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.