Tempting Fate - Jane Green
source: Review copy courtesy of Michael Joseph/Puffin
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?
I'm really confused to how I should write this review if I'm being totally honest with you. I didn't see the book as a story at all, I seen it as real life. It felt like I was reading a women's mag with real life stories in, you know the ones on tables in waiting rooms? Them. Anyway, bear with me because I can see I'm about to waffle and make no sense at all..
I can't help but wonder if this book is a very personal book to Jane Green, as some of the scenarios described seemed very real. Now I know that's what authors like you to feel, but this was different. Not a bad different, but different all the same. I found myself thinking of my own life and others during some of the testing times faced by those in the book and I couldn't help but find it quite hard to read at the beginning because of this. That was not becaue of the book, but becaue of the connections I made with the characters comparing them to people in my own life and putting myself in the shoes of Gabby. The flow is pretty quick once the plot is set and you get swallowed up into the world and marriage of the Elliotts. You're totally unaware of the time that passes when reading Tempting Fate, which proves the book to be a worthy read and from a good author.
I loved how the book shows relationships for what they actually are whether they be sexual, friendship, family, etc.. That they're not always easy, and some may not be all they seem from the outside. The way the book allows you to take on sides of an argument you may not take in real life, if you were seeing these real life dramas unfold in front of you. Life's hard and by god we all do struggle.
Tempting Fate is nothing more than every day life. Not so much a book you would think to expect from a Chick Lit queen, but a fabulous tale of love non the less. I am loving how Jane Green is hitting on situations in life that a lot of people are scared of and by doing that is allowing us into that world letting us see what it is like.
A heart breaking tale of the hardship in married life.
I highly recommend this book it is truly a tale that will have you thinking about life and love.