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Hearts on a String

3.27  ·  Rating details ·  507 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
Bestselling author Kris Radish delves deeply into the emotions of five very different women who are thrown together by chance—only to discover that they have more in common than they ever could have imagined.
Holly Blandeen has always cherished the story her grandmother told her about the thread that connects all women, tying them forever in sisterhood. It’s a beautiful id
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Bantam (first published 2010)
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Nov 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
This is my third Kris Radish book. She is all about exploring female relationships and beats the drum loudly. That is what I like about her. She is also funny. I like that too. And what I like most? She develops characters that initially exasperate and frustrate me. Then slowly(sometimes too slowly) they grow on me and I'm invested in what happens to them.
Five women meet in an airport restroom. Sounds like an opening joke line.And what follows is a farcical scene that could come straight out o
May 26, 2010 rated it liked it
I was prepared to be somewhat disappointed in this book, because there are so many negative reviews. I have to say that I, once again, love Radish. Granted, with two absolutely stellar books (IMO - Annie Freeman, and Elegant Gathering)we are bound to like some of her work a little less. And yes, some of this was a stretch, but it's FICTION, it's reading for PLEASURE. If I wanted a dose of depressing reality, I'd watch the news.
There were a couple places I was disappointed, primarily when, inste
Jul 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
From My Blog...[return][return]An endearing novel showing how women are inter-connected, Hearts on a String by Kris Radish begins with a woman explaining to her young great-granddaughter that a string connects all women, some women instinctively know and others eventually find this out. Flash forward almost thirty years to a bathroom, across from a bar in the Tampa International Airport, where investment banker Nan Telvid drops her iPhone into the toilet and soon four women, Patti, Cathy, Margo, ...more
Mar 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
I won this book in the Goodreads giveaway. I had a hard time getting through it. I felt the characters were poorly developed and inconsistent in their behaviors. One thing that also bothered me was that a lot of the metaphors were over the top and seemed almost cheesy. It was mentioned several times how crazy the women felt it was that they had stayed in the hotel with each other, yet they did it. Also, the whole fbi thing was a little unbelievable. Overall, I did not develop an attachment to th ...more
Jun 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
This is a Firstreads giveaway book I won today, 6/16/10.

When I registered to win this book, I thought it would be a positive female bonding among new friends, not a bunch of women who are arguing, hostile, drinking and using inappropriate language. The first chapter was so funny that I was looking forward to reading the entire book. However, I was so disappointed that I found myself, about half-way through, skimming the pages, looking for something that might catch my attention. It lacked the ex
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as a first-read from goodreads, and I was so excited to read it, but unfortunately, it was not a great read.
In the beginning of the book, I had to keep trying to remember who each character was, because as each character develops, there is always dialogue and actions from all five of the woman characters.
The five women meet by chance in the bathroom of an airport during a major storm. The book takes alot of twists and has some surprises, but seems to lose the reader several
Jul 26, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mystique by: Mother In Law
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Apr 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-thing
What happens when five women who are strangers meet in an airport bathroom, and after being stranded by a surprise storm, decide to get a suite together in a five-star hotel?

Well it could have been a fun story, full of women finding out how much they have in common, laughing at each others stories, reveling in their womanhood, motherhood and sisterhood.

Instead the majority of the story wound up being a bunch of nagging and nit-picking women constantly griping at one another, rolling their eyes,
Jul 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
First off, let me say that this is not my typical read. I usually avoid "chick lit" as it generally strikes me as sappy, not very well written and manipulative.

That said, I did read this one through to the end and not toss it aside in favor of something else in my stack.

I did find it pretty unbelievable, although the characters (at least to me) were more fully developed than I expected after reading other reviews.

I continue to be dismayed by the language. Really. I don't know any women who tal
Feb 28, 2010 rated it liked it
I won this book on the Goodreads book give-away. This is the first time I have read a pre-edited version of a book and at first it was a little distracting. I wanted to get out my red pen and proofread as I was going. Don't these typesetters know about spell check? Now I have that out of my system, I can get on with the story itself.

The story was a little bizarre and unrealistic, but that kind of added to the fun. I had a little trouble getting into it in the beginning, but I just had to keep r
Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I really, really, really wanted to like this book. So much so that I tried 4 different times to pick it back up. I finally MADE myself finish it because I'm one of those people that can't leave books unfinished. I was very disappointed. I'm probably being generous with 2 stars....It was that disappointing.

I realize that it was an advanced copy, but many of the typos were just plain distracting. I can't believe some of the obvious errors weren't fixed be
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
A group of women meet for the very first time in an airport bathroom in Florida. They seem to come together while helping one of the women retrieve her cell phone that has fallen into the toilet. Just as soon as the phone is saved an announcement shocks them all. The airport is closing due to a freak storm. No flights are going anywhere. Their choices are few, camp out in the airport with hundreds/thousands of other people for God knows how long or share a luxury hotel suite. They choose the hot ...more
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
This is a book I won from the Goodreads book give-away. Having never read a "pre-edited" book before, I have to say the typos and errors are annoying and distracting.

On to the story. In this story you will find: female bonding, psychics, murder, embezzlement, adultery, stalking, self-esteem issues, working mom issues, adult-child of alcoholic issues, lonliness and a storm. All wrapped up in a Florida beach resort. There is something for everyone.....but for me, there is too much.

I love the fema
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-read
I love to read Kris Radish books. She and Nora Roberts can kick start a reading slump for me and this one did it, I think. We'll see when I try to go back to classics. Hah.

A group of women are in an airport restroom when one drops her phone in the toilet, the others try to help. The airport announces flights cancelled due to monster storm all around the country causing flight issues. So, the 5 women head back to Nan's hotel and takes the one room still available for her.
The book is the story of
Jun 29, 2012 rated it liked it
The book was so boring in the begining I probably would not have finished it had it not been this month's book club book read. I have to admit, it got better. Not a whole lot, but enough to keep it interesting. There were some funny parts that I actually laughed out loud. One was when 4 of the woman in the hotel elevator with their weapons; a rat-tail comb, a can of hair spray, and two butter knives. The were looking for the 5th woman and they meant business. Trouble is they looked it too and sc ...more
Feb 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
I won this book from the goodreads giveaway and couldn't wait to start reading it.

After five women meet randomly in an airport bathroom they find out there is a big storm warning and their departures have been canceled until further notice. These five women do not know each other but they all decide to go and share a room at a fancy hotel. All five women have their doubts, secrets, and worries plus all of them know what they are doing is crazy. Although they know the idea of sharing a room with
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, read-library
Bestselling author Kris Radish delves deeply into the emotions of five very different women who are thrown together by chance—only to discover that they have more in common than they ever could have imagined.

Holly Blandeen has always cherished the story her grandmother told her about the thread that connects all women, tying them forever in sisterhood. It’s a beautiful idea, but with all the curveballs life has thrown her way, Holly has often felt isolated, different from other women. That start
Megan Palasik
Jun 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book as a first-reads giveaway winner.

I liked this book a lot more than I originally thought I would. This is the story of 5 women who meet in an airport restroom and form a bond over the following 4 days. They didn't always get along and they didn't always like each other, but in the end, they formed a wonderful bond.

This is a wonderful story of womanhood, strength, companionship, and adventure. It's not just a fluff-filled women knitting and drinking tea story. There is a surprisin
Mar 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I really didn't care for this book. The premise that five women who are strangers and stranded at the airport and decide to get a hotel room together where through the time spent together and experiences shared they become friends sounded like it could be interesting. However, for a good portion of the book, the reader is reminded of how uncomfortable they feel, how the environment is hostile, and how they wonder if it would have been better sleeping in the airport for three days. A good deal of ...more
Nov 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Somewhat implausible, but entertaining, story about 5 women who meet in a airport restroom. One of the women, Nan, has dropped her iphone into the toilet. The other women help her remove it, when she promptly stomps it with her foot. The women are Patti, a club singer, Cathy, an executive at Wendy's who is having an affair with Nan's husband, Holly, a hairstylist who finds she is a psychic, and Margo, a woman who appears to be a housewife and mother, but is also an FBI agent.

Nan's husband has be
Apr 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as one of the giveaways. It took me awhile to finally read it but it was worth the wait. I really enjoyed it. Some of the reviews say the book is unrealistic and that the author is too wordy. Maybe the premise of 5 women sharing a hotel suite during a storm is a little unrealistic, but I looked at it as something that could maybe happen with my co-workers during a blizzard or some natural catastrophe. People staying in close quarters, even best friends, are bound to get on e ...more
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
I feel kind of confused after reading this book. The cover and title made me think it would be somewhat of a chick-lit book, as did the first 3/5 of the book. But then suddenly it turned into a mystery and fantasy story and went downhill from there. I really liked the premise of 5 complete strangers waiting out a storm in a hotel room together, and that's why I enjoyed reading the first half of the book. I even laughed out loud a few times. But then everything got turned around and I lost track ...more
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Mar 20, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I'm a big fan of Radish's books so it's a strange experience not to have like this one even enough to finish. The premise is interesting...five women encounter each other in an airport restroom and didn't know each other beforehand. A huge storm grounds planes all over the country and strands them. They get one of the last hotel rooms, a suite, and decide to stay together until flights resume. To me that sounded like a chance for a fun experience. These women think it's the worse thing ever, tha ...more
I won an advance reader copy of this book and was anxious to get started. The book started off really slow. All of the characters were introduced at once and it was really hard to remember who was who and hard to get to know them as a result. I was probably 70 pages into the book before I began to easily identify each character and remember who they were. One thing I found disconcerting throughout the book is that I didn't feel connected to any of the characters.

The story got better as the book
Kathleen Smith
Feb 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
I am a fan of Kris Radish and was so excited to receive Hearts on a String from Early Reviewers. The concept of women meeting randomly in a restroom was enticeing, however less believable that the plots in earlier books ( The Elegant Gathering of White Snows) (Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral). I was still excited! This ended by the time these women were riding to the fancy hotel that one of the woman paid for and did not regain my interest until I got to the Texting at the End. What h ...more
Mar 27, 2017 rated it liked it
After reading "The Elegant Gathering of White Snows", I was looking for another book about female friendship (making up for in books what I lack in real life). I struggled through the 1st three-quarters of this book, but some crazy twists that I didn't see coming livened up the ending.

I'm glad I finished it because it was really in the ending that I found the parts that make me enjoy Kris Radish's work; the printed word version of feelings I've been having as a woman, a mother, a professional,
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really loved this book. I am a big fan of friendship based stories, and this book totally gives me than. The underlining theme of the book is female friendship and it is just pretty and heartwarming, while being quirky and kind of strained at times. The only reason I don't give it five stars is it gets a little confusing at times (i.e. who is speaking, who is who for the first couple chapters, the pronoun "she" is used a lot while being a book about all women lol), especially and the "busy" endi ...more
Laura Rogers
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-2016-reviews
I love Kris Radish's flawed but lovable female characters. Her books always remind me to cherish my women friends and cohorts and renew my belief in the importance and strength of the connection between women. This book has all of this and enough twists and turns to keep me flipping pages way into the night. I longed to be friends with these women! A woman's book for sure but I don't have a problem with that.
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Five women meet for the first time in an airport restroom over a cell phone dropped into a toilet. Then flights are canceled because of weather. Then five women rushed to rent a car and get into a hotel room to wait out the storm. What happens next is a series of events that end up connecting their hearts on a string, "the thread that connects all women, tying them forever in sisterhood".
Jun 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
I didn't really enjoy the book. It was mildly entertaining and highly unrealistic. I didn't care for any of the characters enough and/or the experiences they were going through. Glad that it ended on such an upbeat note, but all the characters bitched and wondered what they were doing together for about 90% of the book. It became very tiresome to read.
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