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Queen of broken hearts
King, Cassandra, 1944-
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[Large print ed.]
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543 p. (large print) ; 22 cm.
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"I laughed and I cried... I absolutely adored this book!" - Dorothea Benton Frank.

"King, who is married to novelist Pat Conroy (Prince of Tides), has proven herself to be an extraordinary author in her own right." - Library Journal.

It's not easy being the Queen of Broken Hearts. Clare's career as a divorce therapist is thriving, yet, when her own marriage ends in tragedy, she throws herself into her work with a vengeance. She has no problem helping the hundreds of people who seek her advice to mend their shattered lives - but healing her own is another matter entirely. And falling in love again is something she has no intention of doing - ever! So when a burly sea captain moves to town to run the marina, Clare insists they remain friends - nothing more. And just as she begins to fall for Lex, she discovers she may have a rival in his estranged wife, Annalee.

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Booklist 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, haven't benefited. Clare has misgivings about her best friend, Dory, and her marriage to charismatic and needy Son. Clare misses signs of trouble in her daughter's 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. King's vivid and charming portrayal of southern small-town life enriches this moving and genuine story of midlife revelations. --Patty Engelmann Copyright 2007 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved