My Review of Andra Watkins’ To Live Forever

20873691To Live Forever is a fast paced and unpredictable novel that, at certain points, reminded me of the dark romanticism of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allen Poe with its frequent forest settings filled with ghoulish and evil images and apparitions. 

It re-introduces Meriwether Lewis, (one-half of the famous Lewis and Clark tandem which explored and mapped the Louisiana Purchase), and who exists in Nowhere, following his mysterious death on the Natchez Trace near Grinder’s Stand in Tennessee, as a man who seeks redemption and finds it in the form of spunky Emmaline Cagney a child being pursued and who in turn seeks freedom through being reunited with her daddy, who is legally forced to have no contact with her – ever. The result is an unnerving journey from 1977 New Orleans north to Nashville as the unlikely pair encounter people, who are either fully human or re-incarnations from Lewis past life, along the way which they, and the reader as well, have trouble determining whether or not they are to be trusted.

While it took me a few chapters to get into the story and understand the underlying theme and narrative, once I did I was quickly absorbed into the characters and the story. Watkins has written in such a way to evoke sympathy and hope for Em and Merry and disgust for those who oppose their journey.

I rate this book a “great” read.

Note: I purchased the Kindle edition of this book and chose to write this review.

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