Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Book Review: Sound of the Heart

Release Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Pages: 336 pages
Genre: Historical
Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest review
Goodreads Summary: 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.

Sweeping and epic. Those are the words I will use to describe Sound of the Heart. Genevieve Graham has weaved a story that captivates the reader with characters that you genuinely care about and a plot that will keep you reading, desperately wanting to know how it will all turn out.

The story carries you from the battle scarred Highlands of Scotland to the filthy streets of London and the wilds of a young North American territory. Graham’s descriptions are vivid and lush and exactly want I want when I’m reading a historical novel.

Dougal and Glenna, our main characters, are so well developed. I loved that these two were simply friends before they became more than friends. Their overall relationship is wonderfully written and secondary characters are also well done. Dougal’s paranormal ability is subtle and does not take away from the historical setting of the storyline, it only adds to it.

Graham does not sugarcoat the harsh and violent realities of living in the 1700’s, especially for women. Rape, murder and corruption were normal for the time and places and though tragic and heart breaking, they work for this story.

If you love historical romance, Sound of the Heart is definitely for you. If you mostly read paranormal romance but have not read much or any historical, give this a try. The story has its dark portions but the romance and adventure aspects of the novel are awesome and not to be missed! Tomorrow, I will feature an interview with Genevieve Graham where she talks about the book and there will be a giveaway! Make sure you come back and enter to win.

Content: Kissing, sex, attempted rape and actual rape, profanity and violence. This is not a YA novel and I recommend it for 18+.

My Rating: Really Good!

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