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The Pirate Queen

Patricia Hickman

Category: Fiction

About The Pirate Queen

Treasure is found in the most unlikely places.

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?


Praise for
The Pirate Queen
“In The Pirate Queen, Patricia Hickman explores the question that haunts us all: ‘am I enough?’ Saphora Warren has all the trappings of the good life, yet is trapped in her own good graces. On the eve of her escape, she is forced by her own moral code to stay the course. Adrift in her emotions, Saphora learns to navigate her life from the inside. The words are poetic, the story is sublime: you will root for this good woman to claim the treasure we all seek: a life full of love. Saphora Warren is more than enough. And like a true Pirate Queen, she will steal your heart as well.”
—LESLIE LEHR, author of Wife Goes On
The Pirate Queen is a poignant, inspiring tale of finding faith, hope, and love in the midst of loss. Patricia Hickman, you owe me a box of tissues!”
—TAMARA LEIGH, author of Leaving Carolina and Nowhere, Carolina
The Pirate Queen drew me in from the first page and surrounded me. Hickman breathes life into her characters as they experience some of life’s greatest joy and greatest sorrow. Through it all, Hickman reminds us the God of hope is in control.”
—RACHEL HAUCK, co-author of The Sweet By and By and author of Dining with Joy
“Patricia Hickman’s The Pirate Queen took me by surprise. At the start, I thought I was reading a Southern-style Danielle Steel. Then I found I was settling into a one-of-a-kind family drama. Tender, compelling, outstanding. A book you’ll want to share with your friends, your best friends.”
—LYN COTE, author of Her Abundant Joy
“In The Pirate Queen, Patricia Hickman weaves together a rich story of forgiveness and grace. Her characters stole my heart, and I struggled and then cheered alongside them as their lives were refined and then transformed. Highly recommended!” —MELANIE DOBSON, author of Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa and Refuge on Crescent Hill
“Patricia Hickman’s The Pirate Queen was so much more than I expected. She’s a fine writer, so my expectations were high. She surpassed them. From the Southern Living photo shoot at the beginning to the final scene, I enjoyed each twist and turn in the plotline. An extraordinary tale of deep feelings and God’s love.”
—DONITA K. PAUL, author of The DragonKeeper Chronicles and Dragons of the Valley

About Patricia Hickman

Patricia Hickman, author of acclaimed novel Painted Dresses, is an award winner, speaker, and humorist who has won two Silver Angel Awards for Excellence in Media as well as a Romantic Times Reader's Choice Gold Award for her novel Katrina's Wings. Patricia holds a master's degree in creative writing from Queens University and enjoys biking, hiking, and mapping out the Southern towns where her novels are set.

Product Details

352 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Aug 10, 2010

Trim Size: 5-3/16 x 8

Carton Quantity: 24

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Treasure is found in the most unlikely places.

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Just as Saphora Warren packs her bags for a secret escape to a coastal retreat, she is interrupted by her husband Bender’s early arrival home, and his words that change her life: I’m dying. Against her desires, Saphora agrees to take care of Bender at their vacation home in Oriental—the same house she had chosen for her private getaway. With her plan to run away shattered, Saphora is forced to decide if she'll defend her treasures.

Download and read the first chapter of The Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman.

By Sarah Brooks

Saphora Warren may look like she has it all together on the outside. A beautiful spread of her home is to be featured in Southern Living Magazine. Yet despite the beautiful exterior, Saphora struggles with the knowledge that her husband has been unfaithful. She makes a plan to escape to their home on the Outer Banks to think things through and make sense of what to do next. As she is preparing to leave, her husband comes to her with the news...

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By Lisa Bartelt

Saphora Warren seems to have it all: Married to a successful plastic surgeon, living in a house being featured in Southern Living, with youthful looks that belie her grandmother role. But on the day Southern Living comes to feature her garden party, Saphora is planning to leave her husband, Bender, for his repeated unfaithfulness. When the party's over, she packs her bag, intending to retreat to their Outer Banks house for some alone time....

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By Tara Mitchell

Saphora Warren's seemingly picture-perfect life is turned upside down by the announcement that her husband is dying. This announcement comes as she prepares to leave her womanizing husband for a summer in their cozy beach house in North Carolina. Now, all of her relationships are put under the microscope as she learns what true love really is. This book is extremely well written, and I am so glad I read it. I devoured it in a matter of...

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By michelle delp

"The Pirate Queen" takes your hand and pulls you in before you ever know what happened. The characters are so real that you'll wish you could give a few of them a piece of your mind. From the philandering husband to the mother who organizes the pantry alphabetically, you're bound to find one of your own relatives in the mix. I loved it! Can't wait to go buy some more of Patricia Hickman's books! This book was provided to me free of...

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By Melinda PAYNE

Being a native North Carolinian, I'm always interested in books set with my home state as the backdrop. So I was excited to get the chance to review The Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman. Saphora Warren stayed married to her womanizing spouse "for the children". However, after the kids are grown, she has had enough of his cheating and decides to leave him and their affluent lifestyle. Her plan is to let Bender remain on the affluent...

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