Tempting Fate – Jane Green

tempting fate“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..”

On a night out with her married friends, Gabby is bemused to see her companions, dressed up to the nines, chatting up men in attempt to relive their youth – a time before babies, husbands and mortgages. She just doesn’t understand why anyone would jeopardise their life and marriage for flirtation – or worse, an affair. Gabby is happily married to Elliott, despite a few bumps in their relationship, and with their two beautiful daughters, life is as perfect as it could get – although she is starting to feel slightly like a frumpy, middle-aged wife.

But that night, a chance encounter with a handsome young stranger in a bar flips Gabby’s viewpoint – and life – upside down. Little does she realise that when she sits down and talk to him, it is the start of a dangerous path that threatens to destroy her life as she currently knows it…

Tempting Fate by Jane Green depicts the emotional turmoil Gabby and the rest of her family face when the choices she makes shatters their harmony. But amidst the predictable developments stemming from her actions – Elliott leaving, being parted from the girls – she’s not prepared for her daughter’s trouble at school, losing her best friend Claire and Elliott’s new choice of partner. We’re kept on tenterhooks as we follow the twists and turns of her new – lonely – life and the consequences of her actions. Will Gabby be able to find happiness – with Matt? With Elliott? Or with the new, handsome English stranger she meets by chance in a bar one day..?

Jane Green’s talented storytelling skills will hook you in and keep you guessing – right until the very end. Definitely worth a read.

Many thanks to Penguin for the review copy.

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