This was the first of Hickman's books that I have read. The description on the back cover was interesting enough to cause me to pick it up and start reading.
The Pirate Queen opens with a Southern Living party at the magazine-worthy home of Bender and Saphora Warren. Saphora is in the midst of plotting her escape from the world in which she lives. Just as she is about to be free, Bender comes home and informs her that he is dying and he wants her to take him to their vacation home to die.
Hickman's story is a tale of love lost and love found, forgiveness, faith discovered, and family. The plot was strong and engaging. I was hooked and didn't want to stop reading before I found out how it all ended. The characters were well formed and realistic. The dialogue was also realistic and, with few exceptions, flowed smoothly and did not feel forced. All in all, this is a well-written novel.
Hickman places Saphora in many situations that are similar to life situations most people face frequently. It's nice to see Saphora struggle with the choices she must make, and to see her deal with outcomes that she did not want. It's easy to identify with her as we all do the same in our lives.
Ultimately, I liked The Pirate Queen. I will certainly encourage others to read it and will be loaning my copy to friends. It's clean and touches on being spiritual. I would classify it as a vacation book.
Here's where to find it on Barnes and Noble as an ebook, and here's where to find it on Amazon. I was forwarded a print copy for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.