Betting on Hope (Thomas Nelson, February 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.
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MY REVIEW-You know how sometimes a book just literally pulls you in from the get-go? This book totally did that to me!! Debra Clopton is an author I have read before but only in the Love Inspired novels. Turned out that was all she had written til this one here, Betting on Hope. Needless to say, I will anxiously be awaiting the next installment:)
If you like hunky cowboys who wrangle horses and woo their women, then you will love this one! I mean come on, look at the guy on the front of the book!! Some guys just make jeans and a pair of boots look great and this is one of those men. The situations in here really reminded me of why I like reading Debra Clopton. Fun characters with comedic lines but also a lot of precarious and tough conversations. Touchy women who are strong but ready to stand up for themselves. Maggie is one of those ladies. Secondary characters are almost scene stealing and many of them stole my heart for sure. Again, if you like cowboys, this is the book for you!!
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