Queen of Broken Hearts

By Cassandra King (Mass Market, 2009)
The national bestselling author of The Same Sweet Girls and The Sunday Wife returns with another compulsively readable novel.

It'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 property on the Alabama coast owned by her mother-in-law. Make that former mother-in-law, a colorful eccentric who teaches Clare much about love and sacrifice and living freely. When Clare's marriage ends in tragedy, her work becomes the sole focus of her life. While Clare has no problem helping the hundreds of men and women who seek her advice to mend their broken hearts, healing her own is another matter entirely. Falling in love again is the last thing she wants.

So when Lex--a charismatic, charming, burly sea captain--moves to town to run the marina, Clare insists they remain friends and nothing more. But even though she fights it, she begins to fall for him--and then finds she has a rival, his estranged wife Annalee.

A story infused with all the flavors, textures, and intrigues of a small Southern town, with a rich, resonant center, Queen of Broken Hearts is a bold step forward for Cassandra King.

The national bestselling author of The Same Sweet Girls and The Sunday Wife returns with another compulsively readable novel.

It'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 property on the Alabama coast owned by her mother-in-law. Make that former mother-in-law, a colorful eccentric who teaches Clare much about love and sacrifice and living freely. When Clare's marriage ends in tragedy, her work becomes the sole focus of her life. While Clare has no problem helping the hundreds of men and women who seek her advice to mend their broken hearts, healing her own is another matter entirely. Falling in love again is the last thing she wants.

So when Lex--a charismatic, charming, burly sea captain--moves to town to run the marina, Clare insists they remain friends and nothing more. But even though she fights it, she begins to fall for him--and then finds she has a rival, his estranged wife Annalee.

A story infused with all the flavors, textures, and intrigues of a small Southern town, with a rich, resonant center, Queen of Broken Hearts is a bold step forward for Cassandra King.

Cassandra King is the author of The Sunday Wife, The Same Sweet Girls, Making Waves and Queen of Broken Hearts. A native of Lower Alabama, she lives in the Low Country of South Carolina with her husband, novelist Pat Conroy.
  • "In telling Clare's story, King skillfully weaves in just the right amount of detail at just the right time, while throwing in enough twists to keep the reader guessing. And while it is Clare's story, King manages to tell all of the primary characters' stories without shortchanging any of them or allowing them to overshadow Clare. Each story threads in and out of the other stories as, together, they flow seamlessly toward the finish . . . readers who like a well-written novel with realistic, well-developed and a believable-yet-unpredictable plot should pick up King's latest effort." (Florida Times-Union).

  • "It's a polished piece of fiction and a page turner. And, it's about a subject that many are familiar with: divorce . . . there's much to admire. King's knowledge of the devastating effects of divorce adds value. And, she's an expert storyteller who pulls the reader from one page to another with compelling hooks and complications. King also knows how to provide balance. When the novel begins to bog down beneath the grief of divorces, she provides comic relief . . . exquisite . . . purge magic!" (Greensboro News & Record).

  • "...a wonderful and uplifting tale. Full of romance and surprises along the way." (Fannie Flagg).

  • "This novel about friendship, heartache, self-discovery and love-in all its wounding, wacky, and wonderful forms-had me laughing out loud, and then moved me to tears." (Sandra Brown).

  • "This novel about friendship, heartache, self-discovery and love-in all its wounding, wacky, and wonderful forms--had me laughing out loud, and then moved me to tears." (Sandra Brown).

  • "Take the enduring friendships of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, add the sass and brass of the Sweet Potato Queens and you've got The Same Sweet Girls." (Chattanooga Times Free Press).

  • "These are not The Same Sweet Girls, but all those who loved that novel will love this one even more. Cassandra King's characters are fully drawn, richly imagined human beings, whose lives will continue to resonate long after you've turned the last page." (Mark Childress).

  • "Cassandra King's Queen of Broken Hearts is an absolutely fabulous story of healing and hope. Filled with irresistible characters that are beautifully drawn and have great insights into life, I laughed and cried and you will too. Isn't it typical that some people have advice for everyone but can't get their own life in gear? I absolutely adored this book! Congratulations Cassandra King on a monumental success!" (Dorothea Benton Frank).

  • "Cassandra King's Queen of Broken Hearts is an absolutely fabulous story of healing and hope. Filled with irresistible characters that are beautifully drawn and have great insights into life, I laughed and cried and you will too. Isn't it typical that some people have advice for everyone but can't get their own life in gear? I absolutely adored this book! Congratulations Cassandra King on a monumental success!" (Dorothea Benton Frank).

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  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Price: $7.99 US/$8.99 CAN
  • Pages: 512
  • Physical Dimensions: 4-3/16" x 6-3/4"
  • Audio Run Time: 0
  • ISBN-13: 9780786891276
  • On Sale Date: 01/01/2009