The Queen of Hearts

The Queen of Hearts

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 c...

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Title:The Queen of Hearts
Author:Kimmery Martin
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The Queen of Hearts Reviews

  • Lara Lillibridge

    I absolutely loved Kimmery Martin's tone of voice. I was sucked in right from the beginning by her unexpected and endearing prose.

    "Meanwhile, as a toddler, I’d aspired to be bulldozer, a career plan that received the enthusiastic support of my older brother…Unfortunately, it soon became evident I did not have what it took to be an actual bulldozer, what with being human and all."

    "…I have to be poured out of bed each morning like human syrup, and I lurch around emitting miserable squeaks until I

    I absolutely loved Kimmery Martin's tone of voice. I was sucked in right from the beginning by her unexpected and endearing prose.

    "Meanwhile, as a toddler, I’d aspired to be bulldozer, a career plan that received the enthusiastic support of my older brother…Unfortunately, it soon became evident I did not have what it took to be an actual bulldozer, what with being human and all."

    "…I have to be poured out of bed each morning like human syrup, and I lurch around emitting miserable squeaks until I’m caffeinated."

    "I smiled, running my fingers through my hair, which had responded to its release from the ER cap by springing out in all directions in a belligerent pale brown explosion."

    The Queen of Hearts follows two female physicians from medical school to their married lives with children in an alternating POV. Martin does an excellent job of maintaining tension as she jumps back and forth in time from med school to the present day, as we try to fathom what dark secret will be revealed.

    Humorous yet filled with real-world drama, Martin's characters deal with real life or death at work at the hospital, the family drama of raising strong-willed children where the stakes are different but often just as high, and the complications of maintaining a friendship when the past refuses to stay buried.

  • Lane

    I am perpetually in awe of people who can write. In this book Dr. Martin shows us the crazy world of medical training, weaving medicine, motherhood, and friendship through these beautifully written pages. I did not want to put this book down and was literally sad when it ended. I cannot wait to see what comes next from this unbelievably talented author!

  • Kristi Elizabeth

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    Anyone else out there who is a total medical junkie? I mean the kind where you geek out when someone says myocardial infarction and you tell them you know exactly what that is (okay, so it’s medical talk for a heart attack. I’m sure you knew that though). But seriously, give me two of my favorite things-biology and fiction-and I’m a happy girl. So this story…yes, it’s a love triangle medical kind of story in which the two young wome

    Read all my reviews at:

    Anyone else out there who is a total medical junkie? I mean the kind where you geek out when someone says myocardial infarction and you tell them you know exactly what that is (okay, so it’s medical talk for a heart attack. I’m sure you knew that though). But seriously, give me two of my favorite things-biology and fiction-and I’m a happy girl. So this story…yes, it’s a love triangle medical kind of story in which the two young women are dating two different guys and some crazy things happen. The women are now grown and married with children when one of the guys comes back into town and stirs up massive drama. Without giving any spoilers away I’d have to say this was one of my favorite reads this year simply because it didn’t have any added junk in it. And by added junk, I mean words that had nothing to do with any part of the plot…the blah, blah, blah you skim through to get to the good stuff. Full of medical stories and characters with real heart, this book was a winner!

    Thank you to Netgalley, Kimmery Martin, and Berkley Publishing Group for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Melissa

    Let my curious blues land on a cover as gorgeous as this beauty queen and I’m instantly charmed. I know, sounds silly and superficial, right? They say you should

    judge a book by its cover, but what do

    know anyway? It just so happens, things worked in my favor this time—

    is more than just a pretty face—the storyline itself is actually quite lovely, despite the twisted lies and jealousy at the heart of it all.

    major happened during Emma and Zadie’s third year

    Let my curious blues land on a cover as gorgeous as this beauty queen and I’m instantly charmed. I know, sounds silly and superficial, right? They say you should

    judge a book by its cover, but what do

    know anyway? It just so happens, things worked in my favor this time—

    is more than just a pretty face—the storyline itself is actually quite lovely, despite the twisted lies and jealousy at the heart of it all.

    major happened during Emma and Zadie’s third year of medical school and they’ve vowed to leave in the past—to

    speak of it again. Unfortunately, the appearance of Doctor Nick Xenokostas stirs up everything. Once Zadie’s guy and chief resident, he’s relocated to North Carolina and adamant about seeing her. After all of this time, you have to wonder

    ? Both Emma and Zadie are successful doctors with husbands and kids; they’ve moved on. Or wait, have they?

    For this lover of love, it was uncovering what could have torn a magnetic couple like Dr. X and Zadie apart that fueled my page turning frenzy.

    alternates between Zadie and Emma’s perspective—from both the past and the present—as the story builds to the climax and I’ve gotta say, the truth is pretty

    . She juxtaposes the personalities of these two women, while also managing to convey to the reader just how close of a friendship they've always maintained. These two come off as relatable women—overextended, but likable and genuine, on some levels—which made the reader/character connection effortless, on my part. Something I truly appreciate as a reader.

    There’s no hiding the fact that

    is a doctor (

    ) or that she's passionate about her work—it certainly shines through in her writing. There is a

    of medical jargon and procedures threaded throughout the storyline, which could have gone one of two ways. Thankfully, I found most of it to be quite interesting. I will say, there were a few spots in the beginning of the story where the adjectives felt a little overused and clunky, but maybe that's because I had to take the time to look a few of them up. Who knows though, maybe I'm better for it in the long run—reading is supposed to make you smarter, right?

    In a story riddled with tension and intrigue, the author manages to inject some comedic relief; especially when 3-year-old Delaney is on the scene—talk about witty and endearing. I laughed every time she was around. Her funny little monikers—

    —and silly antics were the BEST.

    If you're a reader that enjoys women’s fiction with a slight edge of suspense, you should definitely consider picking up this author's debut. Zadie and Emma’s story is surprising. Angsty. Heartbreaking. Thought-provoking. What-might-have-been inducing. Similar to this reader, you might finding yourself questioning, how well do ever really know someone?

  • *The Angry Reader*

    ***ARC received for an honest review***

    I took a gamble, and it paid off. This is a debut novel so when I agreed to read the ARC I had no idea what lay ahead. But I read the blurb four times and stared at that gorgeous cover while my internal debate raged. And finally I thought "what the heck. If I hate it it'll be just another in my slew of hateful reviews." It turns out I needn't have worried.

    First things first - Kimmery Martin is brilliant. Trying to avoid jumping to conclusions - but she mus

    ***ARC received for an honest review***

    I took a gamble, and it paid off. This is a debut novel so when I agreed to read the ARC I had no idea what lay ahead. But I read the blurb four times and stared at that gorgeous cover while my internal debate raged. And finally I thought "what the heck. If I hate it it'll be just another in my slew of hateful reviews." It turns out I needn't have worried.

    First things first - Kimmery Martin is brilliant. Trying to avoid jumping to conclusions - but she must have a medical background. This is a realistic, educated, humorous, sweet and difficult novel about women - juggling their careers and their relationships and being just a little bit weird.

    Zadie and Emma meet at Brain Camp and click. We travel from the present to the past in revolving POVs exploring med school, motherhood, the pressures of being a surgeon, first love and, ultimately, the very core of Zadie and Emma's beautiful and complicated friendship. There's a perfect combination of realism (lots of medical vocabulary) without it becoming cumbersome. I felt Ms Martin struck a precarious balance and maintained it throughout the book. Erudite and clever without being dispassionate or smug - she found that place that pulls a reader in without smothering them.

    All of that said - that ending. Guys, I need you to read this book when it's published and comment about the ending. I finished the book 12 hours ago, and I still don't know how I feel. Was it the right thing? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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