Author: Tracey Garvis Graves
Age Group: Adult
Publication Date: September 17th 2013
Available Formats: Hardcover, E-Book
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From the author of the New York Times bestseller On the Island.
What if the life you wanted, and the woman you fell in love with, belonged to someone else?
Chris and Claire Canton’s marriage is on life support. Downsized during the recession and out of work for a year, Chris copes by retreating to a dark place where no one can reach him, not even Claire. When he’s offered a position that will keep him away from home four nights a week, he dismisses Claire’s concern that time apart could be the one thing their fragile union can’t weather. Their suburban life may look idyllic on the outside, but Claire has never felt so disconnected from Chris, or so lonely.
Local police officer Daniel Rush used to have it all, but now he goes home to an empty house every night. He pulls Claire over during a routine traffic stop, and they run into each other again at the 4th of July parade. When Claire is hired to do some graphic design work for the police department, her friendship with Daniel grows, and soon they’re spending hours together.
Claire loves the way Daniel makes her feel, and the way his face lights up when she walks into the room. Daniel knows that Claire’s marital status means their relationship will never be anything other than platonic. But it doesn’t take long before Claire and Daniel are in way over their heads, and skating close to the line that Claire has sworn she’ll never cross.
I’m going to be honest: It was with much trepidation that I picked up Covet and decided to give it a go. I’d heard about Tracey Garvis Graves’ On The Island, the somewhat taboo subject , and shied away from it…thinking that it would be outside by comfort zone. But I read so many great reviews from bloggers that I trust and so was still curious. Then I started seeing buzz about Covet and I thought…here we go again. Another topic that I am uncomfortable reading about….but that cover! I mean come on…have you seen that cover?! So gorgeous. And her previous book had been so well reviewed. So when I had the opportunity to lay my hands on an advance copy at BEA, I knew I had to take a chance. And I am so glad that I did.
I’ll start at the end: I loved this book!
And for those who, like me, may be worried that Covet falls outside of their comfort zone…let me assure you: It’s OK-Go read it!
Gravis Graves does an amazing job of painting an incredibly realistic portrait of suburban life and marriage. Those who are married, know the truth: marriage is hard, marriage is a lot of work, marriage is commitment in its deepest sense. Covet captures this beautifully in it’s tale of Claire and Chris’ marriage, the struggles and the temptations, and the fight back.
The language is absolutely beautiful and the the three point of views (Clair’s being the strongest) are a perfect insight into how all the parties are feeling. I found myself constantly sneaking this one out of my purse during the day…just one more page…just one more chapter… I had to have more. There is just something so addicting about how Garvis Graves writes. It’s so beautiful and so emotionally compelling and just so darn REAL that you won’t want to put this one down.