Buckets of Tears

I hate sad stories.  Really really hate them.  There is enough sadness in life without borrowing sorrow from a fictional tale.  That being said, though, the book that I just finished, The Pirate Queen, was a devastatingly beautiful story.

The Pirate Queen is Sephora Warren, wife of a successful plastic surgeon and mother of three adult children.  Her life has revolved around her husband’s desires and turning a blind eye to his infidelity for the duration of their nearly thirty year long marriage, as well as tending to the needs of her children.  When the book opens, Sephora is cleaning up a party for Southern Living, soon followed by her packing her bags.  She is tired of her life and her husband’s cheating ways; but when her husband surprises her by walking in the front door as she is about to leave, her plans take a very different turn.  Bender, her husband, tells her that he has cancer and that he wants to go to their summer home {one that they have never actually been to together} before he dies.  So instead of walking out, Sephora takes care of her husband, children, and grandchildren.

I was so frustrated for Sephora for so much of the book.  There were many times that I wanted to punch her husband for her or deliver a verbal assault; the author does a phenomenal job of making Bender very easy to despise.  As the story progresses, though, healing happens ever so slowly.  So slowly that it happens when it is almost too late.

**Spoiler** The Pirate Queen is a well written book, but I wish that Sephora and Bender had had more time together to mend their relationship and to enjoy one another in their newly realized love.  I suppose that’s one of the things that makes this story so poignant, though.  If you like sad stories, or if you like to cry, definitely check out this book, because as I said, it is devastatingly beautiful.  You can pick up a copy at your local Barnes & Noble (you can also download an excerpt for free at B & N’s website), at Amazon, or most any other bookstore.

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I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

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2 thoughts on “Buckets of Tears

  1. That book sounds almost too frustrating to read. I usually don’t like sad books but my favorite book is pretty sad. Green Mansions byW.H. Hudson. It was such a great book. The movie was great too, but only because of Ms. hepburn.

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