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A Beautiful Story
Reviewed in the United States on April 14, 2017
As someone who's been a Prince fan for literally as long as I can remember, I knew I wouldn't be able to resist reading this book. Initially, I did feel a tiny bit of skepticism, for headlines and the Prince fandom alike loved to give the impression that Mayte was being a sell-out, and that she should be ashamed of herself for writing a tell-all book to cash in on the death of a world icon. However, that's not what this book is in the slightest.
A pretty big chunk of Mayte's life was spent with Prince, so this is very much her story to tell. She does not pretend to know every detail about Prince's life, she does not pretend to know what precisely was going through his mind during some of the lowest moments of life. She does not use 300+ pages to give away juicy and scandalous secrets about his life. Instead, she gives readers a glimpse into what her life was like growing up as young belly-dancer, and getting swept up into a whirlwind friendship-turned-romance with a real-life Prince charming. Ever a mysterious man, even to those closest to him, Mayte simply sheds some light on the unique view she had of him, first as his "student", then as an employee, then as a wife, and then, as someone who understandably had issues with him but still loved him from afar despite tremendous loss and heartache.
Highly recommended for every Prince fan who wants a brief glimpse into the man behind the Icon.