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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 CullodenFrom 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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Sound of the Heart Reviews

  • Jill
    2018-09-21 18:25

    4.5 starsThe Scottish HighlandsDougal MacDonnell, barely a man, has fought at the Battle of Culloden, losing his father, and not knowing the fate of his younger brothers, Andrew and Ciaran. Captured by the victorious British soldiers he, along with other surviving Highlanders, are taken from the moors of Culloden to the prison at Inverness. From there to the floating prison on the Thane of Fife, to Tilbury Port and the filthy streets of London, and finally to the colonies.The Jacobite ArmyThis is not a historical romance, so much as a romantic historical fiction. There *is* a romance and it's very strong, but the historical parts are numerous and detailed. The dialogue is believable and very well done, with enough Scottish 'accent' to feel immersed in the Highlands, without it being overdone. The romance is lovely.An unknown Jacobite being beaten by a victorious Redcoat :)This is the second book in The MacDonnells series, but can be read as a standalone. I did enjoy this one a little more than the first book. There is a paranormal element - like the first book - but it's lite and not obtrusive. Dougal does possess a gift as does his brother, Andrew. If you read other reviews, be careful. There is a rather delicious twist, and it's best you find it out for yourself. Dougal and Glenna's homeIf I had any complaints, I feel the ending was rushed, and the step from friends to lovers happened just a bit too quickly. I also had some problems working out the timeline of events, but that could be just me.With plenty of historical details and descriptions of the era and setting, an action-packed adventure, and sweet romance, this will suit fans of romantic historical fiction, historical romance, Highlanders, the Battle of Culloden, and the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.Favourite Quote:The plaids were replaced by shirts and breeks. Dougal hated the breeks. He felt confined in every sense of the word. They chafed the insides of his thighs, they blocked ventilation...and they forced him to pick a side. Steam: 2.5

  • Megan Riverina Romantics/Meggerfly
    2018-10-09 20:29

    Sound of the Heart is the first historical Romance novel that I've red in over a year and let me tell you it was a like a breath of fresh air. Genevieve Graham did an excellent job with her second book. It is a companion to her novel debut, Under the Same Sky and follows Dougal MacDonnell, the brother of Andrew.Sound of the Heart starts in 1746 during the battle between the Scots and English at Culloden. Right away the book drew me in, enabling me to experience the sights and sounds as if they were my own. It is here that we meet Dougal MacDonnell. The black haired, blue eyed Highlander fought along side his father and brothers against the English with everything that he had. Unfortunately, they were defeated and Dougal was taken prisoner under the assumption that the rest of his family was dead. Thus begins a series of adventures that brought both good and bad times.I've never been a history buff so the dates, battles and forts named in this book didn't register much for me - well, except for Fort Ticonderoga because it's located near where I live. What registered for me about this book was the wonderful detail that Genevieve put in. I loved reading about the way of life for the Highlanders. Both in and out of prison. The conditions of the prison ship was especially atrocious. All the little details and intricacies where in place and made me feel as if I were living in a movie. The accents were spectacular and I could here the voices in my mind. The clarity of the scenes that were brought before me with the authors words was amazing.The romance between Glenna and Dougal was real and heartfelt. I'll admit though, that while I was reading this I was wondering where the romance was. It seemed to take forever to meet Glenna. Then suddenly, Ms. Graham throws us a twist and all is revealed. The twist was a true "Holy Crap!" moment of surprise. Looking back I can see the foreshadowing of the event but it was done in a masterfully subtle way. Another aspect of the romance between Glenna and Dougal was the loyalty and devotion that was between them from the verra beginning.There was only one thing that upset me about the book. It spans about 15 years. That in itself is not the problem. It might just be an editing mistake but it seems as if Genevieve made at least one timeline boo boo. It threw me off my game.Sound of the Heart is a solid read that will make you wonder. If your looking for a great historical romance that paints pictures with words then Sound of the Heart is it!Oh, the horrors of pants...The plaids were replaced by shirts and breeks. Dougal hated the breeks. He felt confined in every sense of the word. They chafed the insides of his thighs, they blocked ventilation... and they forced him to pick a side.

  • Regan Walker
    2018-10-09 21:11

    Sweeping Saga of the Scots’ Fate After Culloden and Life in the American ColoniesThis is a sweeping historical saga, and companion to UNDER THE SAME SKY, Graham’s first novel. It covers more than a decade, and at times seems more historical fiction than romance, but it does have a worthy love story running through it, so I consider it a crossover. It begins in 1745 with the Battle of Culloden that cut a dark scar on the history of Scotland as the English tried to wipe out a people whose desire for independence they could not abide. Most of the story is told from the perspective of the hero, Dougal MacDonnell, whose father died in his arms at Culloden. Dougal doesn’t know the fate of his younger brothers but believes the youngest one may be dead. He believes his other brother, Andrew, with whom he is telepathically connected, may be alive. (Andrew’s story is told in book 1.)Taken prisoner by the English and nearly starved, Dougal escapes with a young boy, Aiden, who Dougal protects as they travel to London and then back to Scotland where they live in a small crofter’s cottage for years.Deep into the novel, Dougal discovers Glenna, a young Scots woman, and the two become lovers and live together for years only to be separated by the English and sent to the Colonies. Reluctantly, Dougal becomes a part of Montgomerie’s Highlanders wearing the only plaid allowed a Scot, the English Black Watch, as he searches for Andrew and Glenna in the Carolinas.In her well-researched, superbly written saga, Graham shows the gritty side of war, the ugly filth of the streets of London, the irony of the Scots having to fight the Indians, rape of women (the heroine is raped), and the very real starvation faced in those dark days. It is rich in detail, superb in language depiction and the characters well developed. This is not, however, a classic historical romance given the nature of the events or the fact the hero and heroine are separated for long periods. Sometimes the focus is only on the hero’s adventures or the heroine’s perils (we don’t get the heroine’s point of view until the last third of the book). It’s a story of great loss and survival when one would prefer death. (“Sometimes the sensation of loss was so intense it was as if someone had reached within her and yanked out whatever she needed to move forward.”) In the end it’s a story of the new life that can grow from such loss—and a new beginning, albeit with scars from the past.

  • Krista Baetiong Tungol
    2018-09-23 19:15

    A companion novel to Under the Same Sky, Sound of the Heart tells the story of Dougal MacDonnell, the older brother of Andrew from the first book, as he confronts the tragic loss of his clan and family at the Battle of Culloden and later joins his country's enemy’s army (albeit reluctantly) to save Glenna, the woman he loves.The one nice thing about this book—although marketed as a romance novel set after the Jacobites’ defeat in Culloden—is that it does not overlook the dark aftermath of the battle, allowing us instead to see the ordeal of those Highlanders who survived Culloden only to be delivered to the hands of the enemy: they are either hanged, imprisoned in cramped English prison cells, or sent to the colonies as indentured slaves or army soldiers. How these details have been presented in this novel was heartbreaking. Also, it was the first time I’ve heard of Montgomerie’s Highlanders or the 77th Regiment of Foot (an army of former Jacobite Highlanders who fought for England in the colonies, and from which book character Dougal has unwillingly joined in), and it was a breeze learning about the reason for its formation and the “privilege” it entailed (one was allowing them to wear their kilt amid the ongoing ban). It was also a suitable backdrop for Dougal’s character to explore, as he hates the English for destroying his life and heritage, yet serves the Crown at the same time to save his life and Glenna's. I just thought the ending (view spoiler)[(where Dougal and Glenna eventually see each other again after years of separation) (hide spoiler)] was a bit rushed (perhaps to heighten our anticipation to the next book—this is a trilogy, after all), Dougal’s paranormal abilities weren’t exploited to the fullest, a few pages after Glenna’s secret is revealed seemed lackluster and dragging (enter romance-y moments here), and character development fell short to some of the minor characters.Interesting read, but for me, the first book fared better.

  • Carolyn
    2018-10-19 23:19

    When I finished this book, I was terribly disappointed and truly pissed. For two books, we read about the brothers, their separation since The Battle of Culloden and their amazing connection. All along, I was waiting for them to finally be reunited after all the years and horrors they experienced. And, yet, at the end of this book, it wasn't to be. Oh, we are left with the idea that they will get together, but it would have completed the circle and the promise of the two books, to read about their eventual reunion. I went to the author's website, hoping that this wasn't the end and we would, indeed, read and share all the emotions they would have experienced during their reunion. I discovered there is another book in the works in this compelling, gripping series. Now, I don't feel cheated and am very much relieved. For this is an incredible series, beautifully written, and well worth reading. This is like nothing you have ever read - no "formula" storyline. It is incredibly unique and will haunt you long after you have finished the last page. It is that good. As a matter of fact, I would highly recommend it. I can't wait for the next book and highly anticipate that scene. Sigh. :)

  • Angelc
    2018-10-09 21:11

    Genevieve Graham's characters really go through the wringer to get to their happy ending!! How much more can these two endure? Yes, there was more violence than I would have liked to read about, but I knew that going into this book. Graham's characters are so strong in their convictions though, you can't help pulling for them through all of their un-ending struggles.As for the 'big reveal' (no spoilers, you'll have to read it), just wow!! I was really not expecting that to happen. Looking back, there were so so many hints as to what was going on, but my mind was so fixated in another direction, I just did not see it. In a way I'm glad I didn't catch on though, because it made for a really great surprise.I think I was doing ok with the struggles this time around until Dougal and Glenna were sent to America. I suppose it just didn't seem hopeless until then. At least they still had each other. I wasn't really a fan of the struggles they were still enduring by the end of the book though. I guess I thought they had been through enough and just wanted to read about more of their happiness together.This book isn't for the faint of heart, but fans of really gritty and real historical fiction will really enjoy it I think. It does have a romance-y cover but I think of it more as historical fiction. The one thing that makes it stand out from (most) historical fiction is that the characters are always true to each other. I feel like in a lot of historical fiction, the woman (and the reader) have to put up with a lot of infidelity. Rest assured that this doesn't happen here, Dougal never strays from Glenna, even when she isn't physically with him. You can read the author's thoughts on historical romance vs historical fiction in her guest post on my blog. I can see her novels appealing to fans of both genres, as long as romance fans know that it's not a typical romance.On one hand, it's a lovely romance about two characters who truly love and respect each other, and on the other hand it's gritty historical fiction with a lot of violence. It's interesting to see these two worlds meet. book sent by author and publisher in exchange for an honest reviewreviewed for http://inthehammockblog.blogspot.com

  • Aoi
    2018-09-25 22:23

    3.5 Stars(view spoiler)[ Handling the Aiden/Glenna reveal was tricky business, and it felt almost like they were two different people (hide spoiler)]

  • Sandy M
    2018-10-13 01:22

    I had hopes for this book after finishing Genevieve Graham’s debut, Under the Same Sky, which I loved. Sometimes a new author has a difficult time maintaining such excellence after a first book. So you can imagine my tad of hesitation as I began reading Sound of the Heart. Should I have been worried?Not one bit. Ms. Graham writes like an old pro. The history is rich and deep. Her characters truly live the times, the emotion tugs at your soul, and her added twist of the paranormal is just the right amount to give readers a very satisfying read.We meet Dougal MacDonnell again at roughly the same time his brother, Andrew, is escaping the aftermath of Culloden. Dougal, however, is a prisoner of war. The feeling of despair in the very inhumane conditions of the cells these prisoners are kept in and the treatment at the hands of the English make for difficult reading. It spears your heart, especially when you meet the two young boys have also been taken captive, Joseph and Aidan. Thank the heavens Dougal and his new friend John are there to keep those youngsters safe. It’s also the boys who devise a way to escape their prison. To wish all would go well for them is futile. Suffice it to say, it’s only Dougal and Aiden who make it out of that hell. They stay ahead of soldiers, make it to London and relative safety for the time being. The taste of freedom is exhilarating.It’s when Dougal meets Glenna that his life is worth living again. They find an abandoned Highland home, small and cozy enough, where they live blissfully for ten years. This is an existence neither of them have dreamed of since the English had outlawed everything Scottish, from their plaid to their pipes. After such harshness of life so far in this book, this time with Dougal and Glenna is one of my favorites. Their love is first cemented in friendship, then lovers. It’s not without trouble, emotional and otherwise, but it’s a good life for them. They learn everything about one another – Dougal, especially, has a secret he’s never told anyone about, not even his brother Andrew, who he shares a close and psychic bond with – as they chip away at contentment and happiness.Of course, in such chaotic times, that happiness can’t last forever, as Dougal and Glenna abruptly discover when out hunting during a long and cold winter. Suddenly surrounded by English soldiers, Glenna is taken into custody while Dougal is left for dead. Clawing his way back to consciousness and deciding that living is better than the alternative, he eventually finds himself part of the English army sent to the Colonies to help fight the French and the Indians, because he’s found out that’s where Glenna has been sent as an indentured servant. Once again, life has taken on a desperate and hard edge. It has been years since Glenna was taken and he knows nothing of her current plight; thus, after putting up with the English and their foreign way of fighting a war, Dougal contemplates desertion, something his honor abhors but his love needs.As in the first book, Ms. Graham has divided the book into two parts between Dougal and Glenna, giving their perspective at that point in their lives. The last third of the book is Glenna’s. While I was ready to see things from her point of view, I nearly had a conniption when the author left me hanging at the end of Dougal’s section when he realizes his brother still lives. I calmed down and figured I’d see their reunion when it’s time. Little did I know how long that wait is going to truly be. But I digress. Glenna reaches the New World shores, after once again being stuffed into the cargo hold of a ship, and is immediately put on the auction block, her humiliation complete. However, she realizes her lot will be much better than other women sold into prostitution slavery. Her new “owner” is a tobacco plantation owner and he needs a teacher for his children. Because Glenna can read, she’s chosen for the job.Her life turns out relatively good, the loss of Dougal her only nightmare. She believes him to be dead, so memories are all she has. Glenna enjoys her station with the children and family who’ve taken her in. But all good things must come to an end, and the next thing she knows she’s thrust into a life again not of her choosing and one that begins with violence and ends with her taking her destiny into her own hands. She brings to mind all the things Dougal taught her in their time together to outsmart the arrogant asshole who takes what he wants when he wants. Admiration for this woman goes up ten-fold for what she now endures and then conquers. By this time Dougal is closer to her than ever, and Glenna discovers this. Once again her intellect, cunning, and desire and need for Dougal outshine those around her, and she finds her man in the middle of a fierce battle. Nothing stands in her way.Ms. Graham gives readers characters who defy the odds, who fight for survival with everything they’ve got. The Scottish spirit in the aftermath of Culloden is vanquished for only so long. Though Dougal and Glenna are no longer in their home country, they have that Highland drive that keeps them going, even the loss of the Scotland they love can’t break them. Their love is a real, living emotion between them and you feel it on every page, even when they’re not together. No punches are pulled throughout this book. The times are depicted quite vividly, and your compassion and ire are piqued in equal amounts.I am so very glad I’ve been able to read these books, and I’m so very glad there are more to come. I’m looking forward to that meeting between brothers who thought the other had perished, only to find their link to each other again. But I’m also looking forward just to the beautiful writing and wonderful characters of Genevieve Graham. I’m a fan for life.See my complete review at http://www.goodbadandunread.com

  • Evie
    2018-10-22 02:07

    ***Originally posted to: Bookish Book Blog |YA and Adult Book Reviews, Author Interviews, Guest Posts, Giveaways and news! ^___^First, check out the book thong I made for this awesome book:Yes, I am a fan!!! 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!

  • Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks
    2018-10-11 00:03

    *** REVIEW CONTAINS A SPOILER***In Genevieve Graham's first novel, Under the Same Sky, we are left believing that Andrew's brother, Dougal MacDonnell has been killed in combat on the fields of Culloden. In the latest book, Sound of the Heart, we happily find out that is not the case, but his situation is dire. Dougal awakens after the battle hurting and bound by restraints. He, along with several other survivors of the infamous battle are taken as prisoners by the British who wish to strip them of any connection to their proud Scottish heritage Along the way he meets John Wallace , with whom he forges a friendship. Dougal also becomes protector to two young boys who were drummers in the war, Joseph and Aiden, after some unsavory characters on the ship attempt to violate the boys. They all journey from the awful voyage on squalid ship, to an equally foul prison camp where even their traditional plaids and bagpipes are banned they survive as well as can be expected. When John sees the camp devoid of any of his Scottish heritage, he says "So Scotland is gone." while Dougal replies to him "No John, She is only in hiding."After a time the foursome devise of a plan to escape the prison, which goes awry when the British announce a lottery to draw between prisoners that will stand trial for war crimes and those who will be shipped to the British colonies. John Wallace gets chosen to stand trial and Dougal, Joseph and Aiden attempt escape. The only two successful during the escape are Dougal and Aiden.Once free, the pair, who become quick friends, travel through Scotland in an attempt to steer clear of the English, while finding a new home.Finally settling in an abandoned cottage the pair make a new life with what little they can find. Things go fairly well until one day Aiden is attacked and Dougal discovers a secret Aiden had been hiding for years, Aiden is a female and her real name is Glenna. Yes, things become quite complicated after the discovery because as it would seem, the pair have an attraction to one another. At first they both attempt to toss aside their attraction and their feelings, but to no avail. When tragedy befalls them and they are separated once again by their enemies we find Glenna transported to America thinking Dougal dead, and Dougal once again a prisoner with a chance to go to America as part of the British military.Will Glenna and Dougal ever be reunited? Will they still feel the same for one another after their trials and tribulations. You will have to find out when you read Sound of the Heart by Genevieve Graham! Once again I was drawn in immediately. Genevieve Graham brings to life Scotland and America in the 1740's. At the same time Dougal is big and gruff, he is also kind and patient. Once Glenna's true self is revealed, we find her to be self sufficient and intelligent. The pair are a wonder to follow on their journey. Just as I loved Under the Same Sky and recommended it highly, I do the same for it's sequel Sound of the Heart and I think you all will enjoy it every bit as much as I did.Sound of the Heart is out on Tuesday, May 1st~KIMBERLY~

  • ☕ Kimberly
    2018-10-17 23:25

    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.

  • Jessica
    2018-09-28 22:11

    Sound of the Heart further deepens my slow journey into this genre, and I have to say that I am so glad that Genevieve Graham offered me the opportunity for a review! This was a book that I truly enjoyed. From the sweeping highlands of Scotland, to the dark and dank streets of London, Graham is an expert at explaining the setting just right. I was transported each place that I followed Dougal and settled right in to read his story. Descriptive writing abounds in this story.If that isn't enough for you, I have to say that Dougal now reigns as one of my all time favorite male characters. It isn't just his sexy Scottish accent (although that is definitely a plus), but his whole entire person. Dougal is sweet, caring, fiery, and tough as nails when he needs to be. Throughout the story I saw multiple times where he had the option to sit at the sidelines or intervene during a problem. This is a character who always chose to be the hero. That makes him a hero in my heart.However it isn't just Dougal who steals the show in Graham's book. Sound of the Heart has an amazing cast of characters, and each time a new one comes into play they fit seamlessly into the overall story. There isn't too much I can say here without giving a very important portion of the story away, but I can talk about Glenna. She is a spitfire! I love a female character who can hold her own, and Glenna definitely fits that bill. The chemistry between her and Dougal is, well, steamy. Let's just say that if you love some romance in your books, you're definitely going to get it here.This story is the whole package. From the beginning I was immersed in Dougal's struggle to keep the part of him that was being torn away. I loved the descriptive scenes. I fell under the spell of his heart of gold demeanor. Then by the time I reached the end I felt like it had come much too soon. I haven't had the pleasure of reading the first book in this series, but I can say that I am going to pick up Under the Same Sky as soon as I can. If you haven't either, but have this book in your TBR, don't fret. It reads amazingly as a standalone.Final verdict? If you love historical fiction and historical romance, pick up a copy of Sound of the Heart and prepare to be swept off your feet.

  • Ruth Hill
    2018-10-21 21:27

    This was the first "Highlanders" book I have ever read. I have read the buzz about these great romances that people read from the Highlanders, and I have to admit that I somewhat dismissed this as a fad. What could be so great about reading a book about the Scottish people?Was I ever wrong! This book was unbelievable! I am so glad I took a gamble on it. I love history, and I got to read about a part of history I knew virtually nothing about. Not only that, but the romance was hot and steamy, and my emotions were on edge throughout the majority of the book. Oh, and the author threw in a twist that I NEVER saw coming. No spoilers on that--you have to read it yourself! I found myself smiling for quite some time when I got to that twist because the author did not drop a single hint (that I caught, at least) concerning this twist.I honestly have very little negative things to say about this. There is some profanity, but I was not terribly perturbed by it. The sex scenes were discreet and romantic. I did not feel that I was invading on the characters' privacy. Yes, the morals concerned may not have been what I would want, but I honestly was not bothered.This book is well-written, and the romance is not sappy in the least. The book is full of action, and it is very readable. If you like romance and historical fiction, this book is for you!I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

  • Danielle (Bookwhoreblog) Perez
    2018-10-03 02:01

    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

  • Jacqueline
    2018-10-06 01:03

    The relationship between Dougal and Glenna was lovely and learning about their story was a fantastic follow up to Under the Same Sky. The historical setting is so rich and detailed. It is classified as ‘historical romance’ and it is that but also so much more… The lush history, depth of the characters, paranormal elements, and intense action add so much depth to this story. Genevieve Graham’s research and understanding of the highlands and historical events is clearly evident in the writing; it is extremely well done and brings an authenticity to the story, immersing the reader in the time period. The Scottish dialect used in dialogue was subtle and effective.It is a companion book to Under the Same Sky but could easily be read as a stand-alone book. Sound of the Heart definitely delivers a range of emotions from turmoil to tenderness and is well worth the journey that Genevieve Graham takes you on.Recommended for fans of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

  • Lisa(Bookworm Lisa)
    2018-09-25 18:12

    The book begins with a battle lost and prisoner of war status for the Scotsmen. They are kept in sub-human conditions and endure inhumain treatment.Through all of this Dougal perseveres. He is a fighter and a good man. He and his friend, John, take it upon themselves to watch after two young men who were also captured.An escape doesn't go as planned, but leads him to Glenna. They make a life together hidden in a remote area of Scotland. The unthinkable happens and they are separated. Dougal will do what he must to reunite with her. He will even join an English regiment made up of Scotsmen.The love story is wonderful. I loved Dougal and Glenna's relationship. They have a deep love for one another that began with the bonds of friendship.This book is for adults. There is content not suitable for young readers: rape, language, and sexual intimacy.

  • Kathy
    2018-10-02 18:11

    A follow on from Under the Same Sky, Sound of the Heart is equally as good, although it took me a while to get into purely because I was still living in the first book – with Maggie and Andrew. Genevieve Graham has a gift of writing incredible, page-turning, detailed, historical romance and this one is quite breathtaking also…… Highly recommend as a follow on from Under the Same Sky….a captivating saga from the fields of the Battle of Culloden to the savage shores of America – enjoy!

  • Sherron
    2018-09-29 01:06

    3.5 I liked it, but it felt unfinished to me.

  • Jana at ThatArtsyReaderGirl.com
    2018-10-18 21:10

    I read Genevieve's Under the Same Sky and reviewed it over at The Broke and the Bookish last month, so I was excited when Genevieve contacted me and asked if I was interested in reading this companion novel. Under the Same Sky was a tricky read for me, as some of the subject matter was highly distressing, and my tender heart had a hard time reading the recounting of certain historical happenings, including rape, abuse, and war. I wrote to Genevieve about my struggles, and we began discussing history and how women were treated during the times this book covers. Genevieve is here today to talk about what she and I discussed (how researching opens up so many unknown truths), and you can find her guest post beneath my review of Sound of the Heart. Now, on to my review (which I will try to keep brief so this post does not turn into a HUGE read!)! I fear my review will be vague, as there are so many ways to include spoilery... but I will do my best to not spoil anything! 1. I went into this book expecting a darker read, like Under the Same Sky. The covers of both books are rather deceptive, so don't assume you'll be getting a light, fluffy romance when you pick them up. Sound of the Heart is much lighter than Under the Same Sky, and I actually ended up liking it even more than I liked the first one. I rarely like sequels or companions as much as the first book, so I was pleasantly surprised at my reaction to this one.2. Now, we're still dealing with some heavy subject matter, it's just spread more thinly throughout the book, plus there's much less violence towards women, which is what I struggled with in book 1.The bulk of the first part of the book tells us all about Dougal's time being imprisoned as a POW after he survives the Battle of Culloden (which is actually told in great detail in Under the Same Sky). The struggles of life in prison during this time are told in great detail, and I felt so badly for Dougal and all the others with him. There was a lot of violence, and prisoners were killed or beaten for the smallest reasons. Women were treated very poorly and we read some instances of rape and abuse. It's much tamer and less detailed than in Under the Same Sky.3. I really liked Dougal. You don't learn much about him in the first book, but I liked him just as much as I liked his brother, Andrew in Under the Same Sky. We're given another sexy Scottish Highlander with a cute accent and a sweet demeanor. He befriends and watches over two younger boys who are imprisoned with him, and I loved the tender bond the three formed. He sort of adopts them as his own brothers after his family died in the battle. The loyalty to his family was very touching. I love family guys. I also really liked his friend Joseph, who had a lot of personality and a sense of humor that lightened the mood during the dark times of the story.4. Glenna is a very dynamic character, with a lot of secrets. I won't tell you how she falls into Dougal's life, because that's a spoiler, but I really liked her. I appreciate the fact that Genevieve writes strong female characters. So many historical romances make women look like submissive, meek little chickens with no backbones or common sense. Glenna was SO strong, just like Maggie was in Under the Same Sky. She was thrown some major curve balls in life, but she's still a sweet character with a lot of street smarts. She is captured from her humble home with Dougal and shipped overseas, where she is sold into slavery. Hello? I had no idea white slavery existed during this time, nor did I know that Scottish men and women were essentially kidnapped and shipped to the Americas to serve as slaves or fight for the English Army. Her life as a servant starts out better than most, but then things go wrong and she is placed into a terrifying situation. She fights back, though, and I kept saying, "Yes! You go girl!" all throughout the book. I loved watching her grow. She also runs across some wonderful friends, and I enjoyed reading their stories as well. They all had such sweet personalities, even though their lives were far from pleasant.5. The romance was really wonderful. Glenna and Dougal are adorable together! Sadly, a lot of this book is them trying to get back to one another once they are separated, but you can feel the longing they share. Their love keeps them alive, and I really enjoyed reading about a love with that kind of power. 6. Again, Genevieve does not disappoint with her writing style. It's gorgeous. She has a way of packing you up and taking you to the settings in the book. She also has the power to make you feel what the characters are feeling. I know that's why I struggled so much with Under the Same Sky, and why I ended up really enjoying both books. It's because her writing is so powerful that it feels real. You're sent on this roller coaster of emotions and feelings, and when the ride is over you're as in love with the characters as they are with each other. Overall, I'm so glad I read this book. I loved reading about Dougal and Glenna's love story, and I enjoyed learning more about the history during this time in Scotland, England, and the American Colonies. I would recommend this to lovers of historical romance and historical fiction. Genevieve has a book 3 in the making, and I KNOW I want to read it! It tells the story of Adelaide, Maggie's sister in Under the Same Sky. SO exciting! Hopefully Penguin picks it up, as I know it'll be nothing short of amazing.

  • Kimberly
    2018-09-25 18:07

    A couple of months ago I was approached by the author to review her book as part of her blog tour, and of course I had to say yes because a lot of you know that this is my favourite genre. How could I refuse to read it? I well and truly fell hard for Dougal MacDonnell, much like the same way that I fell for Diana Gabaldon's character Jamie Fraser. It was just that good of a book, it really was. I thought that Genevieve did a fantastic job of writing a book from the male point of view (for the most part) and was successful in the fact that while she created Dougal as a strong male lead he lacked much of the arrogance that is found in other books of this genre which was a great change. What first grabbed me was the author's close attention to detail and by reading her book you can tell she chose her words carefully and laid out the plot, which in my opinion was fantastic. I love the rich landscape she presented and I particularly enjoyed the fact that it was set during the Battle of Culloden and the time after. I've always been interested in the history of Scotland and I'd love to pick Genevieve's brain about all she's learned. The book while it's classified a a historical romance has a huge amount of adventure interwoven into it, and the adventure for me was what I loved most, that and the fact that Glenna is by no means a pushover and thank goodness she has brain and some backbone, when reading this you won't be met with the usual meek heroine which if you read the genre a lot is pretty much the norm.Since this was my first time reading a book by the author I was was really surprised by how much I loved and enjoyed reading about Dougal and Glenna and I think that the fact that Genevieve took the time to ensure that the characters actually talked as they would have in the time period was fantastic. I've read several historical romances that have been set during the same time but the writers had the characters talking as though they were living in modern times which takes away from the book in my opinion.I'm really glad that I had the opportunity to review Sound of the Heart for Genevieve because she's an excellent story teller. I really hope that she keeps writing because I can't get enough of her writing. There's just something magical about the way she writes that I love and to top it all off she's really nice!I would have absolutely no problem recommending this book to anyone. Whether you're new to the genre or one that you've been reading for awhile this is a gem that really can't be missed. My only regret is that the author has a previously published book that I haven't read yet (but have it on hold at the library). I have a feeling that I'm going to speed write through that one as well. So basically if you're looking for a great read give this one a try. It's a great book to cuddle up with and read in your favourite spot. Hopefully it will enthrall you like it did me, so what are you waiting for? GO BUY IT!!

  • Detra Fitch
    2018-10-11 23:25

    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.

  • Aislynn
    2018-09-25 18:06

    Do you ever start a book and know you probably shouldn’t because you KNOW you won’t be able to put it down until it’s finished? Well for me this was one of those books. I started it at 8pm – while hubby was watching TV and ended up staying up until 1am because I HAD to know what happened to Dougal and Glenna. This is one of those books that sucked me right in and held me until it was finished.We met Dougal briefly in Under the Same Sky (Genevieve’s debut in 2011), he is brother to Andrew (the main character from UtSS). While Andrew and Maggie had a connection with one another, Dougal can sense the thoughts of men around him. After the battle of Culloden, Dougal is taken prisoner by the English forces. He is tossed into circumstance that I can’t even fathom, they are ill treated, malnourished and kept in horrible places.While stuck in prison, he meets John, Joseph and Aiden. The four become friends and take care of one another throughout their ordeal. When an escape doesn’t quite go according to plan, only Dougal and Aiden manage to find their way free. Dougal mourns the fact that he couldn’t get the other two away from the English, but he pushes on. I can’t imagine what Dougal went through, having his culture and way of life being stripped away and then to go free and not be able to be who he was anymore.As we progress through the story, we meet Glenna. She is a fantastic character, she is feisty, she keeps Dougal on his toes, but they are the best of friends and would easily do anything to keep the other safe. They manage to keep out of site and safe for almost 10 years when they are caught off guard and are taken back into custody of the English. Both make their way to the New World, in their own way.I felt for Glenna, who went through so much – being auctioned off and forced into being a servant. And Dougal who had to fight with the English and isn’t able to find Glenna. I loved how the book was divided into Dougal’s point of view and then Glenna’s. Each had their own distinctive voice and it made the story that much more amazing. I don’t want to reveal too much of the story but it’s probably one of the best books I’ve read so far this year – easily.Will I recommend this book? YES GO BUY IT NOW! Oh and make sure you get the first book Under the Same Sky too, because it’s equally amazing! Will I read more by this author? Well that’s a silly question! I’ll have to make sure to ask Genevieve when the next book comes out because I need more!!! And she’s also Canadian, which is amazing – AND such a sweetheart!

  • Moonlight Gleam
    2018-10-17 00:12

    *Warning, may contain spoilers for Under The Same Sky*Sound of The Heart is a companion novel to Genevieve Graham’s debut release, Under The Same Sky. The books focus on the separate adventures of two brothers who believe the other was lost at the Battle of Culloden. In Under The Same Sky, readers are introduced to Dougal MacDonnell, Andrew’s brother who is believed to have died in battle. It is later revealed in Sound of The Heart that Dougal is in fact still alive and is an incredible warrior. Dougal and his family are Highlanders in Scotland, and while trying to save their home land from the crown, Dougal is captured by the British. Unfortunately back home, there are not many survivors.Along with the help of those who have befriended Dougal, the men devise a plan to escape their captors. Once going over all the details, there is only one issue that is left in the minds of those involved… What will happen to the men after they gain their freedom?At the risk of revealing too much of the story, I will just quickly mention that there is a female character named Glenna that plays a primary role along with Dougal in this historical fiction novel. Although the novel's synopsis gives you a little hint as to what to expect, you will all just have to read the novel yourselves to find out more about the relationship between these two characters *winks*!My favorite aspects of the novel were the underlying meanings of the storyline. Sound of The Heart is about finding strength in moments of despair and never giving up without a fight. The characters showed a tremendous amount of bravery, honesty, and passion. They were engaging throughout the novel and every character played an important role and even if they only appeared on a few pages, they stand out and will leave a long-lasting impression on readers. I also enjoyed how the novel was split into parts and had alternating point of views between the two main characters.With a rich flair of history and a great deal of romance, readers will once again fall in love with Genevieve Graham’s second novel, Sound of The Heart. I am definitely looking forward to reading more from this fantastic author.I recommend Sound of The Heart to those who enjoy Historical Romance and Adult Fiction titles.An Enjoyable Read, Well Written, Recommended 5/5http://www.moonlightgleam.com/2012/05...

  •  Lady Krishna
    2018-10-22 01:09

    The Sound of the Heart is the second installment of Ms. Genevieve Graham's The MacDonnells Series, although it can also be read as a stand alone novel. It's also the first book I've read from Ms. Genevieve Graham. I'm going to put in my thoughts about this fascinating book in parts. The Plot:The Plot was definitely good. It was well executed and well written. The whole book was about a man's journey to overcoming his trials in life. Dougal MacDonnell was a man who lost his family and his freedom while fighting for his land. The author took me to a wild journey of Dougal MacDonnell's life, from his imprisonment to his finding love, to losing love and fighting hard into finding it again. The Characters:The characters are very endearing and very real. I admired how the author wrote Dougal MacDonnell's character. He's very real and his emotions are well written and believable. As a reader, I could feel Dougal's frustrations and heartbreaks and triumphs. I also admired Glenna's strength. She's a heroine worth admiring. Her struggles and her determination to persevere is very admirable.The Romance:The romance between Dougal and Glenna is very nice. I loved the progress of their relationship. From allies to friendship to love.. it's fascinatingly real. It wasn't sudden nor was it forced. It was all so natural. I find myself rooting for them all the way.The Pacing:The pacing of the story is quite nice too. The flow of the story is very smooth. As I said before the whole book is a journey and I quite enjoyed the ride, from the heartbreaks to happy endings.Overall, I loved reading this book. Ms. Genevieve Graham is on the right track to becoming one of the best historical romance authors. She has the knack of taking her readers inside the book she has written. Her written words painted a very visual setting of Scotland, London and the Colonies and I very much enjoyed the trip she has given me. I am looking forward to reading more of Ms. Genevieve Graham's works!If you are one of those readers who wants their historical romance with depth and a bit of reality without loosing the fun in romance then pick this book up because this is definitely for youThis book review was originally posted on my blogJourney with Books

  • Kristal Faith
    2018-10-21 18:29

    Oh, how I LOVE a good historical romance, especially one written by Genevieve Graham. Her books are fast proving to me that she is one heck of a talented writer and can bring out the absolute best in her characters! Sweeping, beautiful, EPIC this book…no, this series….has got everything that I look for in my novels. Sound of the Heart reads like so much more than “just” a romance novel! Not that there’s anything wrong with a good old fashioned romance novel. I will be the first to tell you that I love them to pieces. But Sound of the Heart reads like a saga- an honest to goodness, spans every level of my consciousness, makes me feel every emotion until I’m both exhausted and madly in love SAGA. Action packed with flowing dialogue, battle scenes that seem ripped right out of the pages of a history book and a heartwarming, unstoppable love that gave me butterflies in my stomach, I would dare anyone who started this book to be able to set it down. The characters are real and damaged and human, complex in a way that took my breath away on more than one occasion. I rooted for them, I cried with them, I fell in love with them. Glenna and Dougal are passionate, enchanting, lovely characters that more than deserved their happily ever after. Every obstacle, every disappointment, every twist and turn prepared me for a happily ever after that I will not soon forget. There is so much to recommend in this book that I am clearly not doing it justice by waxing on and on about it in an almost poetic prose . I find myself at a loss as to how to accurately describe what a wonderful book Sound of the Heart is. Simply put, I can only say that this book is a MUST read, it is simply not to be missed. Have you ever read a book that you loved so much that as soon as you finished the last word you flipped back to the front and started all over again? Sound of the Heart is that book for me. And hopefully it will be for you too!

  • Ellie
    2018-10-21 19:14

    Sound of the Heart by Genevieve GrahamGrade: A“Glenna is the reason I breathe, John.”Sound of the Heart is the sequel to Genevieve Graham’s book Under the Same Sky. Both book start off at the battle of Culloden in Scotland and ends in the colonies of America but they are very different in the way they are told. Sound of Heart follows Dougal MacDonnell from his imprisonment after Culloden, to finding his soul mate and then on his journey across the Atlantic to America. This book is a great mix of history, romance, heartbreak and adventure all rolled into one amazing package.We met Dougal briefly in Under the Same Sky but did not know for sure if he survived the battle at Culloden. Like UTSS this book does feel a little like Outlander but without the paranormal themes but I’m a huge fan of highlanders and history and both are so well written. Dougal takes on the big role of helping the weak in this book and he meets a young girl name Glenna who steals his heart away and never gives it back. The love between Dougal and Glenna is amazing and I loved the scenes where they were actually together.The history aspect of this book is wonderful and I would have gotten much better grades in school if I had been taught the material like this. It was very interesting to see how indentured servants were treated in the colonies and how the English put all their prisoners to work fighting the French in America. There are very few books, especially romance books, were I walk away feeling like I got a great love story and an even better history lesson. Genevieve Graham is on my list of my read authors and I can’t wait to see what she delivers next. This is a great book and I highly recommend it.

  • S.R. Roddy
    2018-10-19 02:26

    Like the first book this well written sequel contains a stunning combination of historical accuracy, smooth flowing dialogue, action and tender romance. Dougal's extensive character development and the plot surrounding him held me enthralled from cover to cover. Graham's descriptions of the times and conditions as well as her battle scenes allowed my imagination to flow easily.Unlike the first book there is interaction from nearly the beginning between the two main characters, allowing us to watch the romance develop. The author did a great job of showing the stages in their relationship, going from strangers, to protector, to friend and trusted companion and then leading to something far more intimate.I liked the way the author incorporated fate and destiny into the story line and of course we still have a bit of the mysticism that was covered in the first book. My biggest disappointment had to be the ending. No, I'm not going to leak a spoiler and ruin it either. I'll just say that though it was a good ending I felt like it could have been better with maybe one more chapter. Of course we could just chalk it up to me being greedy for more.At this point I have read all three books and enjoyed each one. Though all of them are intertwined because of family each story has its own uniqueness that I love. The reader is left with a feeling of fulfillment that isn't always there in a series. I would highly recommend all three books. I gave this book 4.5 hearts on my website, which I round up to 5 stars here. An excellent author.

  • Christina
    2018-10-08 20:10

    I read Under the Same Sky by Graham, and knew that Sound of the Heart would not disappoint. I don't feel I need to summarize the book in this review, but only give my thoughts. It is no secret that Graham is a gifted writer. She takes the time to choose words carefully, and does painstaking research to add lush historical detail. I love that I can trust her in this. Her characters are full of depth. She is not flowery, with big displays of words and vocabulary, but keeps things simple. Although there is a unique twist in the story, she gave enough hints that I predicted it early on. This only made it more enjoyable, since I could see something before the character did. Graham does not gloss over details, either. She puts the same attention to the good as well as the bad. I think where the emotion hit me most was when the point of view was changed to Glenna, the heroine. Although I like Dougal very much, I am not a man, and did not really connect emotionally until Glenna. When she is in her cell, remembering all the things she loved about Dougal, that's when it hit me. I could relate to this. From that point, the book improved for me.I appreciate Dougal's "gift" of hearing other men's thoughts, but there was not much of it in the book. This was okay for me, because at first I was afraid this would be taken too far and possibly even be strange. I should know, though, that Graham would do it right.Rumor has her third book is the best. Can't wait to see when it will be out.

  • Siobian
    2018-10-09 21:09

    Dougal McDonnell is fighting at the battle of Culloden when he is separated from his family and taken prisoner. After being imprisoned in ghastly conditions, Dougal escapes and begins a new life in the Scottish Highlands with his newly found love, Glenna. Things go wonderfully for a while, but when Glenna is taken by the British soldiers and sent to the American colonies, Dougal must join the enemy for the chance to save her.I literally could not put this book down! While Jamie Frasier is my favorite Scotsman, Dougal McDonnell is now a (very) close second. He is everything a woman wants: strong, handsome, caring, protective... the list goes on and on. I fell in love with him quite quickly! So, obviously I loved his character, but I enjoyed the other characters as well. They were all very realistic, easily understandable, and likable. As with her first novel, Graham does an amazing job of steeping Sound of the Heart in historical detail and I was instantly taken back to 1700's Scotland and surrounded by the sounds, smells, and fear associated with the Battle of Culloden. I don't want to give too much away, so I'll just say that there are a few twists and turns that I wasn't quite expecting and made the book that much more interesting and compulsively readable. Graham has definitely made her way on my "must read author" list.*Please note, I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Nicole Laverdure
    2018-09-22 00:21

    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.