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The Gamble [Paperback]

LaVyrle Spencer
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Jove Pubns (Sep 1994)
  • ISBN-10: 9994936352
  • ISBN-13: 978-9994936359
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The most unlikely pair find love in the West 14 May 2001
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She is facing 40, never been kissed and disabled by a limp since childhood. He was a saloon owner, devastatingly handsome and charming, her next door neighbour and landlord. Even the most optimistic romantic would not have put the two together after the first few pages, as she sets herself on a campaign to rid the town of the demon drink. Despite their differences they become friends and in true Spencer fashion, touchingly and gently they fall in love. The final chapter is a delight. I would rate this book as only second to Morning Glory my absolute LaVyrle Spencer favourite. I thoroughly recommend it.
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I loved this book. The elegance of the author's description of places and people, interwoven with historical events, brings it all alive. The characters become real. In fact, I cannot stop thinking about "Gussie's" and Scott's happiness, not to mention Willy's. I would love for Lyvyrle to write a sequel. It grieves me that she has decided to quit writing because I have only just "found" her. I have read, besides Gamble, Endearment and Then Came Heaven...and absolutely have loved all three. Maybe after the author has some time off, she will hopefully reconsider. I love the way Lyvyrle develops her characters and their love story. And it is wonderful that she allows her characters to have such insight (and thus gives us insight at the same time). And I love the fact of waiting until marriage for the ultimate sex act, but at the same time evolving the couple sexually. The "awakening" of Agatha, for example, profoundly relit my pilot light! I plan to read all of Spencer's books and probably reread a good many of them! Please don't quit, Lavyrle -- there's got to be many sequels to write.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I hoped for! 31 May 2010
I bought this book having read the excellent reviews and was not disappointed. Agatha and Scott were sympathetic, likeable characters - very important to my enjoyment of a book - and the story was substantial with enough highs and lows to ensure I didn't want to put it down. Lavyrle Spencer has - again - managed to create a wonderfully real atmosphere throughout the story, and yet it retains its romantic feel. I also loved the mention of Abigail and Jesse DuFrayne (from 'Hummingbird') near the end! For me this story now ranks alongside Spencer's 'Morning Glory', 'The Endearment' and 'Forgiven'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'The Gamble' by LaVyrle Spencer 22 May 2010
Right now I'm feeling depressed. Not because the book was awful, but because it was sooooo good, that I didn't want it to end!!! It was by chance that I stumbled across the book on the library shelf, and decided to read it because it looked quite good. I'm REALLY glad I did!! Throughout this book you will laugh, cry and sigh, be it due to happiness or sadness over what's taking place in the book. The scene where Gussie waved goodbye at the train station had me in tears!!!
This is simply one of my favourite books by this author, along with 'Morning Glory', 'Hummingbird' and 'November of The Heart'.
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I have read this book several times, and never cease to be moved by the story. It became bigger than life to discover that Waverly Plantation does in fact exist as is located in MS. Not in as grand a manner as portrayed in the book, but every bit as elegant, and filled with the "spirit" of the original builder and owner, Colonel Young who built it in the 1850's and was restored to it's magnificence by the Snow family in the 1960-70's. Read a very touching story based on respect, friendship and most of all a beautiful love that developes based on that respect and friendship. The Gamble reminds us of a time when honor existed and love was meant to last a lifetime.
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