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Genevieve Graham
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May 1 2012
From Genevieve Graham, author of Under the Same Sky, comes a sweeping romantic historical novel of one man’s strange gift and dangerous battles…
      Dougal MacDonnell, a fierce warrior from the Highlands of Scotland, is able to hear the thoughts of other men and dream how the future will unfold. Devastated by the loss of his family during the Battle of Culloden in 1746, he fosters a deep hatred for the English. But when Glenna, the love of his life and a Scottish outlaw, is captured and shipped overseas, Dougal is forced to join an English army made of vanquished Scots. Now fighting on the side of his sworn enemies, he embarks on a journey that will take him across the seas to the colonies. There he will risk everything for the chance to find his true love.

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“Graham is a remarkable talent.” --Madeline Hunter, New York Times Bestselling Author


"Graham's readers will be overjoyed as she delivers another well-crafted, historically accurate novel that is as much historical romance as sizzling romance." --Romantic Times

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Genevieve Graham graduated from the University of Toronto in 1986 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance. While on a ski vacation in Alberta, she met her future husband in a chairlift line-up and subsequently moved to Calgary to be with him. They have recently settled in a small, peaceful town in Nova Scotia with their two beautiful daughters. Writing became an essential part of Genevieve’s life a few years ago, when she began to write her debut novel, Under the Same Sky.

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By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Dougal MacDonnell, from Invergarry, is a fierce Highland warrior of Scotland. During the Battle of Culloden in April, 1746, Dougal is separated from his brothers and sees his father fall. Devastated by the loss of his family, Dougal becomes a prisoner of the English. During this time Dougal strikes up a friendship with John Wallace, another prisoner. Together they keep all of the other prisoners from preying upon the two drummer boys, Joseph and Aiden. (Skipping a lot here to avoid spoilers.)

Dougal falls in love with Glenna and the pair spend many years together living in an abandoned croft. But the Sassenach still scour Scotland, searching for all Highlanders, and it is only a matter of time before Dougal and Glenna are discovered. Glenna is captured, shipped overseas, and forced into indentured servitude. Dougal joins an English army made of vanquished Scots and sails for the colonies in hope of locating his Glenna. (Skipping a lot here to avoid spoilers.) Glenna, believing Dougal to be dead, fights simply to survive. And Dougal will risk everything for the chance to find his true love.

***** FOUR AND A HALF STARS! This book is broken into two parts. Part One is a little over two hundred pages and follows Dougal. Most of my synopsis covers it. Part Two follows Glenna, from the moment she is captured in Scotland, and is around ninety pages in length.

Those who read the reviews on my site know that I always warn of any cruelty to animals and children. Rest assured there is no need to fear either type of cruelty within the pages of this novel. I also warn readers of any forced intercourse. Readers will find one or two unwilling scenes; however, the author glosses over these parts. Nothing is too graphic and readers with very soft hearts should have no trouble.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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If there's one thing that every romance fan should hope for when diving into a new historical romance, it would most definitely be for the historical part to be done right. It isn't all that hard to write a steamy, heart-pounding romance, but to set it against a historical background that would not only be accurate, but also incredibly vivid, juicy and bursting with flavour - that, my friends, is a great accomplishment. No one does historical romance the way Genevieve Graham does. She weaves a fantastic tale packed with the sweetest kind of romance, breathtaking adventure, and just a tiny bit of magic, and she does it in the most superb, addictive way. Sound Of The Heart, just like Graham's previous novel, Under The Same Sky, is a pure delight, and everyone who loves a well-written, spellbinding, and swiftly moving historical romance will love, love, love it!

The novel kicks-off with the Battle of Culloden, just like Under The Same Sky did, only this time around Genevieve explores the adventures of Andrew MacDonnel's brother, Dougal. I absolutely loved reading about Andrew and Maggie in Graham's previous book, and you can only imagine how incredibly happy I was to know that now I'll get to meet and learn more about his brother! Just like Andrew, Dougal is not just another warrior caught in the final confrontation of the 1745 Jacobite Rising, he is fierce, devoted to his family and country, and he possesses a special talent that allows him to hear other men's thoughts and see the future in his dreams. The Battle of Culloden will change his life forever. He'll lose everyone he ever cared about and will be captured by the English army.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely love story May 30 2012
By Dana TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I loved Genevieve's first novel Under the Same Sky so I was thrilled to read her second - Sound of the Heart. It did not disappoint. Genevieve writes beautiful love stories - lots of great characters and beautiful stories. She doesn't rely on sex to sell the story. I love that!

So, Sound of the Heart. It is a companion to Under the Same Sky but stands alone without any difficulty. While Under the Same Sky tells Andrew's story, Sound of the Heart tells the story of Andrew's brother, Dougal. Dougal is captured after the fight at Culloden and that's where his adventure, and this book, begin. Along the way we meet kindred spirits, strong women and stronger men. We travel England, Ireland, Scotland and the USA. We enjoy amazing highs and terrible lows. There is no emotional stone left unturned as the reader moves from page 1 to page 310. I can't wait for Genevieve Graham's next offering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking! April 8 2013
By Nicole Laverdure TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Breathtaking Scottish romance!
If you are looking for a beautifully written Scottish romance of a Warrior from the Highlands of Scotland, then I highly recommend "Sound of the Heart" by Genevieve Graham. This novel was full of tenderness and adventure. I devoured this book. I read "Under the same sky" and loved it , but found this one breathtaking. It's the story of Dougal and Glenna! Dougal, is not dead, as I thought after reading her first novel, he found himself prisoner by the British after the battle of Culloden. These British soldiers will try to make Dougal forget his Scottish heritage. During his captivity, he will make friends with John, Aiden, Joseph and they will try to escape. Will they be able to run way! Dougal will, also, soon discover who is really Aiden, the young and shy drummer boy! This writer was able to describe in details the lives of the soldiers and their family after the battle of Culloden. I do not want to spoil the story for the readers and not give any details. You will have to read this amazing story! I highly recommend this historical romance. Very well written, had me hooked from the first page and could not put it down. Ms. Graham is a very descriptive writer and I love her style of writing. I will surely read this author's next book! She is truly a great writer that I highly recommend! I want to thank Ms. Graham and Penguin Canada for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Historical Romance. May 22 2012
By Julia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Sound of the Heart is the passionate, beautifully written tale of Dougal MacDonnell and Glenna by Genevieve Graham. I haven't read anything else by Genevieve, but have heard wonderful things about her novel Under the Same Sky, so I was incredibly eager to read this one! It didn't disappoint me, and Genevieve has been added to my list of must buy authors in the Historical Romance genre. Genevieve blends history, action and romance perfectly in Sound of the Heart.

The main characters, Dougal and Glenna, are easy to like and riding the emotional roller coaster along with them as they overcome many obstacles is absolutely fascinating. Their chemistry leaps off the pages. They're both courageous, gorgeous and madly in love. Le sigh. Not only are the main characters brilliant, but the supporting characters are as well. They made me even more engaged in the story.

The plot will keep you moving- there isn't any boring riffraff here. Genevieve paints an extremely vivid picture, you're going to feel like you're there with the characters. Ah, and she even throws in a plot twist! I didn't predict it. Love those. This novel really is a pleasant surprise, you're going to adore it.

Highly recommend this one to any reader out there that loves their Highlands of Scotland or Historical Romance!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and swoon-worthy! May 21 2012
By Evie Seo (Bookish blog) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
If there's one thing that every romance fan should hope for when diving into a new historical romance, it would most definitely be for the historical part to be done right. It isn't all that hard to write a steamy, heart-pounding romance, but to set it against a historical background that would not only be accurate, but also incredibly vivid, juicy and bursting with flavour - that, my friends, is a great accomplishment. No one does historical romance the way Genevieve Graham does. She weaves a fantastic tale packed with a sweetest kind of romance, breathtaking adventure, and just a tiny bit of magic, and she does it in the most superb, addictive way. Sound Of The Heart, just like Graham's previous novel, Under The Same Sky, is a pure delight, and everyone who loves a well-written, spellbinding, and swiftly moving historical romance will love, love, love it!

The novel kicks-off with the Battle of Culloden, just like Under The Same Sky did, only this time around Genevieve explores the adventures of Andrew MacDonnel's brother, Dougal. I absolutely loved reading about Andrew and Maggie in Graham's previous book, and you can only imagine how incredibly happy I was to know that now I'll get to meet and learn more about his brother! Just like Andrew, Dougal is not just another warrior caught in the final confrontation of the 1745 Jacobite Rising, he is fierce, devoted to his family and country, and he possesses a special talent that allows him to hear other men's thoughts and see the future in his dreams. The Battle of Culloden will change his life forever. He'll lose everyone he ever cared about and will be captured by the English army. He'll then manage to escape with the help of a young lad, Aiden, and he'll travel back to the highlands where he'll meet a girl that will steal his heart (and let me just tell you that you''ll be so surprised to learn who Glenna is!). It's the love for Glenna that will push him to travel across the seas to America, where he'll risk everything to get his love back.

Sound Of The Heart is a novel that will enchant you and sweep you off your feet! I loved how fast-paced and adventurous it was. The story flows effortlessly and doesn't let you catch your breath. The romance, too, is spine-tingling and sweet as honey, but its definitely the action and the fabulously depicted settings that ultimately made this book for me. It's remarkable how accurate and spot-on Graham's descriptions of fights and battles are - you would not expect a lady to be able to capture the heat, desperation and spirit of a battle so brilliantly. And yet she does it so well! You're instantly transported in the middle of a battlefield, and you can almost hear the cling of metal and all the war cries. Graham's writing style makes it easy to lose yourself in the story. Her characters are painfully authentic, their feelings and struggles - all too believable and heart wrenching. Before you know it, you'll be emotionally wrapped up in the plot and biting your nails!

I loved all the characters, but I especially enjoyed reading about Dougal. Some aspects of his personality reminded me of Andrew, some were totally different, but overall he was a fabulous protagonist that I came to love and admire. Not only is he steaming hot and build like a model, but he also has a beautiful soul and a lion's heart. There's just no way you could dislike him as a person, he's wonderful!

Sound Of The Heart is a book that I would recommend to everyone, regardless if you're a fan of the genre. It has everything a good book should have: sweeping love story, mind-blowing adventure, brilliant characters, engaging plot line and irresistible charm. Even if romance novels are not usually on your reading list, give this one a chance, you'll be surprised how much you'll enjoy it! I HIGHLY recommend it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars - full-scope love story July 26 2012
By Larisa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
4.5 Stars
I was certain Graham's impressive debut last year left little room for improvement. 'Under the Same Sky' is simply that good. An excellent story against a sweeping backdrop that manages to be unique and personal.

Dougal and Glenna manage to blow it away! 'Sound of the Heart' is an intense, close-to-the-bone story of love, not just the beginning stages of a relationship, but the complete arc of discovery, wonder, romance, mundane daily life, grief and hope despite heartbreak. Survival of impossible to foresee changes. Their story is best nibbled on over days, a rich treat to be savored a chapter, sometimes a scene, at a time. Often romances are light confections to brighten an afternoon; this story is about a deep, mature love worth longing for, or in Dougal's case crossing oceans and refusing to lose hope in.

Even knowing there would eventually be a HEA, the years of searching, longing, and mourning were real. Historic details weave through it all, creating a clear experience of life at the time. Insights into indentured service, for once realistically positive and negative, are deft. Plus more about the majority of the population, a class easy to imagine being one of - hard working, not wealthy, sometimes doing difficult things to survive, where simple moments like holding hands are treasures.

Now to see whose story is told next...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enchanting read! June 12 2012
By Cathy B - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I absolutely adored Graham's debut novel Under the Same Sky, so when I was approached to review her newest novel Sound of the Heart I didn't even hesitate!

Genevieve Graham has made her way to my group of favourite authors. She will now remain on my auto buy list! Her writing style is absolutely stunning. She plucks you from wherever you are and places you right in the highlands with the characters. She is able to give you every single element of the book and emotion from the characters without clouding the book with unnecessary descriptions and details.

People who know me well enough, know I love anything historical, and this book gave me the fix I was looking for. It was as if the author herself traveled back into time and delivered to us her journey through her story. It was very vivid and enchanting!

Sound of the Heart had the perfect balance of character development and storyline. The last few books I've read have been one or the other, so it was a pleasant reading experience to get the best of both worlds. With the author's lovely writing style, the characters blossomed through the novel. Dougal, I adored. He was bold and strong, but vulnerable at times. It made him very realistic!

There isn't one bad thing I can say about this book. I only dip into romance novels from time to time, but Genevieve Graham reminded me why I loved the genre in the first place. She gave me that memorable book I was craving. My love for historical romance is definitely reignited!

Originally posted on The Crazy Bookworm(crazy-bookworm.com)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars! Graham's writing style is rich and flows smoothly. June 9 2012
By Detra Fitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Dougal MacDonnell, from Invergarry, is a fierce Highland warrior of Scotland. During the Battle of Culloden in April, 1746, Dougal is separated from his brothers and sees his father fall. Devastated by the loss of his family, Dougal becomes a prisoner of the English. During this time Dougal strikes up a friendship with John Wallace, another prisoner. Together they keep all of the other prisoners from preying upon the two drummer boys, Joseph and Aiden. (Skipping a lot here to avoid spoilers.)

Dougal falls in love with Glenna and the pair spend many years together living in an abandoned croft. But the Sassenach still scour Scotland, searching for all Highlanders, and it is only a matter of time before Dougal and Glenna are discovered. Glenna is captured, shipped overseas, and forced into indentured servitude. Dougal joins an English army made of vanquished Scots and sails for the colonies in hope of locating his Glenna. (Skipping a lot here to avoid spoilers.) Glenna, believing Dougal to be dead, fights simply to survive. And Dougal will risk everything for the chance to find his true love.

***** FOUR AND A HALF STARS! This book is broken into two parts. Part One is a little over two hundred pages and follows Dougal. Most of my synopsis covers it. Part Two follows Glenna, from the moment she is captured in Scotland, and is around ninety pages in length.

Those who read the reviews on my site know that I always warn of any cruelty to animals and children. Rest assured there is no need to fear either type of cruelty within the pages of this novel. I also warn readers of any forced intercourse. Readers will find one or two unwilling scenes; however, the author glosses over these parts. Nothing is too graphic and readers with very soft hearts should have no trouble. In fact, I am very impressed with how Genevieve Graham handled it all.

Graham has a rich writing style that flows smoothly and backgrounds of the characters are well developed. The only thing that I do not recall ever learning is Glenna's last name, but for this tale I do not feel it to be important. As for the battles, especially at the beginning, Genevieve Graham brought the fields of war to such vivid life that they seemed chillingly real at times. I could almost feel the ground quake from the cannons, see the fear or anger in surrounding faces, and smell the stink of death. I am proud to highly recommend this story to everyone I meet. Absolutely surreal! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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