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To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis
     

To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis

4.5 11
by Andra Watkins
 
Merry Lewis died of two gunshot wounds more than two centuries ago. Was it suicide? Or murder? Because no one knows for sure, he's stuck in an in-between called Nowhere. When he completes a Nowhere assignment, his soul will finally rest. But he's failed every assignment, and he's running out of time.

Merry's last hope for redemption is nine-year-old Emmaline Cagney.

Overview

Merry Lewis died of two gunshot wounds more than two centuries ago. Was it suicide? Or murder? Because no one knows for sure, he's stuck in an in-between called Nowhere. When he completes a Nowhere assignment, his soul will finally rest. But he's failed every assignment, and he's running out of time.

Merry's last hope for redemption is nine-year-old Emmaline Cagney. Her mother has despicable plans for her tenth birthday, plans that will ruin Em's life. She longs to run away and be with her father, but how?

When Merry finds Em hiding in a New Orleans alley, he realizes she is his final mission. But his old arch enemy has another horrifying scheme for her. As Em and Merry flee along the Natchez Trace, can they vanquish their mutual foe and find Em's father before it's too late?

To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis is the second book in the Nowhere Series, a speculative blend of riveting suspense, forgotten history, and a dash of paranormal fiction. If you like edge-of-your-seat action, compelling characters, and white-knuckle emotion, you'll love the latest installment in Andra Watkins' page-turning series.

Buy To Live Forever today and discover your next favorite read!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615937472
Publisher:
Word Hermit Press
Publication date:
02/05/2014
Pages:
310
Sales rank:
860,285
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Andra Watkins lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Michael T Maher. She is the first living person to walk the 444-mile Natchez Trace as the pioneers did prior to the rise of steam power in the 1820's. From March 1, 2014 to April 3, 2014, she walked fifteen miles a day. Six days a week. One rest day per week. She spent each night in the modern-day equivalent of stands, places much like Grinder's Stand, where Meriwether Lewis died from two gunshot wounds on October 11, 1809. In addition to celebrating the release of To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis, the walk inspired her upcoming memoir of the adventure, Not Without My Father, coming in Fall 2014. andrawatkins.com.

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To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
EMMacCallum More than 1 year ago
Merryweather Lewis, of the famous Lewis & Clark died mysteriously. Now his soul is trapped in the Nowhere and the only way out is to help a little girl in the 1970's. When the Merry and Emmaline meet, it’s such a relief. They’re misunderstood individuals who've found a rocky salvation in one another. Together they have to face the evil “Judge” and his obsession linked to Emma as well as the Judge's hatred for Merry (long story, but I think you’d like it). It’s a complex clash of past and present, which I think the author managed to pull together beautifully! I can’t get too detailed as I don’t want to put out spoilers but there’s a bit of a historical lesson (in a fun way, I promise) and an adventure as they travel the only road Merry knows: The Trace. It lulled a bit in the middle, though there was plenty of action, fun and danger on either side of it. I really liked the emotion attached to the two characters, especially Emmaline. You found yourself rooting for her and Merry during some of the impossible odds against them. I think historical/adventure fans would really go for this one.
CarrieR1 More than 1 year ago
Explorer Meriwether Lewis, trapped between life and death, tries to help a young girl escape her vile mother and flee to her father in Nashville, all while trying to outrun a cruel man who wants the young girl for himself. This book definitely holds the title for the most interesting premise I've encountered in a while. Happily, the story matches the great premise, and the writing is fluid and the pacing sharp. I love how the author weaves in other interesting characters, too. You might even recognize a couple... The amount of research the author put into this novel is impressive, and the prose is so descriptive, I felt I was walking the Natchez Trace with Merry and Em (I understand the author walked it for real--all 400+miles!). A well-deserved five stars!
eternalised More than 1 year ago
To Live Forever is an inspiring, engaging story about explorer Meriwether Lewis. He’s been stuck in Nowhere since he died over two hundred years ago. He’s on his thirteenth mission to redeem his soul, and is sent to New Orleans of the 1970s where he has to help Emmaline, a 9-year-old girl who was just sold to the highest bidder by her prostitute mother. He offers to help Em finds her father in Nashville. That means crossing his own grave along the Natchez Trace however. Like that’s not bad enough, they’re also chased by the murderous Judge, who has despicable plans for Em. A lot of things happen along the Natchez Trace, and both Em and Merry grow as characters as the story develops. The story is told from the alternating perspectives of Em, Merry and the Judge. This book is a great example of magical realism that works – this is a difficult genre, but Andra Watkins handles it well. The story is intriguing, and the plot develops with some unexpected twists. The characters are great, but Merry was easily my favorite. The story is fast-paced and the settings are described in great detail. Recommended to anyone looking for something different. This book is a great choice. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
dolleygurl More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying that this can only loosely be described as historical fiction – it has much stronger elements of the paranormal genre with historical details laced in. Obviously Meriwether Lewis is of the famed Lewis and Clark Expedition – and we get some details of that expedition and his life afterward as governor of the Louisiana Territory and the controversy surrounding his death. However, none of the story is actually set in the past. It takes place in 1977. This I had an issue with because looking back on all of the book blurbs and summaries it never stated that the main portion of the story takes place this recently. I was a little disappointed to be spending so much time in what is still relatively the present. This made me appreciate the above mentioned historical tidbits all the more since they were the morsels I was looking for. With that out of the way, I really did enjoy this book on its own merits as a lite paranormal story. I liked the way the author opened the novel with an obituary for Meriwether Lewis and a self-reflection by the character on his legacy. The Purgatory type world that the author created (as a run-down bar) and the need to complete some sort of task which was unknown to move on was an interesting plotline. One of the things that kept me guessing was whether or not each person they met was a “real” person or someone like Lewis who was on his quest to be able to pass on. I really feel that there was a Huckleberry Finn reference in one of the characters – which if so, I enjoyed being able to catch, since I always miss those things. There were a couple of areas of which I found myself confused while reading and these always appeared to be the big action scenes. The two scenes that stood out in my mind were the escape from the steamboat and the re-enactor camp. I had to keep going back to figure out just what happened and then, in the instance of the boat escape, just resolved myself with the notion that they got off of that boat and into the water somehow. I think the author was trying to possibly convey chaos and confusion, but it was not well executed. In contrast, the author’s shining moments were when Em and Lewis were in a scene by themselves. You could really feel what the characters felt for each other and how much each truly depended on the other. They both changed because of the influence of the other. I enjoyed the way the author chose to switch between the narration or Em and Lewis so that as a reader we were able to see events and their perspectives from both sides My best summary would be that it was a great “buddy story” with instances of sometimes successful action sequences.
Griperang72 More than 1 year ago
I was not sure about reading this book at first because I am a big fan of Lewis and Clark and what they did. Also I do not normally read like this but I thought I would give it a chance. This book was a good one to read. It has some twists that make the story move right along. The authors way of writing also helped the story to flow. To Live Forever is a book that you will find yourself not wanting to put down. "Merry" of course was my favorite character due to the fact that I have been a fan of his for many years. Em was a strong person even though she needed Merry's help along the way. And you must not forget the crazy judge, he would have spooked me. I was surprised at the outcome at the end of the story it was not what I was expecting. I recommend this book for someone looking for a good read, but if you think you do not want to read this sort of book, just give it a try and you will be pleasantly surprised. I look forward to seeing what this author has in store for us in the future. 
MirandaG More than 1 year ago
Let me first say, plain old fiction is not my cup of tea. This was something I never would have picked up if it didn't come so highly recommended by a few writer friends. And I must say that I am glad that I read it. For me the story was okay, however my palette is not too refined, so take that with a grain of salt. I tend to read gory horror novels or scare-your-pants-off ghost stories and thrillers. The writing, however.....Oh. My. God. Andra Watkins is a wordsmith of the first order. Two of my favorite quotes were: "She colored in the picture for me with broken crayons in damaged hues." and "Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom." I relished the writing in this book. I normally power through books (about 3 a week) but this book slowed me down. I hung on every word. Take the time to read this book. It's well worth it!(less)
booknerdDS More than 1 year ago
First, I have to confess that at first I was having a difficult time balancing all the different concepts of this storyline. We have the famous explorer Meriwether Lewis in a sort of limbo. He is a ghost and trying to fulfill his last adventure. On a personal note I found it interesting to learn about The Natchez Trace. I had no idea about the mystery surrounding his death and I think that the idea of a restless soul played well in the story. Next, we have Emmaline Cagney. Emmaline is a sort of adventurer herself. She is on an adventure to find her father and flee her mother. The author then inserts a crazy Judge. The Judge, was an eerie character and honestly, he gave me goose bumps. As the past and the present (the present being the late 70s) mess together all these identities are interconnected. The different perspectives of the story helped see the story from different angels although at first it made the plot more confusing. Once the plot begins to intertwine and all their destinies become dependent on each other, the story works and the journey becomes worthwhile. I loved the creativity behind this plot and the mixture of paranormal with history and the quest for fulfillment-for both the ghost of Lewis and Emmaline’s journey.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
I learned more about Meriwether in the first page of this book then I remember from school. I loved the way the author included real facts from the time period that the book was set in. The mystery of how Meriwether died was interesting to me, because what if it was someone that did not want him to explore any more? I also really enjoyed the fact of life after death and being able to connect with your loved ones. Emmaline was a character that I really felt bad for. Her mother did not care about her and was only using her. I was glad when she met up with Meriwether, and even though the end was not really what I expected I liked it and it's paranormal twist. I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own. I also really enjoyed the illustrations.
Michael_Carnell More than 1 year ago
'To Live Forever' is a journey into a little girl's future that also explores the past of not only Meriwether Lewis, but also the Natchez Trace. Young Emmaline Cagney must run away from a situation at home that has gone from bad to worse, and she picks up the help of the wandering spirit of Meriwether Lewis - of Lewis and Clarke fame. Along the way from New Orleans to Nashville the reader is taken on their own journey of exploration into some of the most interesting characters in America’s past. Told from the few points of Lewis, Emmaline, and “the Judge” (an unsavory character to say the least), the story unfolds at a quickening rate to an explosive climax. Nicely illustrated in the style of Lewis’s exploration journals, though not overdone, the book is a delight to the eye as well as the mind. Pick it up, get pulled along on a wlld ride, and enjoy the journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The great thing about genre-straddling novels is that they can be so interesting, and this one delivers on that potential in spades. Ever wonder what happened to Lewis and Clark after their famous trip to the Pacific? Well, for Lewis, it involved a mysterious death on an old, old trail outside Nashville – and, according to Watkins, an afterlife struggling to figure out what happened and to make good on the unfulfilled promise of his life. In the book, Lewis meets Em, a child fleeing from an old foe, and sets off with her up the Natchez Trace in a desperate attempt to save her and redeem himself before it’s too late. It’s part ghost story, part thriller – and part love story, about the love that we bear for our children and its redemptive qualities. Watkins has an enjoyably poetic writing style that brings the historic Natchez Trace to life and will make you wonder why you haven’t walked the Trace yourself. I stayed up late two nights finishing this (and had to force myself to go to bed the first night); if you’re at all interested in fantastic fiction, this is well worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Remarkable and surprising. Historical Southern Fiction with a strong twist of the paranormal/fantasy and just a tech of romance. Ms. Watkins has clearly studied her subject and his life and times. She is obviously a child of the south, knows her American literature and can spin a yarn with the best of them.  The novel is certainly plot driven and a page turner but it is told from multiple viewpoints and is full of amazing yet familiar characters (no spoilers here!). You can easily and enjoyably read this book for its exciting plot (man seeking redemption comes to the aid of a little girl lost) but if you dig just a little deeper you can learn much about the history of the south and west of the United States and get an interesting take on the dark forces that drive us all.   I cannot recommend this book strongly enough. If you pick it up I bet, just like me, you will stay up too late reading it to reach its very satisfying conclusion.