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August 27, 2015

Counting on a Cowboy {Debra Clopton}

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After losing everything dear to her, Abby never wants to love again. But a certain cowboy spurs her to wonder if maybe love is worth the risk.

Running from a past that haunts her, Abby Knightly is drawn to the homey town of Wishing Springs, Texas, after her favorite advice columnist found love and a home there. Maybe this small town could offer hope and healing and a future for Abby too . . . if she's brave enough to reach out and take it.

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 unexpectedly the young child he never knew about appears on his doorstep and Bo's world is turned upside down. This confirmed bachelor might not need a wife, but he sure needs a woman . . . and newcomer Abby Knightly is definitely a woman. When she comes to his rescue to help him navigate fatherhood, he slowly uncovers her own history. And suddenly Bo's thinking maybe, just maybe, together they can help each other work through the problems of the past to create a future of their own.

My Thoughts:
Since the day I met the Monahan brothers in Betting on Hope, I have been eagerly awaiting this next installment in the Four of Hearts Ranch series. I was excited to read more from this town and this family, and I was not disappointed.

As we get to know Bo, we realize that he is a hard-working and kind-hearted cowboy, much like his brothers. We get to see a little of his giving personality come out when he meets Abby, but when his son appears in this story we really get a true sense of who Bo is. I was blown away by his determination to care for his son, but also the ways in which he truly fought for his relationship with Abby. His relationship with his grandfather touched my heart in so many ways, and I just wanted to reach out and give the guy a hug through most of this book.

When we first meet Abby, I initially judged her as a little bit ditsy. But I figured out very quickly that it was a wrong assessment. Abby has been through more in her short life than most people could handle. She is a determined woman who is fighting to get her life back together and try to start over. I absolutely fell in love with her character, and also found myself crying with her through some parts of this book. She is resilient, and I wanted nothing less than a perfect ending for her story.

Of course, this book comes complete with all the characters and landmarks that make Wishing Springs a place we all want to live in. We get a little more insight into some of the townspeople in this book, and I really enjoyed that aspect of the story as well.

The third book in this series, Kissed by a Cowboy, is releasing this year, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

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. 

Because Debra really does live in the country many of her funny incidents have truly happened to her…like her true life mischievous donkey, Samantha who became a reader favorite in her second book And Baby Makes Five. Or raiding wild hogs who surrounded her house became a scene in Cowboy for Keeps and just recently there were 8 donkeys on the loose on the road leading to her ranch and she and her husband had to try and herd them off the road then corral them—this is certain to show up in one of her upcoming books. Debra doesn’t waste any of her life experiences whether it’s funny experiences to help readers laugh or her experiences with the grief and the harder things of life, Debra pulls on all those emotions to touch her readers.