Book Review: Tempting Fate

Why I Picked it: This topic interests me, even knowing it's fiction it still provides insight to 'risking everything'.  I have mentioned in previous posts that I know/have heard stories of women dealing with their version of this story. It's also the stage of life I'm in, mid-forties with children no longer the primary focus and most of us have time to observe, think, wonder.  As the author says, 'the afternoon of life'.   

Synopsis: When Gabby first met Elliott she knew he was the man for her. In twenty years of marriage she has never doubted her love for him - even when he refused to give her the one thing she still wants most of all. But now their two daughters are growing up Gabby feels that time and her youth are slipping away. For the first time in her life she is restless. And then she meets Matt . . .

Intoxicated by the way this young, handsome and successful man makes her feel, Gabby is momentarily blind to what she stands to lose on this dangerous path. And in one reckless moment she destroys all that she holds dear.

Consumed by regret, Gabby does everything she can to repair the home she has broken. But are some betrayals too great to forgive.

Quick Take: I chose to listen to the audio vs. reading this novel, it was like listening to a friend tell me the story of another friend over a glass of wine.  Understanding the feelings the main character was dealing with and why she felt the way she did at times was interesting. 

If women are honest and read/listen to this book, we are familiar with the emotions and work/life balance struggles Gabby encounters.  It's the choices and actions that predict the outcome. 

I especially liked reading the post betrayal depression, coming to terms with what happened, the impact on her family, and their future.  The husbands reaction felt real.  The last book I read covering this topic with a compelling story was Jane Porter's novel, The Good Woman.

This isn't a happy, life is wonderful book but well worth the reading experience.
Have you read it?  Did you enjoy it?

Rating: 4 stars
Source: Personal Copy (Audio)