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Tempting Fate: A Novel Hardcover – March 25, 2014
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Popular chick-lit author Green (Family Pictures, 2013) tackles another hot issue for women in her new outing: temptation outside of marriage. Gabby Cartwright is a happily married mother of two who meets an attractive man a decade her junior while out for a night with her girlfriends. Gabby has an instantaneous and powerful connection with Matt, an entrepreneur with a successful website. Though nothing happens the first night they meet, Matt begins e-mailing Gabby, and she finds herself looking forward to his messages and responding in the middle of the night while her husband, Elliot, sleeps. Though Elliot is a devoted husband and loving father, Gabby hasn’t quite forgiven him for having a vasectomy and denying her the third child she’s been longing for. Given the book’s title, readers might have an inkling of what to expect when Elliot goes to a conference out of town, leaving Gabby on her own for the weekend, but Green takes things in interesting directions as she deftly explores the aftermath of Gabby’s rash, impulsive decision, making her latest a captivating cautionary tale. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A substantial initial printing, author appearances, book-club call-ins, and many other media and online promotions will mobilize best-selling Green’s large, social-media-stoked fan base. --Kristine Huntley
“The author, one of the first ladies of chick lit, once again exemplifies the best qualities of the genre...her compelling tale reflects an understanding of contemporary women that's acute and compassionate, served up with style.” ―People
“Complex and funny family drama” ―US Weekly
“You'll have trouble putting it down.” ―Detroit Free Press
“Green is one of the great entertainers in popular fiction, with 14 previous novels that large numbers of readers have taken to heart. Her work is what might be described as smart escapism, stories that deal with issues we all can relate to, but that serve up ideas in the context of wonderful stories that keep us turning pages. More often than not we see the world through the eyes of a charming, striving woman.” ―Connecticut Post
“Family Pictures left me feeling envious of the friends to whom I recommended the book, because they had the prospect of an engrossing story to gobble up in the near future. Green's novels consistently deliver believable, accessible, heartfelt, often heartwarming stories about real people, problems, and feelings.” ―Redbook
“Will linger with you after you close the book.” ―People on Family Pictures
“A riveting story about two women who are strangers until a shocking secret brings them together.” ―SheKnows.com on Family Pictures
“Explores complex family dynamics with warmth. An inverted fairytale in which happily-ever-after occurs without the prince.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Family Pictures
“This gripping story is ultimately one of redemption. Green's many fans won't be disappointed, and this would be an excellent choice for readers who enjoy the fiction of Jennifer Weiner or Marian Keyes.” ―Library Journal on Family Pictures
“An absorbing read with a gratifying conclusions.” ―Booklist on Family Pictures
“The women she writes about are believable and likable characters, but their lives are also complicated and rooted in realities that keep them grounded.” ―Baltimore Sun on Family Pictures
“Bestselling author Green's compelling novel will shock and surprise readers with a startling revelation as surely as it will tug on their heartstrings. Once again she displays her gift for creating characters readers will care about.” ―RT Book Reviews, "Top Pick" on Family Pictures
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I think the main reason this book irritated me was because I found Gabby pretty unlikable. She was really judgmental and shallow, and kept trying to rationalize everything that she did wrong, while putting down other people. Also, from the very beginning of the book it seemed like she was trying to justify cheating on Elliot. She wants another baby, Elliot doesn't, so he goes and gets a vasectomy. It seemed that she didn't take any responsibility, when perhaps she should have more clearly communicated her desire to have another baby to him, so Elliot was aware how much another baby meant to her. Instead it seemed like she was secretly seething and using that as an excuse down the line to cheat.
Anyway, the vasectomy sets the stage for the book, and after rationalizing her actions, Gabby ends up doing something she regrets. The first part of the book builds up to her cheating, and the rest of the book deals with the fallout from that action. I just didn't care much for the storyline, mostly because of Gabby's character. I've read nearly all of Jane Green's other books, and would recommend picking up any of those before this one. However, if you can look past the obnoxious lead character, or if you're intrigued by the storyline, give it a shot.
The writing is very good and I'm glad I continued to read. The characters have depth and show believable feelings. It was easy to understand the emotions behind the behaviors. One theme that came up time and again was there are always consequences for behaviors. The rest of the story explored those consequences. Without telling you how the story ends, I will say I found the ending very satisfying. If you enjoy the writing of Nora Roberts and Nicholas Sparks, this is a book you will like.