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eBook by Catherine Snodgrass
eBook Category: Romance/Fantasy Orange Rose Award Winner, Laurel Wreath Award Winner, PRISM Award Finalist, ERA Award Finalist
eBook Description: Nate Blackburn is determined to keep his mother's inheritance in the rightful hands of his mother, even if that means he has to marry the psychic he thinks is bilking her of her fortune. Libby Claiborne grasps at the chance for marriage and the opportunity to save her family from the hell her stepbrother Clayton has created. Together Nate and Libby discover they have much more in common than they realized--a love that cannot be denied and a mystical ability that has the power to destroy them both. A power one embraces and the other refuses to accept. (2nd Place Winner in the 2002 PRISM Awards! 3rd Place Winner in the 2002 ERA Awards!
eBook Publisher: Amber Quill Press, Published: 2002
Fictionwise Release Date: July 2006
52 Reader Ratings:
"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. 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
"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 sťance 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.