Dressed as a boy, Felicity Beaumont devises a plan to move her father’s illegally owned slaves north to safety using the gambling river boat known as the River Maiden. Unbeknownst to its charismatic captain, Jake McCade, of course.
Jake doesn’t trust women, and when he discovers Felicity’s subterfuge, he remembers exactly why. While they find themselves in agreement about helping the slaves, they are at odds over everything else, including their quickly escalating feelings for one another.
Will gambling on love be a bust or reap a happily ever after?
Short summary: Gambling On Love is the story of a young woman who sees the injustice in her father retaining his slaves even after President Lincoln’s proclamation to free them. She hires riverboat owner, Jake McCade, to help her move her friends north. Because she doesn’t have all the money she... ...more
Where to start with my praise for Gambling on Love? How about with giving Nancy and Patti 5 well-deserved stars for this wonderful work! I don’t normally read historical fiction, but Jake McCade and Felicity Beaumont instantly captured my attention and heart right from the first page. As their pa... ...more
The Civil War is over and the 13th amendment has been passed. Now Felicity Beaumont is trying to get her father's illegally indentured workers north to St. Louis. To do this she has sold off some of her deceased mothers silver and fripperies. She chopped off her hair and dressed to look like a bo... ...more
The McCades are a family I really want to know. Felicity Beaumont is a strong, enlightened and intelligent woman. She is not afraid to take action when she sees an injustice. Her plan to free her father's slaves results in her meeting Jake McCade, the Captain of the River Maiden. His riverboat wi... ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a nice easy read, that I was able to complete in one sitting in the evening just after my children went to bed. It was great to have a story that was fast paced, easy to read, and could finish in a short time frame. It is the perfect book for someone with a... ...more
This was a quick-reading and highly entertaining story that is perfect for an afternoon retreat. Felicity is a very modern woman in a not so modern package: determined, intelligent and a bit headstrong, she disguises herself to deliver her father’s slaves to freedom. Using every possible advantag... ...more
Felicity Beaumont is determined to help her father’s illegally owned slaves find freedom and she has put into motion a plan to accomplish this – one that includes securing passage on a gambling river boat and has her tagging along with them, dressed as a boy named “Frank”.
Jake McCade is the capta... ...more
When I first picked up this book and read the description, I thought, “A book about the end of slavery and getting freed slaves north, with a love story mixed in…sounds good.” When halfway through the book that part of the story seemed to end. I thought, “Okay, now what’s the story going to be ab... ...more
Jake McCade has been duped! Not only did the young man arranging transport north for a family of slaves trick him in to accepting half the money now and half upon arrival, when the young man is injured, it turns out he’s no man at all but a young woman.
Felicity Beaumont only wants to do what is r... ...more
With Felicity Beaumont’s privileged upbringing and Jake McCade being a gambling riverboat owner, it wouldn’t seem these two people could make it as a couple. But Felicity’s feistiness, sense of honor, and doing the right thing fit well with Jake’s strong character. Their clashes kept me turning t... ...more
Gambling on Love by Patti Shenberger & Nancy Fraser 5/5 stars
Publisher: Entangled: Scandulous Length: 190 pages Format: Kindle
Goodreads: Mississippi after the Civil War isn't easy when you're a willful young lady nor if you're a slave, and Felicity is determined to make their lives better. Sh... ...more