This book was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for a fair review.
When Claire gets pulled over for a routine traffic stop, she has no idea that something so simple has the strength to change her world and make her question her life. When Claire meets hunk-a-licious Daniel, his good looks are the only thing that makes that routine traffic stop bearable is the fact that Daniel is very easy on the eyes. When he lets her go with a warning, Claire figures she’ll never see him again. But, that was not the case.
Claire is married to a man that she loves, but her marriage is on life support. When Chris lost his job a year earlier, he figured that he would have no problem finding another job. Yet, months later- he is still unemployed, dipping into the savings and having to cut corners to make ends meet. This perfect storm of bad luck takes a beating on Chris’s ego and he begins to withdraw from Claire. Claire wants to understand her husband, to be there, to support him during this phase- but he is unreachable. And the cracks in their marriage begin to develop.
A year later, Chris is employed- working a job that requires travel 4 days a week and between the long hours and him wanting to be the best at his job- he barely has time for his kids, let alone Claire. Claire tries to handle things, tries to not take it personally. Slowly the cracks begin turning into fault lines- and Claire wonders if her marriage is worth saving.
After Claire meets Daniel, they have a couple of run-ins and slowly begin to develop a friendship. One of Claire’s friends warn her about being friends with Daniel, but Claire insists that it’s fine. As their friendship deepens, Claire is getting the emotional connection she craves. Daniel is getting the companionship he craves. Will they cross the line? Or can Claire’s marriage be saved?
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
COVET leaves the reader to ponder: what is worse- the physical or emotional affair? Tracey Garvis-Graves takes issues that many folks are facing- losing jobs- and creates a story that many can relate to. In COVET, none of the main characters are “wrong”- Claire just wants to feel special, loved, understood. Chris wants to get back to the man he was before he lost his job, he wants to feel valuable and provide for his family. Daniel just desires something to fill the inner space that is empty- because his work is not doing the trick.
Did I like this book? Yes, I did. I did not LOVE it, but I enjoyed it. Tracey Garvis-Graves took some very real-life subject matter and created a story that was quick to read- with characters that weren’t always likeable (although, you could understand what motivated each character). My complaint: The book was not long, just a bit over 300 pages- but there was some of the day to day life of Claire that could have been cut. I think her point was to really showcase what Claire was going through as a working from home/single mom multiple nights a week, but it was a bit repetitive at times.
Overall, I think many would enjoy this book- it was a quick read (despite it’s potentially heavier subject matter). Book clubs would enjoy discussing this book- as it has the possibility of leading to deep and meaningful discussions about emotional vs physical affairs and marriage in general.
*Thanks to Plume Books for sending Traveling With T a review copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.
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