The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin

Setting: North Carolina
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: Berkley
Author: Kimmery Martin
Release Date: February 13, 2018

In The Queen of Hearts, best friends Zadie Anson and Emma Colley have made it through college, become successful doctors, and have husbands and kids. They've never stopped being close friends, even as their lives have changed. Everything is about to enter into a state of turmoil.

Emma learns that Dr. Nick Xenokostas is moving to Charlotte. Zadie and Emma knew Nick long ago and long-buried secrets and events are all tied to Nick. As truths are revealed, Zadie and Emma's friendship may not survive the damage.

I was drawn into Zadie and Emma's story. I liked the flashes into the past and catching up on their work now. I adored Zadie's precocious daughter. Three-year-old Delaney had me laughing each time she appeared. I know Nick was there for conflict, but I just didn't like him. Once he entered the story in the present, I grew weary. Part of the secret wasn't all that shocking, while the other part was. Either way, I could never grow to like Nick and didn't enjoy sections of the story where he appeared.

If you like Grey's Anatomy or Chicago Med, you'll find The Queen of Hearts is enjoyable and carries that same medical drama feel. I liked it but never truly loved it.


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