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

  • Elizabeth

    This book is a beautifully written, compelling read that is full of delicious treats: laugh-out-loud humor; an equally riveting view of the home front as from the hospital; and an unflinching yet tender acknowledgment of doctors as flawed human beings who struggle to reconcile their biggest mistakes and regrets with a professional pedestal that demands perfection.

    Undoubtably, Martin's insider perspective of the medical profession is one of the coolest things about this novel. She nails the cama

    This book is a beautifully written, compelling read that is full of delicious treats: laugh-out-loud humor; an equally riveting view of the home front as from the hospital; and an unflinching yet tender acknowledgment of doctors as flawed human beings who struggle to reconcile their biggest mistakes and regrets with a professional pedestal that demands perfection.

    Undoubtably, Martin's insider perspective of the medical profession is one of the coolest things about this novel. She nails the camaraderie, energy, humor, pressure, heartbreak, and connection that experiencing the human condition in all its base and most miraculous forms yields. THE QUEEN OF HEARTS opens up a fascinating world and makes it both accessible and riveting.

    The friendship between main characters Zadie and Emma feels familiar and essential, and underscores emotional stakes that resonated easily with me.

    And Kimmery Martin's writing is a true pleasure to read. Every page is exquisitely wrought, without seeming dense, difficult, or heavy handed. Her story-telling stayed with me long after I turned the last page. THE QUEEN OF HEARTS is absolutely one of my all-time favorites.

  • 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!

  • Linda

    Release date: February 13, 2018

    4.5 stars!

    I LOVED this book!

    is a book about doctors, written by a doctor. It was so good! The two main characters, Emma and Zadie, have been best friends since medical school. But something happens in their third year of school that gets buried and then resurfaces years later when one of the doctors they trained with all those years ago joins the medical staff at the hospital they both work at now.

    I highly recommend this book if you like shows

    Release date: February 13, 2018

    4.5 stars!

    I LOVED this book!

    is a book about doctors, written by a doctor. It was so good! The two main characters, Emma and Zadie, have been best friends since medical school. But something happens in their third year of school that gets buried and then resurfaces years later when one of the doctors they trained with all those years ago joins the medical staff at the hospital they both work at now.

    I highly recommend this book if you like shows like ER and Grey's Anatomy. There is a lot of medical terminology in this book to go along with a lot of medical "action". I thought it was very well done and explained, but I might not be the best source since I work in healthcare.

    What I loved: I loved how the author incorporated the past and the present for both characters without it getting confusing or difficult. I loved the glimpse this book gave into the life of a physician, including medical school. I loved how

    these characters were. And I loved being in their heads through everything that happens.

    I wound up reading this book over the course of a week because this is a hectic time of year, but I could have easily read this in one or two sittings if life didn't get in the way. It was that good. I also wonder if there are plans for an audio book, since an audio re-read would be great!

    Lastly, I just want to say that this is a debut novel by Kimmery Martin. I know this book isn't even out yet, but I am hungry for her next one already!

  • Abby

    This book has the medical drama, excitement, and steamy work romance of Gray’s Anatomy, and the female bonds, motherhood struggles, secrets, heartbreak, and wit of Big Little Lies tied up in one delectable package. I LOVED it, and I couldn’t get enough of it.

    I think that this book is BETTER than Gray’s Anatomy. I could practically hear the EKG monitors beeping in the background as I read the hospital scenes. Dr. X reminds me of Gray’s Anatomy’s McDreamy or McSteamy.

    This book has the female bond

    This book has the medical drama, excitement, and steamy work romance of Gray’s Anatomy, and the female bonds, motherhood struggles, secrets, heartbreak, and wit of Big Little Lies tied up in one delectable package. I LOVED it, and I couldn’t get enough of it.

    I think that this book is BETTER than Gray’s Anatomy. I could practically hear the EKG monitors beeping in the background as I read the hospital scenes. Dr. X reminds me of Gray’s Anatomy’s McDreamy or McSteamy.

    This book has the female bonds, motherhood struggles, secrets, heartbreak, and wit of Big Little Lies. I absolutely loved it. I have been looking for this type of writing, with its humor and depth ever since I finished Big Little Lies. This is the only book that I think is comparable.

    I loved the humor. It made me laugh out loud so many times. The author’s writing style is so warm, friendly, and funny. I really hope that Kimmery Martin writes a sequel of this book and that she is not done with Zadie and Emma's story. I want them to live on in another book. Highly recommend.

  • Kim

    This was a wonderful book about the power and strength of friendship. Zadie and Emma meet in medical school, and through the years their friendship grows. Secrecy and self-doubt are wound throughout the timeline, and in the end, will their long, tangled rich friendship be enough to overcome the terrible truth of past events?

    I love the style of the story as it unfolds; present day and past are a fabulous way to tell this story. Emma's cool calm is admirable,, and Zadie's quirky antics and wit ar

    This was a wonderful book about the power and strength of friendship. Zadie and Emma meet in medical school, and through the years their friendship grows. Secrecy and self-doubt are wound throughout the timeline, and in the end, will their long, tangled rich friendship be enough to overcome the terrible truth of past events?

    I love the style of the story as it unfolds; present day and past are a fabulous way to tell this story. Emma's cool calm is admirable,, and Zadie's quirky antics and wit are a good contrast to each other. Both grow into well respected doctors; Emma renowned for trauma, Zadie for pediatric cardiology. The glance into the inner workings of doctors and the field of medicine casts a light on a professional field so many readers really know little of; doctors are human too, with many of the same fears as many of us, but also with an inner strength that few of us can deny.

    I absolute commend this book for book groups, or readers of women's fiction, and even those who are interested in knowing more of what doctors have to go through. Great book!

  • 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!

  • Esil

    How could I resist a book with such a gorgeous cover? Unfortunately, for me the cover probably ended up being my favourite part of The Queen of Hearts.

    I used to be drawn to medical dramas. In high school, I watched my fair share of episodes of General Hospital. In later years, I was an avid watcher of ER and more recently I binge watched of few seasons of Greys Anatomy. And these melodramatic hospital based shows are what I was reminded of as I read The Queen of Hearts. But I think I’m not so in

    How could I resist a book with such a gorgeous cover? Unfortunately, for me the cover probably ended up being my favourite part of The Queen of Hearts.

    I used to be drawn to medical dramas. In high school, I watched my fair share of episodes of General Hospital. In later years, I was an avid watcher of ER and more recently I binge watched of few seasons of Greys Anatomy. And these melodramatic hospital based shows are what I was reminded of as I read The Queen of Hearts. But I think I’m not so into hospital soaps anymore…

    The Queen of Hearts focuses on Zaidie and Emma, who are both surgeons living in Charlotte, North Carolina. The story moves back and forth in time between when they were medical students working together in a hospital and over ten years later when they continue to be close friends working as surgeons in Charlotte. But it turns out that there’s a deep secret between them which comes to life when Dr. X comes to town (I kid you not – Dr. X!)…

    Before I become too negative, I have two caveats. First, Martin is a talented writer. She gives Zaidie a great voice and quirky personality, and I would have probably loved this book if it focused on Zaidie and a different storyline. And she has created a truly distinct and funny three year old character in the form of Zaidie’s daughter – her three year old logic provided genuine comic relief.

    But, unfortunately, for me Emma and the unraveling of the deep dark secret did not work as well. There was too much breathless foreshadowing of something terrible which was ultimately revealed as something odd that did not ring true. And there was also too much attention to physical appearance for my taste. As I say, this was pretty close to hospital based soaps…

    This one comes completely down to a question of taste. I like a light book every now and then, but this one was not the right fit. Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for giving me access to an advance copy.

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