Book Review: The Pirate Queen, by Patricia Hickman

Saphora Warren is ready to leave her two-timing surgeon husband for good, but just as she’s about to walk out the door, he shocks her by announcing that he is terminally ill. Saphora reluctantly agrees to care for the patronizing, unappreciative man she had moments before been planning to leave. The Pirate Queen, replete with themes of compassion and forgiveness, is the story of Saphora’s discovering the meaning of life and love in uncontrollable circumstances.

Patricia Hickman employs careful and creative word choices. She is also skilled at writing dialogue. I have to say, though, that the plot of The Pirate Queen is almost unbearably slow-moving at times. There are a few peripheral issues, but the main storyline is Saphora’s relationship with her dying husband, who is in a coma for much of the book. In addition, I found the character of Saphora difficult to relate to. She is good, and nice, and does the right thing at the right time, but she could use more personality. I finished the book without feeling like I had gotten to know her.

If you’re in the mood for a gentle, meditative read, then The Pirate Queen might be a good choice.

My rating: 3/5

Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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