"The story is a gripping one and a very clear picture
of what life in the early 1800s in Newfoundland was like for a woman."
The Northeast Avalon Times
"The balance between fiction and reality provide the reader with an
opportunity to empathize with Catherine and her family while obtaining an
account of what is known historically."
Atlantic Books Today
"Catherine Snow is well written and doesn't get bogged down by history. The
story of this woman's life and how it seemed to be determined by events out
of her control is never lost. Strowbridge writes interesting characters ó
particularly the female ones."
The Chronicle Herald
"There are many ó this writer included Ė who now consider Newfoundland to be
the epicentre of the country's narrative voice and a key component of our
national identity. Some say it is a sense of community, others point to the
area's inspiring landscape, while others cite the province's Celtic
storytelling roots. All three of those elements come to play in Catherine
Snow, the fictionalized account of one young Irish girl's tryst with
The Chronicle Herald
September 2009ís release, a novel
is a word used by one reader, whose sentiment has been echoed again and
again by other readers.
A story of courage and conviction, and the
strength of a bold Irish mother facing childbirth and the sentence of death
while confined to a dungeon. Catherine Snow stood up to the powers that be:
the unholy trinity of money, religion and politics.
A convoluted story to be debated and mulled over
in the mind long after the book is read
Jim Snow of New
the winner of the first copy of
the novel. Jim is the
great great great grandson
Snow's first son James William Snow
An exotic drama in which one manís
mysterious disappearance brings a dark end to three other people. What would
it take to destroy an Irish girl who had survived famine and war in Ireland,
and a hazardous journey across the Atlantic Ocean, to become a servant-wife
on an island where Godís truth and the Devilís tale are entwined as tight as
the strands of a rope?
This novel is based on the true story of the last woman hanged in Britainís
oldest colony, the only woman in the colony to have a gruesome sentence Ė
the ultimate desecration Ė carried out on her body.
A novel in which truth lies suspended between fact and fiction.
A haunting mystery./ Flanker Press
CATHERINE SNOW- READER
* This is not a formal letter, but just a quick email to let
you know how much I admire your writing!!!
* I have just recently read your book about Catherine Snow and,
from the beginning, I could not put it down!!! It was glued to
my hands from start to finish. . . My husband stated that I was
becoming Catherine as when she cried, I cried . . .I could feel
my heart ache when she thought of her children, those who had
passed and those she left behind.. . . Only another mother could
feel that pain. . .
* Your book was one of the best I have read!!! I also enjoyed
"Far from Home". (My husband is from St. Anthony and spent time
in the orphanage).
* Again, Thank-you!!! and please keep on writing!!! Janice D
* Dear Nellie, I finished reading Catherine Snow last week. I
have been trying to think of the appropriate compliments for
you. I like a book that includes a sense of time and place. You
did that very well without having the calendar intrude. The
geography was somewhat familiar to me . . . .
* It was obvious that you researched well . . .the idea of a
novel gave you the licence to make the story flow and appear
complete. You certainly developed the character and setting of
Catherine in a manner that built sympathy and cast severe doubts
on the conviction. I especially liked your device of using
thoughts by Catherine throughout the trial to serve the role of
her non-functioning lawyer.
* When your readers realize that conditions you portray existed
less than 200 years ago, they might think there is hope for the
people of Afghanistan.
* I have not often found a book that I could honestly say I
hated to put down. This one really qualified. I had a few late
nights. I have been telling friends about it. Obviously I
enjoyed it and learned from it. . ..Doug C
* I donít read many books, but I can tell you now, Iíve read all
your other books and I wanted to read Catherine Snow. I picked
it up to read when I went to bed. When I started it I couldnít
stop. Iíd fall asleep and the book would fall out of my hands.
That would wake me and Iíd pick it up again. Iíd read some more,
but it was getting late. Iíd fall asleep again and drop the
book. That would wake me up. I said to myself, ĎI hope that
Nellie is sleeping because Iím not.í Anyway I got it read and it
was great. I canít believe such a thing could happen in this
country. Rita D
* I liked your book immensely, Nellie. Your exceptional talent
for writing brought everything to life and made for a very
smooth read. It was no effort to be drawn into the lives of
Catherine and those around her in their world of 19th century
Newfoundland. Your portrayal of Catherine gives a sense of
someone who is resourceful and determined, but who also
preserves her humanity and her sense of decency, even in an
environment of harsh demands and circumstances. Your knowledge
of the culture of the period and Newfoundland folkways lend the
story a strong authenticity, which makes it all the more
absorbing. James S, New Jersey
* I bought your book Dr. Grenfellís Little Orphan and I
absolutely loved it. I just wanted to send you a little note
expressing interest in your writing, Well, I canít wait to read
your newest book Catherine Snow. Judy I
* When I came to the chapter where Catherine fled her home, I
could bear to read on afraid that the constables would catch
her. I had to put the book down. But I knew I had to keep
reading. E Stamp
* I just finished reading your book about Catherine Snow and I
loved it. I cried at the end! I am recommending it to my
daughters in Halifax and my friends. I havenít read any of your
books before, but rest assured, I am off to the bookstore right
now to look for some of them. You are a wonderful author and
this book touched something in me. Thanks for writing it.
Sincerely, Betty H
* I just finished reading Catherine Snow. WOW! Great book. Very
well written. If you havenít read it yet. Do it. You will love
it. Carl G
* Dear Ms. Strowbridge, Our book club just recently read your
book and thoroughly enjoyed it. .. . Bev H
* Hi Nellie, I am retired and 63. I am an avid reader and always
have been, except in the last few years of retirement I enjoy my
reading more than ever Ė relaxed and plenty of time! I have read
your articles and books and I just finished reading Catherine
Snow. I so enjoyed every word. It is an amazing book Ė one of
those books you go around preparing supper and reading at the
same time. I think it should be required reading in our schools,
if it isnít already. This would surely give our youth of today a
sense of history and life as it was in earlier years. It is
indeed an honour and a pleasure to have you as one of our own
talented authors to bring joy to our every day lives and reading
habits. Congratulations and good luck in all your future
endeavours. Genie P
* Good Morning, Nellie, I receive the Flanker Press newsletter
and that was where I learned about your latest novel Catherine
Snow. Unputdownable is quite an appropriate way to describe
Catherine Snow. I found myself drawn into Catherineís world and
her daily struggle to survive and provide for her children.
* I have taken great pleasure in recommending Catherine Snow to
many of the library patrons that I serve in the public library
where I work. Your story has broken many hearts Ė as we feel the
injustice that was passed on to Catherine and her co-accused.
* It has also provided the starting point for new readers to
pursue Newfoundland literature, which I delight in, as there are
so many amazing stories that continue to be written from your
* Take care and I look forward to reading your books. Teresa T
* Nellie, Iím reading Catherine Snow right now and finding it to
be one of the best books Iíve ever read. I hate putting it down
and canít wait to get back to it. Way to go. Job well done.
* Hi Nellie, Just thought Iíd let you know that a patron who
borrowed Catherine Snow from the library where I work said Ďit
is unputdownable.í Marianne
* From the start of the book I was hooked and could not
put it down. Mrs. Strowbridge did an amazing job of describing
her characters in such detail that I felt I knew the people she
was writing about. My heart ached for them. I felt happy for
them. I cried for them. Great book. Possibly the best book
(Catherine Snow) Iíve ever read." Sabrina Brock
*The best book I ever read." Paul Gushe
* I couldnít get anything done until I finished it."
*Just loved the book! The merchants did it!" Dorothy Snow
Fitzgerald (brother Harry Snow) Salmon Cove
*I am so happy I got your book for my birthday. I am now
halfway through and I find it very difficult to put down. Thank
you and Congratulations. Lloyd Pretty
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