Moonlight on the Nantahala

Moonlight on the Nantahala

by Micheal Rivers
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Moonlight on the Nantahala by Micheal Rivers

Moonlight on the Nantahala is set in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina. An interesting hint of the supernatural world and domestic partner abuse is intertwined into this fictional family relationship novel.

An inspirational book about true love, family, friendship and the good that comes from experiencing life as it should be. This tale of Edward Caulfield stands as a testament of the love he held in his heart for a woman he was never allowed to grow old with.

Fate took Celia from Edward early in their marriage. On her deathbed Celia vowed they would be together again, not even death would separate them.

In his twilight years he moves closer to town yet keeps the old home by the river that he and his beloved Celia shared. He maintains the old home as a shrine to her to cope with his grief. Betty, his strong-willed housekeeper and friend keeps the widower on his toes with her humorous criticisms. Lena, a young woman, often trespasses on the old man's property to sit by the river in deep thought. They exchange their secrets and stories eventually. Lena's emotionally abusive husband and crumbling marriage weighs heavily on Edward. He sees her like the daughter he never had and wants to protect her. Loneliness and learning to trust again forges a critically needed friendship for them.

On the Nantahala River's edge under an aging oak tree could the legacy of "The Perfect Rose" forever change a troubled heart?

"...I loved this tale of undying love and dedicated friendship ... evocative and extraordinary modern fiction. Trust me, once you start putting it down will be one of the hardest things you will have to do."
-- Tracy Riva

"...a wonderfully funny surprise ending that makes the lives of all involved just fit in a way that can do nothing but give us all a little hope for the future."
-- Reviewer MoonShineArtSpot

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466345980
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/16/2012
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author


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Micheal Rivers is the pseudonym for M.D. Baugham. His Cherokee heritage prompted him to honor his great-grandfather and write under the name of Rivers. He grew up near the Outer Banks of North Carolina. His love of the sea and all it has to offer was the driving force behind his first novel, The Black Witch. Micheal became aware of the paranormal world as a child. Being a recognized authority as a paranormal investigator with more than thirty years of research he has taught classes and has given speeches. Micheal provides his readers with some of his experiences woven into his supernatural thrillers.

He has been writing since 1993 and was first published in 2003. His works include supernatural thrillers, horror and literary fiction. His ghost story anthologies are published by Schiffer Publishing. He is currently working on several manuscripts and has a new fiction espionage thriller series in the works written under M.D. Baugham.

Verliege was voted supernatural book of the year in 2012. His books have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List several times and have hit #1 in Supernatural.

Micheal is a USMC veteran and served during Vietnam. The passions in his life are his wife, family, Boxer Delilah affectionately known as DeeDee, and the great outdoors. He is the lead investigator for the Smokey Mountain Ghost Trackers.

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Moonlight on the Nantahala 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
A slow comfortable read for a long lazy summer afternoon Moonlight on the Nantahala follows a wise old widower in his waning years as he befriends a lonely young woman by the Nantahala river. Edward has moved out of the house he built for his wife, but love and memories draw him back and lead him to ponder how much we lose when we seek convenience. Michael Rivers’ novel lets the reader listen in on thoughts and conversations, watching the play of light on water, the touch of love in an unseen hand placing chair and meal in just the right location, the sharp conversation of old friends (so much like my beloved Gran and Granddad arguing), and the gradual change in the weather, as slow as the aging of Edward’s old bones. Sentences are long and languid, old-fashioned and curiously formed. Love wears many guises, from Edward’s fierce determination to let nothing change, to Lena’s wounded recognition of a marriage gone wrong. Edward’s not afraid to express his opinions, of people, politics, housebuilding and more. Betty’s not afraid to care for him and boss him around. Meanwhile Lena slowly learns to confide in him. The exchange of confidences between Edward and Lena is nicely done, a short happy marriage contrasting fiercely with a miserably haunted one. Slowly Edward learns to delight in what he’s lost, while Lena learns how to lose what she never possessed. The house is redeemed. The husband is worn down. And love wins. I found this a slow read, comfortable but occasionally frustrating, best enjoyed on a long and lazy summer’s day. Disclosure: I enjoyed other people’s reviews of this book and decided to get it as soon as it was offered free.
jgoehl More than 1 year ago
'Moonlight' is a story of love found, love lost, old friendships, new friendships. Edward Caulfield is from the "old days"... you know when times were tough but were also simpler. Life is passing him by and his long time friends are passing away. Mentally he is ready to be with his beloved Cecilia once again but his old body just doesn't seem to be ready for the grave just yet. He has seen many changes in his little town over the years but the one thing that hasn't changed is the house he built as a surprise for Cecilia before they were married. Edward has kept it just the way it was when she passed away. Spending his days walking to the old house to sit under the old Oak tree he meets Lena, a young woman with troubles of her own. Quickly becoming fast friends, Lena becomes the daughter he never had and they both end up gaining something from each other that they were lacking, despite the age difference. Micheal Rivers has done an excellent job with 'Moonlight'. His descriptions are so wonderful, making you feel like you are right there in the story. I love the feeling of nostalgia for those simpler times he recreates. The characters are well developed. With just a touch of paranormal, Moonlight on the Nantahala is a beautiful story and is highly recommended!
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
Good, but starts off really slow. I received this book to give an honest review. This was actually a really good read. It did take me a while to get into it, as it seemed to start of really slow. But as the story progressed so did me getting into it. I am going to give this book 4 1/2 stars. This story was very heartwarming, the characters were funny and well-written, the storyline even though it started off slow it was well-written and came together perfectly. With that being said. Edward Caulfield is an elderly man who had this misfortune of losing his wife too soon. He has loved her more than anything and has kept their home even though he does not live there. He then meets a young woman and they both share their stories of love and heartache, and they become good friends. Along the way they will share heart ache, laughter, and the most important thing friendship. Edward sees Lena as a daughter that he and Celia never had a chance to have. The ending was just perfect for this story and really went well with the whole story overall. I will be keeping my eye on more from this author.
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Tess_Harding More than 1 year ago
The magic and power of great writers is their ability to draw the reader into their imagined world by making the reading experience seamless. Yes, if we stop to consider, we know the creation is not real, but a good writer makes the whole thing hyper-real. However, not everyone can be a great writer, but even a good writer draws us out from ourselves for a while. Unfortunately, Micheal Rivers is not a great, nor even a good, writer. I am reluctant to write a poor review for a fellow writer, for I know how long and hard the job is to write and craft a novel, but in this instance I am confused. I found Moonlight on the Nantahala so awkward, so stilted, and in places so difficult to read that I looked it up on Amazon to discover what others thought. This confused as it has received a large number of 5 star reviews (as well as a number of 1 star which appear to agree with my opinion). The general consensus was this was a great book, which confused me even more. Moonlight on the Nantahala is the story of Edward, an octogenarian who lost his true love many years ago. The tale involves him meeting and befriending a troubled young woman, Lena. There are major elements of a ghost story threaded through the novel. In the story it takes Edward three years before he speaks to Lena, who has been sitting at the bottom of the garden to his old house all that time. When he does speak, for me, things get even worse. Starting the book, I was intrigued and attracted by the first page. The writing was clean and drew me in, but things went downhill from there. The dialogue is hard to read, as no-one is able to just say something, they always have to laugh heartily or whisper quietly. And this happens not on the odd occasion, but pretty much every single dialogue point. And then there are the switches in point of view. Early on in the book this begins to stand out. In one paragraph we are inside Edward’s head, the next inside Lena’s, and the next inside that of his housekeeper, Betty. In some paragraphs the viewpoint is switched from sentence to sentence. I found myself constantly interrupted trying to work out who I was seeing this world from. I’m confused by this book, and reluctant to post what is a negative review, but feel I need to express my true feelings after reading it. Strangely, in parts, the writing is very good. Micheal Rivers can be excellent at setting and descriptions, can be concise and relevant, but then the swirling head-switching distracts from what is being built.  I see on Amazon the book claims a high selling rank. However, when I look at the Product Details I see it is classified as #72 in Kindle Store  > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Advice & How-to > Parenting & Families > Aging Parents > Aging. The book is neither Nonfiction nor about Aging Parents. I will concede it is about Aging. So I have a dilemma. I really disliked this book. I can see it has some redeeming features, hence the 2 stars and not 1. However, in light of other reviews, I am willing to concede I may be simply missing something here. But this is my review and not that of anyone else, so I can only offer my honest opinion. Sorry.