Betting on Hope – a BookLook Bloggers review

Review of: Betting on Hope
Book by:
Debra Clopton

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On October 11, 2015
Last modified:October 11, 2015


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 just love.

Hilarious. Heart-tugging.

Betting on Hope is part of the Four of Hearts series of novels.

Betting on Hope, written by author Debra Clopton, is a keeper. Contemporary Christian is a favorite genre of mine. I thoroughly enjoy a well-written novel with a swirl of romance poured in. Debra weaved a little comedy in as well, which is always appreciated by me. 🙂

Main character Maggie Hope is an advice columnist turned-suddenly-reporter who ends up getting “roped” into interviewing cowboy/horse-trainer, champion Tru Monahan. Known to be a lady-killer, Maggie is already skeptical and on her guard until she catches sight of him and can’t stand on her feet. When she finds herself intrigued and drawn to him, she is determined not to give him her heart, because she’s got some secrets that she doesn’t want to reveal.

Tru Monahan has his own little secrets that rein him in when he feels his heart go pitter-patter for Maggie. His job is to train her how to ride–it’s part of the interview, part of the bet; but he finds it hard to keep his mind on the task.

I like Debra’s writing. She has just the right amount of secondary characters to support the plot, and her main characters are developed enough that I could understand their plights and feel for them. The plot doesn’t drag. My only complaint was that there was no epilogue at the end–I really wanted to see if a wedding resulted from those two! However, I’ll be resigned to  hopefully reading more about Maggie and Tru in the future!

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betting2I recommend this book, if you enjoy Contemporary Christian romance. It’s clean and entertaining!


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