foreverIn To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis by Andra Watkins #ToLiveForeverbook, things are not always as they seem.  Nine-year old Emmaline Cagney has been caught in a divorce and custody battle between her parents.  She adores her Daddy, but she ends up with her Mother instead.  Her Mother is not a nice person.  Her Mother is cold and unfeeling and is determined to sell her daughter to the highest bidder.  Her Mother made my skin crawl. The story gets interesting when Emmaline runs for her life and runs away.

I confess that I did not know a lot about Meriwether Lewis other than that he was half of the Lewis and Clark expedition.  I never knew there was controversy surrounding his death and no one knew if it was murder or suicide. I assumed he’d died of old age (sorry – I’m a Northerner). In Andra Watkins’ book, Meriwether Lewis becomes Emmaline’s friend.  Merry has been caught somewhere between life and death, and he must save someone to be set free. Together Em and Merry go on the run through several states.  Who can they trust?  Evil seems to be everywhere.  The bad guy in the story is evil and creepy, and nothing seems to stop him.

Andra is one of my online friends (I follow her blog daily).  She asked me to read her book and give an honest review. If I picked this book up in a bookstore, I’m not sure if I would have read it or not.  I found myself caught up in the story.  I liked Merry’s character a lot.  About 2/3 of the way through the book I read someone else’s online review that gave the ending away.  I wish I hadn’t read that spoiler, but I kept on until the end.  Andra did a good job of building a suspenseful story, and she made me care what happened to the characters.  I’m not sure why I didn’t connect as well to Em’s character.  I got annoyed with her at times.  I understand Andra is working on a follow-up story that takes place two years later.  I will definitely read that one, too.  Maybe with some maturity to her character, I will like Em better.  I do recommend this book to others.  Give it a try!

Also check out Andra’s blog (http://andrawatkins.com/).  She’s walking the 444 mile Natchez Trace (15 miles per day) – following the route that Merry and Em took in the book.  Go, Andra! #ToLiveForeverbook

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