My first exposure to books by Dana Mentink was with what I’d describe as cozy mysteries that featured dogs. Those tales showcased the author’s sometimes wacky sense of humor and I thoroughly enjoyed them. Later I read quite a few of her Love Inspired Suspense novels which had more focus on the suspense and I also loved reading them. Needless to say I was excited to have the opportunity to review Mentink’s latest trade suspense published by Harlequin. What could be better than a full-length novel by one of my favorite suspense authors? Trapped in Yosemite was all I expected and more and proved to be a fine example of just how multi-talented Dana Mentink is.

Imagine if you will, a young woman so determined to prove her qualifications at her job that she agreed to meet a client in a remote area near Yosemite where she witnessed his murder and was forced to flee for her own life on icy back roads. She is rescued by her former fiancé but rather than a happy ending, their problems have just begun when a massive earthquake hits the park. Trapped in Yosemite park during the winter with no way out, at least one murderer on the loose, and one weather or earthquake mitigated disaster after another, Von Sharpe and Stella Rivers are forced to work together to save themselves and the others stranded with them. Did I mention secrets?

Trapped in Yosemite was an intense, high-voltage suspense. Just when I thought everything had settled down a bit, something else would happen to increase the suspense. All characters were well developed and of course readers can expect at least one dog featured by this author. The plot moved at a rapid pace and vivid descriptions of the setting made me feel like I was there. Not sure I want to go back after that experience!

I have only hinted at a fraction of what was going on in this novel so you will need to pick up your own copy if you want to know more. It is a great book and I do not think you will be disappointed.

I voluntarily reviewed a digital copy of this book provided by Celebrate Lit. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


Book: Trapped in Yosemite

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Christian Fiction

Release Date: February 27, 2024

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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…



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.


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!




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