Tempting Fate by Jane Green

It’s been years since I gave up chick-lit. I much prefer thrillers or modern literature. But I was always a Jane Green fan back in the day. Her chick-lit has always been a cut above the rest. I like the fact that her characters have grown as she has – from women in their 20s looking for love (Straight Talking and Jemima J) through to women having their first babies (Babyville) to women in their 40s whose kids are almost grown up. Which is where we meet Gabby from Tempting Fate.

I was short on reading material and this book was 50p from the church fete. I remembered how much I’d always enjoyed Jane Green years ago (although I had been disappointed by some elements of The Patchwork Marriage), so I picked it up.

Gabby is in her 40s and happily married to Elliot. They have two daughters, aged 11 and 17. Elliot has upset Gabby recently over a pretty big issue and maybe that’s her excuse. She goes out on a girls’ night out and meets a younger, successful, attractive man and they hit it off. And I started shouting at the book. Not because I didn’t like it, but because I was so caught up in the story. As a happily married 40-something woman myself, I could relate to Gabby, so it felt more real to me. I knew that something was going to happen, because it said so on the blurb. But I still yelled at her to stop and think. But she didn’t think and her life blows up.

This is a really moving book, which shows just how easy it can be to get caught up in infatuation and end up destroying a life you’d been happy with for so long. Will things ever get back to normal for Gabby and her family?

Despite my general dislike of chick-lit, I found myself really enjoying the story. It’s an easy read that still packs an emotional punch. My only complaint is there is way too much description of people’s outfits and far too much ‘She just threw this on and she didn’t care blah blah’, but that she still looked stunning and she didn’t realise it. Yawn. And descriptions of decor. More yawning. And the dialogue is a bit clunky in parts – like they have to say absolutely everything to make sure the reader doesn’t miss any essential plot points. Or maybe that’s just how the speak in America?

But if you enjoy reading about families and relationships, you could do a lot worse than Tempting Fate.

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  1. Chick lit is the only thing I read (one day I WILL try another genre), and I love Jane Green. I read The Patchwork Marriage a few months ago, and despite it not going in the direction I thought it would, I did enjoy it. Tempting Fate definitely sounds right up my street, and will keep my eye on the charity shops for it x

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    • It’s well worth a read, especially if you’re a fan of chick-lit anyway. I defintely preferred it to the Patchwork Marriage.
      I dare you to try a different genre – you might enjoy it! x

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  2. Sounds like one I would enjoy. Like you I prefer thrillers now to chick lit but I did love Jane green

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    • It’s good to hear that someone else has made the transition from chicklit to thrillers, but this is definitely worth a read!

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  3. I love that you pick up books that are cheap from charity shops like me 🙂 I can’t buy a kindle because I can’t stand the idea of not being able to pass my books on to my sisters when I’ve finished with them or buy them from charity shops. This sounds quite good as chick lit goes, I’d buy it if I saw it for 50p too!
    Nat.x

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    • It was well worth 50p, that’s for sure! I’ve only recently started buying books from charity shops, but it’s a really good idea. I also like borrowing books off people too. My Dad has a lot more Ian Rankin books I need to borrow soon! x

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  4. See I love a good chick lit although I’ve not anything from this author before. Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

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    • Oh you should definitely try Jane Green! She is a brilliant author (apart from her slightly annoying habit of describing clothing and interiors in great detail!).

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  5. I go through phases of reading different genres too and at the moment find chick lit easier to ft in around other things. If I pick up a good psychological thriller nothing else gets done until I’ve finished it!!

    #readwithme

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    • I know what you mean about psychological thrillers! I made the mistake of reading a very detailed thriller over the school holidays and didn’t have enough time to spend on it. I should definitely have gone for something more lightweight!

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  6. I keep seeing Jane Green books floating around the shops and internet! I might give this book a whirl, it sounds great! #ReadWithMe

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    • I can definitely recommend Jane Green and this one is well worth a read!

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  7. I haven’t heard of Jane Green, but I like to read chick lit sometimes for a change, especially if I just finished something rather heavy #readwithme

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    • I would definitely recommend Jane Green! I used to read something lighter after a heavy book too, but these ‘light’ books often pack a real emotional punch and aren’t as light I expect them to be!

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  8. I remember shouting out loud at a book when I read The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy! #readwithme

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    • I haven’t read that one, but I’m glad it’s not just me who shouts at books!

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