Book Review: The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin

Hello Everyone!

Today’s review is on The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin.


One of the big draws to me was the cover, which is gorgeous. I was also intrigued when I found out that it was about two female doctors and that there was something that happened back when they were students that could change their friendship forever. It also sounded like it would be a good read for someone who is a fan of the TV show, Grey’s Anatomy.

The Queen of Hearts follows doctors Zadie Anson and Emma Colley who have been friends since med. school. They are now both happily married, mothers and successful in their vein of medicine. Even though their lives are chaotic, they still find time to spend with each other. However, their lives are soon turned upside down with the arrival of Dr. Nick Xenokostas, a man from their past who knows a secret that could change their friendship forever, especially as it brings back memories of the tragic events that happened during their early years as medical students.

The Queen of Hearts is kind of a medical drama that forces two best friends to come terms with a tragic event that occurred almost 20 years ago when the “new” doctor, Nick Xenokostas, arrives in town.

I liked how the author slowly unfolded the reasons why both Zadie and Emma don’t like the fact that Dr. X has returned into their lives. It also reads like a story arc of Grey’s Anatomy, but not quite so much drama as in the show. I also liked seeing the contrast between the two main characters from when they were med. school students to the present day events of the novel. It was interesting to see Zadie’s growth as a character and her daily struggles with being a good wife, friend, doctor, and mom. I also liked Emma and how she seems so sure of herself until Dr X shows back up  the scene, as well as when she has to endure the pain and aftermath of losing her first patient ever as a medical professional.

Readers will appreciate how Kimmery Martin masterfully portrays the theme of how one’s past grievances can come back and them in the butt. I did enjoy it, even though it took me a while to get into it, especially since the author takes her time unveiling certain details. However, I am looking forward to seeing what she has to offer readers next. 3.5/5 Stars.

Happy Reading,

Janelle L. C.

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