The Queen of Hearts

The Queen of Hearts

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"A debut novel that pulses with humor and empathy and explores the heart's capacity for forgiveness... Zadie Anson and Emma Colley have been best friends since their early twenties, when they first began navigating serious romantic relationships amid the intensity of medical school. Now they're happily married wives and mothers with successful careers--Zadie as a pediatric cardiologist and Emma as a trauma surgeon. Their lives in Charlotte, North Carolina are chaotic but fulfilling, until the return of a former colleague unearths a secret one of them has been harboring for years. As chief resident, Nick Xenokostas was the center of Zadie's life--both professionally and personally--during a tragic chain of events during her third year of medical school that she has long since put behind her. Nick's unexpected reappearance during a time of new professional crisis shocks both women into a deeper look at the difficult choices they made at the beginning of their careers. As it becomes evident that Emma must have known more than she revealed about circumstances that nearly derailed both their lives, Zadie begins to question everything she thought she knew about her closest friend"-- Provided by publisher.
"Smart, funny, and impactful, The Queen of Hearts is a celebration of friendship and love set against a backdrop of hospital rounds and life-or-death decisions. Zadie Anson and Emma Colley are surgeons, happily married wives and mothers, and best friends since the grueling days of medical school. But their friendship was once tested almost to the breaking point when, as students, they both fell in love with the same man. Now, the dashing Dr. X is moving to Charlotte, North Carolina, and Zadie and Emma must brace themselves for a meeting with the man who had such a devastating impact on their personal and professional lives and who was at the epicenter of two tragedies that almost derailed their careers. As buried secrets are unearthed, these two women will test the limits of friendship once more, with unforeseen and far-reaching consequences"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780399585050
Branch Call Number: MARTIN
Characteristics: 344 pages ; 24 cm

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ArapahoeKati Aug 13, 2018

Debut novel + hospital life + a buried secret = this novel which was a Most Anticipated Book of 2018 by Southern Living magazine.

A beautiful cover, medical details, a love triangle, a strong female friendship and a long kept secret!


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CHRISTI_14
Mar 26, 2019

I loved this novel. I thought the 2 main characters were wonderfully drawn, flawed and realistic. I love medical dramas on television and loved all the medical detail in this novel.

I was gripped by the characters, their professional and their complex personal lives and couldn't put the book down.

I hope this author writes other novels. I enjoyed her style of writing and her philosophical reflections and keen to see where her writing will take her.

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stavness
Jan 25, 2019

I liked this book at first, but hated it 1/2 through... i still can't decide whether or not to finish it. Characters started to develop a little bit and then it turned into a harlequin romance. I feel like I'm reading my gma's danielle steel and it's so creepy !!!!
I don't see how to access the *s ...
but if i were to give it stars I would give it one star because (to be honest) the beginning part triggered my curiosity. I guess that's what happens when you judge the book by it's cover. (duoh-- guilty as charged)

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tigerpaw77
Oct 06, 2018

Enjoyed this novel so much! I couldn't put it down! Great character descriptions. Felt like I became friends with the women characters. Well done, Dr. Kimmery Martin! Those of us in Charlotte are so proud of you! Can't wait for your next book!

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KatG1983
Jul 30, 2018

As someone with very close and important female friendships, I always enjoy reading a book wherein the central relationship is a friendship between women. Queen of Hearts is the tale of a decade+ long friendship, and the secret that could unravel it entirely. As the author is a doctor, it makes sense that she would give the two main characters the same profession. However, I would criticize the amount of medical-description is in the book. There is way too much detail about medical procedures and issues and surgeries - and it is not at all needed for the plot. There's basically 2 medical emergencies in the storyline that are integral to how to story unfolds, everything else is just superfluous, and I didn't care at all. I ended up skimming most of those parts. A better editor could have cut like 50 pages of unnecessary description from the book, and it would have a been a much more fluid and enjoyable read.

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Mmolloy_722
Jul 09, 2018

This was a fun summer read. I wanted to find out what happened with the characters and it kept a decent pace. Found it via the Modern Mrs. Darcy summer reading list.

ehbooklover Mar 26, 2018

I really liked this book! I cared about the flawed, realistic characters, loved the behind-the-scenes hospital setting, and enjoyed the author's writing style (though sometimes she was a wee bit too descriptive when describing surgical procedures).

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stavness
Jan 25, 2019

I feel like a good age people would like this book at would be either 10 or 11 years. I cannot see any other age range that would feasibly tolerate this book--- not to be insulting to adolescent pre-teens.

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