I was so excited when I received an email a few months ago that Waterbrook Multnomah was revamping their blogging for books program. I really enjoy reading and although I can't spend my days sitting and popping bon bons while I read....I do close my day out with at least a few minutes of reading and try to squeeze in a few minutes here and there while cuddling with my little man!
I had read a few "heavier" books lately and even though I appreciated the way the Lord was using those books in my life I needed a good novel. And I am happy to say I found it in Patricia Hickman 's The Pirate Queen.
When I first started reading the book, I wondered how much I would enjoy the book. After all, Saphora is about to act on her long thought out plan of leaving her husband. She has been miserable in her marriage for as long as she can remember. Not only is she going to leave but she is simply going to "slip out." She will retreat to their vacation home without confrontation. What in the world would I have in common with Saphora? Maybe I had picked the wrong novel.
As the first couple of chapters revealed that Saphora's plan would not come to fruition, I also realized I was wrong. Saphora instead would begin a journey with husband she planned to cut ties with. Saphora's husband Bender had received a terminal diagnosis. I would realize that even though I had not walked this particular journey we can all learn about a change of heart. I could still learn about making the best out of past mistakes and do just that, leave them in the past. And Saphora and Bender could teach me about second chances. Who hasn't needed a second chance?
*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review