Sunday, February 15, 2015

Book Review-Betting on Hope By Debra Clopton

Betting on Hope
By:  Debra Clopton
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson-Fiction

Maggie Hope, city slicker through and through, is an advice columnist for the Huston Tribune’s column, “Gotta Have Hope”.  She definitely is not a TV reporter which quickly becomes evident as she tries to fill in for her sick friend, Amanda Jones, star host of “Wake up With Amanda.”  Maggie agrees to interview cowboy and horse trainer, Tru Monahan.  There on-camera chemistry is so thick you can see the sparks.  Tru bets Maggie he can teach her to ride a cutting horse and Maggie’s boss sees it as a way to launch Maggie’s career and Tru’s sponsers see it as a way to line everyone’s pockets with money.  Everyone but Maggie seems to forget she is a city-slicker and has never been on a horse much less been inside of a barn. 

Maggie didn’t grow up with a normal childhood.  At an early age she learned she had to take life head-on and that is just what she does with Tru Monahan and the town of Whispering Spring. 

I was captivated from the first page and fell in love with Maggie’s character well before the end of the first chapter.  In spite of her messed up childhood, she pulled her life together and ended up with a spunky attitude and a positive outlook.  This book had me laughing one minute, crying the next and boiling mad the next.  There were times I just wanted to put Tru and Maggie in a bag and shake some sense into them.  There is a little suspense, some romance and a whole lot about love, acceptance and forgiveness. You will learn that sometimes letting go is an act of unconditional love.  This was such an entertaining book, I couldn’t put it down, so read it in one afternoon.  I love Christian fiction and this is one of the best!

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Thomas Nelson-Fiction, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

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