Monday, February 23, 2015

Four Hearts Ranch Book 1

Betting on Hope (Four of Hearts Ranch Romance #1)
Published February 17th 2015         
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
5 Stars

Book Description
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 Review

                  I absolutely loved this book.  Debra Clopton brings us a wonderful small town romance which is interlaced with humor.  I automatically loved the storyline and the characters.  Maggie has to step out of her comfort zone to do a favor for a friend and as we all know doing this requires both determination and courage.  Maggie has both, but she is so much more.  The author brings this character to life for me by showing not only her strengths but her weaknesses.  She really is a good person who was  dealt a less than desired childhood, but against the odds she has a life that she is happy with, uncomplicated.
Tru Monahan is a long, legged cowboy with looks that can take a girl's breath away. Success of being a champion Quarter Horse rider and trainer has not gone to his head though.  After everything he's had to endure keeping the ranch afloat all he's looking for is possibly a good night's rest.  He is helping his brothers to preserve their heritage while caring for a grandfather with declining health.  He shows his strength, courage and commitment all through the story with how he helps his grandfather and brothers.  Of course, Tru shows his true hero status at the very first of the story with trying to save Maggie during the interview. 
I really liked the town of Wishing Springs.  A lot of people complain about small town living, but I love it.  Yes, sometimes people are nosey and that can really be frustrating at times, but those same people are the ones who will show up to help when you need it. 
I would recommend this book to anyone.  The characters will definitely pull you into the story, but the storyline will keep you turning the pages.  I am looking forward to the next book in the series. 
 I received this book from the author for an honest review without bias as stated above.


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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Meet The Author
Debra Clopton
An award winning author and a 6 generation Texan Debra Clopton considers herself not just a storyteller but an entertainer and that is what she thinks about foremost as she creates her plots for her readers. To write stories that connect to readers with a little of everything: laughter, tears, heartfelt emotion, fast paced-page turning entertainment. She wants her readers to leave their stress behind while reading her books. And she wants her readers to walk away from her stories with a smile on their face or a satisfied sigh—but she wants them feeling like they are leaving great friends behind and wanting to return. Debra strives to write heroic, swoon-worthy heroes and strong, sassy heroines.


  1. I'm so glad to know that you enjoyed this book, Katrina! Sweet Debra sent me a copy and I look forward to reading it soon. Sounds like it's that perfect combination of character depth, setting, and entertaining storyline.

  2. Yes, Carole it is. I really enjoyed this book. I think you will like it. Now I am anxious to read the next in the series. Thank you for stopping by.