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Queen of Broken Hearts

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,896 ratings  ·  158 reviews
The national bestselling author of The Same Sweet Girls and The Sunday Wife returns with another compulsively readable novelIt's not easy being the Queen of Broken Hearts. Just ask Clare, who has willingly assumed the mantle while her career as a divorce coach thrives. Now she's preparing to open a permanent home for the retreats she leads, on a slice of breathtaking prope ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by Hyperion (first published 2007)
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Elyse  Walters
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Audiobook......[mental health break]....narrated by Laura Hicks
I’ve never read or listen to a book by Cassondra King until now.

Enchanted unpaved streets - little cottages are hidden from view making them look safe - huge magnolia and oak trees- an historic town - a little utopia in the middle of the deep South in Alabama. A perfect society!....Ha....

Divorce women are starting out on a new journey and therapist Clare Ballenger has focused exclusively on helping these divorce women mend their brok
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing

"Queen of Broken Hearts" by Cassandra King is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It is poignant, uplifting, tear-jerking and insightful.

When I opened the book to the first page, my heart plummeted. First person point of view – not my favorite. And I'd just finished another review book in first person that I most definitely did not like. Not only was this one in first person, but present tense – a double whammy. To say I started reading with a negative attitude in place would be a t
Oct 25, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

About 3 pages into this book, I had to make sure that it wasn't the second book in a series. After i determined it was not, I picked it up again. A few pages later, I had to check again just to make sure. Finally, I realized that the past events the author is alluding to have not been discussed yet. The entire book was this way - references to past events or feelings which is finally revealed in detail about 10 pages. It was quite frustrating.

One of my other frustrations with this book was the
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
You need to read this in the garden with an iced tea or mint julep to sip on. The language is evocotive of Southern society and the environment and it flows with description and dialogue. The pace can feel a bit slow unless you have the time to enjoy it - its not a quick read. There is a huge cast of characters but interestingly it doesn't feel crowded as can often be the case. They are well developed and complex but the relationships between the characters and in general are really the heart of ...more
Mar 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Today I finished the LONG, 412 page novel by Cassandra King (who happens to be the wife of Pat Conroy, one of the most talented writers living today---If you have never read The Prince of Tides, it should be on your short list-----) called The Queen of Broken Hearts. The novel is set in Alabama and is filled with deeply drawn, flawed, but lovable, characters. The protagonist is a widow, in her late 40's or early 50s, whose husband died in the woods near their home, when the gun he was carrying w ...more
Apr 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Queen of Broken Hearts was exactly what I needed at this time in my reading life. After an intense, and troubling read (not to mention an intense, troubling time in our nation's history), I wanted simply to enjoy a book. Enter Cassandra King. She is a good, Southern writer. Her characters are colorful (though somewhat predictable) and her plotlines are engaging.

In Queen of Broken Hearts, the protagonist, Clare, is a therapist working primarily with clients who are at crossroads in their marriag
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’ve been wanting to read something by Pat Conroy’s widow, Cassandra King, for a while, and I found this one at the used bookstore, so I grabbed it. Like Conroy, King writes about the ups and downs of relationships, and weaves a very good story. It would be unfair to compare her to Conroy, she was a writer long before she met him, so I’ll just say this was a very readable book with a satisfying storyline. Perfect light reading.
Agatha Lund
Picked this one up because one of those what-to-read-next algorithms recommended King's The Same Sweet Girls to me and that one's always out at the library; I didn't know beforehand that King was married to Pat Conroy, who has his flaws as a writer but who I will also defend to the death, because I believe that he can turn a phrase like nobody's business. The first two lines of Prince of Tides still give me goosebumps after all these years.

But this is not about Pat Conroy, this is about Cassandr
Russell J. Sanders
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I approached Cassandra King’s Queen of Broken Hearts with so much raw anticipation. I had just finished and loved King’s The Sunday Wife. I was eager to get caught up her in lovely prose and finely wrought characters again. In that respect, Queen of Broken Hearts does not disappoint. The novel is the tale of Clare Ballenger, a celebrated psychoanalyst specializing in divorce. We see Clare as she navigates her own relationships following her husband’s unexpected death. The book is full of insight ...more
Ashley Nobles
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
There was so much information in this book that isn't necessary and is kind of confusing because characters are mentioned like we are supposed to know who they are .Basically, you're just reading about a year in the life of this woman and nothing actually happens. ...more
Nov 17, 2011 marked it as to-read
Shelves: mine-to-read
I just got this book from my favorite thrift store for books. As I'm reading the reviews, I notice that there are two reviews that are exactly the same; one by someone named Alice, one by someone named Sharon Reyes. I left comments on both. What is up with that? Is this done to bring the star level up? It really makes me wonder about the book and about the author and I'm not sure I'll even read it now.
What do you all think about this???
Claire Dobson
Jan 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Nothing earth shattering but an ok read.
Sharon Huether
Southern women helping each other get over lost loves, bad marriages and hard times.
Stephanie Ceman
Jul 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
superficial and full of cliche. The only point I appreciated being reminded of is that we choose mates who help us like ourselves
Kaitlin Dean
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good southern book
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Stephanie Nguyen
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Heart-warming novel about the residents of Fairhope, Alabama in their individual journeys of love and self-discovery. The writing felt seamless—both in plot progress and character development. King weaved the plot back and forth from present to past with a healthy dose of foreshadowing about how her husband Mack died. Character development was robust, I felt like I knew each character and how they would respond. I enjoyed all of the eclectic characters but especially Clare Ballenger, the narrato ...more
marilyn flower
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed the read...liked being kept guessing about main character's romantic inclinations, though the amount of air time sort of gave it away. Lots of quirky characters i would have liked to spend more time with, including Rye and Zoe and Cooter. this is my first Cassandra King novel and I was pleased to find touches of the magic of Pat Conroy! Much was made of Tommy but he never made it "on stage." Some of the flashbacks were awkward, but the story kept moving at a nice pace. Very co ...more
Ginny Thurston
Mar 07, 2021 rated it liked it
This book was frustrating the whole way through. After reading how she got her ideas, I can understand why. Evidently, things kept happening in her life, and King just decided to throw them in and change the direction of the book each time. That is how it felt...too many interesting characters that never get developed. It was very disjointed, and the ending was not very satisfying. It had potential, but never made me care enough to want to continue, or if I started to care, the plot jumped somew ...more
Dallas Strawn
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved this book. My first read of Cassandra King. Very reminiscent of Mary Alice Monroe and Patti Callahan Henry.....the timing was a little all over the place; you learned reveals from the past then it kept going in the present then back to the past....and that bugged me after a while...but the writing is classic southern fiction. Can't wait to read more of King. ...more
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
The queen in this novel is Claire who is a divorce counselor. Having lost her husband in a mysterious death, she has put her heart on hold for a long time. When her own daughter is in need of her guidance, she does her best to help her heal her broken heart and finds her own has healed as well.
Angela McVay
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
It’s hard to believe that I added this book to my TBR list in 2009, and I just finished it. It just goes to show that books have their own time and place. It’s a good reminder to go back and re-visit my TBR list and blow the virtual dust off to take a peek inside.
Sandy Emmons
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this but it just didn’t pull me in but I did finish it.
Lisa Thetard
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Southern Alabama setting.
Tammy Adams
Not for me
Mary Emelene Hayes

I love Cassandra King's books, and this did not disappoint. A sequel would be welcomed, as I hated to leave these characters!
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up to 4. Jumps back and forth between present and past tense which I found distracting. Started slow but got better.
Sandy Young
I've enjoyed all of Cassandra King's books. They certainly aren't anything like her husband's books, but that's wonderful. I wouldn't enjoy reading a Pat Conroy imitation! Excellent book! ...more
Paige Kilian
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fairhope is now on my bucket list!
Lenore Kuipers-Cummins
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: southern-women
Clare lives in Alabama and is known as the "Queen of Broken Hearts", as she counsels those that are going through marriage difficulties and splitting up. She, too, ends up in that category. ...more
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CASSANDRA KING, who has been called “the Queen of Southern storytelling,” is the author of six novels, Making Waves, The Sunday Wife, The Same Sweet Girls, Queen of Broken Hearts, Moonrise, and The Same Sweet Girls' Guide to Life, as well as numerous short stories, essays and articles. Moonrise, her fifth novel, is set in Highlands, North Carolina. A native of Alabama, Cassandra resides in Beaufor ...more

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