Gone *****
By Julie Elizabeth Powell

We’ve all missed relatives who passed away. Charley has is worse than all that. Her daughter Jenny passed away in every sense except the physical. At two years old, Jenny suffered an accident that left her in a coma for over a decade. Charley threw herself completely into work to ignore the painful loss. Until her heart attack.

Charley emerged from her trauma into a world of fantasy and philosophy. She is reunited with the young woman her poor lost Jenny became in a place outside of our physical world, known there as Elsewhere. Charley must take a trip around this enchanted afterlife realm in order to see and overcome things that will ultimately lead to her overcoming the crippling loss of her dear Jenny.

Outliving your child is any parent’s worst nightmare. The idea of an afterlife reunion is the cornerstone of nearly every modern faith system. I think Powell’s approach to the afterlife reflects deep contemplation into philosophy and religion. I know I enjoy an open minded discussion on the great beyond. If your personal faith limits your taste in after life fantasy, perhaps you should stick with Pilgrim’s Progress or Inferno. If you harbor any curiosity about consciousness after death, then you should join Charley as she travels through Avalon and into the Star Realm.

I received a free copy in exchange for a review. Any review. That fact that it’s a good one is because the book is good. Which has nothing to do with how awesome I am. You’ll have to find that out for yourself @S_Shane_Thomas on Twitter.

I’ve already read the next adventure in the fantasy world of Gone, Star Realm. I loved that one too! I think Powell’s storytelling has a place among all-ages greats like C.S. Lewis, Mark Twain, and L. Frank Baum. I say all-ages, rather than early readers because the lack of adults only topics does not detract from a story’s quality or approachability by an adult reader. In fact, I read nearly all of the Oz series and all of the Chronicles of Narnia as an adult aloud to my son. I may have enjoyed some of them more than him.

Books aimed at younger readers can still be written intelligently. Adults should find early reader books still enjoyable. Perhaps I’ve sidetracked…

If you have dealt with the loss of a child, wonder what’s beyond this life, enjoy all-ages fantasy stories, or simply want to rediscover the passion of youth, read Gone.

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