Majestic Secret, the story that started it all.
One boring summer afternoon, a man met a child. From that moment on, nothing was ever to be the same again.
Tony Ricolani, a white middle aged photographer, bored with the everyday humdrum that his life has become, strikes out one day to take photos for a California ad campaign. Quite by accident he stumbles upon a quaint farmhouse where he finds the beautiful dark-eyed child, Majestic, sitting on the porch swatting flies in the afternoon sun. How could he have ever guessed that with just one click of his camera, his soul and the souls of many others would be captured, stolen away—forever changed.
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Majestic is an only child with a seemingly perfect life, until the
tragic death of her father. Even then, she lived well but was
extremely sheltered by her very protective mother. Then a handsome man
drives into town one day and inspires Majestic to dream and to explore
the world around her. This leads Majestic to make a series of
decisions, some good and some bad, that change her life and the lives of
many others forever.
This is a story of growing up, forbidden love, unhealed pains and
secrets. McGriff did a wonderful job creating characters that are well
rounded. She made me care about each of the primary characters in
spite of all their faults. The story is engrossing and the ending was
excellent. I loved the way the author provided closure without tying
the story up in a way that was so neat and tidy that it was
unbelievable. I also enjoyed seeing the growth that took place in so
many of the characters as the story came to a close. Most important,
this is a story about the power of love and how in the end love can
overcome all pain.
I am not sure what I expected when I began this book, but this story
far exceeded my greatest expectations. It was a story with great
depth, a twist of mystery and a lot of romance. This was a truly
engrossing story that will have the reader rushing to get to the next
page. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading other
works by this author...
Michelle McGriff has authored a strong tale that is not a predictable mystery or a sappy romance. Many times while I was reading, I cried out, "NO!" as the characters made decisions that turned the plot in a new direction. McGriff delivers an emotion packed ride on all fronts. Never preachy, "Majestic's Secret" nonetheless offers comfort to the soul with its realistic life situations and answers to those problems cleverly cloaked inside dialogue. "Majestic's Secret" leaps off the pages and into the reader's heart, from Majestic's anonymous first appearance to the satisfying end of the story. "Majestic's Secret" has an easygoing pace; you feel as if you've been pulled into the private worlds of a handful of people and given access to their thoughts. The book involves the reader from a very powerful page one, through mysteries you must see solved, and finally through numerous heartaches that lead to joy. As an avid reader and author of 4 romance novels, this book will sit next to my favorite, all time reads!
Michelle McGriff is an expert with word and thought, drawing the reader into the lives of characters that are so real you may find yourself dreaming about them. A powerful beginning takes you to a dreamy plot that lands you at a shocking ending.
If you love the feel and flow of a classic novel, this is the one for you. Michelle McGriff brings every emotion of her characters across very vividly, especially concerning the blind, adolescent fantasies of Majestic, her main character. Majestic has a piece missing from her soul but isn't quite sure how to fill the void. This leads to her leaving home at an early age, in search of stardom and the un-promised chance at fame AND Love. Her immature decisions affect the lives of two very different families - one poor and black, the other rich and white.
Michelle McGriff weaves emotion and fate together in Majestic's Secret with a plot that gives you a dramatic picture of Love in its many mysterious ways. This book shows how decisions made at various times in life can affect not only one's own life, but the lives of one's descendants and even perfect strangers. I also appreciate the fact that this book transcends race, class, and ethnicity, for Ms. McGriff clearly illustrates how much alike we are as humans in our search for Love.
And to get a little "fa-real-doe" on ya... The entire Majestic series must be OFF THE BOOK! (get it?)
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