“Counting on a Cowboy” by Debra Clopton

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.

Debra Clopton’s newest book might just teach you to forgive and heal – and to trust your feelings to a cowboy.  I love the Four of Hearts Ranch series, but this book is much more serious than the first.  The topics are heavier, the spiritual journey is harsher, and Abby has very tough choices to make.  The very weight of her decisions is what makes the joy of her new romance stand out so brightly, however, and that contrast makes it all worthwhile.
 
 That’s why I enjoyed this story so much.  It contains the same zany residents of Wishing Springs as the first story, but this time there’s more on the line than a job or some solitude.  Instead, it’s all about healing and forgiveness, and those are things that we can all relate to.  Whether we have the type of tragedy in our pasts that Abby does or not, we all have something – and I appreciate Abby’s struggle to heal from it.
 
The Monahans continue to be an honorable family who would be fun to befriend.  Bo’s antics with his new son add lighthearted touches to the story, and the gossipy hairdressers infuse fun, too. 
 
Romances aren’t exactly unpredictable, but while you might be able to see the end of Abby’s story, nobody could predict the twists and turns she and Bo meet along the way.  It’s those unexpected events that make this such a memorable story and that prove Clopton’s skill as a writer.  I love the way that she wrapped up each thread.  The realistic way that she described Abby’s emotions as she healed from the loss of her husband made the story incredibly vivid.  While I cannot relate personally, Clopton made me ache alongside Abby and rejoice at her healing.  Counting on a Cowboy is an extremely well-written story and even better than the previous one; I can only expect greatness from the final book in the series.
 
 
 
Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra’s goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.
 
Find Debra online: website, Facebook, Twitter
 
I received a free copy of Counting on a Cowboy from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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