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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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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I LOVE THIS BOOK! :D And I LOVE Debra as an author! Everything I've read from her, so far, I've loved, and I can't wait for more! Especially the next Four of Hearts Ranch Romance! I was intrigued from the start with the book description. Interested in cutting because of my family and country roots, I was drawn to that aspect of the story. And I also wondered how a bet was going to come about! It turns out to be highly entertaining and funny how these two get themselves into this situation! But Betting on Hope is SO much more than the book description lets on! There's twists and secrets that weave into the plot and make everything even more interesting! There's choices, and bravery, sadness, a joy, fear, and faith, and of course HOPE! :) Debra's writing about riding, horses, and ranching is one of the best that I have read. The only things that confused and bothered (for lack of a better word) me was that Maggie's horse started out as a boy then changed to a girl mid stream, but that was about it! This book has everything for me really: humor, Faith, secrets, love, cowboys, horses, and so much more! ;) I also LOVE the message of making the choice to rise above your past to a better life instead of choosing to wallow in it and go down the wrong path! The characters are fantastic and highly entertaining. Just the addition of Tru's brothers make me want more and to see what's going to happen to these confirmed bachelors! LOL! Overall this is a fabulous read that makes me want more! :) I highly recommend it!!!
Songs for the book and from the book: "Something Beautiful" by Steven Curtis Chapman, "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" from Instrumental Music Songs,"I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton, "The Fireman (Album Version)" by George Strait, and "Happy Trails" from The Countdown Kids
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC
*I requested and received this book as a member of Litfuse for the purpose of reviewing it. This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Betting on Hope. ~ASC