The Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman

Saphora Warren and her husband Bender seem to live the ideal life.  They are some of the beautiful people.... she is the model of southern hospitality and accomplishment and Bender is a successful doctor.  In the midst of a Southern Living magazine garden party, Saphora can only think of the suitcase she's packed, ready to run away from her perfect life as soon as the party is over.  In comes Bender. Home earlier than expected with devastating news: he has cancer and doesn't have long to live!

Saphora decides to do the right thing and tend bender through his illness.  They move to their house in Oriental, the house where Saphora was going to "run away" to and soon they are overrun by their grown childre, grandchildren, neighbors and a precocious little boy who lives in town.  This getaway is not exactly what Saphora had planned, but ends up being just what she needs.

I enjoyed the book for the most part.  I can't exactly explain why I didn't love it, but it was a good book.  I never did find out why it's called The Pirate Queen.  I can only recall one time that Saphora calls herself a pirate.  That's something I always look for in a book (or a movie), the reason for the title, because a lot of times that's what first draws me to a book or movie.

Anyhow, pick it up, read it and expect to need some tissues!

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.