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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
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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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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 100 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 Mrs. L - 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 - 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 Review: Sound of the Heart Sept. 2 2012
By P. Eberhardt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was a little hesitant to read this at first because I haven't read the companion novel. I wasn't sure how much they were connected and if it really mattered. I decided to read it anyway just because I liked the idea of it. And well... I like stories set in the Scottish Highlands.

I was immediately thrown into a very familiar battlefield. I half expected to meet Jaimie from Outlander in these opening pages. It actually had a very similar feel to that story. I liked Dougal from the moment we meet him. I love the sense of family we get and how he immediately knows something is wrong because of who is standing beside him. It doesn't take long from the real battle to begin because we all know what happens at Culloden.

I thought it was interesting that Dougal was just as concerned for the well being of others as he was for his own. It doesn't take him long to make a friend with the same beliefs as his own and for them to take a young pair of boys under their wings. In return, those boys help them escape. But, sadly only two make it out alive.

For the longest time, I wondered when we would be Glenna. She seemed like she should be someone we meet in the opening pages. When we finally do, it really seemed like a "duh moment" to me. The clues were all there. I didn't understand her at first, but her actions began to make sense. She was doing the only thing she knew for most of her life. It became harder and harder to shake off that lifestyle.

I actually think the only downfall of this novel was that is could have been longer. A lot of time is covered in this book and a few events just barely glanced over. It never felt long and I was disappointed when it ended. I will be seeking out the companion book though. I think it might hold some answers to the questions that I have!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweeping Historical Romance June 4 2012
By PJ Ausdenmore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Highlands of Scotland and Colonial America are two of my favorite settings for historical romance. Genevieve Graham combines the two in a sweeping saga that takes the reader on a breathtaking, and often heartbreaking, journey from the battlefield of Culloden to the wilds of Colonial America.

For a man like Dougal MacDonnell, the Battle of Culloden is a nightmare. Faced with the loss of his family and friends at the hands of English soldiers, Dougal experiences the added pain of being able to "hear" the thoughts of the dying men around him, including his own father. Dougal has been able to hear other men's thoughts his entire life but never in such a heartbreaking way.

When the fighting ends, Dougal is the only member of his family left to endure the brutal torture of English imprisonment. Hope appears in the form of a fellow prisoner, a young lad who helps Dougal escape and, together, they make their way back to Scotland. For two years, they live in an abandoned cottage and work the land, slowly returning to a somewhat normal life but always watching over their shoulders. It is during this time that Dougal discovers Glenna, a young woman with a most unusual background who captures his heart deeply and completely. Their happy ending is within sight but, unfortunately, the English are not quite finished with them. (This was a time in history when England was determined to erase the people and traditions of Scotland from existence or at least from the British Isles.) Captured, Dougal is once again imprisoned while Glenna is destined for a life of indentured servitude in America. Only by agreeing to serve the hated English in a military regiment comprised of Highland warriors does Dougal have any hope of ever finding his beloved Glenna. But America is a huge country and he has only the strength of his love to guide him. Will he ever again hold her close and hear the sound of her heart?

I enjoyed this book very much. It's filled with fascinating bits of history, without making me feel like I'm in a history lecture, and the kind of sweeping, epic love story that keeps me reading into the wee hours of the morning. Her vibrant voice, richly emotional story and fast paced story kept my attention from the first page to the final word. Graham has created a hero and heroine that I liked and admired from start to finish and their actions throughout their joint, and separate, journeys only reinforced those feelings.

This book is true to the times in which it is set and those were not easy times. Therefore, there are some scenes that are hard to read, especially some that involve Glenna's life after arriving in America. Sure, the author could have glossed over the more unappealing aspects of the life servants and prisoners were forced to endure back then but I, for one, am glad she remained true to her characters and the conditions in which they were forced to live. It may break my heart and make me uneasy at times but, by giving us the entire picture, she gives us the entire person. Not a surface shot but the richly layered, complex individual; forged by both the good and bad events in their lives.

I'll look forward to reading more by this talented author!

~PJ
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bending The Spine Review June 4 2012
By bendingthespine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Sound of the Heart is the companion novel to Under the Same Sky, which you don't have to read before reading SoTH. Sound of the heart is a beautifully written historical romance, with just a touch of paranormal thrown in with the main character being able to read other men's minds. Genevieve Graham did such an amazing job of writing her characters that I couldn't help but be enthralled by what was happening to each one as the story progressed.

I loved that Genevieve did not hold back with Sound of the Heart. This is a story set in Scotland during war time. The worst can come out of people during such times of war and Genevieve Graham did not hide from writing the ugliness that can happen, that made Sound of the Heart so much more real to me.

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Dougal is a fierce Highland warrior who can take just about any man down. He is also drawn to protect those who are weaker than him. While he is imprisoned after being captured from battle, Dougal uses his special ability to find out that some of the men want to hurt two young drummer boys, Joseph and Aidan. Dougal protects the boys. See, Dougal is an awesome guy! I really fell for him! After a lot of work Dougal and his friends devise a plan to escape. Dougal and Aidan make it out.

OK, so I am not going to do any major spoilers! But, at the end of chapter 13 something shocking happens that had me tweeting Genevieve Graham to let her know I just read the big twist. What happened changes Dougal and Aidan's life forever.

Once Dougal meets Glenna there is no one else for him. Glenna is an incredibly strong woman who has had to fight her whole life just to live. Glenna is my favorite character in Sound of the Heart, and a perfect match for Dougal.

The romance between Glenna and Dougal was wonderful to read. Glenna had hidden her love for Dougal for so long, that when Dougal realized he loved her too, all I wanted was for them to be together. But, life is not that easy for the two and they are captured and separated.

"God, she loved him. She caught her breath, surprised by the unbidden jerk to her heart. She loved those eyes, those lips, the strength of those always worm hands....and all she'd ever wanted was to be near him. Her Dougal had a heart so big she had always feared she'd never completely fill it. But he filled hers until it overflowed, making her into a person almost worthy of him."

I wont tell you what all happens but I will say that Glenna and Dougal's time apart broke my heart, because of the things they had to go through to get back together.

I can't wait to read more from Genevieve Graham! If you like romance at all you should give Sound of the heart a try. It satisfied me from beginning to end.

Happy reading,
Rebecca

* I received this book for an honest review.
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