Book Review: Tempting Fate by Jane Green

Reviewer: Samantha

tempting fateI received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


From Jane Green, the New York Times bestselling author of such beloved novels as Jemima JThe Beach HouseAnother Piece of My Heart, comes an enthralling and emotional story about how much we really understand the temptations that can threaten even the most idyllic of relationships….

Gabby and Elliott have been happily married for eighteen years. They have two teenaged daughters. They have built a life together. Forty-three year old Gabby is the last person to have an affair. She can’t relate to the way her friends desperately try to cling to the beauty and allure of their younger years…And yet, she too knows her youth is quickly slipping away. She could never imagine how good it would feel to have a handsome younger man show interest in her—until the night it happens. Matt makes Gabby feel sparkling, fascinating, alive—something she hasn’t felt in years. What begins as a long-distance friendship soon develops into an emotional affair as Gabby discovers her limits and boundaries are not where she expects them to be. Intoxicated, Gabby has no choice but to step ever deeper into the allure of attraction and attention, never foreseeing the life-changing consequences that lie ahead. If she makes one wrong move she could lose everything—and find out what really matters most.

A heartfelt and complex story, Tempting Fate will have readers gripped until they reach the very last page, and thinking about the characters long after they put the book down.


Get ready for an emotional read! This book gave me a range of feelings, from anger to disgust and sadness to hope. I often struggle to read books where there is an affair, most likely because I am a newlywed, and this was no exception. I think Green did an excellent job building up why Gabby let herself go down a dangerous path with Matt, and showed that she didn’t just throw respect for her husband and her vows away without any thought. But there was still times where I wanted to scream at Gabby, because her life really did seem so great. Why do it? Why risk it? There is a plot twist that I don’t want to give away because my jaw dropped when I read it, and it gives the book a whole other dimension and a lot more depth to just being a story about a wandering wife. A little on the long side, it will take you some time to read, but it’s a good and complex story that you can’t help but get lost in. I’ve been a fan of Jane Green for many years now, and her latest didn’t disappoint.

4 stars

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