'An emotionally rich and satisfying story about small-town life, women helping women and the trauma of divorce.' - Australian Women's Weekly 'King delivers what her fans want - strong bonds, strong women characters and triumph over tragedy.' - Publishers Weekly 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, a colourful 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 Elinor. A story infused with all the flavours, textures and intrigues of a small Southern town, with a rich, resonant centre, Queen of Broken Hearts is a bold step forward for Cassandra King.
King has published stories and essays in various quarterlies and anthologies. She has taught college writing classes, conducted corporate writing seminars, and worked as a human-interest reporter. She lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.