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Covet (Covet #1)

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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,
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Dutton Adult
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Tracey Garvis-Graves
Jul 18, 2013 Tracey Garvis-Graves added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Women's Fiction. Please note that this book has not yet been released.

4.5 stars

...thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife...
- The Tenth Commandment

Claire and Chris have been together for twelve years. With two children, a year of Chris being unemployed, and now a new job that often takes him away from Claire and the children, their marriage is rocky.

Claire wants and needs Chris's attention. Chris wants and needs to feel productive and useful, to be the provider for his family.

When Claire is pulled over by a cop for having a taillight out, she meets Officer Dan
Aestas Book Blog

Advance Copy Review. Release date: September 17, 2013.

When I first heard that the author of one of my favorite books,On The Island, had written a new book, I didn't even need to know what it was about, I knew I was reading it no matter what. With Covet, Tracey Garvis Graves has once again tackled a potentially controversial topic in a very realistic and relatable fashion. Her writing is vivid and evocative and perfectly portrays each character's side of the story. With Covet actually being class
Sharon ✽ is an emotional book junkie ✽
A marriage on the rocks and a good looking police office...what do they spell? You're right...nothing but trouble! Claire's marriage is strained to the limit and she's extremely lonely and even though she knows she shouldn't, she can't bring herself to turn away from the friendship that Daniel offers. I mean, men and women can just be friends, right?

So, the whole reason I read this book was because of On The Island, a book I really enjoyed. I was hoping that this book would be up to the same st
Rachel Feldman
I loved On the Island. and I cannot believe this is the same author. It was brutally slow and excruciatingly boring. Claire & Chris live in middle america, happily married with two young children and a great group of soccer mommy and daddy friends. But Chris loses his job in the recession, then can't get another for a long time, sinking into a depression that effects the whole family. When he gets a new job, it keeps him on the road 4 days a week. Claire doesn't know that Chris hates his bos ...more
Covet was a compelling and engrossing read. It felt like a realistic slice of suburban life complete with all the trying obstacles the average family and married couple face. Parts of this story were very emotional to me, and felt very true to life.

Claire married the love of her life, Chris. Chris feels the same, but unfortunately life gets in the way and being imperfect they don’t deal with it in the best of ways. Chris loses his job and that deals a blow to his family and his marriage. Feelin
Sep 08, 2014 Tina marked it as dnr-dnf
This is tentative for me. I'll have to see what the reviews look like because I just don't read books with adultery. It does nothing for me, it's a major hot button of rage and I find it nearly impossible to be sympathetic for people involved in adultry. So...I'll wait and see.
Heidi R.
I was fortunate enough to win an advanced copy of Tracey Garvis Graves' new novel, "Covet". I just received it in the mail this morning and hadn't planned on reading it until tonight...but, as all books do, it was calling to me and I started reading it and couldn't put it down.

This is a story about a marriage on the brink of disaster. It's about the struggle of a husband (Chris) dealing with downsizing, unable to find a job for a year and then finally being hired by a company that has him trave
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This is going to be a hard review to write. First let me say I am a giant Tracey Garvis-Graves fan; On The Island was one of my favorite novels of 2012 and I could reread it over and over again. When I found out Tracey was going to have a new book coming out in September 2013 I was jumping for joy, I couldn’t wait to read Covet.

Covet is a story about a couple that have been married for about 10 years, have two children but are going through a rough coup
Lise *friends don't flag*
3.5 I am lonely stars...

I have two blond headed kids and a blond headed husband, I also have blond hair; the all American family living in the burbs in an all American town in Kansas surrounded by a bunch of other all American families.

We all are trying to hide how messed up, issue laden, secret keeping, and depressed we are.

I meet a hot cop...

I start to meet up with Daniel. He is fun to be with, talk to, rides a motorcycle and oh yeah… did I mention he is gorgeous. There is something sad and
Natalie ♥for the love of TBH♥
"We're the Cantons. Sun-kissed, all-American, picture-perfect. By all appearances, we're the ideal suburban family. As long as you don't look too closely."

On the Island was one of my top favorite reads last year, so obviously I was super excited to red Covet, plus the fact that Tracey Garvis-Graves is one of my favorite authors made me even more psyked. And was I disappointed? No, I wasn´t. But I´m gonna be honest and say that I loved her debut novel more. It is pretty hard to top that one.
4 Solid STARS!!!

I really, really enjoyed this one, but it did come up a bit short of me loving it. It needed more heat ladies! Despite that, I did appreciate this grown-up vibe compared to other reads :)
What I loved about this tremendously was the real-life setting and issues taken up here. Marriage, work, raising children, love, communication and the deteoration of it based on what life throws your way.

I will say this had a very Desperate Housewives feel to it with the neighborly involvement a
Great story!!

First off, let me point out that I struggled to review this book without being a bit spoilery, so please proceed with caution. I don’t give away the ending, but it’s hard to review this story without giving it the proper insight into several of the events that occurred. I’m typically better at this, but this novel just wouldn’t quit my mind and I had so much to say… So, you’ve been warned…

So now that I’ve got that out of the way, let me just say WOW! Just… WOW! Covet clearly offers
Hildy (The Book Boss)
I was lucky enough to win an ARC of Covet and when it finally arrived in the mail I had a few other books lined up so I thought I’d wait. It was just so new and gorgeous that I decided to just sneak a peak at the first page but it sucked me in right away and I finished it by the next day. It was hard to put down.

Now, let me explain that I’m completely ‘anti-spoiler’ so I didn’t really know what the book was about, other than it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out a few things from the
A most beautifully real and simplistic read. There were no dark and damaged, out of control characters, or over-played angst - however, there is a true and organic story about life in modern suburbia. It's intentional low-key style only made it more realistic and something that I could most definitely see just about anyone.

I really liked where Garvis-Graves took me because I was seriously sucked in the second I began reading, with each time having to stop becoming increasingly more d

There are some books you stumble across that are easy to read. Light. Fluffy, even. This book is not one of them.

As a married woman whose own life has recently suffered some turmoil, I found it difficult to start. I even had to put it away for a couple of days and build up the nerve to dive back in when I felt more emotionally prepared.

Though I don’t think I could have prepared myself to read this. It was heartbreaking and real and really, I don’t have the words to describe it. Tracey Garvis-Gra
Jaime Arkin
So when I found out that Tracey had another book coming out my reaction was probably a bit like this.

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It's no secret how much I loved On The Island... but then I got the warning... "It's women's fiction, so keep that in mind." and I was all, well what the hell is women's fiction... I'm a woman, I like fiction... why wouldn't I like this book?

And I will freely admit that in between staring at the cover and fawning all over how pretty it is, I read the summary. And my heart skipped a beat and I t
We’re the Cantons. Sun-kissed, all-American, picture-perfect. By all appearances, we’re the ideal suburban family. As long as you don’t look too closely.

I'm not going to lie and tell you that I didn't find this eerily odd connection to Claire (even writing that brings up some deep emotions within me) to the point where I found myself up in the wee hours of the morning to finish Covet. To say I was simply moved would be an understatement. When you think of infidelity you always imagine that you
Erin Arkin
I loved this book – that is really the best way for me to put it. Yes, this is a story about a marriage but it is more than that. It is also about life, love, friendship, and how we deal with disappointments. Tracy Garvis Graves has written a story that is moving and tackles some heavy topics in a real way. While I was reading I had the butterflies…you know what I’m talking about here. How when you read a story and everything seems so real and you are invested in what happens with each and every ...more
Sue Lee
The sign of a good book to me, is one that I think about when I'm not reading it or after I've finished it. Covet starts out slow and to be honest, I had to really work mid-way through to keep going. However, I'm so glad I did. The beauty of the story can't be fully realized until you read through the whole book.

This is different from other recent contemporary romance novels because frankly, there isn't a lot of action. It's about the demise of an ideal marriage that occurs slowly overtime. The
Amy ♥
It physically pains me to give this book 3 stars. However, I promise to keep my reviews honest. And according to Goodreads, 3 stars means I liked it. And I did like it, but sadly didn’t love it :(

Tracey Garvis-Graves is an extraordinary author. On the Island is on my favorites shelf. Her writing is hypnotic. It’s so smooth and easy to read, I will continue to read every book she writes. This one, though, just didn’t do it for me. It was beautifully written, no doubt about that, but the storyline
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I’ve never thought that a book was not for me based on the fact of my age, or social economic status, but COVET wasn’t written for me. I am from a generation whose future will look drastically different from the current middle agers and I am from a neighborhood that could never afford that kind of living.

There are moments in this book where I just couldn’t empathize. There is a reason many books end at the wedding, because marriage isn’
[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
Sep 17, 2013 [~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥ marked it as did-not-finish
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DNF at 50% (I really tried!)

I'm so sad I couldn't get into this :(

Claire and Chris are married. But life gets in their way with the stress of unemployment and money worries. Which leads to Chris' depression and the couple drifting apart.

I miss my kids and my house...I miss Claire

Then, Daniel enters the picture and forms a friendship with Claire. I couldn't connect with Claire but I think a lot of women can relate to her situation of going through a rough patch in a marriage.

I made it halfwa
Claire is 34 a stay at home mom and part time free lance graphics designer. She is lonely and goes to the movies alone. Chris is Claire's husband he has been out of work for 12 months and has finally gotten a job but is away from home 4 nights a week. Daniel is a police officer whose looks are more model than cop.

Claire and Chris met right after college and have been married for 12 years. They had the perfect American marriage that is until Chris looses his job. During his year at home Chris is
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Love is powerful, strong and resilient, no matter how tested.

People can enter our lives and change them forever when we least expect it, just as things so familiar to us are not written in stone.

Every characters journey in this book felt real, facing issues than can happen to anyone. A beautifully written tale on how taking things and people in our lives for granted can effect us. Not your usual love triangle, and I loved that so much about this book.
Aug 30, 2012 Karima marked it as to-read
I just finished 'on the Island' and I loved it. So I really like to read more of Tracey Garvis-Graves.
Mandi Schreiner
Last year I read On the Island which really surprised me and I enjoyed so when this showed up in my mailbox I thought I'd give it a try, even though I normally shy away from women's fiction. I will say it definitely has romance tones in it.

Chris and Claire have been married for years but after Chris lost his job, he went into a depression. A year later, he finds a job but the void in their marriage is large. He travels constantly, leaving Claire home with the kids. They stop communication, stop
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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2.5 Stars

When Chris found himself a victim of the recession and out of work, he was sure he’d be employed again well before his severance package ever ran out. Over a year later, he’s finally employed, but the only opportunity that was available has him traveling all week. Claire has tried to stay strong throughout her husband’s unemployment. She’s ridden out the storm of financial worries and her husband’s mood swings by taking more o
"Maybe love is like a pendulum. It swings back and forth, slowly, steadily, and sometimes you don't know where it will come to rest."

Marriage is hard. Anyone who has ever been married will tell you that (if not, they're lying). It's a commitment that must be continually tended to and nurtured. In the best of times it is fun and easy. In the worst of times it is exhausting and infuriating. But scariest of all is when you just stop. Every marriage has its cycles of ups-and-downs. Children, health
Tessa Teevan
I have no idea what to say. Actually, that's a lie. I wrote four pages of pissed off notes while listening to this at work, but it'd just be a jumbled mess of spoilers and statements ending with multiple exclamation points.

I absolutely love On the Island, so I had high, high hopes for Covet. I should've known better. I'm really bad with cheating books, and when it comes to marriage, I can barely stomach it. There was one scene that literally made me lose my appetite at lunchtime.

I think listen
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Tracey Garvis-Graves is the author of On the Island, Uncharted, and Covet. She lives in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa with her husband, two children, and hyper dog Chloe. She blogs at using colorful language and a snarky sense of humor to write about pop culture, silly television shows, and her suburban neighborhood. You can e-mail her at She ...more
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“Maybe love is like a pendulum. It swings back and forth, slowly, steadily, and sometimes you don't know where it will come to rest.” 17 likes
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