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Betting on Hope

(Four of Hearts Ranch #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  575 ratings  ·  151 reviews
One clutzy advice columnist.

One champion cowboy.

And an entire small town rooting for love.

Advice columnist Maggie Hope never dreamed she’d be shaking hands with champion horse trainer Tru Monahan over a high-stakes bet, especially one that involves horses. And saddles. And everything else a city girl like Maggie feels uncomfortable around. But after filling in for a cowork
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 24th 2015 by Thomas Nelson (first published February 1st 2015)
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Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
What is it with swoony cowboys? I don't know but I sure like it. Tru is swoony. A little dense sometimes, but swoony for sure. And loyal. And hardworking.

Maggie will capture your heart. I loved her from the beginning and I loved her even more by the end. Life and it's challenges has made Maggie empathetic and compassionate. She is strong but not in an overbearing and forceful way. I like that about her.

One of the things that I loved about this book was the developing stories within the story. Th

I ended up really enjoying this one!

When I saw my friend Aimee's review mention swoony cowboys I had to give this one a try. This was a sweet contemporary western. I liked the overall plot and the characters were great.

Maggie has had a hard life, but is always able to see the positive in things. She has taken this talent and become an advice columnist. She was an easy character to like and relate to. I liked how even though she had experienced a rough upbringing, she was still a caring pers
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in the small town of Wishing Springs, TX, Betting on Hope is the first novel in Debra Clopton's Four of Hearts Ranch series featuring the Monahan brothers. It is an overall sweet and heartwarming love story that fans of Christian fiction are sure to enjoy.

Maggie Hope is an introverted advice columnist who is out of her element when she is forced to step in front of the camera when she fills in during an interview with Tru Monahan. She is also a little clumsy and her first meeting with Tru in
Gina Burgess

This novel started out so well, but dribbled to a rather predictable storyline. There was immediate sexual tensions. That's is not a bad thing, but it was very heavy-handed, almost forced. The thing is mostly Tell rather than Show, but Clopton did a great job raising questions in the readers' minds without coming out and telling the reader what the questions are supposed to be. That is rare these days.

Character development is cliche and heavy handed. There is little subtlety in this no
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It is a combination of a wonderful romance and a deep story of people dealing with intense issues.

Betting on Hope is set in a small town, filled with a plethora of fun and quirky characters. These people just made the place feel so very real to me. The two main characters Maggie and Tru are definitely opposites, yet they end up drawn to each other right from the start. Maggie is a strong woman, yet she struggles with self-doubt, guilt, and some clumsiness. Tru seems to have it
JoJo Sutis
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Debra Clopton’s Four of Hearts Ranch Romance series is off to a spectacular start with “Betting On Hope”!

Champion horse trainer Tru Monahan and clutzy advice columnist Maggie Hope shine in this heartwarming small-town romance.
Tru is trying to keep the family ranch afloat and Maggie is determined to save her advice column. A misspoken word turns into city girl Maggie spending the next two months with Tru- training her to ride a horse. With an entire town watching, can Tru and Maggie find their ha
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-challenges
4.5 star

This is my second Debra Clopton book & I really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to reading the 2nd book in this series when it comes out next month.

Poor Maggie, what a disastrous interview! But she handled it, most of it :), with humor. It would not be pleasant to be pushed out of your comfort zone the way she is in this book. But she grew from the experience, & learned to ride. It turned out well for her & Tru. I liked how Maggie helped Jenna & then went back to check on her & befriend
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
At first look, it seems like beautiful Maggie and heartthrob Tru have everything going for them- in the career department at least. But under the surface they each have tragic backgrounds and current struggles that run deep. It was the harder themes that got to me with this book rather than the romance. The author dealt with them in a gentle manner yet didn't shy away from the reality of the situations portrayed in the story. Dysfunctional family members, family loyalty, Alzheimer's, homelessnes ...more
Gennie Gee
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Needs an Epilogue!

I loved this story. It didn't fall into the usual romance book tropes. I thought several times I knew what was coming, but I was wrong and I LIKE that. The only reason I took off a star was that when the story finally resolved, it was the last page! I need a little more, just a taste to know everything is all right. Make sense?
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can’t believe how much I loved this one. I was just looking for an easy, fluffy read. Didn’t expect to so randomly pick a winner. But somehow I did!

I listened to the audio book, and I think that was a big part of it. This reader does the best voices and the greatest Texas drawl. It added so much to the story and brought so many of the small town characters to life. I laughed out loud continually. Then there were cowboys, so you know...swoon.


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Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars. The narration repeated over and over how standing in each other’s presence made the two leads all jittery and dim witted. I’m not much on swooning, and it bothered me a little that Tru kept on thinking how he was barely able to stop himself from grabbing and kissing her, as if it never occurred to him she may not want to or might stop him even if she did. I also wasn’t thrilled with a couple of Maggie’s ideas: her reaction to the adoption, and the article she printed about the firef ...more
Kristi Zimmerman
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m such a sucker for the city girl falls in love with the country & the cowboy trope. 👌🏼🔥❤️
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Betting on Hope
A Four of Hearts Ranch Romance 1
By Debra Clopton

The last thing Maggie Hope wants is to conduct an interview with Tru Monahan. But Tru's sponsors want this and the powers that be have ordered Maggie to fill in for the reporter scheduled to conduct the interview.

But Maggie is totally out of her element, after all she's an advice columnist not a reporter. And the interview goes from bad to worse with the highlight being Tru stating he could teach anyone to ride and Maggie betting him
patrick Lorelli
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-cowboys
Maggie Hope writes an advice column and now she has been ordered by the boss of her paper to go to Wishing Springs and do a TV interview with a champion horse trainer Tru Monahan. She also has questions that her friend wrote out for and is the host normally but has the flu. When she arrives she falls and drops the pages and as the interview begins she gets nervous and there is some dead air but Tru puts his hand on hers and that seems to calm her, so she can ask some of her own questions, but al ...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have a soft spot for cowboys. They're rough, rugged, charming, strong, and normally gentleman (at least in fictional stories). Tru definitely fit the mold although he has been painted as less in his past. Maggie on the other hand is a single city gal with a rough past that she feels guilty about. They were an interesting combination and as they fell for each other, I fell for them and this small town full of fun and interesting characters with some interwoven stories of their own.

I felt a litt
Maggie Hope is a journalist and the author of a popular advise column. When her friend needs her to fill in on a TV interview with horse trainer Tru Monahan, Maggie agrees because she knows what it could do for her column. When she makes a bet with him on camera, her producers and his sponsors want it to happen. Maggie never dreamed she'd go from having never been on a horse to entering a competition in just a few short weeks. Yet Tru's a good teacher and she soon finds her heart being drawn to ...more
Ann Valdez
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maggie Hope as overcome a rough childhood to write an advice column. When her friend who helped her obtain her job and a better life becomes sick and unable to give a television interview to Tru, a champion cowboy horse trainer, the company decides Maggie needs to go and give the interview with the hopes of increasing the popularity of her columnn. Tru's dad died leaving him and his brothers a pile of debt they must overcome to keep their ranch.

During the interview, Tru and Maggie spar themselv
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My thoughts: BETTING ON HOPE is a great read. I enjoyed getting to know Maggie and Tru. Maggie is insecure, klutzy, and second-guessing herself. Not to mention, terrified of horses. Tru on the other hand is confident, wary of reporters, and a well-seasoned cowboy. I couldn’t help but fall in love with both of them.

There is a secondary character, Jenna, in the book, whose situation is heartbreaking. I cried. Maggie’s story is also sad, but she—and Jenna—struggle to rise above their history and m
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Any story about cowboys I am all for reading. So of course I jumped at the opportunity to read this book! I have read one previous short story by Debra so I was excited to read this story. This is a fun story that starts with an awkward interview that ends in a rather amusing way. From this the story continues to tell about Maggie learning how to ride a horse and trying to get along with famous cowboy Tru. You can only imagine what happens from here it is rather predictable. There is a side stor ...more
Teresa Snyder
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I would say 4 stars, but I enjoyed the ending so much I'm going with 5 stars.

For me, this was an easy read with lovable characters and swoon worthy Cowboys. Maggie steps in for a friend who is sick with the flu to interview the hunky Tru Monahan. During the interview Maggie who is a writer, not a TV personality, is so nervous that Tru takes her hand, rubbing small circles with his thumb. Mega chemistry. Maggie jokingly bet Tru that he could not teach someone as clumsy as her to ride a horse, mu
3.5 stars.
Pure, enjoyable, escapist fiction. A story to get lost in briefly without feeling deep emotional upheaval...mostly well-written, except for some explanation hiccups at the beginning (characters got a little jumbled in my head at one point.) Maggie and Tru are thrown together by chance and their publicity groups; he's got to take this klutzy beauty and turn her into an accomplished horsewoman in a rediculously short amount of time, and it quickly blossoms into a romance.
I'd recommend th
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love cowboy stories and was quickly captivated by Betting on Hope! Debra Clopton brings the small town of Wishing Springs and its residents to life. It’s a place you feel like you’ve been and would love to revisit again and again. I loved Maggie Hope and Tru Monahan! Their chemistry was perfect and such fun to read. Humor, hurt, heartache, love, and romance are just of few of the elements that comprise this wonderful story! I loved Betting on Hope and can’t wait to continue this series!

My tha
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
This was my first novel by Debra Clopton and I really enjoyed it.

Maggie is a city girl with a rough start that has a chance meeting with cowboy Tru in small town Texas. Their journey was one about letting your heart guide you.

I particularly enjoyed the message from the novel about not trying to make decisions for others. That is so easy to do and truly we can only guide others to what we think makes the most sense, but in the end it is their life to lead.

Secondary character Jenna added a great d
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
The first Debra Clopton book I've ever read and it was great one! I am certainly looking forward to more stories from the Four of Hearts Ranch series. :) ...more
Grace Tolman
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a long time to get into this book. Which was surprising since it had a hunky cowboy in the story line. I am not sure if it was the writing or I just wasn't that interested in getting to know Maggie and Tru right away.
But anyways, the book started getting interesting when they had their first kiss and how past experiences and existing fears from both caused the kiss to be more of a regret than a happy moment. I liked the little town and the characters in there. I know that if I contin
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Michelle Kidwell
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Betting on Hope

by Debra Clopton

Thomas Nelson--FICTION

Thomas Nelson

Romance, Christian

Pub Date 17 Feb 2015

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of Betting On Hope through the publisher and Netgalley:

Maggie Hope is an advice Columist, soon Maggie is filling an interview with Champion horse trainer Tru Monahan soon it is obvious they had some kind of Chemistry.

Tru is not sure he wants to see Maggie, but he does not wish her any ill-will.

Maggie is a city girl, and Tru is a country boy, a champion horse
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Modern western (well, Texas so...) romance with a light sprinkling of Christian beliefs.
The characters were interesting and engaging. The plot is kind of fun and could have been amusing. The story was sort of "choppy" and the style could use some smoothing out. One of those stories where love-at-first-sight happens for both main characters but then the 'deep dark secret' on both sides keeps them from allowing the romance free reign.
Happy ending.
Violence, no sex, no swearing.
Dec 22, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a nice love story between Maggie and Tru. It was slow in the beginning. Around chapter 7 I started really getting into it. I wish there was a bit more in the end, like what happened to Jenna since I assume Maggie moved in with Tru. Overall, I gave it 3.5 stars.
Mary K. Stroup
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed reading this book. I love Debra Clopton's books! ...more
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Debra Clopton writes wholesome contemporary women's fiction, romance, and contemporary western romances set in Texas and on the beaches of Florida. Her awards include: The Book Sellers Best, Romantic Times Magazine's Book of the Year the Readers Choice Award, and m

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