Review by Marlene Engel
Despite her father being an oil executive, Jolie is outraged by the way the oil companies are being so negligent and causing out of control oil spills. As she watches the destruction over the once beautiful Santa Barbara coast, she is compelled to do more than just sit on the sidelines and watch. Instead, she decides to take action and joins an anti-oil drilling protest. While there she meets up with Will. He’s older than Jolie, with strong opinions and persuasive ways.
When Jolie’s father learns of his daughter’s involvement with the protesting, he forbids further participation. This outrages Jolie and, with Will’s encouragement, they run away to live a life of their choosing.
Documenting her adventure that includes living in communes that are dedicated to free love and a life of peace to getting entangled in violent protests, Jolie’s journey takes her from the west to the east coast, through both the highs and lows of the 70’s era peace movement.
In time Jolie finds that Will is not the man she thought he was. And thoughts of home start making her question some of her choices. She’s been gone for so long without any communication to her family. Would they even want her back?
She’s Gone is a powerful story of a young girl who is forced to grow up faster than one should. Who finds herself in situations that test her strength and resilience, but has her realizing what’s truly important in life.
Strong, powerful, emotional. She’s Gone is a must read!
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About the Author:
Joye Emmens was born in Santa Barbara, California. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and earned an MBA from City University of Seattle.
Joye enjoyed a successful career in environmental health before joining Amgen, a biotechnology company that supports the research and development of innovative cures for serious illnesses. After ten years, she left Amgen to pursue a lifelong dream to write fiction. She is lucky to live in Ventura, California with her husband David. Her two sons and grandson live in Seattle.
Joye volunteers as a Big Sister and mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. She enjoys traveling the world, yoga, running, reading, and music.
And yes, she is an oilman’s daughter.
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She’s Gone by Joye Emmens