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To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis

(Nowhere #2)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  307 ratings  ·  103 reviews
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 mot
Paperback, 305 pages
Published March 1st 2014 by Word Hermit Press (first published February 3rd 2014)
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Cheryl Smithem
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Andra Watkins has authored a unique work of magical realism that crosses history and unites epic stories as large as America. At once a mixture of “Pretty Baby,” “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” the novel is the story of an epic journey.

If Gabriel García Márquez and Isabel Allende had a North American love child, it would be “To Live Forever - An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis.”

Watkins’ Emmaline Cagney, a child who conjures parental love from one charact
Aug 25, 2015 rated it liked it
For a book I wasn't too crazy about in the end, I am surprised I finished it. The author had a list of 10 reasons to read it in her promotional materials.

I will try 10 reasons or questions or comments in a list to answer her clever tactics...

1) what does 1977 have to do with anything?
2) the creepy pedophilia was wildly disturbing after a while.
3) for a 9-yo to describe a driver as "reckless" -- that's hifalutin talk.
4) the shifts in POV were OK at first and then became utterly maddening, som
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
The premise of this book is completely bananas, and I mean that in the best way.

The ghost of Meriwether Lewis (of Lewis and Clark fame) is on his 13th and last mission to redeem his soul when he's sent to 1977 New Orleans. Tasked with helping Emmeline, a 9-year old girl who was just sold by her prostitute mother to the highest bidder, he agrees to help her find her father.  They're pursued by a murderous judge who is convinced Emmeline is the reincarnation of his beloved wife -- and worse, as Me
Michael Carnell
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those interested in a good story, youths (PG13), and history buffs
Shelves: books-by-friends
To Live Forever is an adventurous 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 quickly escape a situation in her unhappy and confusing home that has gone from bad to worse. In her quest to find her father 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 explorati ...more
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while you come across a book that touches something deep inside yourself. In this case it is that yearning to know your life has meaning, to live forever through your deeds, your words, and in the hearts and minds of the people you love. With exquisite writing, characters that break your heart, a touch of mystery, a thrilling adventure, a ghostly presence, and a journey into the historical foundations of our country, Andra Watkins' debut novel introduces a talent worthy of its ow ...more
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for something new to read then you should check out this book. I read it in one afternoon as it was that good. Yes, this book did surprise me. I was not sure how much I would like this book. As I stated before, I read this book in one afternoon. Emma, and Meri Jim are what made this story more then just a story. The concept of Meri being like a guardian angel who is tasked with watching over Meri was sweet. It was kind of like Meri got a second chance at life to make something ...more
Amy Yingling
My Likes About This Book:

*The unique way the author wove the historical character of Meriwether Lewis into the story, it was very Highway to Heaven.

*All the different people who Merry and Em meet along the way who risk everything to help them. We all have those moments when we question if there are really any good people left in the world and when we are down and out this is when we question it the most so those that helped Merry and Em just to help restored a little humanity to the human race.

Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
She is such an inspiring author and has a great writing style
Mary Eve
Five glorious, shining stars for a book that captured my imagination and my heart! Thanks for bringing Meriwether to life once more, Andra. I think Merry would be proud and happy to know that not only was he one of the greatest explorers of our beautiful nation but also an adventurous spirit guide in Nowhere, an imaginary place I wish to steer clear of. Creepy! As I mentioned before, Meriwether Lewis is a relative of my father's family. I grew up with general knowledge about Lewis and Clark but ...more
Erin Al-Mehairi
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This book is a hard one to review. When that happens to me, it is usually because I liked the book so much that I can't find the words to give it justice or that the book was so unique, undefined in genre, and really hard to put your finger on to explain to anyone other than to beg them to read it. In the case of Andra Watkins' To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis, both of these scenarios are the case. Sometimes a book you just feel and hop inside and get lost in--t
Nassem Al-Mehairi
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I went into reading this book a little apprehensive. I do not usually like anything supernatural, but I soon realized that To Live Forever by Andra Watkins was not focused on that, but on a really interesting story intertwining the 1800's and the 1970's.

Meriwether Lewis has been stuck in Nowhere since his death, a mystery whether a suicide or murder, about 170 years ago. Enter Emmaline Cagney: A 9-year-old girl from New Orleans who has just been caught up in a nasty divorce between her parents,
Cameron Garriepy
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indies
To Live Forever is an ambitious collision of near-historical fiction, adventure/thriller, and magical realism. Like a well-simmered gumbo, this book is rich, complex and deeply enjoyable, with just enough je ne sais quoi, that crucial pinch of filé that makes the thing just right.

I devoured the story in great gulps, always sad to have to put it down, but the characters and the Natchez Trace stayed with me, pulling me back whenever my Kindle and I had a moment alone.

In Meriwether Lewis, we fi
Helena Hann-Basquiat
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading the novel, To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis last night, and to say that it affected me deeply would be to say too little. The story of a courageous little girl growing up in despicable circumstances resonated too well with me.

So when the focus of the book became the rescue of this little girl, I was understandably captivated.

I have a particularly picky palate for prose, and I found myself absolutely enthralled at the switches in perspective that A
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Book Review originally published here:

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 cr
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
What an original, unique and slightly bizarre plot (and I mean that in a really good way). I was fascinated with this story right from the beginning. With the narrative alternating between Emmaline, Merry and the Judge it was interesting to hear their thoughts and feeling about the what and why's of what was taking place.

The author portrayed each of the 3, Emmaline, Merry and the Judge in such a way that I got to know each of them, their motives and what is driving them on this journey. Emmalin
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. It is an "all in one book." It has mystery, love story, good versus evil, and the characters are so alive! Ms. Watkins writes so eloquently and her descriptions paint such dramatic pictures. Each character you have a response to - good, bad, whatever, you have a response to them. She takes you on a journey, my breath caught in my throat many times and many times I literally let out a sigh or two (or a hundred). I cannot recommend this book high enough. I truly, trul ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-finished
This wasn't worth the £1.99 I paid for it and even less the time I spent reading until at 40% I decided to abandon it. I did like the way when switching points of view the narrative went forward chronologically. Other than that there is nothing to commend this book. The writing is awful, I kept having to go back to parse previous sentences to see if it helped the current dialog make sense. It never did. ...more
Kathy Jackson
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To Live Forever is about a young girl named Emmaline finding her father with the help from Merriweather Lewis who is dead and in the land of Nowhere. It is a great story bringing history and the present together. It is a great story with many fascinating twists and turns. I have become an Andra Watkins fan after reading this book and Not Without my Father. You must read them both! Her father sold me both of the books.
Chris Miller
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This volume sat on my bedside table for longer than it deserved. Andra Watkins visited my Rotary Club to seek support for her literary projects, and I bought in, thinking this tale would tie in somehow to Meriwether Lewis' great journey as part of colonial America's expansion. Instead, the fictional, paranormal story sticks much closer to a 1970s timeline and focusses on the harrowing escape of a nine-year-old protagonist from her evil, powerful stalker. To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of ...more
Lola Marguerita
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is an interesting crossover of historical fiction and fantasy, with a fictional portrayal of Meriwether Lewis—who is best known for his leadership role in the Lewis and Clark expedition. And wow. What a book. I’ve read historical fiction before, and sometimes it can be boring. But this book isn’t just historical fiction—it’s got a fantastic twist (which I’m not going to ruin for you, you’ll just have to get the book).
Mike Bailey
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this is a really great novel! Sympathetic characters, interesting descriptions, a suspenseful plot; the supernatural premise mixed with believable action makes for a splendid read that stays with you.
Looking forward to reading more from Andra Watkins!
David Quesnel
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very nice book.

This is a well written page turner. It is full of mystery and surprises. I was sad to reach the end.
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am absolutely in love with this book. It may have a strange, multi-genre concept, but it works in the most wonderful of ways. Meriweather Lewis, of the famed Lewis and Clark died along the Natchez Trace trail 1809 in a most mysterious way; with two bullet wounds that was ruled a suicide. This is a historic fact, but what Andra Watkins has done with this fact is an incredibly amazing story. Upon his death, Meriweather Lewis, or Merry as we get to know him, believes he is a failure. He did not g ...more
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
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This is gonna sound crazy, but I look at the ratings and the reviews for Andra Watkins' To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis and I am half-convinced I've read an entirely different novel. Like other readers I love the idea behind this piece, but the execution left me dazed and confused. Get comfortable friends, this is going to take while. Spoilers ahead, consider yourself warned.

Maybe I'm off base, but
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’ve had to think long and hard about how to write a review of Andra Watkins’ “historical fantasy” novel, To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis. I put historical fantasy in quotes simply because, to me, it is such an odd juxtaposition. History is supposed to be truth, fact-based; fantasy is its antithesis. At least, that’s what I thought before I read To Live Forever. Watkins’ power with language, character development, and setting was so strong that I basically bought the wh ...more
Heather C
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 ...more
J.R. Stewart
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
To Life Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis is a genre-busting novel encompassing Historical Adventure, Young Adult, Thriller, Fantasy, and Contemporary Fiction. This is a courageous endeavor from the get-go and Andra Watkins, somehow, pulls it off.

The story follows Emmaline, a precocious nine-year-old, as she escapes late-seventies New Orleans, running from her madam of a mother and the clutches of the judge who awarded sole-custody of Emmaline to her mother, forbidding any conta
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This story is mainly told from two points of view: Emmeline Cagney (Em) and Meriwether Lewis (Merry). There are also chapters every once in a while told from the perspective of the "bad man," or the Judge. These are italicized which I liked as I got going so I would know right away it was coming from him. It took me a while to understand what was happening and the beginning was creepy to me.

Emmaline is 9 years old. Her mother is a madam and her father is a musician. They start with a nasty cust
John W. Howell
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story, superbly written from cover to cover.
I stayed up late last night to finish Andrea Watkin’s wonderful book To Live Forever: An afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis. The reason I stayed up late is I could not put the book down for the last 20%. The book is so good the reader is compelled to continue as resolutely as possible to the end to see what happens. Of course, once finished then must deal with the remorse which comes with the realization the adventure is over.
The story i
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Andra Watkins is a hilarious and delightful blogger whom i have had the pleasure of subscribing to for over a year now. When she published her first novel at the beginning of March, i was very excited to read it.

The story is about famed American explorer Meriwether Lewis, who is sent from the afterlife to help escort a young girl, Emmaline Cagney from the terrors chasing her in New Orleans to her father in Nashville. However he soon realises that the terror chasing Emmaline, is the same terror t
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New York Times Best Selling Author Andra Watkins lives in Charleston, South Carolina. A non-practicing CPA, she has a degree in accounting from Francis Marion University. She’s still mad at her mother for refusing to let her major in musical theater, because her mom was convinced she’d end up starring in porn films.
Andra is also an accomplished public speaker. Her acclaimed first novel To Live For

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