||Jul 1 2002
Barnes & Noble.com
A woman blacks out on a cold winter day. When she wakes up, seven years have passed. Piece by piece, the shocking details of her life come together.
On a bitterly cold winter day in Boston, an emaciated woman enters a pawn shop, out of answers and out of time. That same night, she blacks out. When she wakes, she is stunned to learn that seven years have passed.
She’s now married to one of the wealthiest men in America. She’s a mother, a graduate student at Boston University, and a born again Christian. However, she remembers nothing and no one. Her husband reveals some of the details of her past, but admits that he does not know why she was running when they met years earlier.
After months of hard work, she rebuilds her life. Then tragedy strikes again, bridging the chasm to her traumatic past. Through prayer, a strong faith in God, and good friends she is able to turn her misfortunes into help for millions.
Sylvia reached for the off white bag on the table after Robert Tandino’s visit. It was a plain canvas bag except for the Chanel number 5 logo in faded blue letters across the top. Inside was a small leather book, a half used bottle of Chanel, and a picture of a little girl. She didn’t recognize the child in the picture. She set the perfume aside and examined the book. It was a diary.
She had no idea where to begin, so she scanned the first few pages without absorbing the words. She had written in it, words about loving God, about going to church, and her experiences with her faith. She knew what church was, but she didn’t remember ever going to church. She knew the difference between good and evil. She knew who God was. But the words on the pages were new to her. She didn’t remember ever writing any part of it. She’d known that Robert Tandino was praying without realizing it. The thought was self-propelled, as if she recognized not only the act of prayer, but also his individual act of prayer. She’d apologized to him because something in her cybernetically joined to a respect of God and His name, thus the need to be careful about not insulting God. She frowned. Why would she feel that way?
Melody Ravert, Inspired by Faith
Imagine awakening to find yourself in a hospital, and not remembering anything about your past. Many questions bombarding your thoughts, Who am I? Why am I in the hospital?
That is what happened to our heroine, Sylvia. At least she remembered her first name, but anything beyond that remained buried in a sea of forgotten memories.
A mysterious stranger visits Sylvia in the hospital, stating he can help solve the missing pieces in her search for answers.
Eager to learn the truth, she encourages him to shed light on her inexplicable past.
The answers, although not simple ones, bring her to a point in her life that explains why she blotted out the painful recollections.
The moment I saw Forgotten, I knew I would enjoy the book. The publisher did a fabulous job on the cover, the title was so very appropriate, and after reading the first page I knew I was hooked!
Donna Conger tells a story that is blended with suspense, inspiration, and romance. A fairy tale of a "sleeping" princess if you will, who when awakens, discovers she has no memory of who she is or of her prince charming. It is the gentleness of her husband, and the genuine love and concern of her Heavenly Father who help her to the road to healing.
A love story that will warm your hearts, and give hope to those who suffer from unresolved hurts.
Michelle V., California
Forgotten was one of the most heart warming stories that I've ever read. It brought me to tears many, many, times.
My interest was peaked from the first page, and I couldn't put the book down.
The author brings the characters to life, and makes them seem as real as the people in your life. When the secret of her amnesia is revealed, and the other conflicts with her family your heart breaks.
It is riveting, inpspiring, and touching beyond words. There's even some diamond smuggling, and believe me, it keeps you on the edge of your seat!
If you want to be uplifted to new levels you must purchase Forgotten. You won't regret it. I even donated my copy to a girls home in the area. I was so inspired by the story that I felt the need to pass it on!
I look forward to reading more of Donna Conger's work!
In the tense suspense-filled first chapter of Forgotten, a distraught and confused woman stumbles into a pawn shop. She doesn't know it yet - in fact, there is very little she actually knows because she is a sufferer of retrograde amnesia - but seven years of her life have been totally wiped out. "Sylvia" wakes up in her hospital bed to find herself the mother of a young son whom she does not remember, the matron of a large mansion, and the object of love and care of the extremely handsome, rich and protective - to a fault - husband, Robert Tandino.
Christian romance novels, like their secular counterparts, are about romance And, because the book is a Christian book, the protagonists are often good and kind-hearted. For the most part they are often lacking in excitement. But I found Forgotten by African-American author, Donna Conger, not only exciting but fun to read and a good psychological mystery. Expanding past the confines of the romance genre, Forgotten is a dramatic page-turner with some excellent dramatic moments. The setting is different too. Unlike the typical Christian romance novel, it is not set in some bucolic Arcadia and it does tackle some interesting issues. For instance, the concept of the controlling --good-natured-- man.
After all, what woman doesn't want a take-charge greatly-respected man of the world hovering around and giving her her every wish? Ah yes, that's the problem, isn't it? It is a dilemma about strong men. Women want men to be strong, but they don't want them taking over or controlling their wives' lives. Robert Tandino, however, is Christian and is aware that his well-meant controlling behavior has probably exacerbated his wife's emotional issues.
Sylvia is a woman with her own mind. Amnesiac and dependent, however, she is accepting of all Robert's paternal attention. Donna Conger, the author of this novel, does a good job at showing how life appears to a sufferer of retro-grade amnesia. Her main character's helpless dependence on those around her for her own history is one of the more intriguing psychological treatments of amnesia I've ever seen. There is some dramatic trouble that this brings to storytelling: In attempting to depict the dependent mental state caused by amnesia, Conger will have to show her character doing a whole lot of listening. Much of the couple's past life together is explained via conversation which sometimes seemed a bit undramatic. The tension in most of the book is primarily internal. In addition, since this is a Christian book and none of the characters are blatantly bad or even liars, the possibility of dramatic tension caused by mis-information is not present. The primary tension is the examination of strong loving husbands as caretakers of their wives and the lack of self-knowledge that memory loss brings. The writer is a Christian writer and the book shows the ideal Christian husband giving loving care to his wife, something which reflects the notion of the heavenly love that Christ the heavenly bridegroom has for His people. The book is a very good read for all lovers of romance regardless of race and a good entry to the Romance mystery genre.
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