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Queen of Hearts: Coming of Age in a Hospital Bed

by Martha Brooks

Rated: Mild

Marie-Claire, living on the prairie in Canada at the beginning of World War II, doesn’t expect life to be easy. She works hard at her chores around the farm; she knows boys are going off to war. Even at 15, she is aware that life will exact a price. She never could’ve imagined, though, how high that price would be. When she contracts tuberculosis, Marie-Claire must move into a sanatorium for TB patients. Her life shudders to a crawl as she painfully works through the disease as well as her own anger and frustration at this card that life has dealt to her.

I REALLY liked this book. I liked Marie-Claire — she felt painfully real, and I shared her misery and her glimpses of happiness. The setting itself was so unique; I’m embarrassed to admit that I had no idea that such sanatoriums existed — where before antibiotics were available to treat TB, people would spend YEARS of their life in seclusion, trying to overcome this horrible disease. I actually even cried tears at one point in this story, it’s that carefully and beautifully written. The love story felt believable and realistic. It took me by the hand into a place I’ve never been and gave me a realistic and interesting journey.

Rated: Mild for 8 uses of mild language, 22+ uses of terms involving Deity, some kissing (nothing graphic) and hospital gore.

— Reviewed by Corinne Edwards

Corinne Edwards is always happiest when a book is in her hand. If her current read needs to be closed for a short time, either in her backpack while she leads her three rambunctious children on adventures, or on her nightstand while she sleeps, that's okay too. Her book thoughts and reviews land at her bookish blog, The Book Nest.

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  • Queen of Hearts: Coming of Age in a Hospital Bed
  • by Martha Brooks
  • Rated: Mild
  • Genre: Young adult
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