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A two year old girl's heart stops and she dies but is brought back too late, her memories wiped, character vanished. One question haunts her mother's anguished mind: Where had her daughter gone? This story is one answer to that question. Inspired by truth.

After Charley dies in her office chair, how is it that she finds herself propelled into the mysterious world of Avalon?
Kindle Edition, 262 pages
Published February 16th 2008 by Julie Elizabeth Powell (first published 2007)
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Sep 25, 2008 Maria rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
I enjoyed this book. It is a wonderful story which kept me interested from the beginning right through to the last page. It is based on a true event in the authors life which inspired the tale. 'Gone' is a fantasy story which takes the reader to a strange land called 'Avalon' where there are goblins, talking flowers, eerie ghouls, dangers, wonders and more. By the end you are left wondering whether Avalon is a real place, and kind of hoping that it is! The author has done a great job telling her ...more
Julie Powell
Feb 04, 2015 Julie Powell rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Julie by: Julie Elizabeth Powell
Shelves: fantasy, unique
I am the author of this book and I can honestly say that I learned more than I ever could have imagined from both its creation and during the many times of re-reading. Not least that my writing skills have certainly improved from that terrible first draft when all that was important was to 'set down the story' while the idea was still fresh.

Several drafts later, I found and realised a dream...that at last I could put into 'real print' this important story that was in answer to the t
Rosary McQuestion
Sep 15, 2013 Rosary McQuestion rated it it was amazing
A modern day Alice in Wonderland...the road to acceptance.

Charley is a forty-two-year-old woman who’s going through personal struggles and great heartache. Her lovely daughter is neither here nor there. Due to a tragic accident, her daughter lives in a state of limbo in which her heart beats within a shell of a body. One day while at work, Charley has a sudden heart attack and as she loses consciousness, it’s as if she falls down a rabbit hole and finds a fantastical new world—a world in which h
Sara Gauldin
May 31, 2014 Sara Gauldin rated it it was amazing
This fantasy book was powerfully inspired by a real life emotional event. That sense of emotion and grief interspersed with joy and acceptance is a continual undertone in the book. The characters are realistic and their journey through the other worlds beyond are poignant and touching. The author devotes a huge amount of thought, and description to careful world. building. The after life “in between” worlds that encompass the mortal world, along with thought, imagination emotion and impressions ...more
~ Rose ~ ☯Desert Rose❀
This story takes you into the realm of Avalon, full of fantastic characters and colorful experiences. Every chapter encourages the imagination to stretch a little wider, while echoing profoundly honest doubts and feelings most would try to bury. Creating a unique take on the after-life, this story raises questions about life after death, and sheds light on the basic fears of the unknown.

Full of wonderful and colorful characters, this story mixes fairy tale and mystery. While the main character
Billy Young
Sep 10, 2008 Billy Young rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All
Gone a review by Billy Young author of A Winter Journey.

This is a fascinating and very thought provoking story from a wonderful new author. You follow the journey of Charley a middle aged woman who has suffered great tragedy through out her life but just after achieving a successful new contract for her business is struck down by a heart attack. From here we are led of a exciting and sometimes confusing journey through what we suppose maybe the afterlife, yet still the question nags is she rea
Maria Haskins
Aug 08, 2015 Maria Haskins rated it it was amazing
Julie Elizabeth Powell's 'Gone' is a wonderful, trippy, mind-bending, and deeply touching story about a woman who has lived with a terrible loss - the near-death of her child - and the tragedy of how that child's body is brought back to life, even though her consciousness seems to gone, kept alive by machines for years and years. Inspired by the author's own experiences, this is a rich book: rich in vivid imagery, and rich in both sadness and wisdom and (yes!) humour. Even in the darkest places, ...more
Y.I. Lee
Apr 29, 2014 Y.I. Lee rated it it was amazing
I'd been wanting to read, 'Gone' for some time, and was delighted to receive a copy in exchange for an honest review. Having read other books by Julie Powell, I'm a fan.
'Gone,' is right up there with them.
This author has an incredible imagination. 'Gone' is beautifully written and so descriptive.
It takes the reader on an amazing journey to a place called Avalon.
I have my own Biblical, and imaginative ideas as to what heaven is like; however parts of Avalon certainly come close.

'Gone,' is birth
Dec 23, 2011 Sheri rated it it was amazing
Gone (Julie Elizabeth Powell

Gone is a fantasy story which takes the reader to a strange land called Avalon where there are goblins, talking flowers, creepy creatures, wonders, and danger. A fascinating fantasy with surprises at every turn.

Based on true events in the authors life, the loss of her daughter at a young age, turning her into a "shell" of a person leading ultimately to her death. In Gone, Charley suffers a heart attack and is not sure if she is dead, in limbo heaven or some strange de
Gregory Lamb
May 15, 2013 Gregory Lamb rated it really liked it
After reading "Lost Shadows," by Julie Elizabeth Powell, I was curious about her first novel, "Gone." Powell provided me with a review copy and after reading the book's description, I held on to it for quite awhile thinking I'd have to be in the right mood to enjoy it. I was pleasantly surprised to discover the unexpected journey I found myself enjoying while following the adventures of Powell's main character, Charley.

When Charley collapses at her desk, she awakens in another world where she me
Susanna Mahoney
Dec 07, 2011 Susanna Mahoney rated it it was amazing

by Julie Elizabeth Powell

A truly amazing tale of fantasy of facing questions, doubts, fears and deep sorrow not in the earthly realm but in a magical wonderland of tests and trials for a lost soul who was to suffer the challenge of losing her two year old to brain trauma and had to live with the guilt. Until it consumed her mind, body and soul; causing the defense mechanism to develop causing fear and guilt from preventing the wounded person from living a full life of happiness and enlighten
Kitty Muse Book Reviews
Feb 04, 2015 Kitty Muse Book Reviews rated it it was amazing
Charley has immersed herself in her work on a daily basis, driving herself hard to keep her mind on the business of work. To her, it’s an anesthetic–a way to keep from having to deal with her emotions. But nothing can deaden the sharp pain of those visitation hours, when she would see her comatose daughter, withering away under countless tubes and machines. For seventeen years, nothing has changed.

Until the day Charley enters Avalon.

One moment she is at her desk, and the next she is transported,
Kurt Chambers
Feb 04, 2015 Kurt Chambers rated it really liked it
General Information

Publisher: Julie Elizabeth Powell
Year of publication: 2014
Number of chapters: 20
Number of pages: 252

Plot summary: (blurb)

After Charley dies in her office chair, how is it that she finds herself propelled into the mysterious world of Avalon?

Upon encountering an essence, which insists is her daughter – the one she knows she left behind – insanity battles with fear inside her mind.

The further she delves, the more puzzling things appear, especially after she rises into the Orb o
Apr 03, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing
The book introduces you to its protagonist, Charley, a middle-aged and very troubled mother. She is guilt-ridden and vulnerable. Charley feels guilty for a crime she did not commit. Then she gets this weird feeling at her office. She suddenly is drawn into a different world: Avalon. Strange encounters, and strange events leave her questioning her sanity. At first, I couldn’t help being impatient with Charley. Thoughts like ‘Charley, get a grip, will you!’ came to my mind. Along the way I realise ...more
Mar 29, 2014 Lori rated it it was amazing
This book is so filled with imagination , plus well written and the intention just makes it a 5 star read.
I really liked the characters in Avalon. fun & game were evil, twisted but reminded me of the dweddle d and twiddle dumb. The rest of the imaginary characters were just really cute or very uncute and scary.
As for Jenny that would be a way of making a very bad situation good. knowing she's in a better place awaiting to move on once let go to a even more wonderful place that we all hope
Laurel Osterkamp
Jan 22, 2014 Laurel Osterkamp rated it it was amazing
As a mother, my biggest fear is losing one - or both - of my children. I think that's every parent's worst fear, and it's the burden that comes with having a child. How can you continue to love someone SO MUCH even as you know that he/she could, tragically and senselessly, be taken away at any random moment? Gone tackles this and so much more. It's written with the courage of someone who has endured an unimaginable loss, and has come out on the other side. It's about examining our choices and fa ...more
Jean Carver
Nov 18, 2010 Jean Carver rated it it was amazing
Great read! Julie is a marvelous and gifted writer.
Dolores Ayotte
Aug 21, 2014 Dolores Ayotte rated it it was amazing
Gone by Author Julie Elizabeth Powell

This is my first exposure to Author Julie Elizabeth Powell and I can say that it has been a pleasurable experience. "Gone" is a fictional story which finds its roots in a true event that took place in this talented author's life who has penned several books in a variety of genres. Many years ago, her two and a half year old daughter was pronounced dead after her heart suddenly stopped. She was resuscitated by doctors, however, this procedure took too long res
Feb 13, 2014 LaDonna rated it really liked it
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I received a free copy of this book through the GoodReads Making Connections Group in exchange for an honest review.

I would give this 3.5 stars, but round up for this purpose. The author does a beautiful job of writing hauntingly poetic prose. The main reasons for it not being 5 stars lie in fantasy/sci-fi just not being my genres of choice. When I read the synopsis I was so intrigued I couldn't resist checking it out anyway.

I will admit that at times I had difficulty following the story line, b
R.J. Palmer
Oct 07, 2012 R.J. Palmer rated it it was amazing
Okay, this was hands down one of the most powerful stories I’ve ever read and that’s saying a LOT. I’ve got to hand it to you, Julie, you brought out the emotion in this. To understand what’s going on when you’re reading “Gone”, you must first slow down a little bit to help you absorb more of the storyline. I was so very impressed. There were a few places that I had to reread but frankly, I didn’t mind it because it gave me the chance to better understand what it was I was reading.

“Gone” is the
Martha Rodriguez
Jan 12, 2012 Martha Rodriguez rated it it was amazing
Charley is a woman who is burdened with immense emotional pain. She has suffered for herself and for her daughter, Jenny, for many years. Doctors are able to keep Jenny alive after her heart stops, but to what end? Confined to her twisted, silent body, Jenny is, for all intents and purposes, gone.

Gone is a fantasy novel based on the true story of Julie Elizabeth Powell and her daughter Samantha. In the novel, Charley is thrust into a sometimes strange, sometimes comforting other-world where she
Java Davis
Oct 30, 2013 Java Davis rated it it was amazing
This fantasy novel is incredibly imaginative, and I would guess that the author thought about this story for years before writing it down.

The premise is simple. A woman, Charley, had a 2-year-old daughter who was in an accident and was all but completely brain-dead. She lived for another 15 years as a vegetable. Charley asks herself the question: Her body is still here, but where has SHE gone? She's talking about the thing that gives us the spark of life.

An overweight and overstressed Charley ha
Maegan Morin
Jan 18, 2012 Maegan Morin rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wondered what happens when you die? For Charley that question has been haunting her since the fateful day when Jenny, her 2 1/2 year old daughter died. The doctors are able to resuscitate Jenny but all resemblance to the little girl that everyone knows and loves is missing. Leaving Jenny to wonder "Where have you gone?"

Gone is a fantastic story loosely based on the real life events that happened to the author Julie Elizabeth Powell. The author weaves a tale of magic and enchantment
Mar 19, 2011 Angela rated it really liked it
“Gone” is a novel that was inspired by a heartbreaking period in the author’s life, but in itself, it is not a sad book. In fact, it’s an inspiring and hopeful read.
Charley Woods is the mother of Jenny, who was left with severe brain damage at the age of two. When we first meet Charley, it is fifteen years after this devastating event, and Charley is a wreck. She is wracked by guilt, she comfort eats and generally leads a stressful life. She visits the shell that is her teenage daughter and we a
Diane Rapp
Aug 07, 2013 Diane Rapp rated it it was amazing
Inspirational fantasy generated out of tragedy.

No mother should ever experience the loss of a child, but it's even worse if the child is just GONE. I received this book from the author to write an honest review, and I'm so glad she gave me this wonderful gift. A tragic event in real life might cause a mother to withdraw from life and feel sorry for herself. In this case the author used her imagination to create an incredible tale of courage and hope. Where did her daughter's mind and soul go whe
C.K. Raggio
Sep 26, 2013 C.K. Raggio rated it it was amazing
Wow, this was one of the most powerful books I've read in a long time. I'm usually more into thrillers and horrors with monsters under the bed. GONE by Julie Elizabeth Powell gave me a different kind of emotional rush. It made me look at my life and the people I've met. I realized I've learned from the ones who stayed as well as the ones who left.

Avalon has a touch of Oz and a bit of Wonderland. But instead of a young girl learning lessons through an adventure, it's a woman who has already live
Mar 02, 2013 Albert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Overall Feedback: This story will pull at every drop of emotion you have in your soul. I was pulled in from the beginning and never wanted to stop. At times I was sad for the character and at times elated for her. The writing is exceedingly well done and you can tell the author allowed her true feelings about her life flow through her an into her characters. This is a must read.

Point of View: You are reading from the point of view of Charley as she dies and moves on.

Voice: The author has release
Jan 30, 2012 Shirleegt rated it it was amazing
Truth be told I wasn't sure what to expect of this book with such a simple title. But this one was more than ample to describe the voyage this story takes you on... Gone is based on the author's life experience of "losing" her daughter at 2.5 when her heart stopped. The doctors resuscitated too long and left her brain dead. For 17 years she lived that way and her mother often wondered where she had gone before finally passing after 17 years. It takes you on a "voyage" to that "other place" that ...more
Dec 04, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Julie Powell kindly gave me this book in exchange for an honest review. From the moment I read her heartfelt author's note at the beginning, explaining the motivation for writing the book, I was hooked.

The story itself held my attention all the way through. I am a fan of fantasy, in the form of Terry Pratchett, but this was very different, as it focused on what happens after death. The ideas that the author explored were very profound, and the world she created was credible. She has such a wond
Feb 02, 2013 Alan rated it it was amazing
Gone is the story of Charley, a modern day "everywoman" whose heart mirrors the journey of her small daughter: dying in spirit, then many years later, dying in the physical world. Charley's story of discovery begins, oddly enough, with her death and works its way through Avalon, a way station to other more heavenly realms that seems like the waiting room at the DMV, then progresses to a place of pure fantasy inside a thing called the Orb of Caprice.

Powell blends humor with the heartache and guil
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