Sunday, 13 September 2009

Review - The Gamble © LaVyrle Spencer

 

  

Title – The Gamble

Publisher – Berkley Publishing Group

Main Characters : Scott Gandy & Agatha Downing

Tough and tender, sweet and sassy, here is a story of honesty and humour for anyone who has ever lived and loved. Scott Gandy has always been a gambling man, relying on his lazy Southern charm to smooth a way out of difficult situations. Hoping to make his fortune, he opens a saloon in Proffitt, Kansas. But he soon becomes a target of the prohibition movement, led by the owner of the hat shop next door to his establishment -- the enchanting yet volatile Agatha Downing. The saloon keeper and the prim and proper milliner are hopeless adversaries... until the innocence of a child opens their eyes and hearts to each other.

 

Review

One of my absolutely favourite book and a reread for me – so I am only going to cliff note this review… Set is a time when prohibition was just about to be enforces, Salon owner Scott Gandy is aiming to make the most of it while he can in Proffitt , Kansas before he has to move on, if he has to.

Scot is a charmer at the best of times and a hellion when he has to be. Not one known for beating about the bush he gets on well with his little band of follower and the only fly in his ointment is the hat shop owner Agatha Downing.

She is more than a nuisance, she is his tenant and the woman who niggles at the back of his brain to perk up and look and revisit lost promises. Agatha herself is as conservative as they come – but she has a few thing going for her, she has a spine and she is not afraid of a fair fight – and luckily she has those traits because her new building owner brings a new light to the word delights of the flesh.

Scot and Agatha are at each other’s throat at every turn - there only agreement is when the unite to fight the cause of an innocent little boy.  And that doesn’t last for long, because some things cannot be stopped no matter how they wish it – they both have to make harsh and hard decision to survive the future, but can they survive without each other.

I can’t say how much I love this book – Not my first LaVyrle Spencer book but certainly my favourite. This book has a plot no doubt about that – you will get drawn in and fall utterly in love with the cast. These people are rascals, smart alec’s, the kind that does and do what they please, but under all that there is the genuine heart that makes friends for life and demand a loyalty that crosses and stands up to anything that is thrust at it.

Ms. Spencer captures the essence of the time perfectly, the beginning of prohibition, the need to eke out a living as harsh as it was, the secrets and lies that puts women and children in danger and of course she balances that with the beauty of the time, the unspoilt element of nature, basic appreciation of the flesh and the simply things that so makes the difference.

This is a hefty read, not something I would tell anyone to tackle on lack of sleep or on a rush – comfort and solace is needed to appreciate this book. I took part in a discussion a few days ago and it brought this book to mind and I have been slowly spinning the pages on it for the past two days…

If you want a book that crosses many, many divide – then this is one you must try.

Highly Highly recommended.

 

8 Speak To Me:

Elizabeth Jules Mason (AKA "MsMoonlight") on 13 September 2009 at 17:39 said...

LaVyrle Spencer is in my top 5 authors of all time. I adore every books she ever wrote. They are all WELL WORN and sitting on my keeper shelf to be reread for decades to come.
I've been thinking about doing a reread of ALL her books soon - perhaps this winter I will.

Great post!

:o)

MsM

Keira of LoveRomancePassion on 13 September 2009 at 19:33 said...

Love this book. It was my first romance as I told Meghan at Medieval Bookworm. I chose Endearment though for my Top 5 Romances ever over at DIK today.

Houston A.W. Knight on 13 September 2009 at 20:09 said...

Nice! Good author!

Just coming by to say hi and wondering where you've been!

Hugs
Hawk

Erotic Horizon on 13 September 2009 at 22:29 said...

Hey Ms .M...

I know the feeling of loving this authors work... I too have my well worn collection that I treasure...

I am doing a reread in November with a few ladies - I am looking forward to that...I hope you get the chance to snuggle down with a few of her books before the year ends...

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Erotic Horizon on 13 September 2009 at 22:30 said...

@Keira..

Yup Endearment is definitely a keeper...

My first was Morning Glory and it holds a special place in my hear...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 13 September 2009 at 22:32 said...

Hey Hawk...

Thank for giving me a peek on your weekend rounds - I need to spend a few days at your place.... I will be over this week......

E.H>

Keira of LoveRomancePassion on 14 September 2009 at 22:11 said...

Morning Glory is also hot. The only "he's kinda of a bum" romances I've read and enjoyed. I've only read two... they don't seem to be all that prevalent! It's usually wealthy or not quite broke landed gentry. lol

Erotic Horizon on 15 September 2009 at 04:06 said...

@Keira

I hear you about "he's kinda of a bum"... I love that about Spencer's work, she find one thing to snag the reader and work around that principle...


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