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Book Review: Counting on a Cowboy

Counting on a cowboy

Counting on a Cowboy  – Debra Clopton – Four of Hearts Ranch #2 – Thomas Nelson – Published 11 August 2015

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Synopsis

After losing everything she held dear, Abby never wants to love again. But a certain cowboy may just spur her to wonder if love might be worth the risk.

Running from a past that haunts her, Abby Knightly is drawn to the cozy town of Wishing Springs, Texas. Maybe this small town could offer hope and healing and a future for Abby . . . if she s brave enough to reach out and take it by the reins.

Bo Monahan isn t interested in the new romantic destination his little town has become or the women who might be looking at him like he s their next Mr. Right. Between taking care of his Pops and his growing stirrup business, he isn t looking for serious romantic commitments. But when the infant son he never knew about shows up at his doorstep, his world is turned upside down.

This confirmed bachelor might not think he needs a wife, but he sure needs help. Even Abby can see that, and despite her best efforts to keep her distance, she can t help but be drawn to this new father-son duo. As Abby throws herself into helping Bo navigate fatherhood, hope sparks between them, revealing that maybe, just maybe, they can navigate their dark pasts and emerge together into a future as bright as the Texas sun itself.

My thoughts

A cowboy set on not settling down, a lady desperate to get some distance from the horrors that have marked her life, a small, country Texas town and, certainly not least, a young infant left on the cowboy’s porch. This is a complicated romance, where broken hearts and stubborn wills battle it out.

When Abby sets out for her new life in Wishing Springs, she couldn’t have dreamed that her arrival would occur with such a bang. But that’s what happens when she is driving into town and crashes her car into a ditch and a fence trying to dodge an escaped bull and the cowboy to which it belongs. Getting wrapped up in the life of a handsome, and single, cowboy wasn’t in Abby’s plans to start over. But when Bo Monahan gives her a lift while her car is repaired she is present when his life is turned upside down with the arrival of a son he didn’t know he had sired. Complicated doesn’t begin to describe their relationship, and all that without even uncovering details of her recent heartbreak.  Continue reading

Book Review: Betting On Hope

Betting On Hope

Betting On Hope – Debra Clopton – Four of Hearts Ranch #1 – Thomas Nelson – Published 24 February 2015

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Synopsis

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 coworker and interviewing the handsome cowboy, she finds herself doing just that. Anything to save her advice column.

Despite Maggie s two left feet, Tru is bound and determined to bring out her inner cowgirl by teaching her to ride a cutting horse, trained to separate cattle from the rest of the herd. While her riding improves, their attraction intensifi es, but Tru knows he can never let her into his heart for her own good.

In Wishing Springs, a community full of meddling but well-meaning townsfolk, Maggie discovers the home she s always longed for. But she s holding something back a secret that could destroy her reputation and any future she s ever hoped for with the cowboy she mightust love.

My thoughts

This book has all the makings of a great western romance, with a handsome cowboy, city girl thrust into the country with only said cowboy to save her from being eaten alive by horses, multiple secondary characters who bring interest and depth to the story, and backstories of hardship and resilience, as well as all the crazy fun that comes with a small-town country setting.  Continue reading

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