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The Most Beautiful
The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince | Mayte Garcia
At the one-year anniversary of his death, legendary musician Prince's first wife shares a uniquely intimate, candid, and revelatory look inside the personal and professional life of one of the world's most beloved icons. In The Most Beautiful, a title inspired by the hit song Prince wrote about their legendary love story, Mayte Garcia for the first time shares the deeply personal story of their relationship and offers a singular perspective on the music icon and their world together: from their unconventional meeting backstage at a concert (and the long-distance romance that followed), to their fairy-tale wedding (and their groundbreaking artistic partnership), to the devastating losses that ultimately dissolved their romantic relationship for good. Throughout it all, they shared a bond more intimate than any other in Prince's life. No one else can tell this story or can provide a deeper, more nuanced portrait of Prince--both the famously private man and the pioneering, beloved artist--than Mayte, his partner during some of the most pivotal personal and professional years of his career. The Most Beautiful is a book that will be returned to for decades, as Prince's music lives on with generations to come.
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Tiffiney
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I very rarely cry when reading books, but this one made me cry…a few times! 😔 It‘s a beautiful story…and beautifully written. I‘m not a huge fan of Prince, but this book had me going to YouTube and looking songs I‘d never heard of up. I even found myself liking the songs 😬 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Coleen_Nieto @Tiffiney YES! I really enjoyed this book also! 4mo
lydiadeetz31 I cried so hard reading this book and also found myself reading and then going to YouTube to watch the music videos. It made it come to life so much more. Such a beautiful love story and so heartbreaking at the same time. 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#TheStarsAbove
#ThankfulThoughts

✨🌟💫⭐️💜

Crazeedi 😘❤ 13mo
Eggs Perfect 😭😞♥️ 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs 😭😭😭 13mo
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BeaG
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Panpan

I didn‘t like it. It was mostly about her and I was thinking it was about Prince. Plus, I didn‘t know that he met her when she was 16 and became her guardian at 17. They married when she was 19. That didn‘t sit right with me so I didn‘t enjoy this one.

GreenGrl87 Yikes!! I‘ll be sure to steer clear, definitely sounds like the sort of book I would bail on also. 13mo
Ddzmini Isn‘t it weird that when an individual (star) passes individuals close to them put out “autobiographies” about the deceased??? I find it sad because if the individuals where alive would they approve of these perceptions??? Just asking Prince was one of my favorite music artist 😨😰 still sad that he‘s gone 13mo
Megabooks Sounds like a nonfiction version of 13mo
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BeaG @GreenGrl87 Yeah 😔 13mo
BeaG @Ddzmini Yes! I can‘t see him approving this one. He was such a private person. 13mo
BeaG @Megabooks I may check that out. 13mo
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DieAReader
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Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“But life is just a party, and parties weren't to last.” 💜

#Ephemeral
#BeautifulWords

💔💜💔
I‘m still sad 😢

OriginalCyn620 Me too! 💜💜💜 1y
LatrelWhite Me too...I miss my purple one!💜☂️ 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LatrelWhite I still can‘t finish this book 💜 He was a part of my childhood 💔 1y
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Twainy
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🎧 I expected a story about Prince. As I listened it felt more like Mayte‘s life. She reads the book. And about 1/3 of the way in I was hooked. I thought I wanted a history of Prince but ended up enjoying this book immensely as a memoir of a young girl‘s life who just happened to be married to Prince for a handful of years. Very interesting book! A very positive book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Mrshawaii
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Mrshawaii Prince was not a great guy. This memoir from his ex-wife confirms things about him that I suspected all along, that he was manipulative, cruel, and selfish. He was a musical genius to be sure, but not a good husband. I genuinely like Mayte and mostly felt sorry for her as I read this book. 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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ElaineR Ohh amazing. Still breaks my heart that he's gone. 2y
OriginalCyn620 Is this good? I haven‘t read it yet. I love him and miss him so much. Still can‘t listen to Purple Rain without crying! 💜💜💜 2y
cathysaid His will always be the best Super Bowl halftime show. Always. 2y
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AmyG @cathysaid Agree! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620 I haven‘t finished it. I need to, but it makes me sad 😞 2y
CocoReads My kid texted me last night and said Purple Rain is now on Netflix. I‘m guessing that‘s what they were watching last night in Indy (she went down for the weekend to see friends). And yes-best halftime show for sure! 2y
TheBookHippie @CocoReads it is and I‘ve watched it already!!!! I want this book 💟☮️ (edited) 2y
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BookishTrish
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New week, new audiobook #audiocommute

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Definitely #iconic 💜💔💜

“Every day I feel is a blessing from God. And I consider it a new beginning. Yeah, everything is beautiful.”

Thanks again Harper!! I love him!! 🕺🏿💜 @CoffeeNBooks

#Movember

Cinfhen Yes 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜and I love that Funko Pop 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen me too!! It‘s from Harper!! 2y
Cinfhen Adorable🙌🏻 2y
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LauraBrook Man, I should really (finally!) read this since it‘s #nonfictionnovember . Plus, one can never go wrong with anything Prince-related. 2y
sharread But she didn't give juicy details. ;-) 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @sharread he was such a private person so I‘m sure that‘s why... 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LauraBrook I still get upset thinking about him being gone... I grew up listening to him 💔 2y
LauraBrook Same here! I heard Purple Rain on the radio last week, and cranked it up to sing along. Near the end I got sad and almost started crying. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LauraBrook me too!! It‘s hard to listen without being overcome with sadness 💔😥 2y
CoffeeNBooks Excellent choice for the prompt! 💜💜💜 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CoffeeNBooks thanks Harper!! 💜 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Music
#Selfimprovementsept

💜🎹🎼🎤🎸💜

Bookwormjillk This book sounds super interesting 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Bookwormjillk I‘ve started it, but just get so sad reading it 😥 I grew up listening to Prince... I‘ll finish it one day 💜 2y
Bookwormjillk @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I know. Still can‘t believe he‘s gone. 2y
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Suet624 I'd be sad too. I can't read anything about Prince or listen to anything by Elliott Smith. I miss Elliott so much. (edited) 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Suet624 💔💔😥😥 2y
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻💜😊 I love Prince and still miss him 2y
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Cinfhen
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#SeptemberSins #HeyYouBeautiful Yup, virtual #TBR ~ thinking of using an Audible credit for this one. Has anyone tried the audio??? ( By anyone I mean @Megabooks 😉)

Megabooks No, my library has it, but I didn‘t listen when I was going through my musician biography phase. I got tired of them and never went back. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
Megabooks And lol Cindy!! I can‘t help it that I‘ve listened to 70 odd audiobooks this year! 🤣🤣 2y
Cinfhen 70!!!! Can u think of your top 10 so far @Megabooks ??? I‘m gonna check out Hoopla & Overdrive. Maybe they‘ll have book or audio 2y
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Megabooks My 5⭐️ audiobooks this year 2y
Megabooks Some perennial favs 2y
Megabooks Good luck finding them!! 2y
cathysaid Oh yes, I second this one. 2y
Cinfhen Thank you SO MUCH!!! Some I‘ve read/ listened too and some I own in print but I‘ll be making a list and adding plenty of new Audio recommendations @Megabooks 😘😘😘 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @cathysaid that audiobook is available from my library 😊 (edited) 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen You‘re welcome! 😘 2y
Suet624 @Megabooks I just took screenshots of your recommendations. Thanks for the suggestions! 2y
Megabooks @Suet624 You‘re welcome!! 2y
EllieDottie I love Prince!! 2y
Cinfhen Me too @EllieDottie 💜💜💜 2y
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Tera66
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1. It's sad. 2. Mayte was no trophy wife, her story is pretty amazing on it's own. 3. I love Prince and it gives some insight on the secretive icon. 4. It was a fun fast read. Loved it.

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Well-ReadNeck
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I‘m a day behind my blog in posting for my #MonthOfMemoirs I love celebrity memoirs and this is a great one.

https://wellreadneck.wordpress.com/2019/07/07/the-most-beautiful-mayte-garcia/

Kappadeemom I enjoyed it too 💜💜 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“When I want to hear new music, I make it”

#MusicalTitles
#JazzyJune

If you know me at all, you know it had to be Prince 💔💜

OriginalCyn620 Love Prince. Will always miss him. 💜 2y
Prairiegirl_reading He came to my home town not long before he died and I‘ll always be grateful I went to see him. He was amazing! 2y
Eggs He was one of a kind 2y
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batsy 💜💜 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Prairiegirl_reading oh I wish I had seen him!!! 💜💜💜 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs no truer words 💔 2y
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Kappadeemom
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Just finished this book by Mayte Garcia about her life with Prince💜💜❤️

rretzler 😻 3y
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Kappadeemom
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I love me some Prince. 💜💜 Flying through this account of Matye‘s life with Prince

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💜💜💜 3y
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CocoReads
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Part of my Mother‘s Day haul. Ok, the candle I bought for myself but I used Mother‘s Day money from my parents for it. The other stuff was from my kids. As well as the next couple pics. #mothersdaypart1

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Eggs
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Beautiful, crazy, she can't help but amaze me
The way that she dances, ain't afraid to take chances
And wears her heart on her sleeve
Yeah, she's crazy but her crazy's beautiful to me🎶

#beautifulcrazy #amonthofsongs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 I miss Prince. 💜💜💜 And I still can‘t listen to Purple Rain without crying! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I still can‘t read this book 😥😥😥💜💜💜 3y
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LitsyHappenings
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Repost for @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks :
It‘s going to be a lyrical month!!! I LOVE music!!🎼🎹🎤 🎶 And So does Cyn!!! Welcome to our first photo challenge together featuring some really great songs!! We hope you guys will join us!!

Please share and repost!!

#AMonthofSongs

https://open.spotify.com/user/2256slgu6wfsannx2d4ja4dbq/playlist/2AapvWDZflCa75C...

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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It‘s going to be a lyrical month!!! I LOVE music!!🎼🎹🎤 🎶 And So does Cyn!!! Welcome to our first photo challenge together featuring some really great songs!! We hope you guys will join us!!

Please share and repost!!

#AMonthofSongs

https://open.spotify.com/user/2256slgu6wfsannx2d4ja4dbq/playlist/2AapvWDZflCa75C...

aprilpohren This sounds fun! I have never done one of these, so how does it work? 3y
Klou Yay!! As always, can't wait!! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @aprilpohren you just post a book or quote related to the prompt each day!! 🎶📚💗 3y
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JacintaMCarter
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#2019Book30
I‘ve never been a huge fan of Prince, though I like some of his songs, but I won a copy of this book and went into it figuring it would be a juicy tell-all from his first wife. Instead, it focuses mostly on Mayte, her upbringing, the circumstances that led her to meeting and falling in love with Prince, and the way she put her life back together after losing her child and her marriage.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💜💜💜 3y
Slajaunie I love Prince and I want to read this book. 3y
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AnneFindsJoy
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#nonfiction2019 #music What a beautiful memoir this was! Tender, honest, heartbreaking, poignant. By Prince‘s first wife Mayte Garcia - who seems like such a kind and good person inside and out. 💜💜💜💜💜

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘ve been looking at this one, I‘m glad it was a good read. 3y
AnneFindsJoy @Riveted_Reader_Melissa yes it really was! I didn‘t know anything about her/their relationship going in. She tells a poignant story, and takes the ‘high road‘ with how and what she shares! 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @AnneFindsJoy Good! It looked good, but it came out so soon after his passing I was a bit leery. 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @AnneFindsJoy I felt that way about Padma Lakshmi‘s, I don‘t follow her career or shows at all, but I enjoyed her memoir and I thought she handled her breakup with a celebrity personality fairly well. 3y
AnneFindsJoy @Riveted_Reader_Melissa thanks I‘m adding Padma‘s book to the stack! (edited) 3y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Legend
#LiteraryLuck
💔😭💜🎤🎼🎹

“Music is real. It affects people; it's real.”
Prince

vkois88 I loooove this picture 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88 thank you 💜💜💜 3y
wordzie 💝 3y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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The Most Beautiful 💜
Purple Rain ☔️💜
Baby I‘m a star ⭐️💜🎤🎼

I miss him!! 😭💜

#ManicMonday #🤩

JoScho 🖤🖤🖤 3y
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Well-ReadNeck
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Wow! I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir by Prince‘s first wife. I loved reading about her and her unusual life as much as the insight about Prince. Super fab celebrity memoir.

Kappadeemom I love Prince! 3y
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arlenefinnigan
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Kalalalatja Prince ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
Ms_T 💜 3y
GripLitGrl 💜💜💜 3y
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Eggs
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vkois88 💜 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes!!! 💜💜💜 3y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#thankyouforthemusic 💜💜 and the memories 😪 you will always be a legend and no one can compare to you 💜 I‘m in my feelings tonight 😭😭😭

#AbbainAugust

emilyhaldi 💜💜💜💜💜 3y
Rissreads Love! 💜 3y
Reviewsbylola Great one!! 🎵🎵 3y
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Mdargusch Great choice! 3y
Cinfhen STILL NEED to read this 💜💜💜💜💜#Prince4Ever 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen me too, I start it and then get emotional 💜 3y
Meredith3 💟💜🔮🎆🍠🍆🍇☂️🦄🌂💁🏻‍♀️🧞‍♀️👩🏼‍🎤👾😈 3y
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Eggs
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vkois88 💜💜💜 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💜💗💜💗 3y
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Melli I hAve been reading this one slowly I am a lifelong Prince fan and a Mayte fan and supporter of her rescue. Reading this makes me sad I have had it since release day.. I wish their story went differently. I truly believe she was good for him in every way. 3y
Eggs @Melli Yes poignant love story 😥 3y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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One of my favorite songs by Prince 💜😢
http://youtu.be/yTAGR0UgANE


“The beautiful ones they hurt you
Every time
Paint a perfect picture
And bring to life a vision in one's mind
The beautiful ones
(The beautiful ones)
Always smash the picture
Always every time “

#PrinceofJuly
#TheBeautifulOnes

vkois88 💜💜💜💜💜 3y
Eggs 💜💜❤️💜💜 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88 so now I just sat here and watched interviews with Prince, Vanity and Mayte... 😢💜 (edited) 3y
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vkois88 Oh no! Don't be sad... enjoy the fact that he lived an insane, yet mostly wonderful life 💜 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88 I didn‘t realize he wrote that song about Vanity and that they died 2 months apart and both at the age of 57 😢🤔 3y
vkois88 I didn't know that 😢😢😢😢 3y
GripLitGrl 💜💜💜 3y
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GripLitGrl
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vkois88 💜💜💜 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love your collage 💜💜 3y
tammysue 💜 3y
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lonelybluenights
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💜💜💜 #readingatwork

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vkois88 Oh, Misty will love this when she sees it! She loves Prince 😊 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes!!!!!! 💜💜💜 you know I have it, but still can‘t read it... 😭😭😭😭 just thinking about him breaks my heart! 💔 @vkois88 (edited) 4y
GripLitGrl @vkois88 Prince such a music legend this book was so good. @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You're gonna have to let me know when you can bring yourself to read it. I'm so curious how you'll feel about it. 4y
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DivineDiana
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Mayte Garcia, Prince‘s first wife, longtime muse, and mother of his only child shares the story of her life with her #famous husband. #aprella #TBR

emilyhaldi 💜💜💜 4y
Cinfhen Darn; I really want to read this but I‘m worried it‘s gonna be a sell out 4y
DivineDiana @Cinfhen Don‘t know when I‘ll get to it to let you know, but from the book jacket, “In the end, it is a story about how love and hope can transcend anything, even death.”Maye seems to have continued to love him. 4y
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Cinfhen I‘ll try the library route 4y
Mdargusch I love that cover. 4y
Reviewsbylola I bet this is fascinating. 4y
DivineDiana @Mdargusch They look so in love! 4y
DivineDiana @Reviewsbylola I‘m thinking the same! 4y
Suet624 That picture of Prince just made my heart sore. 4y
DivineDiana @Suet624 It is a touching photo. 4y
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Eggs
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Mayte Garcia was Prince's first wife. I've always loved his music and videos but what a strange life

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I still can‘t read this... 😢💜 4y
Eggs 🙁😥Awww 4y
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Coleen_Nieto
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1. The Most Beautiful (tagged)
2. Branson Flowers
3. Prince
4. Purple Rain
#MANICMONDAY
@JoScho

JoScho Prince 🙌🏼💜 4y
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Kpiper
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She doesn‘t sugar coat their life together, but she writes about him in a way that pays tribute to his beautiful side.

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arlenefinnigan
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She felt him restless oh all through the night
She senses somethings wrong with him
She doesn't want to pry, she just wants to know why
#OhNoNotYouAgain #MarchIntoOz @Cinfhen @Lizpixie

CarolynM Very good👏👏👏 4y
Cinfhen So want to read this book 💜 4y
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arlenefinnigan
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Cinfhen I sooooo want to read this 💜💜💜 4y
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GripLitGrl
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#readingresolutions #FebStats @jess7
A surprising good month I got a lot more completed then in thought i would.

RebelReader You read some good ones! 😀 4y
Jess7 Definitely some good ones on there!! 4y
GripLitGrl Thank you @RebelReader @Jess7 😁📚💕 4y
mrozzz Nice!! 4y
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GripLitGrl
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WOW! Just wow listening to this audiobook narrated by Mayte you can't help but feel the magnitude of her emotion as she tells you about her life with Prince. This book is exactly as advertised it tells you about all thier relationship all the highs and lows. She gets very personal and adresses tabloid rumors very candidly yet still respectful. I had fun watching Prince music videos on you tube as she was refering to them in the book. 👑💜☔

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I still can‘t bring myself to read it!!! 😪💜 Silly I know, but just makes me sad!! 4y
GripLitGrl @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I totally get it. It does get very emotional. 4y
Cinfhen Oh good to know it was a pick 💜 4y
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arlenefinnigan
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batsy 🙌 4y
BarbaraBB Wow 😍 4y
Ms_T 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Purple
#Riotgrams
💜💜💜 Purple always makes me think of Prince... 😢

rustoryhuf I was just singing 1999 to myself. Prince was an amazing performer. 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @rustoryhuf I wish I could have seen him!! 4y
TheLibrarian Prince is one of my all time favorites! 💜 4y
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batsy 💜💜 I was waiting for someone to post about Prince :) 4y
EllieDottie 💜💜💜💜 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @batsy I still can‘t pick this book up... I grew up listening to Prince and I‘m still so sad 😞 4y
batsy I know... Sometimes I listen to his songs and forget and then am reminded again :( 4y
rachelk 💜☔️ 4y
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