[Book Review] The Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman

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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?

About the Author:
PATRICIA HICKMAN, author of acclaimed novel Painted Dresses, is an award-winner, speaker and humorist who has won two Silver Angel Awards for Excellence in Media as well as a Romantic Times Reader’s Choice Gold Award for her novel Katrina’s Wings. Patricia holds a master’s degree in creative writing from Queens University and enjoys biking, hiking, and mapping out the Southern towns where her novels are set.

My Review:
Beautiful.Powerful.Emotional. Those are some of the words I can use to describe this novel. It is both heart wrenching and heart warming, as you walk beside Saphora Warren, a woman who by all appearances has the perfect life, and see the work of God in her life. She was my absolute favorite character. The more I read, the more I became Saphora. I saw some of her struggles as my own. Walk beside her through this story and feeling like I became her, really awakened me and made me take a look around me. It helped see some things and I am so grateful for what I have.

This wonderfully amazing story about a woman who nearly leaves her philandering plastic surgeon husband, only to hear news that will forever change her life is THE best Christian Fiction book I’ve read so far. I’ve read hundreds of books this year, and as the holidays are approaching and this year comes to an end, I can’t think of a better book to help end this year and start a new one, than this outstanding, powerful one.

I definitely recommend this book with the highest of 5 stars. Patricia Hickman instantly captures her readers’ souls and, through a winding roller coaster of emotions, takes them on a life changing, God filled, incredibly unforgettable journey. Please, don’t hesitate. Get a copy TODAY and see the skilled work of a wonderful author.

You can purchase your copy here.

*This book was provided for review by WaterBrook’s Blogging for Books*

18 December, 2010
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  • Reply Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com 18 December, 2010 at 2:17 pm
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