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Betting on Hope: A Four of Hearts Ranch Romance by Debra Clopton Book Review

My Review:

Betting on Hope is a novel that follows the story of famous horse trainer and champion, Tru Monahan and a childhood cancer survivor. Tru and his brothers, Bo and Jarod are now the owners of Four of Hearts Ranch because their grandfather has Alzheimer’s. Their father had a gambling addiction and caused their ranch to get in an enormous financial bind. Tru is struggling throughout the book with how his father betrayed his grandfather. Tru strived to become a champion rider where he could pay off the ranches debts. Maggie Hope is a city girl and she writes a column called, “Gotta Have Hope” for Tribune.  Her boss was sick and Maggie was told to travel to Wishing Springs, Texas to interview the incredible cowboy, Tru. Maggie embarrassed herself during the interview by being nervous. She secretly tried to hide the fact that she was drawn to how handsome this cowboy is. He joking made a beg with Maggie that he could teach her to ride a horse and she jokingly accepted it. He took her outside to see his horse and she was extremely terrified of the horse that she jumped and fell down while the cameras were rolling. Tribune loved the interview and decided to take Tru on his bet and they made Maggie go back to Wishing Springs for two months to receive training from Tru. Along the way, things don’t always come easy and there a few surprises in store for readers.


I would recommend this amazing book to anyone who enjoys a novel about cowboys, the western lifestyle, mixed with a little romance. Debra Clopton writes in a way that draws readers in and it was very descriptive that I felt that I was watching every scene unfold as if I was there. My favorite character was Tru Monahan because he was very relatable and he is the tough cowboy who doesn’t let the bad things in life stop him and he rises above the challenges. I really liked how the book covered real life issues people have to face, for instance, the dangers of gambling and risking all of your life’s saving, Alzheimer disease and how that affects families, a young minor character’s pregnancy, parent conflicts, forgiveness, love, and healing. I really like the how she touched on a major issue that is revealed towards the end of the book that countless people go through and I’m curious to see how that plays out in the next book. I won’t reveal it to spoil the ending. I’m also excited that there is another book in the series coming out soon and I can’t wait to read the next one! If you’re looking for an excellent new book series, then read this one!


“I received a review copy of Betting on Hope from Litfuse for this review.”


  About the book:

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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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.
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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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