The Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman
I enjoyed this book. It was a nice, easy, read. Saphora is living the life that many people are envious of, however she is unhappy in her marriage to Bender. On the day of what could be her greatest triumph (an article in “Southern Living” magazine), she has decided to leave her husband and spend the summer in their house by the ocean. However, as she is ready to walk out the door, Bender drops a bombshell – he is dying of brain cancer. What follows is an introspective look at the marriage between Saphora and Bender – how outside influences an affect a person’s life; how a person’s reaction to the events that unfold can color their reactions to others; and how an unlikely friend can bring solace and understanding to the family and the community.
The book is very well written. It took a bit to build into the action, but a good example might be that the book can read like a lazy afternoon on the river. You go out, expecting one thing, drifting along with the current. Eventually, the current picks up and you are carried away to the top of the rapids. That is a little bit of how I felt with this book. One thing that was slightly jarring is the epilogue. First, it’s not labeled as one, and second, there’s a twist there that I just didn’t see coming.
I enjoyed watching the characters change throughout the course of the book. I think that it gave a little bit of depth to the characters, even if at times they felt a little flat.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.