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Goodreads Summary: Tempting Fate

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.

Review: 4 Stars

This book shows the painful side of cheating and what really happens, how lives are destroyed.

I know others thought the ending was too sappy, I felt it was just right. Gabby was wrong, but Elliot was selfish and wrong in his own ways as well. A real family includes all those you love.

Highlight for Spoilers (((Why Gabby, Why??? It;s one thing to feel lonely and going through a mid-life crisis, but to take that step and destroy your life and the lives of your husband and children. Come on!>!>!>! Saying your sorry doesn’t cut it. Saying you feel awful doesn’t make it go away. You can’t expect everyone to just deal with it and continue on…your actions have consequences. 

There were many times I wanted to slap Gabby, especially when she complained how hard her life had become. She was at home all day and got to sleep when tired, real single moms who work all day don’t get that luxury. She was spoiled and didn’t even realize it. 

Now, while she is 100% wrong in her decision, Elliot is not blameless. He became accustomed to a way of life and expected Gabby to do make their family a family. His selfish choice and her Claire’s news threw Gabby over the edge. He only ever thought about himself and not what his wife really needed.

Claire was/is and awful friend. She spoke a good game, but when push came to shove, she wasn’t the friend she always said she was. Then to bring Trish into the mix…That is just evil and awful. I am glad Gabby said her peace to her and is no longer relying on others for her happiness. 

Gabby and Elliot learned valuable lessons about themselves and others.)))

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Goodreads Summary: Fly Away Home

Sometimes all you can do is fly away home . . .

When Sylvie Serfer met Richard Woodruff in law school, she had wild curls, wide hips, and lots of opinions. Decades later, Sylvie has remade herself as the ideal politician’s wife—her hair dyed and straightened, her hippie-chick wardrobe replaced by tailored knit suits. At fifty-seven, she ruefully acknowledges that her job is staying twenty pounds thinner than she was in her twenties and tending to her husband, the senator.

Lizzie, the Woodruffs’ younger daughter, is at twenty-four a recovering addict, whose mantra HALT (Hungry? Angry? Lonely? Tired?) helps her keep her life under control. Still, trouble always seems to find her. Her older sister, Diana, an emergency room physician, has everything Lizzie failed to achieve—a husband, a young son, the perfect home—and yet she’s trapped in a loveless marriage. With temptation waiting in one of the ER’s exam rooms, she finds herself craving more.

After Richard’s extramarital affair makes headlines, the three women are drawn into the painful glare of the national spotlight. Once the press conference is over, each is forced to reconsider her life, who she is and who she is meant to be.

Written with an irresistible blend of heartbreak and hilarity, Fly Away Home is an unforgettable story of a mother and two daughters who after a lifetime of distance finally learn to find refuge in one another.

WOW…what a beginning…Can’t wait to get to know these ladies and take the journey with them.  

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Karen is married to a big kid and mom to a head strong, only child. She is happy with her family of three, along with their spoiled fur baby. Karen works full time as a teacher and still finds time to blog, read, crochet, and cook. Follow along as she enjoys this life.

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Just Finished Reading… — 14 Comments

  1. ToTally read Tempting Fate here, too and also questioned why Gabbie did what she did. I know even as I get older I wouldn’t be able to mess up my whole life just because I was having a crisis of sorts with my age. So again definitely do agree with you on this.

    • yeah Janine, I understand where she was coming from, but to make that huge leap from fantasy into actually doing that. I would never, could never do that to my family. I’m all for just going crazy and living out loud.

    • I am so captivated by Fly Away Home…I want to beat the crap out of Richard and his horrible daughter Diana…I want to find a safe place for Sylvie and Lizzie.

  2. I haven’t read either of these…I have mixed feelings about characters who annoy me. Sometimes the book is good enough that it doesn’t matter, and sometimes I can’t tolerate it. Let me know if you stick it out with Fly Away Home!

    • I finished it and didn’t like it at all. I found the characters really annoying…too annoying. While I do love books that leave you guessing about the ending, this one left too many answers.

  3. Gabby {almost} sounds like a real life person I know of. This guy I use to know… his mother one day just had a change. She turned into a whole new person leaving her sons and husband. She lived in the same town, and if she saw the boys, she told them to call her by her first name, not Mom :-/
    For some reason being mom, grandma, and wife was too much. She wanted to a biker babe…
    That’s totally a story to be written :O
    XOXO

  4. Oh I have heard good things about Jennifer Weiner. I love that your son gives book reviews too! I am currently reading Thrive by Arianna Huffington. She was at BlogHer this year and was very inspiring. I am hoping to carve some time to read during the Thanksgiving break.

    • I will have to look into that book. I have to say, I was disappointed by this book. I will post about it on Monday, but I found the characters awful. Normally I do like her books, but not this one.

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