Going for Broke
By Melanie Dobson
Published by Honor Books
ISBN-10: 1589190939

Book Description:Leia Carlisle can't tell anyone her secret. After a debilitating ski injury, Leia loses her job as an airline pilot and turns to gambling for its empowering adrenaline rush. But the more she gambles, the more Leia thrives on the rush of euphoric wins until her obsession consumes her. If she doesn't overcome this addiction, the game will destroy her family, her faith and her life.

This book starts out light hearted and shows an average married couple in the early years. Leia has an accident and is confined to the house for the first time in her life. She is going crazy. What can she do to occupy her time? She starts searching the web. What does she find but a gambling site? What can it hurt? (she tells herself) The site lets her gamble for free. She knows her husband doesn't like gambling; they are Christians. Christians don’t gamble. She tells herself it's not gambling because she is not using "real" money.

Her husband Ethan is off on business trips and she is stuck home alone in the house with the computer calling to her. She is thrilled that she has won $10,000.00 play money one night. “Oh, how that could help them out if that were real money,” she thinks to herself. Maybe she would try it with real money her husband doesn't have to know. It sure would help out since she was out of work for 3 months (the lie - the seductive trap).

As I was reading the book I wanted to stop the character from entering the trap. In the authors notes at the end of the book, she states that women succumb to gambling nearly 3 times faster than men. I was surprised to also learn in this story that a gambling "addiction" can take as little as 2 weeks to develop. It is just as bad as using a substance you put into your body. This book was very informative. The characters and their stories were very believable and sometimes tough to read.

Nora St.Laurent
Book Club Leader


  1. Thanks so much for your review, Nora! Writing this book was one of the toughest experiences of my life, but I'm grateful for the opportunity to expose some of the "secrets" of gambling and gambling addiction.

    My next book comes out in May. Please let me know if you'd like a review copy.

    God bless! ~Melanie Dobson

  2. Melanie;
    Thanks so much for finding my site and writing a comment. I was totally thrilled to see you here. Thanks again. Yes, I will definately want to read your next book. Thanks for letting me know.

    Nora :)