Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Tempting Fate by Jane Green
3.0 out of 5 stars - Marriage and Family -- making it work requires lots of choices.
You know the feeling, when you want to scream at the character -- "DON'T DO IT!" That's the main reaction I had to this story about mid-life crisis, motherhood, marriage, family, friendship, adultery and betrayal. It reads like a lifetime movie and features Gabby, a 43-year-old supposedly happily married protagonist who goes off the rails one night when a good looking man, about 10 years younger, flirts with her at a bar when she's with friends on a Ladies Night Out. That's when the obsession and her troubles begin.
I really couldn't relate to any of the poor decisions that Gabby made and found her to be supremely narcissistic so did not work up any empathy for how she found herself in the resulting situations and fallout. Truly, I wasn't sure why anyone in the book found her so fascinating - so the whole plot was a bit unbelievable even as it was totally predictable for this genre.
I'm sure those who love women's fiction and/or chick lit will find some redeeming qualities in this story that tackles a lot of huge issues for contemporary wives and mothers. The ending was as expected. No doubt it will provide sufficient topics for a book group discussion and that may be a saving grace for sales and marketing.
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the e-book ARC to review.