Patricia Hartmann is the author of historical romances: Lonesome Mountain, The Ojai—Pink Moment Promises, Yosemite—One Last Golden Summer and Secrets of Sandpiper Cove. A lover of nature, she is a teacher, writer and artist whose signature is to paint the original artwork for all of her book covers.
- Latest Blog: Yosemite Camping Trip
After spending the last two years writing my Yosemite novel, what a joy it was to camp in Yosemite with my daughter Kim and two grandchildren, Danika and Cody, just after my novel was published. This is the fourth generation of my family to enjoy the park, which is truly a living treasure.
We had great fun camping, hiking, biking, and of course roasting marshmallows for s’mores over the campfire. The falls are low, due to California’s drought, but beautiful nevertheless. Bears are roaming the campgrounds, so no food is left out of the bear boxes.
Many of my readers are just finishing my book now as vacation reading. They say that they feel they have been on an idyll in Yosemite through the pages of my book. “I didn’t want it to end,” said one reader. “I didn’t see that coming,” said another, about an unexpected plot twist.
I’d love to hear from you.
Granite Cliffs in Yosemite
Books by Patricia Hartmann
When her great-aunt Daffodil dies, Lizzy unexpectedly inherits “Sweet Apple Farm” near the town of Buttermilk Falls in Northern California—the spot where she spent an idyllic summer as a child.
She hires Gabe to repair the farmhouse and bonds with his timid daughter, Chloe, as a stray dog shows up, a runaway illegal faces an uncertain fate, and a mysterious light on the mountain hints at trouble.
In the shadow of Lonesome Mountain, will Lizzy and Gabe finally accept Aunt Daffy’s nearly forgotten invitation to Live Simply, Love Deeply?
Yosemite—One Last Golden Summer
Colby was born and raised in Yosemite. Desperate for healing, he returns to the “granite womb” as a park ranger. The summer is both a homecoming and a last chance to reconnect with his estranged son, Jake.
Skylar’s husband has gone missing in the park’s backcountry. Facing an uncertain future, she tries to put the past behind her as she spearheads a project to restore the crumbling Wawona Hotel fountain.
Yosemite, dominated by iconic Half Dome, holds both danger and promise. Can Colby and Skylar find in each other, the healing grace of this one last golden summer?
Ojai—Pink Moment Promises
The simplicity of Ojai farm girl Meggie Baxter’s life is shattered when she must choose between loyalty to her rough-hewn friend, Rusty, and the dashing Charles.
Amid tragedy and loss, Meggie clings to the promise of God’s love. The “pink moment,” the evening sunset casting a rosy hue like a prayer across the Topa Topa Mountains, points her again and again to faith and courage.
Midst the idyllic beauty of the Ojai Valley and the crushing forces of change, will Meggie stay true to her roots? Will the sacrifice …
Secrets of Sandpiper Cove
The salt air bristled with lightning as Rachel stepped nervously out onto the precarious widow’s walk of the old lighthouse. Suspended between earth and sky, she scanned the angry, wind-whipped sea for any sign of the man whose marriage proposal she’d just refused.
Rachel battles to make a future for herself and her young daughter, Angela, by turning her Grand-Papa’s old Victorian into a bed and breakfast. But disturbing revelations shake her confidence.
Against the backdrop of a vast and eternal sea, shadowed by the worst kind of betrayal, can Rachel triumph over her fear that love breaks all …