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PASSING THROUGH BRANDISS
Patricia Yager Delagrange
Releasing May 20, 2016
After the tragic loss of her husband, Annie and her young son search for a new life full of meaning and hope. Fate nudges Annie into the arms of a man whose wife disappeared with his child years ago.
Annie’s life spins out of control when first the pregnant teenager she hires to help her with her garden asks Annie to adopt her baby and shortly afterwards the long-lost wife of the man Annie loves reappears.
Riddled with grief and heartache, the experiences demonstrate how, even in the face of overwhelming sorrow, opening her heart and home to those most in need of love has reaped unexpected joy for Annie and her son.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Patricia attended St. Mary’s College, studied her junior year at the University of Madrid, received a B.A. in Spanish at UC Santa Barbara then went on to get a Master’s degree in Education at Oregon State University. She lives with her husband and two teenage children in Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco, along with two very large chocolate labs, Annabella and Jack. Her Friesian horse Maximus lives in the Oakland hills in a stall with a million dollar view.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There are several messages I want my readers to grasp when reading Passing Through Brandiss. One, is that it’s possible to love a child that you didn’t physically give birth to, just as much as you love your biological child. The second, is that even after tragedy, you can find love again, in a form that may be entirely different than you ever expected. The biggest theme in most of my books is that a woman can be happy no matter how many hurdles she has to jump over or how many obstacles plop down in her path because she believes in herself and her inner strength.
How much of the book is realistic?
As I said, we adopted our daughter so that’s a huge part of the book, based on my own life. Also, the book takes place in a fictional town close to the real city of Santa Barbara where I graduated from college and lived for eight years.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I never experienced the personal tragedy the main character had to go through with her husband and I never had the problems that can come with adopting a child; but everyone has experiences in their lives that bring them sorrow and pain. A writer takes that personal sorrow and pain and inflicts them on their characters, thus bringing them to life.
What books have most influenced your life most?
I read so many books, it’s hard to pinpoint which have meant the most to me. But some of my favorite writers are Richard Paul Evans, Nicholas Sparks, Debbie Macomber, Joy Fielding, Jodi Picoult, Joanne Fluke, to name a few. I love to write what I love to read.
What would you like my readers to know?
I think I’d like your readers to know that if they love stories with a happy ending but also love the characters to struggle through hardship, as we all do in life, then they just might like my writing and my books.