Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Pirate Queen

Book:  The Pirate Queen
Author:  Paticia Hickman
(I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review)

The envy of all her friends, wife & mother, Saphora Warren is the model of southern gentility & accomplishment.  She lives in a beautiful Lake Normal home & has raised 3 capable adult children.  Her husband is a successful plasic surgeon - & a philanderer.  It is for that reason that, after hosting a garden party, Saphora packers 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, & his words change her life forever:  I'm dying.

First Line:
One might have observed that all the right people had been invited to the Warren estate for the 'Southern Living' shoot.

I just love Christian fiction.  This story had has much intrigue & pull & "soap opera" drama to it, but without all the dirt & filth of most books like that.  It was just a good story.  A good story of a woman who was in a place in life that left her unhappy... only to receive the news of her husband dying.  How would she deal with it?

You see the strength in Saphora as she takes her husband to their summer home & helps him on his hunt for peace as he is dying.  Peace that Saphora finds along the way herself.

I loved this family - between the Warren children (especially love the daughter, Gwennie) & the grandchildren, you really feel like you understand this family in the end.

I was suprised more so of the characters that you dont even think are going to come into the picture...a young boy named Tobias, who befriends one of the grandchildren, Eddie.  Tobias just makes his way into all of their hearts, especially with the battles he's facing. 

And the neighbor Luke, who rescues part of the Warren family in his own way...

I truly adored this book, the ease of the reading of the story & the connections all the characters had.  From the pastor who helped Bender learn more about God, to Saphora's sister, Emerald who is the family drama queen - its just full of characters... but all that you can keep up with.

I particularly loved the last chapter... many years down the road, seeing how the lives turned out.  A glimpse of further down the road & how at the beginning, you would have never thought how it would have all turned out.. .sorta like our own lives, huh?

My rating:  4 skeins
Last Line:
It was time to start saying hello instead of goodbye