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Sound of the Heart by Genevieve Graham

June 2nd, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Sound of the Heart by Genevieve Graham

Source: Received for review

Publication date: May 1, 2012

Publisher: Berkley Trade

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Summary from 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.

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.

We got a glimpse of Dougal in Under the Same Sky and I had a feeling he wasn’t really dead.  Sure enough in this story we see how Dougal escaped death and eventually ends up finding happiness despite losing his entire family.

One of my favorite things about Graham’s books is the way she develops her characters.  They are so real and filled with believable flaws in addition to all the usual heroic attributes most romance book characters are given.  Dougal’s not perfect.  He fully admits that his younger brother was the more intellectual one, he can be rash and at times he was near to giving up to despair but he is also kind of heart, loyal and straight forward.  Glenna’s character is a spit fire that I love.  She’s lived a hard life and although she despairs at times she never gives up.  Again as a warning though not quite as bad as in Under the Same Sky there is some darker scenes which usually do not make in an appearance in most romances but that just adds to the realism of the story.  Graham doesn’t gloss over the hardships of life as a woman unprotected and having to survive in a Scotland being decimated by the English and then in the American colonies.

The romance between Dougal and Glenna is sweet and I loved watching it unfold especially when Dougal finds out the big secret Glenna was keeping from him.  It does take awhile for the two to actually fall in love and for any romance at all to appear in the story which I also appreciate since I  am not a huge fan of the insta-love romances.  So if you are looking for an instant romance with constant sex scenes this book isn’t for you.  If you want a great story with a great romance thrown in then definitely go pick up this book and Under the Same Sky while you are at it.

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