To Live Forever



To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis

by Andra Watkins

published by Word Hermit Press


I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review


Explorer Meriwether Lewis has been stuck in Nowhere since his mysterious death nearly two centuries ago. His last hope for redemption is helping nine-year-old Emmaline Cagney flee her madame mother in New Orleans and find her father in Nashville. To get there, Merry must cross his own grave along the Natchez Trace, where he duels the corrupt Judge, an old foe who has his own despicable plans for Em.

My Review

A mixture of historical fiction and magical realism, To Live Forever is an amazing novel from Andra Watkins.  Merry is trapped on Earth after his death on the Natchez Trace, the historical path that extend over 440 miles, from Natchz to Nashville.  He is haunted by his failures in life and his legacy.  He has tried multiple time to free himself from “Nowhere”, and now he has only one more chance to redeem is soul.  To do do, he has agreed to help 9 year old Emmaline escape the evil Judge Wilkinson, another ghostly figure, who has murdered her mother and wants to keep Emmaline for his own.  They set out from New Orleans and travel the Natches Trace to get Emmaline to her father in Nashville. Along they way, they encounter a host of historical characters, lending a feeling of magic to the story.

To add to this amazing story, author Andra Watkins actually walked all 444 miles of the Natchez Trace recently.  Read more about her walk at  –

My rating

5 out 0f 5


More about the author-


Andra Watkins is a native of Tennessee, but is lucky to call Charleston, South Carolina, home for 23 years. She is the author of ‘To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis” (coming March, 2014) as well as short stories and her blog at



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