- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins - GB (3 May 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0006477151
- ISBN-13: 978-0006477150
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.7 x 17.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 299 g
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THE GAMBLER AND THE PROHIBITIONIST…
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 her 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.
Tough and tender, sweet and sassy, here is a story of honesty and humourr for anyone who has ever lived and loved.
'Where there's love, there's LaVyrle'
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This book had so much potential to be a great story. My first book by this author was Morning Glory and I absolutely loved it! However, both the Hero and the Heroine in this book left something to be desired.
Agatha, while she had some good qualities (very kind and opinionated, and self-sufficient) she lacked backbone when it came to the Hero. All that she stood for and the quality of woman that she represented, went right out the door as soon as things between her and Scott started progressing beyond opposing sides of the temperance question. Agatha held herself in poor esteem even though she was such a good woman and she allowed Scott to play with her feelings without any ramifications for him.
Scott, is a very charming character with good backstory, however, there was such passivity when it came to him dealing with the mistress he had when he first met Agatha. He involved himself emotionally with Agatha while carrying on a physical relationship with Jubilee, and Jubilee (the mistress), in the end, was the one to end the affair with Scott, not him. This portion of the story made the hero look weak and vacillating to me. All the way to the end of the book Scott was inconsistent and thoughtless in the way he dealt with his and Agatha’s relationship, taking for granted her feelings by the way he treated her and remaining vague about his own until the very end of the story. I wanted to like it, but it fell short of the mark for me.
Agatha is a 35 year old spinster who sews and makes hats. She was injured as a child and has a limp. Gandy’s wife and daughter were killed at the end of the Civil War. He has been wandering since, and recently opened a bar with gambling and dancing girls.
Agatha works to help pass laws to prohibit alcohol in Kansas in 1880.
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 423 pages. Swearing language: mild including religious swear words. Sexual language: none to mild. Number of sex scenes: 3. Setting: 1880 Kansas and Mississippi. Copyright: 1984. Genre: western historical romance.
I loved how prissy Gussie was at first. As she came to know Scott and others who worked at his saloon, she found she liked them and that they were not bad people. In fact, she found things about them that she really liked. They liked her, too. She found when they were around, they felt like family and she wasn't lonely any more.
It's such a nice, feel-good story. I already had the book in hardcover, but I wanted it on Kindle, too, so I would have it handy wherever I went.
In the second part of the novel, the hero discovers that the ghost of his dead daughter, Justine is haunting the plantation where she and her mother died. Although the hero's adopted son can see and talk with Justine the hero never even thinks to try to comunicate with her himself leaving the ghost aspect of this novel very weak with huge gaping holes.The character of Justine quite frankly added an awkward "paranormal" aspect that was extremely out of place. In my opinion the ghost of Justine should have been edited out entirely.