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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (12 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718157583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718157586
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A heartbreaking tale of love and family, truly compelling (Closer)

Compulsively readable. I raced through it (Daily Mail)

Green is women's fiction royalty . . . a compelling family drama (Glamour)

About the Author

Jane Green is the Number One bestselling author of fourteen novels: Straight Talking, Jemima J, Mr Maybe,Bookends, Babyville, Spellbound, The Other Woman, Life Swap, Second Chance, The Beach House, Girl Friday, The Love Verb, The Patchwork Marriage and The Accidental Husband. Jane and her husband live in Connecticut with their blended family of six children.


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Format: Paperback
Gabby is 43 and loves her husband Elliott dearly. He is her soulmate, even though he refused to have the third child that she badly wanted. They never fight. Oh, except about the absence of the third child. And he never annoys her except when he works long hours. Or when he snores. And they hardly ever have sex, except sometimes when they have sex twice a day. Even then, she doesn't make much of an effort, except sometimes when she does. So after 20 years together, maybe things have lost a little of their magic. Her teenage and pre-teen daughter keep her at a distance, except sometimes when they don't. She is intimidated by a very organised mother that she knows and dislikes her because once Gabby lied to her to look better but got caught out so now she feels like she's not as good a mother as she should be. She doesn't work but judges mothers who help out at school a lot because they don't have a life. Can you tell that I disliked her intensely?

One night out with the girls, Gabby gets chatting to a handsome younger man who just happens to be the multi-millionaire founder of a famous website - oh and crazy about her. But she's happily married, so she should be immune to attraction - or is she?

If this description hasn't driven you crazy, you may well enjoy this novel. It hums along at a good pace and probably most women in long term relationships will identify in some way with Gabby's dilemma. However I couldn't get past my dislike of the lead character. She's incredibly self-centered and shallow. We keep being told how confident and amazing she is, but we never feel it for ourselves. It is very much the kind of book where everything gets spelled out for you, what people are thinking and feeling and lots of information about the brands they use or wear. There are so many good books out there that I'm annoyed with myself for wasting a day of my life in this one. Jane Green has definitely written better.
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I received a Netgalley copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have read almost all of Jane Green's books and have enjoyed every one. Jane's books have become more serious since her early days of Mr Maybe, but I think her work is all the richer for it. I don't often cry at books, but I found myself bawling my eyes out on Sunday morning, at the dilemma the main character faced. I think many people, men and women have been in Gabby's position before and yes, there is always a choice. Sometimes it could be the luck of the draw - how you are feeling on that particular day. In Gabby's case pent-up resentment against her husband, whom she otherwise loves very much, at the fact he doesn't want another baby, was probably what pushed her over the edge. What was key in this novel was that one mistake, one night, one hour even can destroy your life as you know it. However, perhaps it's not always all bad. Even in the darkest of times, positive things can happen. She was flattered by a younger man's attention and had no intention of anything happening. Already I could see where this was going and I wondered if she would withstand temptation. I also guessed what the outcome was going to be and how that would bring her life crashing down round about her. However, that didn't detract in any way from my enjoyment of the novel. What I didn't and couldn't foresee was how everyone's lives would pan out afterward:, the various adults', the kids'. I liked also that Gabby's friend made a wrong and unusual choice when she found out about Gabby's betrayal and I also liked that the woman she met at the support group became such a big influence in her life. Another fantastic read from Jane Green. I would expect nothing less.
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I am a huge fan of Jane Green, and so I was very much looking forward to her latest release - Tempting Fate.

Gabby knew that she wanted to be with Elliot from the very first moment that she met him, and through twenty years of marriage she has never doubted her love for him. But her two daughters are growing up, and Gabby begins to feel as though her youthful days are slipping away...And then she meets Matt. Matt is young handsome, and he makes Gabby feel alive again. And in one reckless moment, she destroys everything she loves.

As with all Jane green books, I was very eager to start reading, and as soon as I picked the novel up, I became swept up in the words and before I knew it I was turning the last page. I was so gripped by the story that I read the entire book in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down!

The main story was particularly interesting, I knew as well as anyone else that what Gabby was doing was dangerous, but it was so believable that I was hooked to what I was reading. Gabby was a fantastic character, I liked how she wasn't perfect and how she had her faults like any of us. At first I wasn't sure whether I wanted to like her, but I did sympathize with her and I found myself really hoping that things would work out for her and the situations would be resolved.

I loved how realistic the novel was, it was a story that could happen to anyone, and that is what made it so compelling to read! The scenarios are so believable and the characters were so well-written that I just had to keep reading to see what would happen to them.

Loyal fans of Jane Green will be delighted by Tempting Fate, and I really hope that new readers are tempted to pick up this gripping book too. Jane Green is back with a fantastic novel - she has such a talent for storytelling and Tempting Fate will draw you in and keep you hooked until the very last word.
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