Trapped in Yosemite by Dana Mentink: A Celebrate Lit Tour

Trapped in Yosemite Celebrate Lit Tour

About the Book

Book: Trapped in Yosemite

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Christian Fiction

Release Date: February 27, 2024

When a massive earthquake levels the region, secrets and unknown dangers are exposed…

The ground in still-icy Yosemite National Park isn’t stable, and K-9 handler Von Sharpe fears the worst. But his worries are pushed aside when he sees an SUV viciously forced off the road…with his ex-fiancée at the wheel. It’s only when Stella Rivers steps out of the vehicle that the very ground under their feet cracks and breaks with the onslaught of a terrifying earthquake.

When her meeting with a mysterious client is ambushed, Stella witnesses the man being gunned down by a sniper and becomes a target herself. With the threat of aftershocks triggering landslides and floods, the new mom has no choice but to run to save her baby girl—even if it means teaming up with the man who has no idea he fathered her child.

Trapped in a dangerously unstable wilderness with a killer closing in, Von and Stella are running out of time to get to safety. And every fissure reveals a new secret that will shake them to their foundation…

About the Author

Trapped in Yosemite Celebrate Lit Tour

Dana Mentink is a USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author as well as a two-time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, and the recipient of a Holt Medallion. She’s written over fifty titles in the suspense, lighthearted romance and mystery genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense and Poisoned Pen Press.

More from Dana

I won’t ever forget October 17th, 1989. I was finished with my student teaching duties, chatting with my mother while we watched the World Series. It was an epic matchup of two Bay Area teams. As we watched, the floor lurched and the entire house began to rattle and pitch. We ran outside and watched the street undulate like ocean waves. We’d later come to learn it was a 6.9 earthquake on the Loma Prieta fault. The shaking only lasted 20 seconds but 63 people were killed, 3,757 were reported injured and 12,053 displaced. The damage estimates reached as high as $10 billion, with 18,306 houses leveled. Approximately 2,575 businesses were impacted and 147 were destroyed. The part I will remember most was the collapse of a section of the freeway in Oakland which trapped people in the pancaked structure. I remember watching the close space rescue teams work night and day to find survivors.

Little did I know that memorable event would someday lead to a book! This novel combines the iconic California setting of Yosemite and the big fear buried deep in every California’s mind…the big one, the massive earthquake we know will be coming someday. Of course you know there will be a happy ending in the novel, but I hope you will feel the edge of your seat suspense that keeps you turning pages. God bless you, dear readers!

My Review of Trapped in Yosemite

“Stella Rivers scoured the dense shrubbery like she’d been doing for the past hour as if the branches might somehow reach out and snatch her van off the mountain road. Ridiculous, but the isolation raked her nerves. No sign of anyone around, even the person she was supposed to meet. She opened the notes on her phone, confirming for the fifth time that she’d arrived at the correct mile marker.”

From these opening lines, this book keeps the reader guessing and on edge. As a single mom, Stella simply wants to get back to her baby. But when an earthquake hits Yosemite, life turns into a survival game. She does not want to depend on Von, the man who broke her heart. But she has no choice.

Being trapped at an isolated camp when all of the services go down proves challenging. Some of the people are strangers. Determining who to trust is impossible. Especially when mysterious things keep happening. Survival is hard enough. Adding elements of danger elevates the situation to another level. The suspense is intense.

Von is a different man from when he left Stella. But he is unsure if he can forgive the secrets that she kept hidden from him. Even is she had good reasons. Will they be able to find their second chance?

I did not anticipate all the connections. While parts were a bit predictable, parts of the ending shocked me. Whenever one combines natural elements and human danger, the story is hard to put down. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

I did read an advanced copy of this book for a tour. I wanted to read and review it. All opinions are my own.

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