Huntersville's Patricia Hickman starts her new novel close to home. "The Pirate Queen," (Waterbrook Press; $13.99), opens at Saphora Warren's waterfront house on Lake Norman, a house so lovely that Southern Living has dropped by to photograph it.
But we soon learn that Saphora's life is far from perfect. She's on verge of leaving her philandering plastic-surgeon husband when he delivers news that changes everything: He's dying.
Like Hickman's last novel, "Painted Dresses," this is a book that defies easy labeling. Yes, Hickman is a Christian writer, but she's never heavy-handed. And yes, Romantic Times gave the book four stars. But don't expect a tired plot about a long-suffering woman finding true love.
Suffice it to say that "The Pirate Queen" is a good story, well told. Hickman's fans should love it.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Posted by Pam Kelley at 8:50 AM