Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman


The Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman is by far one of the best books I've read this year! Saphora is the envy of many of her friends, living the seemingly perfect life. She finally decides that she's going to leave her cheating husband ... until he announces he is dying. He asks her to go to their summer home so that he can get medical treatment and she can take care of him. What was supposed to be her summer of solitude quickly turns into a summer of family, friends, and overcoming the past.

The story is captivating from the first page through the last and kept my interest with twists and surprises ... even in the last two chapters! The entire book offers a depth that is unusual for much of the Christian fiction that I've read. The characters are well developed, the story is deep, and the underlying themes are ones that need to be addressed.

Highly recommend!

5 stars!

I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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About The Book

Treasure is found in the most unlikely places.

The envy of all her friends, wife and mother Saphora Warren is the model of southern gentility and accomplishment. She lives in a beautiful Lake Norman home, and has raised three capable adult children. Her husband is a successful plastic surgeon--and a philanderer. It is for that reason that, after hosting a garden party for Southern Living magazine, Saphora packs her bags to escape the trappings of the picturesque-but-vacant life.

Saphora’s departure is interrupted by her husband Bender’s early arrival home, and his words that change her life forever: I’m dying.

Against her desires, Saphora agrees to take care of Bender as he fights his illness. They relocate, at his insistance, to their coastal home in Oriental—the same house she had chosen for her private getaway. When her idyllic retreat is overrun by her grown children, grandchildren, townspeople, relatives, and a precocious neighbor child, Saphora’s escape to paradise is anything but the life she had imagined. As she gropes for evidence of God's presence amid the turmoil, can she discover that the richest treasures come in surprising packages?

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