Saturday, April 9, 2011

When All My Dreams Come True

by Anita Mae Draper

When all My Dreams Come True (Colorado Runaway Series Book 1) by Janelle Mowery,  Harvest House Publishers, Feb 2011

This book packs a wallop between its pages. The story is set among the mountains of 1872 Colorado Territory. Lots of space with plenty of rocks and trees to offer rustlers something to hide behind.

The story starts in the middle of an action scene and there’s plenty more between the pages on account of all the bank robbers and rustlers. Suspense and suspicion are maintained so you don’t really know who the bad guys are or how they’re involved until the end.

I like that the heroine, Bobbie McIntyre, wore trousers in her day-to-day work as a wrangler. And that she could shoot better than most men. It didn’t take long for me to see the kind of woman Bobbie was and although so many things changed over the course of the book, she stayed true to her character.

Jace Kincaid is a very likable hero – even when he faltered and I wanted to swat him on the side of his head. But his actions fit his character profile and I knew why he did what he did even if I didn’t agree with his reasoning. His action certainly upped the tension between the characters and increased the suspense.

The roller coaster romance takes us on a ride where our emotions heat up and cool down only to ride higher, faster, and longer as we reach the crest, then plummet in despair wondering if Bobbie and Jace will ever get together on the same track.

And through the story, the Gospel is unraveled to Bobbie who doesn’t realize she’s searching for a heavenly as well as physical home.

This book will appeal to anyone who likes stories about tomboys, Salvation, and the Wild West.

Anita Mae Draper is retired from the Canadian Armed Forces and lives on the prairie of southeast Saskatchewan, Canada with her hubby of 30 plus years and 2 of their 4 kids. In 2005, Anita Mae decided to return to writing and make it a priority in her life. She writes old west stories set on the prairies of Saskatchewan, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. Her characters are strong because the land demands it. Anita Mae likes to write characters who sit up and notice when that special person God’s chosen just for them walks by. The story is all about the courtship between the two main characters. But it won’t be an easy path. And if they don’t know about God at the beginning of the book, they will by the end. Anita Mae has finaled in the 2009 Linda Howard Award of Excellence contest in the Inspirational category, the 2008 Gateway to the Best in the Contemporary Series category, and the 2008 Golden Gateway in the Long Contemporary category. She’s currently waiting to hear the phone ring and have someone say they want to buy Emma’s Outlaw. Meanwhile, she’s working on another story and trying to keep her imagination in check. A pathological picture taker, she usually has a photo or two of the quirky world she lives in on her blog at


  1. I love your reviews and completely trust your judgment on this one! Nice job. I don't know much about this author. Any more info?

    Thanks and have a good weekend!

  2. Any more info? The author lives in Texas. That's all I know about her.

    Honestly, can I say I read this with a jaded heart since Harvest House rejected my own manuscript? I wanted to not-like this one in a big way.

    And although there are some similarities to mine, the plot has more twists and turns than I could've dreamed up.

    A good weekend to you too, Deb. Thanks. :)

    Anita Mae.

  3. Hi Anita, just stopped by to say congrats on making the semi finals in Genesis!

    This book sounds interesting. Thanks for the review. And good luck with Harvest House on your next MS.

  4. Hey Naomi, thanks! :)

    I appreciate you taking time to stop by and congratulate me. Have a great weekend.

    Anita Mae.

  5. Great review. I'm going ot have to read that now.

  6. Hi Anita. Thanks for introducing me to a new author!

  7. Thanks, Faye. Go for it! :)

    Anita mae.

  8. Hey Suzie, you're welcome.

    Janelle is a new author to me, too. And a coincidence is that I'm working on my ACFW author interview this month for Elizabeth Ludwig - who's also a new author to me - and I just read that Elizabeth and Janelle co-authored a book a couple years ago. What timing.

    Thanks for stopping, Suzie.

  9. That's a cool coincidence, Anita. Congratulations, again, on making the Genesis semi-finals.

    And speaking of that, Naomi, I heard you made the semi-finals,too. Congratulations to you, too!

    I've yet to see the list, but one of my critique partners is also a semi-finalist.

  10. Naomi - Congratulations, girl! Please forgive me... I'm terrible with names and there are so many good writers on that list. I really do appreciate you dropping by.

    And Suzie - thank you for being on the ball this morning.

    (Anita Mae goes to check the list again before she slights someone else...)

  11. Oh, you silly girl. I don't think you slighted anyone. How can you be expected to memorize every name on the list? Don't fret over things like that. Enjoy being in the top 20%. It's a wonderful and exciting accomplishment.

  12. CONGRATULATIONS to the semi-finalists!! Yeehaw! Bask in this moment, ladies.

    Oh yes, back to the book recommendation. This book sounds really fun. Thanks for the intro to an author who's new to me! I love your reviews, Anita.

  13. Further to my comment about the book Janelle Mowery co-authored with Elizabeth Ludwig, it seems to be a common occurence as they both co-authored the book I'm featuring for the ACFW Featured Author on May 2nd as well. And it's not their last liaison. This sounds like quite a team.


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