"Clopton's novel is filled with humor, romance and a great sense of reality. The writing is moving and masterful. Each character comes alive through her words. They are diverse but fun characters who depict real life." - Romantic Times--Romantic Times
'Clopton introduces an engaging cast of characters who are warm, welcoming, and feel like family . . . An appealing choice for readers of Janette Oke and Robin Lee Hatcher.'--Library Journal
About the Author
Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist first published in 2005 and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra is the author of the acclaimed Mule Hollow Matchmaker Series, and her goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words. Visit her website at www.debraclopton.com Twitter: @debraclopton Facebook: debra.clopton.5
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Advice columnist Maggie Hope isn’t looking forward to filling in for her friend by conducting an on-camera interview with handsome Tru Monahan, Quarter Horse rider and trainer. What she doesn’t expect is to be attracted to him, or to find herself back in Wishing Springs for two months learning to ride for a bet. Nor does Maggie expect to find a pregnant teenager who reminds her of herself …
Betting on Hope is the first book in Debra Clopton’s new Four Hearts Ranch series. The setting, Wishing Springs, Texas, is a small ranching community that seems to have a lot in common with the nearby Mule Hollow (setting of twenty stories). It’s a small friendly community with plenty of single men, and a cast of quirky minor characters, including the identical twins (one of whom is Mayor), and the town busybodies who run the beauty salon. (This was probably the one weakness in Wishing on Hope: there was a little too much time spent establishing these minor characters when I was more interested in reading about Maggie or Jenna).
Yes, the romance between Tru and Maggie was predictable (this is a romance novel: what did you expect), but it was enjoyable nonetheless. What was less predictable was Maggie’s developing relationship with the people of Wishing Springs, especially Jenna.
Overall, Betting on Hope is a fun short romance, perfect for summer days or winter nights. It’s Christian fiction (in that main characters mention God—once each—but it’s not at all preachy, despite having times where it could have been).
Thanks to Love Inspired and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
Betting on Hope? A wild card for sure, since she has never been on a horse in her life!
Maggie Hope, an advice columnist turned-journalist-for-a-day, has gotten herself in way over her head this time, and she is not even sure how it happened. When her flu-ridden friend Amanda asks Maggie to stand in for her, the assignment places Maggie Hope within literal reach of ranch owner and champion horse rider Tru Monahan for an on-camera interview. And before she knows it, Maggie has snagged the eye of the television public when Tru bets that he can not only teach her how to ride a horse, but he can prepare her for competition . . . . . in just two months.
Time alone with Tru Monahan is a force to be reckoned with and in spite of her resolve, Maggie falls hard for the handsome cowboy, while suspecting that the feelings are mutual. But Maggie and Tru both have secrets, and secrets have a way of reaching the light of day. How can they ever reveal their true feelings without losing hope for their future?
Debra Clopton has written a remarkably clever, joyful, emotionally stirring story that takes place within a delightful small Texas town where many of her readers will want to become residents. And the good news is, "Betting on Hope" is only the first book in the "Four of Hearts Ranch Romance" series. Book two, "Counting on a Cowboy" comes next!
I loved this book and everything about it. I love the chemistry between the two main characters. I loved how strong Maggie was in spite of her childhood. I loved Tru and his brothers and how hardworking and honorable they were. I loved how much Maggie loved to help others. I loved seeing her overcome so many challenges and help others in the process. I love tough, strong cowboys who fight for what and who they love. I am so excited for this new series of Debra's. The common word of this review is LOVED!!!!!!! I highly recommend this book and ALL of Debra's books. They are easily 10 STAR books. Check out her Mule Hollow Series as well. I have read several of them many times. Thanks so much Debra for helping me escape for a few hours in another of your WONDERFUL books.
This was my first novel by Debra Clopton and it will not be my last!
Maggie is a city girl with a rough start and has a chance meeting with cowboy Tru in small town Texas. Their journey was one about letting your heart guide you.
I particularly enjoyed the message from the novel about not trying to make decisions for others. That is so easy to do and truly we can only guide others to what we think makes the most sense, but it in the end it is their life to lead.
Secondary character Jenna added a great deal to the novel and I hope we'll continue to hear about her in the second novel. Betting on Hope is the first of a series and I look forward to reading the next one.
I would say 4 stars, but I enjoyed the ending so much I'm going with 5 stars.
For me, this was an easy read with lovable characters and swoon worthy Cowboys. Maggie steps in for a friend who is sick with the flu to interview the hunky Tru Monahan. During the interview Maggie who is a writer, not a TV personality, is so nervous that Tru takes her hand, rubbing small circles with his thumb. Mega chemistry. Maggie jokingly bet Tru that he could not teach someone as clumsy as her to ride a horse, much less compete in a cutting competition.
The secondary characters are a hoot. Tru's brothers equally swoon worthy. Good story line. Great ending. Im looking forward to the next book in the series.
I really enjoyed Betting on Hope and I can't wait for the next book in this new series! Ms. Clopton has become one of my absolute favorite authors and this latest story is an excellent example of why I love her books. This story combines some heart-breaking circumstances with a lively and fun small town and shows that there really is hope! I do wish that the main characters had realized a little more clearly where that hope comes from. I love the scenario of the interview that leads Maggie to Whishing Springs because of a bet. So fun! And, the characters from the town remind me of the townspeople of Mule Hollow because they are genuine and kind and loving; yet they have unique and different personalities with all-new storie to discover. I highly recommend this book!