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The Queen of Hearts

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  7,699 ratings  ·  1,259 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 348 pages
Published February 13th 2018 by Berkley
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Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.

Something major happened during Emma and Zadie’s third year
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
3.75 stars to the medical drama, The Queen of Hearts! 🌟 🌟 🌟.75

I 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 friendship between Zadie and Emma (at least in the beginning). Gradu
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 compelling story here with some comedic relief inters
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 with one another, asking and giving advice, sympathi
Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ew
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
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, friendship and secrets that threaten to destroy their very exis
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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!
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: literary-fiction

Ok 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.
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I devoured this book in a few days. I really e
Suzanne Leopold
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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. X but kept it discreet since he was the chief resid
Lara Lillibridge
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 have what it took to be an actual bulldozer, what with
Lindsay - Traveling Sister
3 stars

This 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, busy careers – they still managed to find time to dedicate
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
*The Angry Reader*
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
***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
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss, netgalley
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
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-2
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 medical scenes, and found them fascinating. (view spoil
MaryBeth's Bookshelf
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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 everything they believed to be true is threatened. Th
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-best
If I could read only one book all my life, I would want to be #TheQueenOfHearts by @kimmerymartin !!!
I really love this book, and I can't stop posting photos of the amazing Cover!
The story is about two best friends, they've become besties for a long time, after they finish the University they become Doctors, Zadie and Emma are married and after a long time a new doctor comes in town, he's an ex-friend of them his presence is so mysterious for them as he keeps contacting with them and some old s
Kristi Elizabeth
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, netgalley
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Anyone 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 love triangle medical kind of story in which the two young wome
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Release date: February 13, 2018

4.5 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 now.

I highly recommend this book if you like shows
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 had and was an incredible debut for this author!
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 alternates between Zadie and Emma’s perspectives in th
Jennifer Blankfein
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 old colleague moves to town, it conjures up the past memor ...more
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 opposite way, where the author tried to do too mu ...more
This book was okay. I have never seen Grey’s Anatomy and I’ve never been a fan of medical dramas, but I still wanted to give this book a read. While I did enjoy the friendship between Zadie and Emma in this book, I do feel like this story was bogged down by so much medical jargon that went way over my head and I was mostly confused as to what was happening most of the time. But if you enjoy medical dramas or if you’re a fan of Grey’s Anatomy this is probably the book for you! It just wasn’t for ...more
Diane S ☔
Dnf at 50%, leaving unrated.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 - Emma
Joey Lauren Adams - Zadie
Wayne Brady - Wyatt
Joseph Gordon Levitt - Drew
Jason Lewis - Nick
John Krasinski - Graham

Ok so you have to read this book. Zadie and Emma, two best friends and doctors have lived through it all, or so it seems. Zadie and Drew have four children and
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 story of two best friends and their career through the ups
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"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 their jobs as doctors, mothers, and wives as best as
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Kimmery Martin is a physician, book reviewer, author interviewer, travel blogger, obsessive reader, and general all-around literary nerd who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and three children. The Queen of Hearts is her first novel.
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