Betting On Hope Review

"Betting On Hope" by Debra Clopton is a novel about Maggie Hope, and advice columnist who finds herself roped into interviewing a famous cowboy, Tru Manahan.  After an accidental bet is made on whether Tru can teach Maggie to ride a horse, the two find themselves thrown together as Maggie moves to Wishing Springs to write about her journey to learning to ride.

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This book was a cute romance novel.  The characters had some obstacles to finding true love, but nothing too deep or dark.  I find it frustrating when characters let their secrets keep them apart in some Christian romance novels, because it often seems like the difficulties are ridiculously exaggerated.  I am happy to report that this was not the case with "Betting On Hope".  The characters themselves didn't overreact to the drama of it all, and their internal struggles seemed appropriately proportionate to the obstacles they faced, which I appreciated.

I loved the secondary characters in this book.  All the typical small-town nosiness was present in the story, and I loved it.  It made the story more fun and charming.  I actually wish the author had intertwined some of the secondary characters who were a part of the town into more of the book, but I liked the side-plot with Jenna, a pregnant teenager who finds herself at a home for teen mothers in Wishing Springs.

While I appreciated that the drama in this book wasn't over-played, I did feel like too much of the book was focused on the two main characters internal reactions and feelings - I would have liked more light-hearted banter, or town events, or something to break up all the self-reflections.

The main characters were likable though, and I thought the ending was fun.  If you want a light Christian romance read, this was an enjoyable one.

Note: I received a copy of this book for free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for this review.  This is my honest opinion.

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