Saturday, March 7, 2015

Betting on Hope by Debra Clopton

At the last minute Maggie Hope is sent to interview champion horse trainer Tru Monahan because the person who was suppose to do it was taken ill.  Maggie never dreamed she would meet let alone talk with Tru.  She is an advice columnist not a reporter so she is really nervous.  But to save her column she does what she is told.  During the interview things get out of hand and she bets Tru that he can’t teach her, the city girl, how to ride a cutting a horse.  Did I mention that Maggie is very klutzy?

Tru is determined to teach Maggie how to ride a horse. He believes Maggie set him up so she could get a good story.  It has happened to him before as he is a Champion horse trainer.  Maggie’s background has taught her not to trust anyone but herself and Tru has had some bad experiences along the way also.  As he is teaching her to ride, the attraction between to two of them grows.  Both of Maggie and Tru have secrets that they think will destroy the relationship if it is told.  Therefore, they have trouble trusting each other.

This is a Christian book but the only mention of God was the occasional reference to attending church.  It was a clean book with no language.  It didn’t seem like Maggie and Tru were relying on God to get them through the tough situations they were facing.  It tackled some tough issues like child abuse, living on the streets, and gambling and their consequences.

I found the story to be a quick easy read.  One I enjoyed.  I am looking forward to the next story in the series.  I would recommend this book to anyone.

I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

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