Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie
Publisher: Harper Collins
When everyone thinks you’re dead, how do you start your life over again?
Emma Tupper, a young lawyer with a bright future, sets out on a journey after her mother’s death: to Africa, a place her mother always wanted to visit. But her mother’s dying gift has unexpected consequences. Emma falls ill during the trip and is just recovering when a massive earthquake hits, turning her one-month vacation into a six-month ordeal.
When Emma returns home, she’s shocked to find that her friends and colleagues believed she was dead, that her apartment has been rented to a stranger and that her life has gone on without her. Can Emma pick up where she left off? Should she? As Emma struggles to recreate her old life, everyone around her thinks she should change – her job, her relationships, and even herself. But does she really want to sacrifice everything she’s working so hard to gain?
Catherine Mckenzie is another author that I’m quickly falling in love with. I absolutely loved reading Arranged and couldn’t wait to tear through Forgotten. And while Forgotten was another wonderful book that I just could not put down, I think Arranged still has a special place in my heart.
The story opens up with Emma returning home to a place where everyone thought she had passed away. She discovers that her old job isn’t there for her anymore, her boyfriend has moved on, and her apartment was leased to someone else. The first few chapters are filled with hilarious moments as Emma slowly discovers that she has been forgotten and her possessions are gone, her car towed away, and her accounts are frozen.
Emma is given a rare chance to completely change her life as everyone in her past has basically moved on without her and left her in the past. She gets a fresh start at life. I found Forgotten to have an interesting and unique storyline. Very rarely do we get the chance to start over just like that and it was fun to follow Emma around and see how she would cope with all the changes in her life and make the best of them.
I’m definitely a fan of Mckenzie and Forgotten is a book I would recommend for all. It’s definitely more of a light beach read, but with the holidays coming up I’m sure we can all use some light and fun reading.