Tempting Fate, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


When Gabby first met Elliott she knew he was the man for her.

In twenty years of marriage she has never doubted her love for him - even when he refused to give her the one thing she still wants most of all.

But now their two daughters are growing up Gabby feels that time and her youth are slipping away.

For the first time in her life she is restless. And then she meets Matt...Intoxicated by the way this young, handsome and successful man makes her feel, Gabby is momentarily blind to what she stands to lose on this dangerous path. And in one reckless moment she destroys all that she holds dear.

Consumed by regret, Gabby does everything she can to repair the home she has broken.

But are some betrayals too great to forgive?




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Jane Green has established herself as a best selling author of womens fiction, publishing more than a dozen novels in the last fifteen years or so. Her latest release, Tempting Fate, is the story of Gaby Cartwright, a housewife and mother approaching middle age when a mild flirtation over a drink with someone who is not her husband spirals into an obsession which blows her world apart.Exploring themes such as marriage, motherhood, betrayal and adultery, Tempting Fate is a well crafted story. I felt that Jane Green attempted an honest examination of the consequences for Gabby and her family when her recklessness is exposed. The plot is thought provoking, challenging and engaging and though the ending was just a little too neat and orderly for me, I think it was probably the best choice in order to appeal to Green’s target audience.The characters of Tempting Fate are believably drawn and respond realistically to the issues they face. I was surprised to find Gabby a largely a likeable protagonist given my general distaste for her actions. Green does a credible job of exposing Gaby’s vulnerabilities and I feel any woman of a similar age and life stage as Gaby will be able to relate to her many of her thoughts and emotions, even if they find the choices she makes morally repugnant.The author also did well to flesh out the cast and share their reactions to the changes they are forced to accept. I could understand Elliot’s anger and sadness, support her daughters outrage and could sympathise with Gaby’s best friends quandary.Tempting Fate is a surprisingly compulsive read, drawing the reader in with genuine emotion and a keen understanding of ‘real women, real life and all the things life throws at them’. I found it a quick, entertaining and satisfying read.

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Gabby is a forty-something English housewife living in America. She is happily married, yet inconceivably embarks on an emotional affair with a much younger man. With far reaching consequences. I have to say I didn't like Gabby very much at all. She is very self-absorbed. And I don't understand why she had to be English, especially as the author and the setting are both American. As an English person myself, her Englishness just didn't really ring true.

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