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The Resource Queen of broken hearts, Cassandra King

Queen of broken hearts, Cassandra King

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Queen of broken hearts
Title
Queen of broken hearts
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Cassandra King
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Language
eng
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Review
  • Divorce therapist Clare Ballenger helps women cope from her office, affectionately know as Casa Loco, in the quaint town of Fairhope, Alabama, but her own life, and those of loved ones, havent benefited. Clare has misgivings about her best friend, Dory, and her marriage to charismatic and needy Son. Clare misses signs of trouble in her daughters marriage, and has yet to deal with the death of her husband. Clare wants her patients and friends to go forward while she is stuck in the past, refusing to let a new man into her life and her bed, until a rivalry develops between an old friend and a Yankee transplant. Lex Yarbrough, retired navy captain and new owner of the marina, wants Clare and is not willing to settle for friendship. This forces Clare to confront her past and start living in the present. Kings vivid and charming portrayal of southern small-town life enriches this moving and genuine story of midlife revelations. -- Patty Engelmann (Reviewed 02-01-2007) (Booklist, vol 103, number 11, p32)
  • A therapist specializing in helping people get sorted out postdivorce has her own problems of the heart in King's latest (after The Same Sweet Girls ). Since the death of her husband, "divorce coach" Clare has thrown herself into her work. And now that she has a booming practice on Alabama's gulf coast, her after-hours is packed with even more drama: her best friend Dory's marriage is forever on the rocks; her daughter Haley's husband abandons the family; Maine transplant and marina owner Lex is newly divorced, available and interested; and Zoe, Clare's dead husband's mother, is helping Clare accomplish her dream of creating a retreat center. With more than a little help from her friends—old and new—Clare lets go of her grief and gives love another shot. Though it exhibits that unmistakable Southern charm, King's writing also frustrates: backstories are hinted at but left murky, while nagging questions hang around for hundreds of pages (the circumstances surrounding Clare's husband's death, for instance) and overshadow Clare's present-day narrative. Storytelling kinks aside, King delivers what her fans want—strong bonds, strong women characters and triumph over tragedy. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed February 5, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 6, p43)
  • Alabama divorce coach tends to her flock.After her husband died in a mysterious hunting accident, Clare Ballenger dedicated herself to helping the broken-hearted middle-aged women in her Gulf Shores community heal from the wounds caused by divorce. When she's not on the clock professionally catering to the emotionally needy, this 50-something busybody tends to the woes of friends and family. She's got her work cut out for her. In King's third novel (The Sunday Wife, 2002, etc.), troubled relationships are ubiquitous. Clare's ministerings have mixed results. Sometimes her advice is helpful; sometimes her opinions stir up trouble, as when Clare provides best friend Dory with a brutally honest analysis of her marriage. Clare provides inconsistent guidance when infidelity decimates her daughter Haley's relationship, ultimately telling Haley to write the marriage off. Dory and Haley confront Clare on her double standard. While dispensing insight to and fro, she has spared little time for introspection. Two suave bachelors are vying for her attention, so why isn't she forging ahead with a new relationship? Before ending her self-imposed celibacy, Clare must face the demons in her own marriage. Despite King's indulgent maundering, the story resonates. This book, which should be read by any 30-year-old woman desperate to wed, ultimately asks: Is marriage worth the sacrifices and the risks? While King doesn't provide any clear-cut answers, she does lay bare the fears that lurk inside the most outwardly happy wives.A provocative treatise on the blessings and curses of marriage and middle age. (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2006)
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161144
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1944-
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King, Cassandra
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3568.A922
LC item number
Q44 2007
Literary form
fiction
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  • Women
  • Divorce therapy
Target audience
adult
Label
Queen of broken hearts, Cassandra King
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
412 pages
Isbn
9781401301774
Lccn
2006049697
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • 71241985
  • (OCoLC)71241985
Label
Queen of broken hearts, Cassandra King
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
412 pages
Isbn
9781401301774
Lccn
2006049697
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 71241985
  • (OCoLC)71241985

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