Fiction Friday: Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie   Leave a comment

After an earthquake traps her for months in a remote section of Africa, Emma Tupper finally returns home to discover that everyone in her life thought she was dead. Can Emma pick up where she left off? And should she?

Emma Tupper is a dedicated lawyer with a bright future. But when she takes a month-long leave of absence for the African dream vacation her mother never could, 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 dead and her life has moved on without her.

As she struggles to recreate her old life, throwing herself into solving a big case for a client, and trying to reclaim her beloved apartment from the handsome photographer who’s taken over her lease, everyone around her thinks she should take the opportunity to change. But is she willing to sacrifice the job, relationships and everything else she worked so hard to build?


After reading the blurb for this book, I knew it was one that I had to review. Isn’t discovering identity exactly what I’m writing about here? And while I’m discovering my identity through God, my role as a homemaker, and my writing instead of through both old and new friends, and a struggle for a new place at my old job, it still relates. It’s not a Christian book, so there were a lot of times that I wanted to tell the main character to try praying once in a while. But other than that, I really enjoyed it. Even though I had pretty much nothing in common with the main character.

Through the struggles that she has in her current situation, you pretty much learn that maybe the main character wasn’t all that likeable before her trip. Or, at least, she wasn’t much interested in things that “mattered.” She was a ruthless lawyer and she did what it took to get ahead in her job. She was a workaholic, who managed to blow off all of her friends until she only had one left. And while she was in a long-term relationship, it wasn’t one that she was in for love. She was with him because he was the logical person for her to be with. Like a cheerleader dating the quarterback.

When she comes back from her trip (which took way longer than originally scheduled because of the earthquake), she finds out that she was declared dead by the government. So her apartment has been leased to someone else (who was moving in when she showed up), her job has been given away, her boyfriend has moved on, and her bank accounts are frozen. Sounds like quite the nightmare situation, but she manages to get through it all and work on who she really is and what’s really important in her life.

It was an excellent book and I would definitely recommend it. If we’re talking stars (and when I review it elsewhere, they’ll make me talk in terms of stars), I’d give it 5. I read it in just a couple days, which means it snagged my attention early.

Unlike other books I’ve reviewed on here, this one isn’t out yet. It’s set to release in October 2012, but you can preorder it on Amazon now.

For more information about the author, this book, or her two previous books, you can find her on Twitter here, Facebook here, and her personal websitehere.

Disclosure: I received a free ebook from William Morrow Paperbacks, through Edelweiss, in exchange for my review. It was a book that I had to request to review, so it was clearly something I would have picked up anyway. And my opinions were not changed by the fact that it was free. Some links within the post are affiliate links.


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