The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin

The Queen of Hearts

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2018 by Southern Living, Elite Daily, and Writer's Digest A debut novel set against a background of hospital rounds and life-or-death decisions 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 t...

Details The Queen of Hearts

TitleThe Queen of Hearts
Release DateFeb 13th, 2018
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Adult Fiction

Reviews The Queen of Hearts

  • 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 never judge a book by its cover, but what do they know anyway? It just so happens, things worked in my favor this time—The Queen of Hearts 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.Som...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    3.75 stars to the medical drama, The Queen of Hearts! 🌟 🌟 🌟.75I had been highly anticipating reading The Queen of Hearts for months now, ever since I saw that cover. While it did not quite live up to my very high expectations, I found a considerable amount of enjoyment within these pages! What I loved: Three-year-old Delaney, Zadie’s daughter! Her witty and adorable comments were the highlight of the book for me. The supportive friends...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Cover Love!THE QUEEN OF HEARTS by KIMMERY MARTIN is an intriguing, thought-provoking, and richly written medical drama that explores the relationship between two medical doctors with themes of friendship, betrayal and the act of forgiveness. Some of us found it quite heavy on the medical aspect and the drama within the storyline and this ultimately affected what coulee we ended up in.  KIMMERY MARTIN delivers a well-written, interesting and a co...
  • Julie
    The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin is a 2018 Berkley publication. A suspenseful and emotional medical drama Zadie and Emma have been best friends since their medical school days. They come from completely different backgrounds, but the friendship has endured countless trials, marriages, children, and demanding careers. Their lives are hectic, and filled with family and career related challenges, triumphs, and tragedies. They share all of it wi...
  • 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 r...
  • Susanne Strong
    2 Stars.Zadie and Emma are best friends. They have been since medical school. Now both are successful doctors with beautiful families. Their lives should be perfect right? Yet both have secrets they want to keep hidden, some of which they have even kept from each other. Now, with the arrival of someone they used to know, their secrets are threatening to come out and nothing is as it appears. “Queen of Hearts” is a book about family, friendshi...
  • 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!
  • Heather
    3.75Ok any Grey’s Anatomy fans out there? I admit I used to be obsessed with the show...I no longer watch it because it has 1029 seasons & you can only watch so many love triangles and tons of medical conditions so much.My point is, if you love the show I think you will love this book! The Queen of Hearts is a chick lit medical drama book all about a female friendship and how the appearance of someone from both of their past shakes things up....
  • Lara Lillibridge
    Full disclosure: Kimmery and I are both part of and I received a free copy form Net Galley in exchange for a review. 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 h...
  • Suzanne Leopold
    Zadie and Emma have a friendship that has stood the test of time. They went to medical school together, endured the highs and lows of dating, and are now juggling the demands of a family as neighbors in North Carolina. Their lives and careers were pretty uneventful until a colleague nicknamed, Dr. X joined their staff.Neither Zadie or Emma are happy with Dr. X’s arrival because each is keeping secrets from the past. Zadie had a romance with Dr....
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    3 starsThis was an entertaining medical suspense drama revolving around best friends and fellow doctors, Emma and Zadie. I enjoyed it for the most part, but found the medical detail to be quite heavy and overpowering. It had a Grey’s Anatomy feel to it which I enjoyed (I used to love watching that show!) I really liked Emma and Zadie’s friendship. They had a bond strong enough to last decades – through medical school, marriage, children, bu...
  • 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 c...
  • *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. Tr...
  • 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 Ana...
  • Kat
    What I really loved about this book was the way the author brought her medical background into play and made scenes with the two main characters (both doctors) so vivid and realistic. The best part of the book! Emma and Zady were best friends in medical school in rural Kentucky, and now, a decade later, are still friends in North Carolina, having married men they love and started families. This is primarily a story of friendship.I liked the medic...
  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    Fans of Grey's Anatomy will LOVE THIS BOOK!!!This story focuses on Zadie and Emma - best friend since medical school - now in private practice with families of their own. Zadie is a pediatric cardiologist and Emma is a surgeon. When Nick, chief resident during their medical school years, re-enters their lives secrets from their past are threatened to be exposed and their lives are turned upside down. Friendships are pushed to their limits and eve...
  • Kristi Elizabeth
    Read all my reviews at: https://brainfartsandbooks.wordpress.comAnyone 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 lov...
  • 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 i...
  • Linda
    Release date: February 13, 20184.5 stars!I LOVED this book!The Queen of Hearts 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 no...
  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
    I loved this book!Not often will I read a novel based or involved in the area of Medicine as I spend so much of my time living and working within that world in reality. Often novel portrayals can be on two opposite sides of the spectrum, either incredibly unrealistic or too realistic that it's less of an entertainment and more of a reminder of what is involved in choosing a career in the medical field. This novel surpassed any expectations that I...
  • Janelle • She Reads with Cats
    Thank you so much to Berkley Publishing for providing my free copy of THE QUEEN OF HEARTS by Kimmery Martin - all opinions are my own. This is one addictive read! The Queen of Hearts is a brilliant story about two best friends, Zadie and Emma, and a moving tale of friendship, love, loss, and heartbreak. Zadie is married with children. Emma has a family of her own and is very serious surgeon with a past she’d rather not acknowledge. The story al...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Combine late hours working at the hospital with an irresistible, handsome, charming and persistent doctor…friendships and disasters go hand in hand in Kimmery Martin’s debut, The Queen of Hearts. Zadie and Emma are best friends, from medical school to the present, currently living in North Carolina and both practicing doctors. But as close as they were and are, there are still deep secrets they haven’t shared with each other, and when an ol...
  • Joce (squibblesreads)
    The ingredients of this book are my ultimate kryptonite: long, windy, delicate but exacting sentence structure and accoutrement; emotional turmoil in a health care setting; biology based literary devices. I so sure this would be 5 stars but sadly the sum of the parts did not make a coherent whole. One of the female protagonists had an arc that flatlined and was super inconsistent after 40% and the other was just wild and inconsistent in a totally...
  • Mandy
    OMG! 5 stars all over the freaking place! This was such an amazing book. It pulled at my "heartstrings" no pun intended.First off here's my wish.... I wish this was a movie and here is how my cast would be.Amanda Seyfried - EmmaJoey Lauren Adams - ZadieWayne Brady - WyattJoseph Gordon Levitt - DrewJason Lewis - NickJohn Krasinski - GrahamOk so you have to read this book. Zadie and Emma, two best friends and doctors have lived through it all, or s...
  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    Oh sooo good!! 4.5 Stars...~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Sometimes a book just hits you right. Touches all of your senses and emotions and maybe even shocks you a bit.When I started reading The Queen of Hearts, I was expecting just a women’s fiction. But this book is so much more. The Queen of Hearts is written by a brand new author with a medical background. She tells a story set in and around the emergency room and medical environment. It’s the stor...
  • Allison
    "If there's anything I've learned it's this: the past is never really gone. It's one long chain linking the present and also the future, and sometimes it doubles back on itself, exposing the things you thought were buried."This debut novel by Kimmery Martin is sharp, witty, beautiful, and real. The Queen of Hearts tells the story of Zadie and Emma, two successful physicians who have been friends for their entire adult lives. They both balance the...
  • Lisa Duffy
    Whip-smart and full of heart, Martin expertly weaves the threads of friendship, love and betrayal into a story that crackles with humor and compassion. The Queen of Hearts is a brilliant debut.
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    Told through Zadie and Emma's perspectives, the author takes us on a journey of their friendship... From when they hit it off the first day in their dorms as new roommates to decades later as lifelong friends, their "persons" and the only one who truly accepted each others' nuances. Both lead busy lives with their husbands, children and as doctors. Then one day their lives become disrupted with the arrival of Nick Xenokastos, Dr. X, a blast from ...