Monday, February 19, 2018

Pat's Review: The Queen of Hearts

This one isn't a romance, either, but Pat loved it and maybe it'll be up your alley, too!

The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin
Publisher: Berkley (February 13, 2018)
Genre: Fiction

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--throughout a tragic chain of events in 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 starts to question everything she thought she knew about her closest friend.

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Pat's Review:

I have always been interested in novels about medicine and the medical profession since I spent my career as a pediatric nurse in a hospital and office environment. The Queen of Hearts is funny, dramatic, and filled with memories that both main characters want to forget.

Emma and Zadie have been inseparable since before college and well into medical school. Emma is a trauma surgeon and Zadie is a pediatric cardiologist. Both happily married with kids, living and working in Charlotte, North Carolina. Zadie’s life is often chaotic, four kids: boy twins, a pre teen girl and a darling three year old Delaney who pretty much steals the show! Drew, her husband, travels a lot for business, so she is often juggling a lot of balls in the air. Meanwhile Emma and her husband Wyatt have one child, Henry. They have an interracial marriage, and are often called Beauty and the Beast. Emma is tall, statuesque and looks like a model. Wyatt is short in stature, often rumpled and forgetful. But he loves Emma and Henry with all his heart.

The story moves from medical school in the late 1990’s to present day, and the particular trauma of their third year. Dr. Xenokostas, Nick, their chief resident plays a big part in this life changing year. Gradually we learn the secrets and lies hidden in their pasts.

I found this book fascinating, very entertaining, an amazing first novel. I will look for more by this author.


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.

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Thanks for the review, Pat! 


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