Note about my Reviews

Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie

by Catherine McKenzie
William Morrow (HarperCollins)
ISBN: 978-0-06-211541-6
Buy from Indigo

Description: Emma Tupper is a dedicated lawyer with a bright future. But when she takes a month-long leave of absence to go on an African vacation, 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 that 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?

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
  • Oh yeah and she's Canadian
 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?
"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 the fuck 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


  1. YAY! I loved this book. It was my second Catherine McKenzie book and from then on I knew that she was an author that should go on my auto-buy list. This was a great story and I think I wouldve wanted more about Africa, too, but I was still very happy by the end.

    Glad you liked it!

  2. Forgotten was my first Catherine McKenzie book and I really enjoyed it. It is not so much memorable as it is entertaining. Now I am looking forward to reading Arranged and Spin by the same author.

    1. Hi Shirley - good point. I would highly recommend Spin and Arranged too - you will not be disappointed

  3. I loved this book, McKenzie is such an amazing author and her books are just so much fun! Im so glad to hear you enjoyed it this one as well. Great review!

    1. Thanks Andrea! As you can tell I truly find her amazing as well : )