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 runs into her 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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tracey Garvis Graves lives in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa with her husband, two children, and hyper dog Chloe. She is the author of On the Island, Uncharted, and Covet. She blogs at www.traceygarvisgraves.com using colorful language and a snarky sense of humor to write about pop culture, silly television shows, and her suburban neighborhood. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook. She is hard at work on her next book.
This story is all too real. Claire and Chris are really in love when they are married. They have two kids and things are going well until Chris loses his job, sending him into a spiral of depression and self doubt. Claire tries to be supportive but Chris shuts her out. When he finally does get another job, it takes him away from his family and their rocky marriage is assaulted again. Claire meets Daniel, a cop, when she is at her lowest and Daniel’s attention. The story flashes back and forth to when Chris and Claire were truly a couple. Claire really just needs a friend and some attention. She is the stable force in this marriage and she is about to shatter.
I found this story to be entirely too realistic. It was heartbreaking and emotional with all sorts of “what you do” situations that are not made any easier since any one who has ever had a relationship can easily identify. There are communication issues. stress and depression, none of them handled in a productive way but everyone tries. The way the book covers each character and gives their point of view only adds to this tale. At first I thought this was all about an affair, but it is more about what happens to a couple when they must deal with issues and no one wants to talk. This one will make you read straight through and maybe shed a tear or two.
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