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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
A Kiss for Maggie Moore by Micki R. Pettit is a coming-of-age drama novel that follows the lives of three childhood friends in rural Wyoming from the late 60s to early 70s. Margaret Emma Moore and her best friend Buckingham Howard Majors welcome another addition to their little group when Melinda Thomas, their new neighbor's daughter, moves into their neighborhood. Maggie has had an underlying crush on Bucky since they were kids. However, Bucky has his heart set upon Melinda. After her father marries a woman named Pamela, Melinda becomes increasingly distant toward her friends and family, going down a rebellious phase that threatens to take her along a dark path. As Maggie and Bucky grow closer, Maggie realizes she must put her feelings aside for her friends' happiness.
Author Micki R. Pettit's enthralling tale of friendship and growing up is full of heart, humor, and romance, taking you on a trip down memory lane soaked with nostalgia. This is a character-driven story, and as such, the pacing is deliberately slow. Maggie, Bucky, and Melinda's dynamic forms the core of the narrative, and their friendship is at the heart of the tale. The characters are diverse, and their inner conflicts and personalities deliver the dramatic moments that create some captivating character arcs. You can't help but feel for Maggie, and her storyline was my personal favorite of the three. The climax felt a bit bittersweet yet satisfying nonetheless. If you enjoy coming-of-age tales, grab a copy of A Kiss for Maggie Moore.