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Queen of Broken Hearts

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,845 ratings  ·  151 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
Russell 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.
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.
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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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
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.
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.
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!
Paige Kilian
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fairhope is now on my bucket list!
Oct 17, 2016 added it
I enjoyed this story about a divorce coach who realizes she should practice what she teach.
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Queen of Broken Hearts by Cassandra King intrigued me from the very beginning. The main character attempts to be the Queen of all broken hearts...lots of little southern sayings and ways that I so much enjoy reading. I could not help worrying about her own broken heart.
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
This is the third Cassandra King book I have read and it is the LAST one of her books I will ever read! She is not a particularly good writer, but she is a real man hater. In every book almost all of the male characters are real sh#ts! None of them are physically abusive to their wives, but they are verbally abusive and put their wives down in a nasty way every chance they get. Since she is married to Pat Conroy, my all-time favorite author, I can't figure out where why she has this hatred of me ...more
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
Mary Jo
Jan 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book seemed above all to be about middle-aged lady wish fulfillment. The protagonist’s life is perfect. Her counseling business is expanding and she’s got at least 2 suitors, but you know immediately which one she’ll end up with. The idyllic little Southern town where she lives is complete with “characters” and folksy, semi-mystical traditions. It all just seemed bland and happy. The only people in the book with real problems were her daughter and best friend, whose marriages were in big tr ...more
Dec 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was a book about relationships, heartbreak, divorce, death, family, friends and life. It was a book that caught my attention. It's the type of book I find myself reading as fast as I can to find out what happens next. That's the sign of a good book. One I like. It was disappointing though in certain aspects. I felt the storyline about Haley and her husband was cut short. I would have liked to have had more closure on this part of the book.
The ceremony and labyrinth references were a little
May 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009
I am reading this book right after reading The House at Riverton by Kate Morton. I think that that sequence puts the Queen of Broken Hearts book at a disadvantage. This book has a completely different writing style and feel. After reading The House at Riverton, this book seems jarring and the author seems to be using a gimmicky writing style. I thought about abandoning it, but am trying to give it a chance.

One of the things I dislike is that Cassandra King springs characters on the reader. She d
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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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