Book Review: Tempting Fate by Jane Green

Jane Green Tempting Fate BookI’m pretty sure it’s fairly obvious that I’m a book nerd. I may not have much free time anymore (why does no one explain to you exactly just how little free time you’ll have when you decide to become a mother?), but I make sure to try to dedicate a little of it each day to reading. Reading books just makes me a happier person, one massive perk of blogging has been the opportunity to review books. When I received the offer to review Jane Green’s new book Tempting Fate I was super excited. I LOVE Jane Green!

Then I read the blurb on Goodreads:

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?

Cue needle scratching across record. I am NOT reading a book about divorce and infidelity. Don’t need to delve into those emotions, thank you very much. And yet, I saved the email and kept rereading it. Finally the temptation of a new Jane Green got to me and I said yes. Shouldn’t we all push ourselves to read outside our comfort zone once in a while? Well, let me tell you, I couldn’t put it down. I read 60+ pages on the subway on the way to a rehearsal and 60 more on the way home. I stayed up late, curled into a corner of the sofa to read it. I gave up SLEEP to read this book.

It isn’t like the plot is full of twists and turns, you know where this story is going from almost page one and like the proverbial train wreck, you can’t look away. It’s not just a salacious, scandal-ridden piece of fluff though. I honestly felt that the emotions experienced by all of the characters were truthful. Heartbreakingly truthful, and that is what kept me reading into the wee small hours. In the acknowledgements the author thanks all the people who opened up to her with their own stories. This kind of research? It shows. Yes, it’s a fast, indulgent read, but it reads truthful. I’ve been down the rocky road of divorce and all those emotions are laid out here. Tempting Fate is so truthful in its emotions it hurts. I don’t think since going through my own divorce I’ve dared to read anything touching on this subject. I just haven’t wanted to go there, you know?

I think this novel could be a great choice for a light-hearted book club. Add wine and people’s natural inclination to have strong feelings on the subject matter, and you could have one heck of a discussion! The main character goes from being totally understandable and likable to just a downright idiot. As a woman in my late 30’s with a growing child, I fully recognize the frumpy mummy feelings Gabby is having. I so identified with her on that score, but when she makes that final idiot move? Oh my…I did not like her at all. She knows she’s being an idiot though, at no point does she delude herself, and I think that’s the saving grace here. Green doesn’t write a story about infidelity that makes it sound like the best thing ever and a wild ride of fun. She writes an honest story about normal people doing an incredibly stupid thing, and all the consequences that come of it.

If you’re looking for a quick women’s fiction read that still manages to deal truthfully with some heavy subject matter, I definitely recommend Tempting Fate!

 I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.


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