Book Review: “Betting On Hope” by Debra Clopton

March 4, 2015 at 8:37 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Debra Clopton in her new book “Betting On Hope book coverBetting On Hope” Book One in the Four of Hearts Ranch Romance series published by Thomas Nelson brings us into the lives of Maggie Hope and Tru Monahan.

From the back cover:   One clutzy advice columnist.

One champion cowboy.

And an entire small town rooting for love.

Advice columnist Maggie Hope never dreamed she’d be shaking hands with champion horse trainer Tru Monahan over a high-stakes bet, especially one that involves horses. And saddles. And everything else a city girl like Maggie feels uncomfortable around. But after filling in for a coworker and interviewing the handsome cowboy, she finds herself doing just that. Anything to save her advice column.

Despite Maggie’s two left feet, Tru is bound and determined to bring out her inner cowgirl by teaching her to ride a cutting horse, trained to separate cattle from the rest of the herd. While her riding improves, their attraction intensifies, but Tru knows he can never let her into his heart—for her own good.

In Wishing Springs, a community full of meddling but well-meaning townsfolk, Maggie discovers the home she’s always longed for. But she’s holding something back—a secret that could destroy her reputation and any future she’s ever hoped for with the cowboy she might tust love.

Maggie is an advice columnist and prefers it that way until she has to stand in for a live on-air interview. Naturally things do not go really well and Tru, a cowboy, bets Maggie, a city-girl, that he can teach her to rope and ride even though she is afraid of horses. Both Tru and Maggie’s bosses want them to go through on their bet so now the two of them are forced together. The relationship blooms and grows but each one is holding a secret, that unless dealt with, is going to not only prevent more growth but tear down what they have.  Tru and Maggie are a lot of fun. Each one separately is terrific when they come together it takes off higher. Secrets unless dealt with have a way of destroying relationships and Ms. Clopton does a great job of bringing that out in the story without being preachy. Tru and Maggie and even a side characters, Jenna, are wonderfully crafted characters that we draw very close to and root for them to succeed.   “Betting On Hope” is a wonderful, interesting story that is a lot of fun that will keep you flipping pages.  I recommend this book highly and I do look forward to the next book in this series from this highly talented author.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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