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?
Could you imagine going on a journey, getting sick and getting stuck for six months, only to come home and find that everyone thought you were dead? I couldn’t imagine it, but luckily I didn’t have to because this story follows poor Emma, who had this very thing happen to her.
Emma was quite likeable, but almost a bit frustrating. She didn’t seem changed at all when she got back from her trip. She immediately wanted to get back to her “real life” as a workoholic lawyer. I would have thought that being stuck in Africa for six months with no contact with her real life would have changed her. Instead, she tries to slide back into her old life when things are obviously different.
I thoroughly enjoyed Emma’s transition into her new reality, especially the scenes with the mysterious and tempermental photographer living in her apartment. He was quite the gentleman and almost worth all the trouble that happened.
Challenges read for:
The Canadian Book Challenge 5
2012 Ebook Challenge