Jane Green is one of my favorite authors. I must say that Tempting Fate is my favorite Jane Green thus far. Every suburban mom of teens should read this book- or their husbands should.
From the publisher, “Gabby and Elliott have been happily married for eighteen years. They have two teenaged daughters. 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.”
To show you why I love Jane Green’s books, here are just a few of the passages I highlighted:
“In their thirties, all her friends wore the same dull uniforms, but suddenly, in their forties, these same girls are reemerging from their self-imposed cocoons, eschewing the dull blanket of motherhood and grind, emerging in a flurry of bright chiffons and silks as their children no longer needed babysitters, tripping out on girls’ nights out in impossible high heels and blown-out silky hair they flick flirtatiously, wanting to be seen.”
“Look at the tanned older man- attractive if you like a touch of lechery…”
Once tonight is over she will once again be a middle-aged suburban housewife, caught up in the pots and pans of life.”
“… in the afternoon of her life.”
“It was as if she recognized him. There were no violins, halos, no crashing stars and bolts of lightning. It was simply a quiet recognition”
“Perhaps, she thinks, this is, or could be, a different kind of love. A saner kind of love.”
As many of us are in the afternoons of our lives, we should recommend this book to all of our compadres.
I received a digital review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.