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Moonlight on the Nantahala Paperback – March 16, 2012
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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 action/adventure series in the works. 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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Edward is elderly man, still very independent and living on his own with the help of a live-in housekeeper. He lives in a bungalow in town, but walks every day to the house he once shared with his wife Celia on the banks of the Nantahala. One day there is a young woman along the banks. For a time, three years in fact, she and Edward share the space along the bank, each in their own little area, until one day she finds out the property belongs to Edward, and belatedly asks his permission to be on his land.
Over time Lena, Edward and Edwards's housekeeper, and friend, Betty Curtis all begin a wonderful friendship, which includes in a strange fourth, Celia, Edward's long departed wife who he mourns every day and who occupies a place of honor in his daily conversation. The love Edward felt, and still feels for his beloved wife comes across clearly on the page as does his respect and affection for his housekeeper Betty. Also, the relationship between Edward and Lena grows and he sees her like the daughter he and Celia never had.
Lena is married to a philandering no-good man who could care less about her. He is more interested in the power she brings him through her family and the way she looks on his arm. To him it is all about control, control of Lena, control of the family business and unquestioning loyalty, even in the face of dire circumstances from those around him. Needless to say, his actions hurt Lena and that hurts Edward who has a desire to shelter and protect her from the cruelty of the world, especially when that cruelty comes in the form of her husband.
I loved everything about this story. The characters are interesting and are typical of small. They may seem stereotypical to some, but most of the people, especially of the older generation and the generation behind them all know each other, and who is sick, who needs help, and how to reach out to their neighbors in love and friendship. It is a dying tradition, but it is still alive here and there in small communities throughout the area, and it made me want to go searching for the real town Rivers based his fictional town on, even though I live in a relatively small town myself.
Edward is not what most of us picture when thinking of an elderly person, walking four miles a day, round trip to go to his old house and sit on the bank of the Nantahala River. He longs for a glimpse of Celia, whose ghost others have seen, but it is not to be for Edward. Instead of a view of his deceased wife's ghost, he finds a warm friendship that adds to the lives of all who are part of it. I highly recommend this work of modern literature. It is well worth the time it takes to read it and it is not overly long. It can be read in three or four short sittings, or two long ones. Trust me, once you start putting it down will be one of the harder things you will have to do.
Timeless and beautiful, almost a romance with a remarkable intertwining of the spiritual world included as well. Five stars is truly not worthy enough to rate how this story spoke to my heart. Rivers has created a book that stands the test of time and I can see his work being enjoyed by other readers for generations to come.
The main character, Edward, is an elder gentleman, who we initially see pining for the love of his life, wife, and all around best friend. We soon discover, she is an ethereal being that he can no longer see. Enter Lena, a much younger woman, who captivates Edward's thoughts. At first, he wonders why she visits his property year after year without so much as 'by your leave'. A short time later, the two meet and become instant friends. Soon Edward and Lena share their stories and their secrets. Together they help one another through some tough times.
In my opinion, Mr. Rivers does an excellent job of revealing the characters' back stories while interspersing some whimsical moments. The relationship among them is highly believable. The paranormal elements are very subtly done - the reader is eased into the overall concept. The characters are so well done that you feel as though you'd know them if you met them on the street.
I realize that Mr. Rivers has many more Paranormal books out there. I think this chicken may have to wait just a little while before trying them out. I have no doubt in my military mind that his other books are just as well written.
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