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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Pirate Queen

When I first came across Patricia Hickman at my local library, I was immediately hooked and read the entire Millwood Hollow series.  Patricia is one of my favorite authors and I was excited to review her newest book. 

I didn’t think Patricia’s writing could get any better and yet The Pirate Queen just proved me wrong.  This is a book that will have you thinking about the characters long after the story ends.  It’s profound and moving; a definite page turner.  It deals with topics that many people would sweep under the rug or shy away from.

As the story begins readers meet Saphora Warren, a woman of elegance, prestige and wealth.  To those on the outside looking in the Warrens have everything. Bender Warren is a successful surgeon with a beautiful wife, two elegant sprawling homes, a housekeeper and great kids. 

In reality things are not as happy as their friends and family would like to believe and Saphora finally gathers her courage and makes plans to leave behind the life she’s known for the past three decades.  Tired of being invisible and putting her dreams on the backburner, Saphora is ready for a change.

Saphora has been fantasizing for a long time about a life of her own, free from the unrealistic expectations of her demanding husband but a sudden unforeseen tragedy forces Saphora to lay her plans aside and once again put herself last. 

Through this tragedy, Saphora makes some surprising and heart wrenching discoveries.  She pulls from an inner strength she didn’t realize she possessed and watches as her life rearranges itself and mysteriously unfolds, going directions she never planned nor thought about.

This is a story of discovery, heartbreak, betrayal, restoration......just about any emotion you can think of, this story has it.  Longtime fans of Hickman will happily add this one to their collection.

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This book was provided free for review by Waterbrook Multnomah

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