ROMANTIC HISRORICAL FICTION/PARANORMAL ELEMENTS
HEAT LEVEL 2
RATING: 4 STARS
The year is 1746. A young woman from South Carolina and a Scottish Highlander share an intimacy and devotion beyond their understanding. They’ve known each other their entire lives. And yet they have never met.Maggie Johnson has been gifted with “the Sight” ever since she was a child. Her dreams bring her visions of the future, and of a presence she knows is real. She calls him Wolf, and has seen him grow alongside her from a careless young boy into a fearsome warrior. And when her life is torn asunder by unspeakable tragedy, he is her only hope. Andrew MacDonnell is entranced by the vision of a beautiful woman who has always dwelt in his dreams. When war ravages his land and all he has ever known, he leaves the Scottish Highlands on a perilous journey to the New World to find her, knowing that their only chance of survival is with one another. Their quest to find each other across a treacherous wilderness will test the limits of courage and endurance, guided only by their dreams–and by the belief in the true love they share.
REVIEW BY JILL
“I will find ye.”
Maggie Johnson has the gift of the Sight. Born in 1730 in South Carolina, her dreams since childhood have been dominated by a young boy only a few years older than she is. He is her friend, her comfort. And as she grows from childhood, she knows they are destined for each other. His name is Andrew MacDonnell. Born in the Highlands of Scotland, Andrew is the second of three sons. Like Maggie he has dreams. And like Maggie, Andrew knows that they are fated to be together. After the death of his father and brothers at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, he sets out with friends to the New World.
Told from both Maggie (in first person) and Andrew’s (third person) point-of-view, this is a beautiful story. With the protagonists living on different continents for a large portion of the novel, Ms Graham manages to artfully tell their separate stories whilst keeping the romance simmering and developing, using the paranormal elements of their dreams. At times this is quite a gritty and disturbing read. Quite early in the novel there is a tragic murder. These scenes though not described graphically are brutal nonetheless.
Comparisons to Outlander are a little ambitious I think. There are certain similarities and the author has said herself she is a fan of Diana Gabaldon and she wrote this while waiting for the next instalment in the Outlander series. The hero is a Highlander who fought at Culloden. There are paranormal aspects and Andrew & Maggie’s love is as destined as Jamie & Claire’s. However, Under the Same Sky is not quite the tome Outlander is; it’s an average length novel. Nor is it as heavily detailed in history, botany, and other sciences as Outlander. The dialogue is not as graphic. The narrative not quite as adept as Diana Gabaldon. Neither are there any detailed love scenes. However this debut is a touching love story of fated sweethearts. Though not quite on par with Outlander, it is still a very good read that fans of Diana Gabaldon will enjoy as well of lovers of historical romance and romantic historical fiction.
**At time of review the paperback was on sale at Amazon for $6.00 **
ABOUT THE REVIEWER
Reading is a passion, an escape and seems to take up most of my waking hours.Most of my reading time is devoted to the romance genre, including romantic historical fiction. With a few thousand novels under my belt I know what I look for in a great romance. Regardless of the sub-genre, the setting, the heat level, the focus must always be on the romantic relationship. I also read from the romantic sub-genres of contemporary, fantasy, historical romance (European and American) and romantic suspense.I’ve been reviewing for a number of years and post my reviews at Goodreads. My favourite romantic historical fiction writers are Diana Gabaldon and Susanna Kearsley. A few of my favourite historical romance authors are Courtney Milan, Tessa Dare, Elizabeth Hoyt, Cecilia Grant, Sherry Thomas, Victoria Vane and Alissa Johnson.
ROMANTIC HISTORICAL FICTION
HEAT LEVEL 2
RATING: 4 stars
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.
REVIEWED BY: Michelle @ The True Book Addict
I really enjoyed this book. I have a lot of interest in Scottish history because of William Wallace and Rob Roy so any chance I get to read a book with Scottish characters and set in Scotland is wonderful. Set in 18th century Scotland, with settings in England and the American colonies as well, Sound of the Heart is an exciting historical tale with two extraordinary characters, Dougal and Glenna. I’m not usually big on romance in novels, but the relationship between the two main characters is so sweet and genuine, I couldn’t help but enjoy reading about their times together. Graham has taken one of the difficult periods in Scottish history, the time of the Jacobite rebellion, and turned it into a story of personal triumph and love. She has written the dialogue in Scottish brogue, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I likened myself to a Scottish lassie as I experienced the Scottish intonations in my head.I highly recommend Sound of the Heart to anyone who enjoys Scottish history with a bit of romance added to the mix. Now I must check out Graham’s first novel, Under the Same Sky. She is a talent I will not soon forget.