Review: Betting on Hope by Debra Clopton (Litfuse Blog Tour & Giveaway)

March 6, 2015

Title: Betting on Hope
Author: Debra Clopton
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 320
ISBN: 978-1-4016-9049-6
Publication Date: February 1st, 2015

A bet gone wrong. A small town’s meddling. And a cowboy intent on saving his ranch.

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.
How many times have you said, "You wanna bet?" If you're like me...a lot! Well, what happens when someone takes you up on the bet and it goes out to millions of viewers on TV? You have to go through with it. Betting on Hope is all about that and more.

I thought going into this story, it would be your typical light romance. I was pleasantly surprised to find out it was more then that. Maggie Hope is a girl who has enjoyed being behind the scenes writing her weekly column for the paper. She was content with her job and the quiet life she now lived. She was less then thrilled when her friend got sick and volunteered her to do an interview on TV, with a guy she mentioned she thought was cute.

Maggie is a sweet girl, who had a rough childhood, that has pushed past it all, and who for the most part is also a klutz. Never where heels on gravel, girls, you will bite it in the end usually. She also is a girl who has a kind and compassionate heart, and despite her insecurities, she pushes through to the end. She pulls deep for her strength and does the opposite of what she would most love to do, run away!

Tru Monahan is what you call your dream cowboy. He is a champion cowboy and horse trainer. He cares for everyone around him, he takes his responsibilities seriously, and he is a gentleman to the core. He isn't one for interviews, especially after a past that haunts him, but when he meets Maggie, he realizes she isn't the typical journalist. Despite is lack of desire, he is a guy that puts Maggie's comfort ahead of his own.

Tru and Maggie were fun characters to read about. There was a good bit of humor and a sweet romance between them. I wasn't expecting it, but there was another story as well that played out. It is one that Maggie was apart of. We are introduced to Jenna fairly early into the story and you just feel for the girl and the struggles she faces, but applaud her for what she is doing. I enjoyed the added element that her story brought. It allowed the rest of the book to go further emotionally and pull Maggie's and Tru's emotions out more and made them even more relateable.

This was an enjoyable story!!

Too Read
4 out of 5

About the Author:
Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra's goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.

Saddle up for a new romance from novelist Debra CloptonBetting on HopeIn 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.

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Thank you to Litfuse and Thomas Nelson, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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