"5 Flags!...A wonderfully touching story. Ms. Snodgrass has...strong research endeavours melded into a fascinating story line, with believable, attractive characters whom the reader naturally wishes to cheer on to success. This is my first Catherine Snodgrass novel, but rest assured, from now on, I intend to read every book of hers I can find."—Annie, EuroReviews
"5 Stars!...Catherine Snodgrass has done it again in this remarkable story of two people with powers who are in need of one another...The plot...is astounding and breathtaking...Not only are Libby and Nate great to read about, but so are the secondary characters, like the orphans, grandmother Rose and her mother. Together with all these people, [Nate and Libby] make a family like no other with a little touch of love that will mend all hearts."—Melinda, Fallen Angel Reviews
"4 Stars!...This profoundly evocative story was a very quick and satisfying read. I couldn’t wait to see how this marvelous story would end. I look forward to reading more of Catherine Snodgrass’ stories."—Kathy Boswell, Romantic Times BOOKclub Magazine
"4 Stars!...In New York, in the winter of 1875, Libby Claiborne is waiting at a restaurant table for her stepbrother, Clayton. Although she has tried to deny it, even to herself, Libby knows the signs. Clayton is up to something. He has some scheme, some plan. And she, wanting to believe in his kindnesses for once, has walked right into it… This is a very fun and unusual paranormal romance. Although it sounds beyond belief that these two people marry within a day, it is a tribute to the author that, inside the story, it doesn’t seem so far-fetched. In fact, while it’s happening, it seems completely logical. It’s only after the fact that the reader—and the characters—must deal with the consequences. And there are many. Nate and Libby are both well-rounded characters who manage to act like responsible adults, even in unusual circumstances. Libby is a strong woman, and instead of bemoaning her fate, she takes charge of it. The paranormal aspects are introduced very well and complement the entire story. I’ll look forward to reading more from this author."—Deborah Hern, The Romance Reader's Connection
4 Stars!...Libby Claiborne has trouble. No longer willing to suffer her brother’s abuses, she runs—straight into the arms of Nathaniel Blackburn. Although Libby doesn’t know it, Nate is trying to ruin her brother’s scheme of separating Nate’s mother from her money via the bogus séances that her brother concocts and that Libby directs. But nothing is as it seems. When Nate proposes marriage as a way of rescuing Libby’s mother and grandmother from an asylum, Libby accepts. Even that’s not a simple affair. And could Libby’s talents at the séance table be real? Nate has a hard time figuring that one out until one day when he discovers that he himself has talents he never suspected. And then there’s the children, all seven of them. This one will keep you reading to the very last page…The dialogue is excellent and the plot is good. The author throws some unexpected twists that perhaps should have been foreshadowed, but overall, this one will definitely keep you entertained for hours."—Ann M. Beardsley, Scribes World Reviews
"A story of romance, relationships and magic. The characters are so real they will jump out of the pages, and the story moves at a quick pace, which keeps the reader’s interest. Ms. Snodgrass has a smooth writing style, which allows the reader to become immersed in the story without distractions. With intriguing paranormal elements and a delightful romance, Seven Rings Binding will win your heart and a place on your keeper shelf. Very highly recommended!"—Sally Laturi, Ivy Quill Reviews
"It will steal your heart! A delightfully rich romance. With a poetic voice the authore gracefully moves the reader through a narrative filled with vivid imagery and meaning. While the paranormal element heightens the tensions of the story, and provides fuel for the villain's motivation, it does not dominate the tale...Provides a delightful afternoon's read, coming highly recommended."—Cindy Penn, WordWeaving Reviews
"...A myriad of secrets and half-truths that leaves the reader shocked, amazed, and nodding in final understanding. Libby Claiborne is a heroine to span the ages; strong, compassionate, determined and frightened. Nate Blackburn is a hero to believe in; his strength is equalled only by his tenderness, his love for Libby matched only by his fear of losing her. An amazing tale of long-kept secrets and dark deceptions that continue long after you think you ve figured it all out. Her ability to weave such a complicated, yet easy to read, love story kept this reader glued to every word for fear of missing out on the smallest of detail. Each character has a story of their own, each intertwined among the others and culminating in one final secret that not only surprised this reader but brought Seven Rings Binding together in the most perfect of endings."—Laura Drewry, Romance At Its Best
"A gripping story about love, laughter, and the pleasure in life. It is also about fear and treachery. The plot takes some surprise twists and turns. The story is exciting and gratifying."—Marilyn Peters, Belles and Beaux of Romance
"Deceit, pain, deep love, and dark secrets are at the root of Seven Rings Binding. Libby's inability to think of herself, as well as the agony of her past, makes Nate's unabashed love difficult for her to comprehend. He totally relinquishes his heart to her, and those who love them both are in his corner. The reprehensible Clayton makes a dark villain. Nate's family and Libby's incredible grandmother and indomitable mother are only some of the great secondary players in this incredible story...Has a fresh plot that brims with excitement and romance, and more than a little mystery. Ms. Snodgrass has penned a well-written story with an unforgettable hero and heroine. For a tale that sizzles from the first page, I highly recommend Seven Rings Binding."—Jani Brooks, Romance Reviews Today
"...A one of a kind story. Surprises lurk on every page making it impossible to put down even for the briefest moment. You dare not stop reading for fear you are about reveal another secret…Characters come to life. Libby is brave, but very feminine. While Nate is her perfect counterpart, tough, handsome, but his tenderness allows her room to slowly develop her new freedom...The passion found within this story is well balanced by mystery and suspense. Beautifully rounded...bound to find appeal with any romance fan."—Tracy Farnsworth, Roundtable Reviews
"A fast-paced tale that includes sorcery, treachery, and the discovery of one of the highest powers of all, that of love. Enjoy this entertaining read from Catherine Snodgrass!"—Debbie Pollart, Writers Club Romance Group on AOL
"...Snodgrass shows her talent for the paranormal. This engrossing historical romance with a twist is sure to please both historical romance and paranormal romance lovers."—Rickey R. Mallory, Sime~Gen Reviews
“Silence, everyone,” Clayton said. “Libby needs silence to reach from this world to the next.”
Ridiculous, Libby told herself. Any impressions she received were from those living, not those departed. Why did people need the farce of a séance for her to tell them what they wanted to know, when she could easily do so without it? She released a long sigh in the hope of easing her tension. With the following intake of breath came another more horrifying feeling.
Knife-like pain stabbed deep into the pit of her stomach. Libby jerked free of Nate’s and Nedra’s hands. Nate sucked in a breath. Her fingernails had gouged his palm. An apology lodged in her throat. She curled her fists into her midsection.
Too late. It was too late. Panic squeezed an ugly grip around her heart, making each quickening beat a thump against her breastbone.
“No…dear God, no,” she whispered through gasps of air.
She was vaguely conscious of Nate’s presence by her side, of Clayton’s cranking up the lamp, of the fear paling the guests’ faces.
“I…I have to go.” She stood so fast she toppled the chair. The door. Where was the door? All around was black.
“I need out now!”
“Libby, stop it!
She ducked Clayton’s reach and butted against Nate’s hard body. At the touch of his gentle hands upon her shoulders, she spun around.
“Help me. I need to leave now. Before it’s too late.”
If he hesitated, it was so brief she could not notice. With her tucked protectively under his arm, he strode to the far wall and yanked open the door behind the black sheeting. A cool rush of air washed over her, yet the call that etched deep into her soul grew stronger. Stifling a muffled cry, she broke free of Nate and ran for the hotel exit...