Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Tempting Fate - Jane Green

About the book...

TEMPTING FATE is the stunning and heart-breaking new novel from the No. 1 bestselling author Jane Green.
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?

Available now from Amazon
About the author...

Tempting Fate is Jane Green's fifteenth novel, she is the author of fourteen previous New York Times Bestselling novels. Initially known for writing about single thirty-somethings, she has gone on to write mature stories about real women dealing with all the things life throws at them, with her trademark wisdom, wit and warmth.
A former feature writer for the Daily Express in the UK, Green took a leap in faith when she left, in 1996, to freelance and work on a novel. Seven months later, there was a bidding war for her first book, Straight Talking, the saga of a single career girl looking for the right man. The novel was an immediate top-ten bestseller in England, and Green was an overnight success.
Now in her forties, Green has graduated to more complex, character-driven novels that explore the concerns of real women's lives, from marriage (The Other Woman) to motherhood (Another Piece of My Heart) to divorce, stepchildren, affairs, and most recently, midlife crises (Family Pictures and Tempting Fate).
She joined the ABC News team to write A Modern Fairytale - their first enhanced digital book - about the history of Royal marriages, then joined ABC News Radio as a live correspondent covering Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton. She has written a micro-series for Dove starring Alicia Keyes, many short stories, and has contributed to various anthologies, as well as regularly appearing on television shows including Good Morning America, The Martha Stewart show, and The Today Show.
Together with writing books and blogs, she contributes to various publications, both online and print, including Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, Cosmopolitan and Self, has taught at writers conferences, and does regular keynote speaking.
A foodie and passionate cook, Green filled one of her books, Promises to Keep, with recipes culled from her own collection. She says she only cooks food that is “incredibly easy, but has to look as if you have slaved over a hot stove for hours.” This is because she has six children, and has realised that “when you have six children, nobody ever invites you anywhere.”
Most weekends see her cooking for a minimum of twenty people in her home in Westport, Connecticut, where she lives with her husband and their blended family. When she is not writing, cooking, gardening, filling her house with friends and herding chickens, she is usually thanking the Lord for caffeine-filled energy drinks.

Catch up with Jane: Twitter / Website
My thoughts...

I had an ecopy of this book from Penguin via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review which I'm more than happy to give.  When I saw it listed I immediately thought that'll be a nostalgic read - that sounds good! Despite downloading it, somehow, it got buried amongst the many books that I have on my kindle and I only recently got around to reading it. I'm so sorry I didn't get to it sooner as it was a thoroughly enjoyable read that wasn't ironically, as nostalgic as I'd imagined.  Jane like many contemporary authors have aged the leading ladies :) When I was in my twenties so were the main characters, I'm glad to say they've matured along with me.

Gabby and Elliott had been married twenty years and had settled into life together without too many blips along the way - to say they were comfortable and took each other for granted would be a fair observation in my book.  It wasn't deliberate it's just something that happens when you know someone inside out.

Gabby wasn't what you'd call a gad about, she was settled and quite homely - seeing some of her friends as flighty, gregarious ones - she tended to blend into the background until the night she met Matt on a girls night out.

Jane perfectly told a story of how a chance meeting coupled with mild flirtation awakened the girl in Gabby.  A story that is true to life, sadly it happens all around us. All too often you hear about someone hitting that certain age, not even realising they felt frumpy and old until suddenly someone was looking at them, paying them attention and interested in what they had to say.  Nobody sets out to deliberately wreck their marriage and Gabby is no different, she just can't help herself - things gradually but not deliberately got out of hand.

This book evoked many emotions, mainly because Jane developed such detailed, rounded characters that felt like real people. I liked and disliked them all at different times.  I was hoping that Gabby would put the brakes on before it was too late, yet at the same time emphasised with her - understanding how she ended up having an affair and wracked with guilt.  Matt I think it's fair to say is a man with nothing to lose and everything to gain, the opposite for Elliott, Gabby's husband. I just kept wanting all three to take a step back and take stock.  Relationships are hard work, they don't grow without care, love and attention, yet that's not to say they can't be revived - never say a marriage is dead until there is nothing left!

Like any affair it's not just the trio involved who are affected, Jane takes us on an emotional journey with family, friends and a major twist - this isn't  just a simple tale of a marriage breakdown but a compelling tale of the aftermath too.

I thoroughly enjoyed my nostalgic trip with Jane and look forward to another one very soon.

I gave this book 5/5 stars