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A young accident victim wakes up in hospital and can't remember who he is. Why does he have nothing in common with his family? Why does he despise the person he was supposed to be? Why has his best friend disappeared without a trace? Is somebody after him? His family can offer no solutions. His girlfriend is strangely aloof and he cannot shake off a feeling that the answerA young accident victim wakes up in hospital and can't remember who he is. Why does he have nothing in common with his family? Why does he despise the person he was supposed to be? Why has his best friend disappeared without a trace? Is somebody after him? His family can offer no solutions. His girlfriend is strangely aloof and he cannot shake off a feeling that the answers will prove more unpleasant than his amnesia. Somehow he must find out as it seems time is running out.Paula Vince has woven elements of secrecy and suspense with her trademark warmth and compassion. Best Forgotten is an inspirational masterpiece you won't forget....

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Best Forgotten Reviews

  • Omega Writers
    2018-09-09 01:57

    Winner of the Grand Prize in the CALEB Awards for Faith-Inspired Writing 2011.Four and a half stars.Two reviews from our CALEB reviewers:(1)Paula's readers should be accustomed to expect a quality book with Christian overtones. But even so her latest book Best Forgotten surpasses others with romance, suspense, murder and intrigue interwoven with empathy and concern.Courtney Lockwood awakes in hospital to find himself to be a young man without a past - total amnesia. His dental records confirm his identity and he is reunited with his family. But Courtney Lockwood with amnesia is a very different person from the Courtney Lockwood who raced in front of a car a few days earlier. What was he doing? Why was he running? Who was he running from? Courtney had yet to learn that all things do work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.In Best Forgotten Paula Vince has written another suspenseful novel that grips the imagination. DS(2)When Courtney Lockwood wakes up in hospital suffering from amnesia, he has no idea that his life will be drastically changed. He finds that he doesn’t like the old Courtney, his girlfriend keeps him at arms length, his best friend is missing and he has an unknown enemy. As he slowly fills in the missing gaps in his memory he repairs broken relationships and finds the One who has loved him from the beginning.Vince has woven an absorbing tale of suspense, intrigue and romance, which should keep the reader engaged until the very last page. WN

  • Susan Barnes
    2018-08-29 01:37

    Best Forgotten by Paula Vince is a mystery with an unusual twist. While running away from something or someone, Courtney Lockwood is hit by a car and loses his memory. He can’t even remember his own name; let alone what he was running from. It creates other unanswered questions – what’s happened to his best friend, Joel and how did Jasmine become his girlfriend? Is it only his lack of memory that is causing her to act strangely?The temporary amnesia gives Courtney the opportunity to re-evaluate his life, but is this wise when there is so much he doesn’t remember? Nevertheless without the memory of the underlying pressures of peers and families, and without the need to rebel against authority figures, Courtney starts making better decisions. I found this aspect of the story particularly thought provoking. Memory loss operates like forgiveness in that it allows Courtney to let go of the past. Furthermore it creates the opportunity for him to look at his life through the eyes of an apparent stranger. Subtly the story shows us how much our decisions are affected by our need for significance and acceptance as well as how damaging unforgiveness can be. I enjoyed this story very much. I liked the way Courtney reassesses his life and finds resolution. It is a well paced novel with just enough information being revealed to keep the story moving without becoming frustrating or getting bogged down.A great read.Thanks to Paula Vince for providing a free book for review.

  • Paula Vince
    2018-08-27 20:39

    Firstly, I wouldn't have a clue how to rank my own books, but as this was my special project for several months, I'll give it 5.I'd wanted to write an amnesia story for some time. It fascinated me, to think of coming from the perspective of somebody whose memories had been completely erased. But I made a couple of false starts over a ten year period before it all came together. Then it just clicked.It begins when my main character, Courtney, is hit by a car and comes to without a clue who he is. As he learns snippets about himself from others, he puts together a composite picture of a fellow he doesn't like. He's puzzled to think that a person can form an aversion to his own self.At the same time, he knows there's a scary mystery to be solved about the whereabouts of his friend, Joel, who disappeared on the same night as his accident. Courtney's girlfriend, Jasmine, behaves evasively whenever he questions her about anything, so he's beginning to think he might have had something to do with it.I thoroughly enjoyed what I was working with. A hero who's also playing the role of detective, and afraid he'll turn out to be the villain. Understandably, he doesn't know whether he wants his memory back or not.I liked playing around with the questions the story raised, such as the extent to which an individual's personality can be tied up with his sum of experiences.I was delighted when this book won the CALEB fiction Award for 2011.

  • Dale Harcombe
    2018-09-21 21:37

    Actually 4 and a half stars but I haven't figured out how to put a half star in.I finished this book ages ago but haven't had time till now to write the review.Best Forgotten starts with an car accident when a driver, Reverend Barney Wills hits a young man who appears on the road in front of him. It then jumps to the young man waking up hospital not remembering anything or anyone, not his family or friends and not even who he is. What Courtney Lockwood does find out about the person he was before the accident, makes him despise that previous self and want nothing to do with him. Courtney wants to know what happened and why he was on the road at that time feeling like he was being chased. He suspects he may even have been involved in something criminal. And why is Jasmine the one who was supposedly his girlfriend before the accident behaving so oddly, not like a girlfriend at all? So what is going on there? Best Forgotten raises lots of questions and keeps the reader interested throughout. This is one of those books you will want to keep reading till all the secrets are uncovered. I really enjoyed it and it's not hard to see why it won the 2011 Caleb Fiction Prize.

  • Elaine Fraser
    2018-09-05 21:58

    Paula sets her books in South Australia, a state I haven't spent much time in. Paula sets the scene really well. The accident scene was reminiscent of Tim Winton's depictions of accidents on lonely roads in remote Australian settings. Her storytelling is full of suspense and secrets, with the added layer of causing the reader to question how would one cope with losing one's memory.The other concern that interested me was that the main character, Courtney has been given a second chance at life. He gets to look at himself through the reactions and responses of others in his life without the filters one would normally have.I enjoyed reading this novel as it was suspenseful and gave an insight into a situation that caused a person to reframe their life. Paula's faith informs her work, but does not overpower it. The themes are universal and relatable. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it for a read over the summer.

  • Valerie (Val's Vicinity)
    2018-09-08 00:32

    Best Forgotten is a bit outside of the normal genre that I read, but I actually did enjoy it. The characters are well thought out, with a wide range of personalities and motives. Though the mystery element takes precedence in the story, there are also aspects of family dynamics, a blooming romance, and the search for faith coupled with the struggle to truly believe.Courtney's amnesia leaves him as a grown man with no memories...a blank slate, if you will. I loved the innocent air this gave him in his interactions with others; he's very open and honest, even in tough and unfamiliar situations (which there are plenty of!). I really liked the idea that experiences and memories shape a person, and ultimately form their personality. Strip all the memories away, and you are suddenly a completely different person, able to view the aspects of your own life with an outsider's objective perspective. It's quite an interesting topic, and definitely something to ponder on...I must admit that the author did an excellent job of keeping the cards close to her chest, so to speak. Little pieces of the mystery of Courtney's past were slowly revealed as the story progressed...enough to make me extremely curious as to what the urgent thing was that Courtney felt compelled to remember, but couldn't. Interestingly enough, even though small clues were often uncovered, I still didn't have the foggiest idea what the mystery would turn into. Ultimately, it stayed a secret (that I couldn't even begin to guess at) until the big reveal came, close to the end.If you're looking for something unique and out of the ordinary, "Best Forgotten" is certainly worth looking into. The Australian setting gives it a unique feel, with slightly different phrases and wording than American novels offer. There are a couple instances of minor language (h*ll and d*mn) from the "bad" guys, but otherwise I can't think of anything objectionable. The story really made me stop and consider if I would like what I'd see were I able to look at my life with an objective opinion, not being swayed by emotions or memories. Honestly, it's an opportunity I hope to never personally have, however, in the case of this story, the trauma of amnesia actually turned out to be one of the biggest blessings in Courtney's life.

  • Michelle
    2018-08-25 23:32

    Best Forgotten has mystery, action, faith and suspense with a touch of romance. This book sends the reader into their own mind, to question family relationships and if there is need for restoration ... continue reading....

  • Nola
    2018-09-18 20:56

    When Courtney Lockwood wakes up in a hospital bed, he doesn’t know who he is or how he got there. Yet he can’t escape the feeling that he should be running from something. He’s reunited with a family he doesn’t remember and a girlfriend Jasmine who seems strangely distant. To makes matters worse, his best friend is missing and Courtney may have had something to do with his disappearance.Paula Vince weaves some interesting threads together as Courtney learns more about his past and tries to make new choices for his future. In many ways, it’s a book of second chances as he reconnects with different family members and eventually learns the reason for Jasmine’s reticence.This book has a lot of heart and I liked the way the characters interacted with one another and how they changed as the book progressed. Faith issues were sensitively handled and it was interesting to see an inter-racial romance where race wasn’t an issue. Courtney’s mother was perhaps a little stereotyped at the beginning, but she also came to a turning point.My only hesitation with the book is that it wasn’t as suspenseful as it could have been. Suspense was mentioned in the back cover blurb and it started off with a bang. However, I felt more could have been done in the middle section to maintain the tension. If it hadn’t been mentioned on the back cover, I probably wouldn’t have been looking for it as much.However, I did enjoy the book. I cared about the characters and I liked the way it dealt with issues such as hope and forgiveness. While few people would have suffered amnesia like Courtney, many of us could relate to the idea of wiping the slate clean and starting again. Another good book from Paula Vince and Even Before Publishing.

  • Adele Jones
    2018-09-08 18:55

    Four and half stars.I really enjoyed the concept behind this story. What if you lost your memory and had to meet yourself and your family for what seemed the first time? Then, as you started piecing your identity together, what if you decided you really didn't like what you had found?In an instant this becomes Courtney Lockwood's reality. Sustaining amnesia through an accident, he is unable to remember anything of himself and his life. Thrust back into a world with a controlling, perfection seeking, career focussed mother, and siblings he doesn't understand, Courtney struggles to comprehend such painful dysfunction. Nor can he recall being so close to Jasmine, his apparent girlfriend. And for the life of him he can't work out what's happened to the young man supposed to be his best friend.If only he could remember, maybe then things would be clearer ...Slowly his memory starts seeping back, and as it returns, Courtney has the growing feeling someone's hiding something. And he's right.An easy-to-read story with engaging characters and an element of mystery.

  • Carol Preston
    2018-08-29 20:29

    This is my favourite of Paula's novels. The issue of loss of memory, of the opportunity to start again, to become the person you want to be, is very provocative and challenging. The characters in this story are well developed and believable, making the issues come to life. The threads of romance and conflict in relationships are woven well into the story, which is engaging right to the end.

  • Ruth Bonetti
    2018-09-12 18:36

    Paula Vince takes on suspense and who-dunit in this well paced book with the intriguing premise of amnesia.

  • Mazzy Adams
    2018-08-30 19:31

    I got to the end of this book and thought, 'Gee I enjoyed that.' Some stories are easy to read and make you thankful you did. This is one of them. There's nothing predictable about a protagonist who doesn't know himself, can't remember his past and needs to discover where he's going without uncovering a boatload of pain. Taking that journey with him - through the ups and the downs and the sidetracks - creates an interesting read. Thanks Paula Vince, for providing it. It's fresh, wonderfully Australian and filled with hope.

  • Adam Collings
    2018-09-15 22:49

    A young man is hit by a car and wakes up in the hospital with no memory of who he is. What better beginning can a story have? Courtney is soon identified by the police and returned to his family. He has an overbearing mother, a sister with whom he seems to have no real relationship, and a girlfriend who is strangely distant - but Courtney can't shake the feeling that he's in danger - serious danger.The book follows as Courtney tries to figure out what happened to him the night of his memory loss - but more than that, we get to see the changes that this event is having on him as a person. It doesn't take Courtney long to realise that he doesn't much like the person he used to be. Is this a blessing in disguise? A chance for a fresh start?At the centre of this book is a compelling mystery which keeps you guessing and anxiously turning the pages. This is fleshed out with some very real characters. You can't help but feel a connection with the people - even the unlikable ones. The character of Courtney goes through many changes. He develops and grows through the book, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. He has a very satisfying arc.It is no wonder that this book won a Caleb award in 2011. It has everything a good book needs.

  • Faye
    2018-09-01 20:52

    Surprisingly unputdownable. After being hit by a car in the middle of the night, Courtney Lockwood wakes up not remembering who he is or what his name is. The more pieces of the puzzle he finds, the more his comes to loathe the person he used to be. It grabbed me from the first page and didn't let go till the end. Excellently written, with lots of mystery. I loved how the author really took me into the story, and I could really tap into the confusion that Courtney was feeling.I'm going to be honest, I've never picked up an Amnesia book before because I just never thought that it would work out, but Best Forgotten blew away all my reservations! I loved how conflicted and complex Courtney was, and how something that at first something that could have been tragic be worked out for the good of many.Overall, Best Forgotten is a gripping, yet heart-warming novel, full of mystery, with a compelling storyline, that will have you frantically turning the pages to find out what happens next. Courtney's dry wit will having you cracking into a grin often. You will not regret picking up this fantastic read!Final Rating: 5 out of 5I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. Thanks :)

  • Dana
    2018-09-20 19:36

    This book is a Christian psychological thriller. In this story, a young man, running away from something is hit by a car driven by a preacher. When he awakens in the hospital, he remembers nothing, not even who he is. The pastor tells him that perhaps in some way, it may be God’s will. Even when he does find out his identity and he rejoins his family, he still has total amnesia. He does know, however, that he was running away from something very frightening. He decides that he does not like the person who his old self was, whoever he was and he begins to try to change himself, hoping that once he does regain his memories, he won’t go back to being the loser of a person who he thinks his old self must have been. One thing that he does begin to remember is Bible verses. Can the Lord somehow help him? His mysterious girlfriend is not much help to him in his quest to regain his memory. He is sure that once he does regain his memory, it will not be a good thing and he struggles to regain his memory while fearing what he will learn. I enjoyed this book, and found it to be suspenseful and well written. I received this book for free to review from BookCrash.

  • Ausjenny
    2018-09-20 20:50

    This is an intersting book by Aussie author Paula Vince. A young man runs out into the dark and is hit by a car. When he comes to he has no idea who he is. As he is told who he is he wonders what his life was like and finds he doesn't like everything he sees. He finds out is mane is Courtne and his girlfriend seems to be evasive and he wonders if he is in trouble. He wonders if never remembering would be better than remembering his old life. I found it interesting watching the story unfold. At one point a comment is made to the effect of how having amnesia and forgetting the old life is like being given a clean slate to start over. There is a mystery in this story why was he running when he got hit. At some stages there is some humour in some otherwise serious situation. I actually was laughing at some of the things that happen. The book deals with forgiveness, acceptance, and also shows how the way we treat people can make or break them in ways we may not expect. Great book and I can see why this book is a finalist in the Caleb awards.

  • D.J. Blackmore
    2018-08-29 20:34

    Thanks for the tears, Paula Vince. A lovely read I enjoyed very much and an Australian book to grace any book shelf, and well deserved at that.

  • Jenny Glazebrook
    2018-09-15 18:30

    Paula Vince's novel, 'Best Forgotten' is truly unforgettable. With colourful Australiancharacters, an amazing, clever plot, humour that makes you laugh out loud, profound one-linersthroughout, and an extremely satisfying ending, it shines as a book worth buying and owning sothat you can read it again (yes, I have read it four times already and know I will read it again).The main character, Courtney Lockwood, is a young accident victim with amnesia. Paula takes thereader on a riveting journey with Courtney as he discovers who he is and what horrific events havelanded him in the position he is in. His family, his girlfriend and his friends are all so incrediblyreal that my reactions to them taught me a lot about myself and the judgements I make of peoplebefore I really know them. I particularly loved one character who openly spoke her heart and mindto God in every situation. I chuckled when she admitted about Courtney, 'I don't want to love him.That's my problem. But I want to want to love him.' If we are honest with ourselves I think many ofus have experienced the same sentiment about someone even if we haven't been able to put it soneatly into words.Courtney's experience is thought provoking and is a beautiful picture of the way we can become acompletely new person through Jesus Christ, transformed by the renewing of our minds, with ourslate wiped completely clean.It's quite fitting that a one-liner spoken by one of the characters, is this, '... chocolate, in all itsforms, is a gift from God and a test from him at the same time.'In the same way, I would say 'a good book like Best Forgotten is a gift from God and a test at thesame time'. It is so satisfying, enjoyable... and a real test when it is time to put it down.

  • Carol Harlow
    2018-09-19 18:48

    Overall, Best Forgotten is a gripping, yet heart-warming novel, full of mystery, with a compelling storyline, that will have you frantically turning the pages to find out what happens next. Courtney's dry wit will having you cracking into a grin often. You will not regret picking up this fantastic read!

  • Linsey Painter
    2018-09-23 23:31

    Courtney Lockwood has lost his memory and he’s beginning to think that it might be better this way. Everything that he is learning about his old self is terrible and he doesn’t want to ever be that way again. But why has he lost his memory? What was he running from when he was hit by the car? And what will happen when his memory returns? There are a lot of mysteries in Courtney’s life and he’s determined to solve them all. Without his memory, he is finding peace, reconciling with family and falling in love. Will he be able to hold on to this new life when his old one resurfaces?Paula Vince has written a gripping, compelling tale of a new beginning. It is a fascinating study in what happens when someone loses their memory and is forced to reboot and look at life with fresh eyes. Best Forgotten is a young adult novel but as a mother in my mid-30’s I found it a captivating read.

  • Tori
    2018-08-26 18:31

    When a young man gets hit by a car and flung on the side of the road it’s a miracle he even survives. But upon awakening he remembers nothing, not even himself. As he is rehabilitated to his family and loved ones he can’t help but to feel out of place, and most disturbing is the feeling that something is right on his heels. His mother is highly un-approving of everything he does, he’s had nothing to do with his dad in the past, and his previous appearance baffles him. How could he like skulls, goth, and a band that calls themselves Satan’s Angels? As he begins to learn more about former self he begins to hate the person he was, and starts on the path of reinventing himself. As tidbits of memory comes back to him he can’t help but wonder if he would be better off without knowing his past. After all why would he want to become someone he now hates? Even his so called girlfriend seems to be hiding something from him, and he can’t pry from her whatever it is. As he learns more about himself he can’t help but wonder if everyone wouldn’t be better off if he never recovers from his amnesia. In particular he is afraid of what he may find out about himself if he does. ~ This book kept me fully intrigued and interested from the beginning to end. This book doesn’t at all lag, and the writing style flows very easily. I want to say it’s a relaxed read, but it will keep you on the edge of your seat with a turn of any event. It has action, mystery, faith, romance, suspense, family issues, identity crisis, and thrill all woven together under one cover. I love how you only get tidbits here and there throughout the story and you will be amazed at how many different conclusions you will draw. I found myself thinking that I knew what was going to happen and then promptly finding myself in the wrong with another twist of events. It definitely kept me excited to turn the pages. It touches base on troubled families and troubled youth, and shows how faith can change everything for the better. It doesn’t make you feel as if you are being preached to, but gives undemanding examples of faith that you can‘t help but to admire. It will draw you closer to God and make you second glance your own relationship with Him. All of the characters are very well prepared, and almost every character will touch your heart in some way. My favorite part of this is how thrilling of a read it is. It will keep you guessing, trust me on that. It is one of the most unpredictable books I have EVER read, and I LOVE that rarity.I HIGHLY recommend this read to everyone!To purchase this book or learn more about it CLICK HEREVISIT MY BLOG BY CLICKING HEREDisclosure of Material: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Chloe
    2018-09-16 00:31

    Written by an Aussie author, this story grips the reader right from the start. I am always intrigued by amnesia and memory loss so this book ticked that box!A young accident victim wakes up to discover he doesn't know his name, his family, his past ... nothing. He doesn't even like the person he apparently was. There is a mystery surrounding a friend who has disappeared and he becomes worried that he has done something bad. How can he know, when he has no memory?Unfortunately, I did find the book a little slow going at times, but maybe that was because I have been crazy busy lately and struggling to find time to read. Plus, I had a huge pile of books to read beside my bed that were calling my name! (does this happen to anyone else?!)

  • Holly
    2018-09-13 20:50

    I have no idea if it was because I read this book in PDF format instead of print that it didn't appeal to me much. I had no idea the words would be so tiny on my Kindle, and I could barely focus in on it. Best Forgotten was easy to follow though, so I could keep up with most the plot line through the narrative.The concept sounds very intriguing, and if you're a lady it probably sounds extra romantic. The book was just very cheesy though, and that isn't what I'm into. The character on the cover looks way older than the guy in the book is supposed to be too. I think the writing could have been very easily improved with a good editor who knew the basics of making something read smoother too. There were some words that were repeated twice, and the author's dialogue could have used improvement.I almost wish I had gotten this book in print in the hopes of my review turning out differently. The character's girlfriend seemed off. Plus the lead guy was named Cortney. That just isn't cool. It makes the male way too feminine. He also cried a lot, and I don't care if you're into that or not, but a man crying at the drop of a hat just isn't attractive. One redeeming factor is that I was intrigued everyone spoke with an Australian accent. The way the letters are spelled in the narrative, and the dialogue easily give that away.If you're into Christian romance, you might like this. Personally, I just could not find any interest in the book. I've learned not to request a book unless it can be read easier on a Kindle anymore. This book was provided by Bookcrash in exchange for a review.

  • Liz
    2018-09-13 21:43

    Best Forgotten by Paula Vince is a Christian psychological thriller. Courtney Lockwood is a young man who has amnesia after he is hit by a car. He cannot remember anything or anybody from his life so he tries to put the pieces of his life back together. He discovers unflattering facts and stories about his past that he doesn’t want to live with.Two of my favorite characters were Matthew and Lucy, Courtney’s father and step-mother. It was interesting to see how Courtney’s relationship with them changed as the book went on. As well as the two of them being the Christian influences in Courtney’s life. I enjoyed Lucy because she struggled with jealously and forgiving; she seemed more real and less of a self-righteous Christian.I enjoyed this book way more than I initially thought I would. The book had an original plot line that was captivating and well-written. Right from the beginning I was anxious to find out the mystery about Courtney’s life. With every page I learned a bit more and found that I could not put the book down. Nothing about the book was predictable!I received this book free from the publisher through the book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

  • poppy
    2018-09-07 18:56

    oh.... i really liked this it was a really great read quickly sucked me in and i could not put it down.This is the first book i have read by Paula Vince and i plan on reading more would recommended this to everyone