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Fascinated by broken-hearted couples and atypical families, Patricia weaves engaging tales of men and women who create cohesive families where love reigns supreme.  She sprinkles her books with intriguing characters who struggle to find balance in life after tragedy.  Whether an unwed teenager, desperate widow, abandoned father, or a couple who stray from their marital vows, her characters form relationships impacted by their desire to create a family.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Patricia attended St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, where she studied Psychology and Spanish. She spent her junior year abroad at the University of Madrid then transferred to UC Santa Barbara where she received her B.A. in Spanish. She went on to get a Master’s degree in Education at Oregon State University.

Patricia lives with her husband and two children in Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco, along with two very large chocolate labs named Annabella and Jack, and a rescue terrier mix, Shay Dog. Oh, and she also takes care of her daughter's guinea pig, Lucifer. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, Patricia enjoys riding her Friesian horse Maximus, who lives in the Oakland hills with a million dollar view.






Taken Away

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Jessee Bradford, a respected young veterinarian in Santa Barbara, California, comes home to find his wife Serena and baby daughter Sofia missing. Jessee fears they have been kidnapped or worse. The FBI investigators believe his wife, the only daughter of a wealthy philanthropist who never approved of their marriage, simply abandoned Jessee and took their child with no intention of returning.

After months of fruitless searching, Jessee relocates to his grandparents’ home in Iowa, where he takes over his grandpa’s veterinary practice. There he finds the family closeness he’s been missing and falls in love with a female equestrian Laura. When Jessee and Laura attend a gallery opening of an artist named She, the paintings remind Jessee of his wife Serena’s art work. Thus begins Jessee’s search to find She while his future with Laura teeters precariously on the edge until the truth about She is discovered.




What people are saying...

"In a wonderful debut by author Patricia Yager Delagrange, Taken Away is a fantastic read, combining elements of romance, mystery and suspense. Jessee Bradford, a young California veterinarian, deals with a nightmare scenario. He comes home to find that his wife Serena, and baby daughter Sofia are gone, just completely missing. A frantic search for them ensues. Jessee fears the worst, that they have been kidnapped or perhaps even killed, but many, police investigators included, believe that Serena may have chosen to leave him, to escape a life that she might have found stifling.

After months and months of searching for them, often on his own, Jessee decides to relocate to Iowa, where he will take over his grandfather’s small veterinary practice. It’s there that he attempts to start over, while never forgetting the wife and child he loved. He eventually finds solace and love with a lovely female equestrian, Laura, and seems on the edge of truly beginning his life anew. But when he and Laura attend an art exhibition showcasing the work of an anonymous artist called “She,” something about the work reminds him of Serena’s, and his search takes on a new focus, now to find She and determine exactly who that person is. Could it be Serena? And if it is, what will that do to Jessee and Laura’s burgeoning love?

I very much enjoyed Taken Away. It was a very fast read for me, I could not put it down once I started it. It was extremely suspenseful, but had wonderful elements of romance in it as well. Author Patricia Yager Delagrange has excellent skills in character development, and you’ll definitely care about each of the characters, Jessee especially. This book would appeal to any reader who loves mystery, suspense or romance, or just great fiction in general. I am excited to read what this promising new author has coming out next!"

- Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite


  • Title: Taken Away
  • Author: Patricia Delagrange
  • Genre: Mystery/Thriller
  • Length: 400 pages
  • Release Date: June 1, 2015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1508660439
  • Imprint: Black Hawk

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