From the Publisher:
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?
I was very excited at the chance to read and review 'The Pirate Queen' by Patricia Hickman, and I can honestly say that it did not disappoint my expectations. After staying 30 years with her cheating husband, Saphora finally decided it was time to leave, but before she has the chance, her husband announces that he has been diagnosed with cancer. What was meant to be a beach side getaway for one, is now being shared with her dying husband. It is here in the small town of Oriental that we are introduced to some other fascinating characters whose stories drew me in and had me wanting to know more and genuinely concerned about what would happen to them, including an inspiring pastor, a grieving widow with a mysterious interest in digging holes in his yard and most touching, a young boy born with HIV. This book definitely covers some tough issues; keep those tissues handy! We follow Saphora in her journey as she deals with her husband's illness, learns how to forgive and love again and ultimately becomes closer to God through it all. I thought it was a great story the power of love, the power of prayer and most importantly an example of how through all the negative, God truly can send great treasures in the most unlikely places. I highly recommend this book to all.
You can find the first chapter here and purchase here. Enjoy!
*This book was provided to me for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.