Review: Covet by Tracey Garvis-Graves

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4 Stars

Though Covet wasn’t the page-turner On the Island was, I’m happy to say I still found it captivating. Covet was a quiet, character-driven story whose characters you got to know really well. I got to know them so well that I connected to some in ways I can’t even talk about. I was certainly moved and I definitely cared about the outcome.

People and relationships are so multifaceted and I think Tracey Garvis-Graves does a great job at telling this story with the integrity it deserves. It is and it’s not about cheating. I know some people may not be able to understand Claire’s actions, or even Daniel’s, but if you don’t take it personally or if you’re able to read it with an open mind, you’ll find this story very touching I think.

There were moments when I wished the story would pick up or when I felt so many details weren’t necessary, but never when it came to the characters themselves. I thought they were so well written. Even with the secondary characters, we’re able to see different types of relationships and situations. Not one was perfect, which I felt was real, but I thought it was crazy that all of Claire’s friends/neighbors had some sort of major issue going on with their marriage.

I think the book is definitely aptly titled. The coveting was palpable! Not just in the forbidden relationship, but also in other aspects of her life, and in her friend’s lives. Each person had something or someone they coveted.

I loved that this book gave me a lot to feel and think and consider. It may not work the same for everyone who reads it, but I definitely think you should give it a chance.


Book Info

Covet by Tracey Garvis-Graves
Published by Dutton Adult
Pub Date: September 17th 2013
Pages: 320
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: AdultContemporaryRomance
Buy the book! | Goodreads

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.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

7 Responses to “Review: Covet by Tracey Garvis-Graves”

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      It was just very emotional and made me reflect on a lot of it, but not so intense that I’d call it raw…but then again, that was just me and how it affected me. It could be raw for someone else.

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    Bookworm Brandee

    Excellent review, Jess. Sometimes the quiet, character-driven novels move us the most. I think that a story involving cheating can be done well, and it seems Garvis-Graves does so. I look forward to picking up this one. :)

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    Kris (Imaginary Reads)

    This sounds like an emotional read. I’ve read a lot of intense novels recently, but the quiet ones that make me really feel for the characters are the especially moving ones. Great review, Jess!

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    I’ve been eyeing this cover for a while!
    It’s just so gorgeous. And the words inside sound just as lovely, though it does sound like a tear jerker. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one c:

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    I’ve heard so much about this author’s previous book “On the Island” that I’m really going have to check out her books. “One the Island” looks more intriguing, so I guess I start with that one.

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