I'm always sorry to hear stories like yours, Dawn, of innocent people made miserable and families torn apart, by someone who is addicted to gambling. I've been there. My father, who really WAS a "lovable rogue" despite his vices, was addicted to alcohol as well as gambling, which is a bad combination! But the two often go together because where there is gambling there is usually drinking. The things you mention about my own early experience of being sent by my grandmother night after night to bring Daddy home from the taverns is part of the story of my second book, "Times Like These." Unfortunately it is now out of print, but if you have a Kindle or a Nook e-reader, you can get it very cheaply at Amazon.com. You might find some sort of comfort in reading about similar situations to your own. I hope so. You've had a really rough time, and I wish you all the best of luck in finding a way to get past it.

Thanks for your comment.