A Kiss for Maggie Moore
Aug. 5, 2019
Michelle Racheff Pettit
Standing at the altar as her best friends get hitched, the Maid of Honor struggles to let go of her love for the groom, and her thoughts drift back to where it all began: rural Wyoming in the late 1960s. Maggie Moore, a smart-mouthed tomboy with a passion for singing, has romantic feelings for her best friend Bucky, an easy-going, sometimes infuriating, heartthrob. All the while, their mutual friend Melinda— feminine, intelligent, lonely—is clearly the object of Bucky’s affection. Theirs is a triangle of love and friendship that endures and transcends the quirky residents of Old Orphanage Road, where the three come of age in an era of societal change. As children, Maggie’s romantic feelings are confused and often eclipsed by the free-spirited adventures she and Bucky share with Melinda. In their teens, however, when adventure takes on a whole new meaning and Melinda slips into a downward spiral, Maggie finds the courage to finally kiss Bucky. But their moment is interrupted by tragic news that only reinforces his feelings for Melinda, causing Maggie to grapple with an agonizing choice: try again to win Bucky’s heart, or sacrifice her dream for the sake of true love.
Michelle Racheff Pettit is a former radio personality and voice talent with experience spanning musical theater, opera, big band, rock, and country. She currently fronts the folk-rock group Bandella and performs with the Bay Area Chorus of Greater Houston. Michelle is an experienced copywriter whose personal writing has appeared in various Native American-themed publications. She’s written an adapted screenplay of DAVID AND THE PHOENIX, and her second novel, about two women dealing with a narcissist’s betrayal, is well underway.
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