Jane Green is still one of my favorite authors of all time and has been for quite some time. I can never get enough of her novels and every time I hear that she is coming out with a new book, I find myself counting down the days until it is published. Jane Green never disappoints and Tempting Fate was no exception – it surpassed all of my expectations and was everything I hoped it would be (plus more).
Tempting Fate was one of the darkest Jane Green novels I’ve ever read. The story centers on Gabby, a woman who has been happily married for 20 years to her husband Elliott and has two young daughters. When Elliott is out of town with their daughters on vacation, Gabby goes out with her friends for a ‘girl’s night’ at a local bar where she is instantly noticed by a much younger and attractive man, Matt, who only has eyes for Gabby. In one night, Gabby shifts from being (in her mind) a dull and unappealing 43-year old housewife and becomes a young and ferocious woman who is aching with pleasure and need.
Gabby treads a very difficult and dangerous line with Matt; what starts out as a harmless flirtation quickly turns into a reckless obsession including late night emails and texts. The plot takes you through Gabby’s betrayal and her emotional journey of lust, heartbreak and her quest for redemption and true happiness. As you read through the chapters, you start to feel the pain and emotional toll something like cheating takes on everyone involved; not just Gabby, but also her husband, daughters, and friends. Even though I highly disapproved of Gabby’s actions in the story, I still liked her and through Green’s writing, could understand every emotion she felt including her desire to be wanted and the gut wrenching guilt she felt after she betrayed her husband and family.
Jane Green’s writing is pure perfection. This is a page turner like no other; I was dying to know what happened at the end of the book that I stayed up until 2 am the other night finishing it. Tempting Fate at times was very unnerving and even a bit uncomfortable although it exemplifies real life issues that are thrown at women every day. Tempting Fate is another winner from Jane Green and it’s no wonder this book has already received such wonderful reviews. It explores all aspects of marriage, motherhood and the ultimate betrayal – I highly recommend reading this book!
Karen is a fiancee to a wonderful man and a mom to a beautiful brindled boxer in Rockville, MD. When she’s not working as an IT consultant, she opens up a good book (or turns on her Kindle) or makes her way into the kitchen to cook for her family and friends. Find her at her blog or Twitter.
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