Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman ~ review

The Pirate Queen Product Description from

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 insistence, 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?
My take on this book:
Saphora Warren was a woman who seemed to have it all. She had three children, a beautiful home, but she was unhappy. She was married to a prominent plastic surgeon, who turns out to be a two timing cheat. Her children are grown, and she has had enough. She decides she will leave her husband Bender, but two words from him stop her in her tracks. "He's Dying!"

Bender Warren wants to spend his last days at  their home in  their home in Oriental. So instead of leaving him she goes with him to take care of him. Can she find forgiveness for Bender. The author takes you on a journey into the lives of Saphora and Bender, and while the characters were hard for me to relate to in the beginning, I finally started understanding Saphora and her choices and became interested in how her story would play out.

One of the most memorable characters for me had to be young Tobias. He was one of the first people the Warrens encounter when they arrive in Oriental, and I would say he had a profound effect on their lives.

While I didn't feel compelled to read this book in one sitting, I did enjoy it. I will definitely look for more from Ms. Hickman.

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

rating 3/5


  1. Hmm...I get the sense that this is not one I should rush out and get...This sort of story has been done alot, and I think I'll pass.

    Thanks so much for the honest review Brenda.

  2. Not my typical type of story. Sounds a bit sad for my taste.


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