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Sound of the Heart by Genevieve Graham

Sound of the Heart

by Genevieve Graham

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The Sound of Heart by historical fiction romance author Genevieve Graham takes us from the sweeping hills of Scotland to the savage shores of America. When Graham approached me for this tour she had me at the words; Scotland and Highlander. I am delighted to say I wasn't disappointed. She delivered an epic tale of hardship, history, and a romance that will captivate readers.

The tale begins with Dougal MacDonnell, a swoon worthy warrior. He and his family are Highlanders in Scotland. They are trying to save their beloved home land from King Charles and his merciless men. Dougal sees his father fall and ends up being captured by the English. He and others are marched to prison. Along the way he befriends a Scot named John, and two young men. The journey is horrific and Dougal makes himself champion to the young men as he protects them. At the prison a chance for escape goes wrong and only Dougal and a young lad named Aidan make it. They journey together back to the highlands and live quietly for a while in an abandoned cabin. It is here that Dougal meets Glenna and the two fall in love. Things are blissful until a group of King Charles men show up, capture Glenna and leave Dougal for dead. The tale that unfolds is captivating and held me till the last page. Graham's tale takes us from prison cells to to the shores of colonial America.

I loved the characters. Glenna is a pistol. She is both witty and brave. Her love for Dougal helps her remain strong. I loved how she defended those weaker than her even when doing so could cause her to hang. Dougal is a warrior, he is opinionated, brave and has a strong moral compass. In my opinion he is completely swoon worthy martial. Like Glenna he defends those who are weak and hates the English with a passion. Aidan and John the Scot were interesting characters and I grew fond of them. Graham introduces many colorful secondary characters who add depth and make the story come alive.

Graham's use of historical events and descriptions of the country side were delightful. The tale had an even tempo and was beautifully written. The characters had depth, passion and they made the tale feel genuine. I loved moving from the POV of Dougal to the POV of Glenna. I will not go into details, but Graham delivers a twist that was quite shocking and had me laughing aloud. She painted images of Scotland, the prisons, the sea and America that were delightful to the historical lover in me. While this is a romance and there is sexual content, Graham did a splendid job of making it implied and sweet. I rooted for Glenna and Dougal and prayed for a happily ever-after. While the ending completed their story, Graham ended in such a way that additional novels regarding Dougal and his brothers are a possibility.

I want to thank the author and Penguin for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.
You can see this review and more on my blog Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ( )
  kimbacaffeinate | Mar 30, 2013 |
When I started reading Sound of the Heart I was instantly hooked. You as the reader are thrown straight into the story. I love when a book kick starts right away grasping my attention from page one. Also Genevieve Graham is an amazing writer, with the added ability to capture reader’s attention with the art of storytelling. Graham's writing is beautiful, and she uses imagery flawlessly, putting you right into the story with the characters.

Sound of the Heart is unlike any romance I have ever read before. This book contains aspects that I think can appeal to both male readers and female readers. While a love story is going on you also have war, imprisonment, poverty, and a clever twist. This book reminded me a little of Braveheart; or maybe I just kept picturing Dougal the main man as a young Mel Gibson.

I enjoyed both main characters a ton. Dougal is a big strong highlander, and he takes on a nurturing roll with his enormous heart of gold. Glenna has a past that has led her to a life of secrecy that is only broken once she meets Dougal. Glenna is the kind of Heroine you can be proud of; she is tough and smart and refuses to be taken care of. Glenna is always ready to put up a fight, and I love that about her.

The struggles and losses these two characters have to deal with is a recipe for an amazing read. I definitely recommend this novel to adult readers, I will be snag ( )
  Dbookwhore | Mar 30, 2013 |
I was pretty blown away by Graham’s first book, Under the Same Sky, when I read it last month so when Genevieve Graham asked if I would like a copy of Sound of the Heart I jumped on it. It’s always a worry reading a “sophomore” book from an author as I wonder if the second book can live up to the first one. I am glad to say Graham definitely did not suffer from a sophomore slump and I enjoyed this one almost as much as her first book...

See my full review at Debbie's World of Books. ( )
1 vote dasuzuki | Jun 3, 2012 |
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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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:57 -0400)

Clarivoyant Highlands warrior Dougal MacDonnell travels to the colonies to find the love of his life, Glenna, a Scottish outlaw who has shipped off to America in this companion novel to Under the Same Sky.

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