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The Gamble by [Spencer, LaVyrle]
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Length: 465 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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'Where there's love, there's LaVyrle' Bookpage

About the Author

LaVyrle Spencer is one of today's topselling and best-loved authors of romantic fiction, with over fifteen million copies of her work in print. All of her recent titles have gone straight onto the New York Times bestseller lists. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, Dan.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1191 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1568657161
  • Publisher: The Axelrod Agency (April 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WBJ5FE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,725 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
My copy of this book appears to have been through a flood, a windstorm, or any other event you could imagine simply because I've read it so much that it is practically falling apart. Lavyrle Spencer is one of my favorite authors. The way she delves into each charators emotions and thoughts holds me captive. The Gamble, by far, is my absolute favorite book. I want a man like Scott Gandy. It's funny, but when I assess a man, I compare him to Gandy (luckly I found one!). The good boy gone bad can be a hard role to depict, but Spencer does it with taste and dignity and in a way that the reader can almost sense Gandy's upbringing before it is revealed. I adore his gallantry matched by his spirit and mischief. I love the protective nature in him. I admire the way he deals with Agatha on a business level, using not so fair tactics (such as the sewing machine) but being honest enough to admit it. I swoon at the way he treats women and I chuckle at his manner with Willy. Scott Gandy is absolutely my favorite hero. Rhett Butler has nothing on Scott Gandy!
Agatha Downing is, as well, my favorite heroine. Her proper air is not stuffy nor intimidating. She is generally a good, honest, decent women who does not look down on others even when she does not approve of their actions. She admires what others have in their lives rather than be jealous of them (such as the inhibitions of 'the girls') and displays a lot of spunk for such a 'proper woman. The elogance and carriage that Agatha shows, especially when she moves to Waverly, is admirable.
Then there is Waverly. I am always torn about which is my favorite part of the book.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I first started this book I could not imagine how Scott and Agatha could ever be together and still keep it believable, or that I could even like Agatha's character. Maybe I just didn't believe a man like Gandy could fall for someone with her many imperfections. Because I am a big Spencer fan I kept reading. By the time I had finished this book I was completely in love with Scott(no big suprise) and Agatha now seemed as beautiful to me as she was to him. I felt their pain and joy as if it were my own. I had cried,laughed out loud and everything in-between, when I was done I sat and stared into space, speechless, in awe and immediately began to read it again. The magic of Lavyrle Spencer is that her characters don't jump into bed and start shouting I love you the first day they meet, she gives them (and the reader) time enough to make their love real and believable. Her characters are very often just average or even flawed in the looks department, helping us to remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This is in my opinion the best of Spencer and that is saying much when you know the quality of her work.
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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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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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I bought this book when it first came out in paperback years ago, then bought a 2nd copy about 3 years ago because the first was falling apart I had read it so much (at minimum once a year) and now I have the e-book edition. The characters are old friends and I visit them often.

Wonderful story about trust, friends, love and creating a "family of the heart." I've re-read it many times, recommended it and given gifts copies of this book MANY many times.

Read this! You will not regret it, I promise.
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