Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman

The Pirate Queen sucks you in right away and doesn't let go until the last page.  As a matter of fact I reached the last page and looked for more.  I have already recommended this book to others!

Saphora the main character decides after 30 years of her husband Bender's infidelity she is done.  She packs her clothes and readies herself to leave.  She wants to live for herself for once.  Just before she walks out the door her husband comes home and tells her he's dying.  Suddenly her plans and her world are turned upside down.  This amazing book is the beautiful story of them both finding the loves of their lives again. She remembers all the reasons and moments of her life that made her love him.  He finds God and in that his love for her and shame over his awful treatment of her.

This book is about the long road to forgiveness and how sometimes receiving it is harder than giving it.

The supporting characters were well-developed, well-researched and integrated into the story.  The childhood friend of Saphora's grandson, Tobias was a nice foil to Bender's old persona. Tobias had been mistreated and dealt a really crappy hand from birth, and still he was considerate, loving and giving. Bender on the other hand seems to have lived a charmed life and was awful in the way he used and discarded people.  Saphora seems to think she offers nothing and yet she is the glue that holds them all together.  She is thread for all these disparate characters.

I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more from Ms. Hickman.

I received this book for free from Waterbrook publishers as part of its blogging for books program.  I am not expected nor obligated to write a positive review.

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