March 5, 2015

Betting on Hope 
"Betting On Hope"
Debra Clopton

Maggie Hope is an advice columnist whose background leaves her with little advice to give . . . and it’s beginning to show. When Maggie fills in at an interview with champion horse trainer Tru Monahan, the on-camera chemistry between them is undeniable. Maggie’s bosses know this is the opportunity she’s been looking for to launch her career—and their bank accounts. In order to save her column, Maggie takes Tru up on the bet that he can teach her to ride a quick-stepping cutting horse like any cowgirl, despite the fact that she has never been on a horse. And in the meantime, she can get the scoop on the man under the cowboy hat.
Tru has been on the competition circuit for longer than he’d like, but he knows it’s the only way he can afford to keep the Four of Hearts Ranch that means so much to his ailing grandfather. So when his sponsors see the opportunity for Tru’s fans to get to know the star on a more intimate level, he knows he must oblige. To his dismay, Maggie not only invades his small town of Wishing Springs, but she also invades his heart, and that is something he cannot let any woman do—for her own good.
In Wishing Springs, Maggie finds what she has always been looking for: a community and a home. But when her past catches up to her, it threatens everything, even the tender hope that this town holds all of her heart’s desires.

This was my first time reading a book by Debra Clopton and it won't be my last.  "Betting On Hope" had my attention from the beginning.  The characters were so real, likeable and easy to relate to.  Usually a book that has so many different characters gets confusing and hard to keep the characters straight, but Debra Clopton knows how to pull them all together into an easy read. 

While I liked the message the book had on hope, faith and courage, I couldn't help but think that things would have gone a lot of easier for everyone if they would have prayed more.  Yes, they acknowledged God, but acknowledging Him and praying to Him are two different things.

I enjoyed every page of this book.  Most of the time I can guess what's going to happen, but this book kept me guessing. "Betting On Hope" pulls on all of your emotions and will have you right in the middle of this small town in Texas wondering what's going to happen next.  I can't wait for the next book!  

Read more about the book here.


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