANGED are national bestsellers. Visit her online
Title:ForgottenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1 inPublished:May 1, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:144340991X

ISBN - 13:9781443409919


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting read I thought the book was very well written. It was a fun, exciting read about a lawyer trying to regain her life after an African vacation gone wrong. It also offered a glimpse into the life of a lawyer. However, it could have used some more character development.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Food For Thought Well written and relavant to our times where face to face communications seem not to be important anymore,
Date published: 2015-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I only by chance found this author when I caught interest in her book titled Spin, which I absolutely loved and ended up reading all of her books within the span of a month. This book was no exception, I really enjoyed it as well. I appreciate her style of writing it is very fresh.
Date published: 2015-05-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Forgotten Lack of plot, very short
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy read Liked it, though predictable.
Date published: 2014-08-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Merely satisfying and entertaining, but nothing earth shattering I felt the book?s description is a bit misleading since I originally thought it would be more about the character?s transformation after disastrous events rather than a chick lit novel where the character mostly exchanges her old love interest with a new one. That doesn?t mean I didn?t enjoy the novel any less, just that I was disappointed that the description sets up expectations and the book seems like a whole other beast. Complete Review:
Date published: 2014-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Forgotten Excellent read Good plot
Date published: 2014-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Forgotten Great book enjoyed the read! Hoping to find another just like it!
Date published: 2013-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Forgtten by Catherine McKenzie This book was not only entertaining , it kept me intrigued , curious , and anxious to read just One more page before I went to bed. It's late now but I had to finish it or I wouldn't sleep . A book I will keep and read again in a year or so. Thanks Catherine McKenzie
Date published: 2013-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Forgtten by Catherine McKenzie This book was not only entertaining , it kept me intrigued , curious , and anxious to read just One more page before I went to bed. It's late now but I had to finish it or I wouldn't sleep . A book I will keep and read again in a year or so. Thanks Catherine McKenzie
Date published: 2013-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Forgotten! Good light read !
Date published: 2013-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another marvelous story by McKenzie 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 - us girls like that you know Characters are never caricatures, these are people that you can either relate too or feel that you know someone just like them Definitely felt myself attracted to Dominic Loved the banter between Dominic and Emma - it was truly delightful Such an honest loving relationship between Sam and Stephanie Great secondary characters Liked Emma's development - Its more realistic that she does change but not a complete change like in so many predictable stories where a heroine does a complete about face. Emma becomes more human but not completely goody goody. Fabulous dialogue - McKenzie always makes me giggle, yet at the same time nod my head in agreement or understanding Love Kevin and his family - trust me so will you The Not So Good Stuff Would have liked a little more of what happened to Emma in Africa Favorite Quotes/Passages "You okay? You look pale." I let the phone drop to the table. "You ever have to call someone to let them know you're not in fact dead?" "God, no." "Yeah, well, I don't recommend it." "Because the truth was, I wanted to be a lawyer because I liked arguing. I liked it so much I'd argue either side of anything just for the hell of it, whether someone asked me to or not. Anytime, Anywhere. And that's not an appealing characteristic, right? Being argumentative? I want to go to law school so I can learn to argue so well no one will ever dare to disagree with me again ... Won't I be popular then? Won't I be happy? Oh well, at least I'll be right." "Big family?" "You could say that. I'm the youngest of twelve." "You're making that up, right? "Nope." "Your parents really had twelve children?" "The Catholic Church has a lot to answer for." "I'll say." Who Should/Shouldn't Read Yes this will mostly only appeal to women -- I know I know - they will call it Chick Lit - but who cares - its a good book hands down Other than that -- you like a good story with great characters and snappy dialogue -- than this be what you are looking for 5 Dewey's I received this from William Morrow in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2012-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The perfect summer read! I am quickly falling in love with Catherine McKenzie, a Canadian author who I just found earlier this year (ok, I didn’t find her, but she’s a new discovery for me who now has her own shelf space in my home library). I have to admit that I was very excited to be reading Forgotten. As you can already read in the synopsis, Emma goes to Africa, is confirmed dead when an earthquake hits, and then has to rebuild her life when she returns home. She’s recreating her old life and having a hard time with it. It was going to be a great novel. Catherine McKenzie has a great style of writing; it pulls you in from the first page and flows wonderfully until the last page. The main characters, Emma and Dominic, are so easy to relate to and have great personalities. Even the evil characters — you know, the ones that you hate, but can’t help wanting to read more about — are wonderfully written. I found myself turning the pages all too quickly (which is an easy way to get yourself lost while reading on your ereader) and didn’t want the book to end. While I don’t want to give away what happened, I almost want McKenzie to write a companion book to this novel, writing Emma’s life if she went the other way coming home from Africa, writing her a completely different path. Maybe it’s just because I didn’t want it to end, or maybe it’s because I just want another book by McKenzie to come out. Soon. Like I’ve said in previous reviews for Catherine McKenzie’s books, if you’re a lover of chick-lit, you need to read this novel. She’s right up there — for me, at least — with the likes of Sophie Kinsella and Emily Giffin and I know that I’m going to look forward to her next book. This is the perfect summer read, or maybe a book to add to your beach bag!
Date published: 2012-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go buy this book! This is a page turner right here. A lot of aspect of the book made me really satisfied and kept my attention until I finished reading it. I like how the book is not funny in every chapter, but when they are funny parts it really is. I like how the book even has a sad part about Emma's (The main character) mother that passed away still remains in some parts of the book, which makes it more well-written. I like how they're is a surprising twist where Emma has to solve a mysterious case and it really takes you with her even though it was unexpected, and what I really appreciate about that is that it was only for a few chapters and not most of the book. And finally I really loved the love story in it as well, very different from many other books I read, especially the end, it's funny and romantic in the same time and I was really not expecting to be so original and well written with all those good aspects! Very pleased and I definitely recommend it!!
Date published: 2012-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A light beachy summer read This is smart chick-lit. A well-written, quick summer read with believable and likeable characters. It also makes you think: What do I want from life? What would I do if I could hit a reset button? I couldn't put this one down and can't wait to read more from Catherine McKenzie.
Date published: 2012-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! Emma Tupper goes away for a one month holiday to Africa. Due to circumstances, the people back home all think she has died. When she returns nothing is the same! Loved it.
Date published: 2012-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fresh and Original Emma Tupper is a young lawyer on the fast track to becoming partner when her mother becomes ill and dies. Her mother had always dreamed of visiting Africa, but Emma is surprised when she finds out that her inheritance is a ticket to visit there. Emma is also a little annoyed, truth be told. It's not that she minds about the inheritance, because she could care less about the money, but it's the fact that she'll have to take a month off work for the trip, something that is strongly discouraged at her law firm, and that Africa isn't really anywhere that Emma had ever wanted to visit. This was her mother's dream, not hers. Feeling the desire to connect with her late mother, Emma decides to take the trip against her better judgement. She falls ill while on the tour and is left in a remote village to heal, but just as she's recovering a massive earthquake hits and her one-month long stay turns into a six-month long one. Returning home months after her expected return date, Emma is shocked to find out that her bank account has been frozen, her apartment re-rented, and all of her belongings disposed of. In just six short months Emma has been completely forgotten. Or has she? As Emma struggles to get her old life back she resists making the changes that those around her suggest that she make. After all, she worked so hard to get where she is, why should she have to give it all up now? I loved Catherine McKenzie's first two books, Spin and Arranged, so it came as no surprise to me that I loved Forgotten as well. The plot was so original and fresh. Despite the fact that there are so many books coming out every week, I haven't read a book with this particular plot before and I found that refreshing. The story itself was well-written and fast-paced. I hunkered down with the book one evening and before I knew it it was several hours later and I was about halfway through. McKenzie has created a likable character in Emma, a no-nonsense lawyer determined to get ahead even when the odds are not stacked in her favour. The fact that author McKenzie is a lawyer herself lent credibility to the character of Emma and to her experiences at work. I especially enjoyed the fact that the ending wasn't really what I would have predicted. I read a lot of women's fiction and while I don't mind a predictable ending, it is the ones that are unpredictable that really stick out in my mind. I'm sure that I won't be the only reader who is a little surprised but pleased with how things ultimately turn out. Forgotten was fresh and interesting, well-written and fast-paced. Be prepared for the fact that when you pick it up, you won't be able to put it down for a while!
Date published: 2012-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must for this year's beach bag! Forgotten is the third book by author Catherine McKenzie. I've read the first two - Spin (my review) and Arranged (my review), 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." Emma was an eminently likable character. Her best friend Stephanie was loads of fun - I'm quite taken with her bookstore/match making concept! All the classic elements of a great chick lit read are here - love interests (then and now), b****y co-workers, a great supporting cast with both humourous and wise characters, missed cues and found opportunities. But in addition to all that, there is that underlying question - what's important and what would you change? Lots of food for thought there. McKenzie's prose flow easily, deliciously enveloping me in Emma's tale for hours at a time. If you're looking for the best books to stock your beach bag with this year, make sure you include Forgotten. It's one you won't forget. (sorry - couldn't resist!)
Date published: 2012-04-24

Editorial Reviews

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