Tempting Fate is the 15th novel for bestselling author Jane Green, who initially made her mark with tales of thoroughly modern single women in their 20s and 30s, beginning in 2003 with her hit debut, Straight Talking .Now in her 40s, Green writes about more complicated, mature and domesticated characters — women who are dealing with everything from marriage to motherhood to midlife crises.And that’s where Tempting Fate comes in. It follows the questionable decisions of Gabby Cartwright, a 43-year-old who’s been happily married for nearly 20 years to the love of her life and is a mother of two daughters. Her safe world comes crashing down when she decides to risk it all after her head is turned by the attention of a charming and handsome younger man, who makes her feel, well, special again. The consequences of Gabby’s eventual infidelity tear her family apart in monumental and life-altering ways. She learns the hard way: You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. — Celeste Williams
by Jane Green
St. Martin’s Press, $25.99
Audiobook: Macmillan Audio, $39.99; read by the author.