Author: Catherine McKenzie
Release Date: October 16, 2012
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
Emma Tupper is a smart and successful lawyer at a prestigious law firm, but after her mother dies, she’s a bit lost. Emma’s mother always dreamed of visiting Africa, and Emma is shocked (and more than a little irritated) to learn that her mom left her an open-ended ticket to Africa. Emma reluctantly embarks on a trip to fulfill her mother’s last wishes, but once there, catastrophe strikes. Six months later, Emma finally returns home to discover that everyone thought she had died in Africa. Eager to pick up where she left off, Emma soon realizes that nothing can ever be the same and wonders if she has the strength to start over.
Women’s fiction is a fun genre to read, but it often seems like the same story lines are used over and over. True, they’re different from author to author, but it’s rare to come across something fresh and new, yet that’s just what Forgotten is. It’s a new storyline, one that I haven’t encountered before, so I was eager to dive in and see what tale Catherine McKenzie had to tell.
Emma is a great character in Forgotten. It’s true that her life was missing something before she left, but I appreciated how McKenzie had Emma approach her job. Too often in stories such as this, work is the problem and a new job, the solution. But Emma likes her job. She’s good at her job and she’s unapologetic about that. When she returns, she wants her old job back because she worked incredibly hard to get where she was. It’s refreshing to see that in a character, especially because while Emma is by no means perfect, she’s not completely falling apart either.
McKenzie also takes advantage of a unique setting while Emma is in Africa in Forgotten. There’s no better way to remind Emma about her first-world problems when she’s surrounded by those who have so little. It’s interesting to watch her character growth when she’s surrounded by a difficult situation and there’s nothing she can do but wait. It’s definitely a humbling experience, and McKenzie writes it well.
If you’re looking for a light, refreshing read, Forgotten is a great choice. Emma is a memorable character, and McKenzie presents something new and different with the storyline. What’s more, while some aspects of the story are wholly predictable (such as the love interest), others are surprising and present a delightful reading experience overall.