Under the Same Sky by Genevieve Graham

Posted January 26th, 2012 by in *Review / 13 comments

Under the Same Sky by Genevieve Graham
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: ebook via NetGalley
Rating: A-; Nearly perfect, a keeper/2 – Implied or mild









Synopsis: The year is 1746. A young woman from South Carolina and a Scottish Highlander share an intimacy and devotion beyond their understanding. They have had visions of each other their entire lives. And yet they have never met.
Now, with their lives torn asunder, Maggie Johnson and Andrew MacDonnell’s quest to find each other is guided only by their dreams—and by the belief in the true love they share.

On the Carolina frontier Maggie Johnson’s family struggles to survive. Maggie’s gift of “the sight” and her visions show her a presence she calls Wolf. She watches him grow from a boy her age to a man even as she goes from child to woman.

Andrew MacDonald has always wondered about the girl he sees in his dreams. He is able to talk to her through their thoughts and vows that even if he must cross an ocean he will find her. They are thrust into different situations: Andrew fights for the doomed Jacobite cause and Maggie is captured by slavers, then rescued and brought into a kind, loving Native American tribe. They each believe in destiny and the power of the love they have shared forever. – via GoodReads

Why I Picked It Up: I read the book description when the author got in touch with me and I was hooked. I couldn’t wait to read it.
What I Lurved: Oh my goodness! It’s more like what’s not to love? Graham does such a wonderful job describing the settings and events in Under the Same Sky! I could vividly see everything Graham was describing. As soon as I started reading it, I could not put it down. Andrew and Maggie (our hero and heroine) have been able to communicate telepathically for as long as they can remember even though they have never met. This really added to the book and helped develop the relationship. The Cherokee play a large role in Under the Same Sky and I really enjoyed the detail about their lives and beliefs. Genevieve Graham includes such beautiful detail that I had no trouble imagining any part of the book.
What I Could Have Lived Without: This really isn’t a complaint but Andrew and Maggie each have some pretty traumatic stuff happen during the book. This definitely added to the book but it made me hurt for the characters.
Recommended For: Anyone who enjoys historical fiction. If you enjoyed the historical aspects and detail in Outlander, you’ll enjoy Under the Same Sky. Make sure you don’t miss this one.
Avoid If: You enjoy a romance where the hero and heroine are together most of the book. 

4 stars

2 flames

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13 Responses to “Under the Same Sky by Genevieve Graham”

  1. Alexa

    I really need to get back into reading Historical romance. I've let it go during 2011 but there are many great ones out there and I need to fall back in love.Thanks for this great review. I shall have to keep a look out for it. 🙂

  2. Carrie at In the Ham

    this looks really good!! i'm more into historical romance, so i'm a little iffy on the traumatic stuff that happens. maybe i'll try it though, b/c you don't see too many American historicals

  3. Genevieve Graham-Saw

    There are some wonderful historical authors out there, definitely worthy of your time if you're looking for "true" historical, with adventure and realism. Try: Diana Gabaldon, Sara Donati, Penelope Williamson, Jennifer Roberson, Kaki Warner (she's new!) …

  4. Genevieve Graham-Saw

    Carrie, quite a few people have said that but enjoyed it nevertheless. There's a reason for violence – what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Reviewers are also saying that the violence was tastefully done, not gratuitous. I'd love to know what you think! And if you like this one, the next one also has some American history in it.

    • OUAC_Stephanie

      I would agree with this. The violence was necessary to the story line and I didn't get caught up in it. It flowed with the story and made me that much more desperate for a happy ending.

  5. Carrie at In the Ham

    Hi Genevieve, thanks for the reply! I am a softie, so I'd rather not read too much gratutious violence or other scenes that are too disturbing. As long as it's not too shocking, I'd like to give this one a try.

  6. Genevieve Graham-Sawchyn

    There are some wonderful historical authors out there, definitely worthy of your time if you're looking for “true” historical, with adventure and realism. Try: Diana Gabaldon, Sara Donati, Penelope Williamson, Jennifer Roberson, Kaki Warner (she's new!) …

  7. Genevieve Graham-Sawchyn

    Carrie, quite a few people have said that but enjoyed it nevertheless. There's a reason for violence – what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Reviewers are also saying that the violence was tastefully done, not gratuitous. I'd love to know what you think! And if you like this one, the next one also has some American history in it.

  8. Carrie at In the Hammock Blog

    Hi Genevieve, thanks for the reply! I am a softie, so I'd rather not read too much gratutious violence or other scenes that are too disturbing. As long as it's not too shocking, I'd like to give this one a try.

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