Dutton (September 17, 2013)
Published by The Penguin Group
Hardcover: 320 pages
E-Book File Size: 581 KB
What if the life you wanted, and the woman you fell in love with, belonged to someone else?
Chris Canton has been unemployed for a year and his wife Claire is bringing in what income she can with her freelance Graphic Arts business. Chris is becoming more and more withdrawn and Claire feels them growing further and further apart. When he is finally offered a job that will have him traveling most of every week Claire thinks this will help their finances but may be the end of their marriage. She has never felt so alone.
Daniel Rush, a local police officer, pulls Claire over for a routine traffic stop and he feels immediately drawn to her. When they meet again at the 4th of July parade he tells her about a design job for the police department. They soon end up spending a lot of time together. They know they can be no more than friends but they love being together. They soon find they may be crossing the line Claire promised to never cross.
That sticky question: Can a man and a woman just be platonic friends? I believe they can but there are times and situations that have you walking pretty close to the fire. I have to stay at times I wanted Claire and Daniel to be together and others when I wanted her to fight for her marriage as hard as she could.
The author handled the whole situation masterfully and she kept this reader totally captivated from page one until the final word. I learned after reading On The Island to expect wonderful stories from Tracey Garvis Graves.
Told from several points of view the reader is pulled right into the story. You feel like you are walking in each characters shoes and see things so clearly. Friendships can grow in many different ways depending on those involved and the author could have taken these 3 characters in a very different or several different directions. It’s all about choices. I bet everyone who reads this story knows people that may have made the opposite and even the same choices.
I have to say Daniel was an exceptional man. Any woman would be blessed to have a man like him in their lives, platonically or romantically.
An emotionally honest story. I really enjoyed it!
About This Author
Tracey Garvis-Graves is the author of On the Island and Covet. She lives in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa with her husband, two children, and hyper dog Chloe. 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.
Find out more on her website: http://www.traceygarvisgraves.com
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”