Thursday, March 26, 2015

Review: Betting on Hope by Debra Clopton

Betting on Hope
(Four of Hearts Ranch Romance, #1)
by Debra Clopton
Adult Inspirational Romance 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.40
Published by: Thomas Nelson 
Published on: February 17, 2015
Pages: 320

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

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.


My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:  I'm a sucker for stories about cowboys. If there is a cowboy, I'll read it. So that's what drew my attention.

Other than that, once again I went in without any expectations. The book was a fun, cute read that had a surprising depth to it. 

I really enjoyed the message about having hope despite all the difficulties that we face in life.

I thought the characters were well developed. They seemed realistic and had several flaws. I thought that the relationship between Maggie and Tru was cut, but it was a little forced at times.

All in all, it's a cute story that has a surprising depth to it. For fans of cowboys and inspirational messages, this is a great read. 

So why 3.5 stars? The surprising depth to the novel kicked the novel up to 3.5 for me. It wasn't quite good for 4 stars, but I really enjoyed it. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None really. It does address teen pregnancy. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable novel that talks about having hope throughout. 

Love,

Danica Page

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