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The Queen of Hearts
The Queen of Hearts | Kimmery Martin
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 serious romantic relationships amid the intensity of medical school. Now they're happily married wives and mothers with successful careers--Zadie as a pediatric cardiologist and Emma as a trauma surgeon. Their lives in Charlotte, North Carolina are chaotic but fulfilling, until the return of a former colleague unearths a secret one of them has been harboring for years. As chief resident, Nick Xenokostas was the center of Zadie's life--both professionally and personally--throughout a tragic chain of events in her third year of medical school that she has long since put behind her. Nick's unexpected reappearance during a time of new professional crisis shocks both women into a deeper look at the difficult choices they made at the beginning of their careers. As it becomes evident that Emma must have known more than she revealed about circumstances that nearly derailed both their lives, Zadie starts to question everything she thought she knew about her closest friend.
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Scochrane26
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This month for the #ReadwithMrBook challenge, I picked the tagged for the #debutnovel prompt. Then, I ended up reading The Clergyman‘s Wife, which is also a debut. @MrBook

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Sharpeipup
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Running errands while listening to this #audiobook

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Scochrane26
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Pickpick

This is a story about a group of med students (set in Ky), the events of their 3rd year, and their present-day lives (set in Charlotte, NC). The setting mirrors Martin‘s life. The story reminded me at times of Grey‘s Anatomy-not a bad thing since I was obsessed with GA for the first seasons. The story is somewhat predictable & the characters could have had more depth, but overall, this is great #debut novel. #readwithmrbook. Also, ❤️ the cover.

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Scochrane26
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1. Tagged book and started I Was Anastasia on audio.
2. Fantasy
3. Light from Other Stars—read for book club in June 2019
@rachelsbrittain #weekendreads

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Scochrane26
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I decided to borrow the tagged book from my mom. She got it last year but will probably never read it. She always has some excuse to not sit down and read (she‘s too busy, needs to clean, etc). She also gave me A World Lost, one of the first Wendell Berry books I read. It‘s signed to my grandfather; mom had gotten it for him in 1997, so she passed it on to me.

Megabooks That‘s lovely! 3y
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GirlWellRead
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Martin's debut is a medical drama that's a study in the complexities of relationships. She explores the sometimes delicate and obligatory aspect of a long-term relationship, especially those that are forged by women. Sometimes these relationships are tolerated, not unlike marriages, not only because of the time put in, but because of the shared secrets. A solid debut. If you are a fan of Grey's Anatomy, I highly encourage you to pick up this book.

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Betty_Boa
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Finally finished this book. Zadie and Emma have been best friends since medical camp practically grew up together, joined the same fields. Are Happily married bestfriends until a past"boyfriend" shows up and threatens their friendship.

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Betty_Boa
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"We thump for all sorts of reasons. Some are beautiful and life affirming. Some are misguided, recognizable to everyone but you as catastrophically stupid."
Ain't that the #truth

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 3y
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MicheleinPhilly
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A soapy summer read that kept me entertained if a little exasperated. I wish she hadn‘t taken a cue from Liane Moriarty with the whole “I‘ll wait until 80% in to tell you what happened” because it cheapens things. Not to mention you saw it coming from a mile away. But it was a fun little diversion. 3.5🌟

Reviewsbylola It‘s an amazing cover! 4y
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MicheleinPhilly
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I know they manifest in different ways for different folks but this description is SPOT ON. For me, at least.

DivineDiana Sorry to learn you experience those attacks. I have only witnessed one, my daughter‘s and it was very frightening. ❤️ 4y
MicheleinPhilly @DivineDiana ❤️ I have them largely under control now thanks to meds and therapy but they are truly terrifying. 4y
Ashley_Nicoletto I do this manic talking thing when I have a panic attack. It‘s like frantic word vomit on meth. 🤦🏻‍♀️ It‘s a terrible feeling. 4y
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DivineDiana I am happy to know that! 👏🏻👍🏻❤️ 4y
MicheleinPhilly @Ashley_Nicoletto If I was alone when I had them I would call one of my friends and tell them, “It‘s happening. Can you just listen to me ramble and ask me some questions about stupid stuff?” I get you. ❤️ 4y
Ashley_Nicoletto @MicheleinPhilly Thanks. ❤️ My mom always says “well you‘re doing that weird talking thing so I know somethings wrong”. 🤣 4y
readordierachel "Black formless dread" is a perfect description. I vividly remember how scary and confusing it was the first time I ever had one. Panic attacks are no joke. 4y
MicheleinPhilly @readordierachel I had NO idea what was happening to me the first time I had one. My boss at the time had to tell me that‘s what it was. Then she took me downstairs and bought me a copy of The New Yorker and a Snickers bar. ☺️ 4y
readordierachel What a great boss! Glad you had someone there to help you through it 💕 4y
Reviewsbylola It‘s a horrible feeling. 😢 4y
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SconsinBookyBadger
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Huh, I did not realize I placed tagged book on my TBR until today while I was searching for a flowery book cover.

#MayScavengerHunt
• with a flower on the cover

@Clwojick @RadicalReader @TheReadingMermaid

BeansPage That's a pretty cover 4y
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RosieBoo65
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If you love medical dramas, like ER, you‘ll adore this book. Zadie and Emma are interns in Louisville Kentucky (yay for my home!) and encounter the long hours and complicated relationships that go along with it. We switch up between 1999 during their intern years to present day Charlotte NC where they are now employed doctors with husbands and families. This was a page turner and the character development of Zadie and Emma is fantastic.

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BookNAround
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Time to switch over from the heavier reads to the first of my book club books.

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CollapsingLibrary
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⭐️3/5
Bought the book simply for the cover, and it was hard for me to get into it at first. But once I did I couldn‘t put it down! A story on love, loss, betrayal, and friendship that makes you think about things a little more.

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dialogofadream
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This book has fully captivated me!!!!!!!

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SaraFair
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Wow did I receive this book at just the right time. It has added some drama, spice and witty reminders of little children running around. Highly suggested if you like medical dramas and books that you can read really fast. Bumping up my books read in February!

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Kshakal
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💚💚💚 4y
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Kshakal
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I loved this book.... I felt like was reading an episode of grey‘s anatomy (a show that I love!). A good reminder of how not only life but love can define who we are. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Cityofamber
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I wanted to love this. Medical Dramas are my favorite type of tv. But I have so many mixed feelings. I narration felt off (switching from past to present and switch between Emma and Zadie). I would of enjoyed it more without Emma‘s narration and smoother time transitions. The mystery was really obvious and describing everyone‘s beauty was cringe worthy. But it kept me engaged enough to continue. 🤷‍♀️

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LizRepash
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Best medical drama in awhile. You connect so deeply with all the characters. Its an easy read that gets real heavy in the middle to the end.

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Minispok
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Yay! Just compleated #LitsyAtoZ
#LitsyAtoZ 26/26
#mountTBR 60/60
#PopSugar 38/40
#GoodreadsChallenge 93/100

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thebacklistbook
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Panpan

This was my first adult novel in ages. I found it far more angsty than I expected.

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wellreadredhead
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Packages on their way out!
@suvata your book is on its way home and @The_Naughty_Librarian your Nov/Dec #feedareader package is headed your way!

Mitch What fun packets! 👏🏼 4y
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wellreadredhead
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Mehso-so

This book was underwhelming and as one of my fellow #lmpbc reviewers stated, quite juvenile. I would much rather watch an episode of Grey‘s Anatomy than read it. It was decent mindless reading material though and the cover is beautiful. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This wraps up the final book of round three! I enjoyed doing this with you ladies @suvata @Laura317 @arubabookwoman

arubabookwoman I had a great round of reading with you ladies too. Can't wait to read everyone's comments! @suvata @laura317 @collegecatlady 4y
Laura317 @suvata @arubabookwoman @collegecatlady I got my book back this week. I skimmed some of yall‘s great comments. Now I need to read it again. I will also never again use pink for comments. I can‘t read my own comments! 😂 4y
Purrfectpages Yup. I was very disappointed. 4y
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atla
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I plan to spend Sunday evening with a good book and some locally roasted (decaf) coffee. #libraryhaul #bookhaul

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Jerdencon
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The rain cancelled our pool plans so starting this one! #plussidetotherain

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ShelfRighteous
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😂😂😂 kids can be such goofs sometimes

Stacy_31 Head skin! 😂😂😂 Kids are so funny. When my daughter was 5, she had her tonsils and adenoids removed, which caused her breath smelled like death for several weeks. She called it her “nose breath” and told everyone who would listen how bad it was. 😆😆 4y
ShelfRighteous @Stacy_31 Hahahah thats so cute....kids have vast imagination which we shut off by shutting the child within us! Its truly fascinating how they conceive the things around them in a very simple manner. 4y
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ShelfRighteous
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Next up for the #BookAWeek #Readathon

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Ashley85
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Looking forward to a 4-day weekend! 📚🎉🤗☀️

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JacqMac Excellent! I love closure. And those are beautiful. 4y
BookwormAHN 😺😺 4y
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Soubhiville Yay! Thanks for tagging me, I‘m ordering Cameron Post now! (edited) 4y
WanderingBookaneer ❤️ Cameron Post ❤️ My pages are not like that. 4y
gibblr @Soubhiville I ordered it from Amazon UK just an FYI 4y
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A favorite portion of my newly organized bookshelves. I love sprayed edges, can you tell? Let's see who can ID each of these books! (FYI third from the left is actually pink, not red.)

riversong153 I can‘t identify any of them but how cool!! 😎 4y
BookwormAHN I think the last 2 on right are the Six of Crows duology. They all look fantastic 😺 4y
gibblr @riversong153 haha thanks 😊 You are right @BookwormAHN And thanks! 🤗 (edited) 4y
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Soubhiville I don‘t know, but they‘re awesome! I especially want to know what the rainbow one is!!! 4y
SleepyDragon What is the rainbow one? 4y
WanderingBookaneer Is the little red one the Roald Dahl book of stories? 4y
StephanieMarie Is the rainbow one by Nick Hornby? I can't think of the title right now 4y
erzascarletbookgasm I shall wait for your answers 😂 4y
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BornReadChicago
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This was a fun summer read! For the full review, and reviews of books I read in July: http://www.bornandreadinchicago.com/2018/08/books-i-read-in-july.html

Reviewsbylola Such an amazing cover. 4y
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Laura317
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Starting this today for #LMPBC #ROUND3 #GroupP
I love the cover, and the fact that it was a Modern Mrs. Darcy pick for summer reading makes it even more appealing!

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Laura317
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Just received this in the mail from @suvata for Group P - I can‘t wait to start it, but will wait until the weekend.

TheSpineView Beautiful cover 5y
suvata Enjoy! 5y
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suvata
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I “killed two birds” with one stone by reading this:

1. 2018 Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Reading Guide
https://modernmrsdarcy.com/summer-reading-guide-2018/

2. My pick for Litsy Markup Postal Book Club (#LMPBC). http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080444AEAD2CA0FF2-litsy3

#LMPBC Round 003 - Group P
@suvata @Laura317 @Arubabookwoman @collegecatlady

Laura317 Oooh! That sounds good! I love @annebogel ‘s picks normally. 5y
suvata @Laura317 👍🏻 5y
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Mimi28
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@Jas16 I absolutely LOVE the book and the post card!! Thank you soooo much!! 📚👍😊❤️😎❤️❤️❤️😍😍😍

Kaye Very nice 💖 5y
Jas16 Yay! So glad you like it. Thanks for being such s great swap partner! 5y
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Mimi28 @Jas16 Thank you for being such a great swap partner also!! 😊👍❤️❤️📚 5y
Mimi28 @Kaye Thanks for everything you do!! You can open the gift I sent you now also if you want to. I hope you like it, it‘s not much ❤️❤️❤️ 5y
Kaye Thanks Mimi- will open it now. 5y
Mimi28 @Kaye Yay!! I hope you like it!! 5y
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Denisereads75
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I loved this book. I was merely enjoying what I thought was a book about two best friends who also happened to be doctors. I was half way through when I realized there was a mystery to be solved. A definite pick for a soapy summer read.

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suvata
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#LMPBC Round 003 - Group P
@suvata @Laura317 @Arubabookwoman @collegecatlady

This is the book I am thinking of using for round three. What do y‘all think?

wellreadredhead Sounds great! I‘ve been wanting to read this one. 5y
Laura317 It does sound good! Plus that cover! 😍 5y
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suvata @Laura317 I know. The cover is just beautiful. 5y
arubabookwoman Sounds good to me! 5y
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Jeanne_S
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Good summer read.

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Kshakal
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Such a beautiful cover!! #bookhearts #readingresolutions @Jess7

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alisiakae
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Panpan

I want to support local authors, so it pains me to give a big 👎🏽 to this one, but I cannot support the subtle racism and weird stereotypes that popped up in this book.

One example: writing like this for a black woman who works in the healthcare field: “Now how you reckon I‘m gon‘ know something like that Dr. Colley? He just say he got something he need to discuss with you.”

Plus, the Grey‘s anatomy exaggerated drama was just way overdone.

alisiakae I am counting this for #popsugar2018 #localauthor 5y
vkois88 That's a shame, it's got such a pretty cover. Sorry it was disappointing 5y
alisiakae @vkois88 It would be different if she wrote some of the white, Southern women using a southern dialect, but she didn‘t. Hopefully she thinks about having a sensitivity reader for her next book. 5y
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ravenlee Wow, does she ever say she don't know nothing 'bout birthin' babies? That's awful. 5y
alisiakae @ravenlee There is also a PoC ER patient that comes in for a “weave problem”, and the only Latinx character is an ER shooting victim who is referred to as being in MS-13. 🙄 5y
ravenlee 😲🙄 5y
vkois88 At this point, Idk what's worse... that she wrote it all that way, or that someone published it 😑 5y
Erinreadsthebooks Yessssss😩. I really wanted to like the book since it's set in Charlotte (I'm thirty minutes outside of Charlotte), the author was a doctor and should have a good grasp on the medical field, the premise sounded like it was right up my alley, but I really hated the book. 5y
MallenNC I just read this too, and I definitely was turned off by the stereotyping. I liked the Grey's Anatomy story, but I was very disappointed in that aspect. (edited) 5y
alisiakae @Erinreadsthebooks I read a few sections to my hubby (he is a general surgeon in Charlotte), and he just shook his head. He thought she definitely has a firm basis in medicine, but the exaggeration was silly. He also thought she used a lot of fancy medical terms that aren‘t even used in the field very often! (Like Wirsung duct). FYI - I live in Huntersville, 20 minutes from uptown. 😃 5y
alisiakae @MallenNC take out the stereotyping, and it‘s not a terrible book, esp. for people who love Grey‘s Anatomy. I am not one of those people. 😂 (although Shonda Rimes did win me over with Scandal, lol). 5y
Erinreadsthebooks @4thhouseontheleft Oh, yes, the medical terminology. I didn't need her to show her medical knowledge. I felt pretty confident that she would be well-versed in that considering the whole 'being a doctor' part--no proof necessary. It's a small Litsy world--I'm in Mooresville! 5y
Kalalalatja Love all the colours in this photo 👌 5y
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alisiakae
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It is so weird reading a book that is set in a place I know so well - the hospital and medical community in Charlotte.

Especially, when I read a paragraph like this, which seems like a indirect jab at the surgical practice where my husband is one of the partners (the author is using fictionalized names). His practice is the largest surgical group in Charlotte, and has been negotiating with the hospital over these exact issues in recent years. 😵

Chrissyreadit That‘s interesting! Maybe it happens more than people realize. 5y
alisiakae @Chrissyreadit The author is using a lot of real locations and places, so I found this interesting. This is similar to what the local hospital system has been attempting lately, and my husband‘s practice is the primary surgical group in the city. He read this and was like, hmmmm she really seems to be referring to us! 😂😂 5y
Slajaunie @4thhouseontheleft That is very interesting. I always like to read books that are set in my area or near me. It is funny how closely this one is related to your life. 5y
CouronneDhiver Strange when you get a personal connection like that! 5y
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alisiakae
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Starting this one with the hope of finishing before the neighborhood book club tomorrow!

It‘s set in my current hometown, Charlotte, NC. The author is a local doctor, and one of the characters is a surgeon - in the same hospital system where my husband works as a surgeon - so I had to read this new release! I am guessing I will either love it or hate it completely. 😂

Hopefully it won‘t be a Grey‘s Anatomy style of book. 🤣

ErinC It kind of was Grey‘s but I still enjoyed it! 5y
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Lauren.Archer
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I have so many mixed feelings about this book. The main thing was I was engaged, and did not want to put it down, but there was something about this story that just does not sit well with me.

mrozzz Totally agree 5y
alisiakae I didn‘t like it at all. 5y
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Lauren.Archer
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I have heard so many good things about this one. Just love a three day weekend, to focus on more reading.

kalinichta Dig that cover. 💐❤ 5y
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Book.Savor
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In my opinion, meetings are the enemy of progress.

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amycollard
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This was super fun. I‘ve heard various people compare it to “Grey‘s Anatomy in book form” and of course I knew I had to read it - I‘m a sucker for a good medical drama. I loved that it was partially set in Charlotte, NC (where I live). The story follows two women physicians who are best friends and had gone to medical school together. It goes back and forth between the present and their past years in medical school as it reveals secrets. Loved it.

Cinfhen Such a gorgeous cover 💜 5y
amycollard @Cinfhen I know, I love it! So pretty. 5y
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