Under the Same Sky

Under the Same Sky

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by Genevieve Graham
     
 

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In 1746, a woman from South Carolina and a Scottish Highlander share an intimacy and devotion beyond understanding. They have known each other their entire lives. And yet they have never met…
 
Maggie Johnson has had “the Sight” since she was a child, dreaming visions of the future and of a presence she knows is

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In 1746, a woman from South Carolina and a Scottish Highlander share an intimacy and devotion beyond understanding. They have known each other their entire lives. And yet they have never met…
 
Maggie Johnson has had “the Sight” since she was a child, dreaming visions of the future and of a presence she knows is real. She calls him Wolf, and has seen him grow from a young boy into a fearsome warrior. And when her life is torn asunder by unspeakable tragedy, he is her only hope. 
 
Andrew MacDonnell is entranced by a beautiful woman who has always dwelt in his dreams. When war ravages his land, he leaves the Scottish Highlands on a perilous journey to the New World to find her…
 
Their quest to unite across a treacherous wilderness will test the limits of courage and endurance, guided only by their dreams—and by the belief in the true love they share…

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“A beautifully written, riveting novel.”—Madeline Hunter, New York Times bestselling author 
Under the Same Skyweaves together the lives of its two protagonists with such skill and poetry it’s like entering a dream, one that will leave you both marveling and richly sated.”—Shana Abé, New York Times bestselling author of The Time Weaver
 “A uniquely crafted love story…Readers will wait with bated breath for the sequel.”—Romantic Times Book Reviews
“This book poses a huge dilemma for a reader. It’s one you can’t put down. It’s that good.”—The Good, The Bad, and The Unread
“Absolutely rapturous, full of lush imagery and a quietly confident voice that had me hooked immediately…Genevieve Graham is one to watch for historical romance readers.”—Historical Novel Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425245231
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/03/2012
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“A beautifully written, riveting novel.”—Madeline Hunter, New York Times bestselling author 
Under the Same Sky weaves together the lives of its two protagonists with such skill and poetry it’s like entering a dream, one that will leave you both marveling and richly sated.”—Shana Abé, New York Times bestselling author of The Time Weaver
 “A uniquely crafted love story…Readers will wait with bated breath for the sequel.”—Romantic Times Book Reviews
“This book poses a huge dilemma for a reader. It’s one you can’t put down. It’s that good.”—The Good, The Bad, and The Unread
“Absolutely rapturous, full of lush imagery and a quietly confident voice that had me hooked immediately…Genevieve Graham is one to watch for historical romance readers.”—Historical Novel Review

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Meet the Author

Genevieve Graham graduated from the University of Toronto in 1986 with a bachelor of music in performance. While on a ski vacation in Alberta, she met her future husband in a chairlift line and subsequently moved to Calgary to be with him. They have recently settled in a small, peaceful town in Nova Scotia with their two beautiful daughters. Writing became an essential part of Genevieve’s life a few years ago, when she began to write her debut novel, Under the Same Sky.

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Under the Same Sky 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Gail-10_ More than 1 year ago
If you love the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon or the Into The Woods series this book is for you. I wish I could give this book more than five stars it was that good. The hero and heroine have a chemistry that is off the charts you root for the on every page there is action galore I sat on the edge of my chair the whole time. I did some I don't usually do, when I finished the book I went right back to the first page and started over again. This book had everything I look for when I read historical romance. Please do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of the book you won't be able to put it down.
Disney5274 More than 1 year ago
My Opinion: Absolutely fantastic and best written historical romance book I have ever read. This stoy had my emotions up and down and I loved it! I cried within the first three chapters of the book. That’s how great this is. If any book could get my emotions just wrung out like this, it has to get the highest recommendation I have ever put forth to a book. I have read hundreds of books, but this might be the first, in my memory, that I have ever cried from. That’s how touching and descriptive scenes from this book were. Genevieve has out done herself in this novel. I can’t wait for book two and there will even be more in this series. We are taken through the life of Maggie, a girl from South Carolina that has dreamed of a boy since she was very young. Across miles and oceans. They don’t know each other. They have never met, yet in their dreams they do. Maggie has the gift of sight. She is able to see things that are going to happen or are happening. Yet, it doesn’t let her see everything. She can not read everything in her own future but she does get flashes of things that will happen and to the people around her. We are lead through some HORRIFIC occurrences in her life and her growing up and becoming a woman. Then we watch as the man Maggie has dreamed about helps her in ways that are so surreal. She also helps him in his times of need. I loved how they did this for each other. Helping each of them give strength and love to one and other was just magical. I don’t even feel like I can give this book the justice it deserves. It’s just that great. It’s a wonderful and imaginative tale of strength, honor and above all else true love. I HIGHLY recommend getting a copy of this book. I give Under the Same Sky by Genevieve Graham 5 or 5 stars and is another of my 2012 favorites!
whisper More than 1 year ago
It is the 1700's and Maggie Johnson has grown up in the colony of South Carolina. Maggie has always had dreams that told her of the future. Her mother says that she has "The Sight" just as her grandmother did before she was burned as a witch. These dreams give Maggie glimpses of what is to come, but not always. Some of her dreams include a boy that is around her age and in these dreams they grow close to each other without speaking a word or sharing a touch. Maggie doesn't know his name, but she knows that one day they will find each other. On the other side of the ocean in Scotland, Andrew MacDonnell shares the same gift, the same dreams, and the same hope of finding the girl who has become a part of him. As Maggie and Andrew's lives are torn apart by greed, pride, and war, each step they take brings them closer together. When I first saw the cover of the book, I wasn't quite sure about it. Under the Same Sky looked like a romance novel, and while I have nothing against them, they just aren't what I typically read. However, I put my worries aside and read the first chapter. And then the second. And before I knew it, half the day and half the book had passed without my moving. I was completely sucked in and literally could not force myself to put the book down. I loved Maggie's character. She was so likable and strong, but had her character flaws that made her believable. Andrew was just as fantastic and I truly enjoyed seeing where their paths would take them and what it would take for them to be together. Aside from the wonderful characters, the writing was really well done and I find it very hard to believe that this is a debut novel. The plot moves along quickly and is steeped in historical detail. Not only does it share tidbits about living in the colonies and life in Scotland after Culloden, readers also get a glimpse of life in a Cherokee settlement, which was one of my favorite parts of the book. My only complaint is that it ended too quickly because I didn't want it to end. However, I was really excited to see a chapter from Graham's next novel at the end of the book and cannot wait until it comes out. Overall, it was a fantastic debut novel that had me completely captivated. *Please note, I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.
CMLasswell More than 1 year ago
This is a romance that has less to do with the physical, and more to do with the mental and emotional part of the relationship. Maggie and Andrew loved each other fully in their minds before they ever found each other. They committed their lives to each other based only on their dreams, which was a completely fresh storyline made believable by the author, Genevieve Graham. I found some parts difficult to read because they were tragic, but they were not distasteful and I knew the author had a reason. I trusted her, and read on to find the redemption I knew was coming! I also found that beyond the obvious love story between the main characters, there was just as much love in the story of a large Highlander man who adopted two scared orphaned children. This book took time to write, and not a word was wasted. It beautifully pulled me into two completely different worlds, and I felt I was there, looking on as the events unfolded. This is not a book I would have normally picked up, but I discovered it based on a recommendation and am so glad I did. It was a book that had so much heart and research behind it, by an author who wanted to provide a really good story. She respected her readers enough to take the time to do it right. I would recommend not rushing through it, but taking the time instead to absorb the details. I have already pre-ordered her next masterpiece!
LetsBookIt More than 1 year ago
It is totally unbelievable to me that this is a debut novel. Ms Graham writes like she has been publishing for years. Under the Same Sky is beautifully written over two settings: South Carolina, USA and Scotland - both in the year 1746. Both settings are brilliantly described and, therefore, easily 'seen' in the reader's imagination. Genevieve Graham's characters are well developed and complex. None are spared the challenges and calamities common to the era. The history comes across as well researched. All of these points together give the novel good bones - a strong skeleton, so to speak. The story that fills in the flesh of the skeleton is equally as good. For all of you magic lovers, the magic in this one is lovely. Andrew and Maggie have the connection we all dream about. Although they have never met and live half a world away from each other, they are connected; they know one another and have grown up always in contact with each other in their dreams. Neither questions the reality of the other. Neither questions that they will somehow be together someday. It was refreshing to read a romance novel in which the characters go through trials, tragedy, horror, growth and maturation by drawing on their own strength as well as the strength of knowing their true love is out there supporting them. It's not one of those 'boy meets girl; events happen; boy and girl are separated/hate each other/fight with each other/overreact to misunderstandings; boy and girl finally get together' books. It is refreshing and heartening that each member of this couple is in the others corner from the get go. But will they ever meet? Will they overcome the one obstacle in their path: geographic distance? How? I know because I've read the book - but I'm not telling. There was a moment while I was reading this beautiful story when I suddenly became very afraid that it was the first in a series. In almost the same moment, I was hoping it was the first in a series so that there would be more. Under the Same Sky is a stand alone book - and an extremely satisfying stand alone book. I can't wait to read more from Genevieve Graham.
CarolineHartman More than 1 year ago
I finished reading Genevieve Graham’s debut novel, Under the Same Sky, two days ago. I spent the next two days rereading sections. I do that when I particularly love a book, and I loved this fresh new voice. The bloody-awful, history, not whitewashed at all with sweet views of war and life in wild Scotland and wilder America in the 1750s, rang true. I loved too the psychic connection between Maggie and Andrew. How many of us have felt such a strong bond with those we love? A big surprise and one I think a number of readers will appreciate is the depiction of the Cherokees way of life. Well done, Ms. Graham. I await Sound of the Heart. Caroline Hartman
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
I read this book last year and wanted to include it on my Best Books of 2011 but since technically is wasn’t available until January 3, 2012 it couldn’t be included, but it will be in the running for 2012. This book is amazing. To think because it is not classified as a genre I usually read, I may have missed out on this story. This is the type of book my whole blog is about, a book you can escape into, a perfect escape, an adventure not to be missed. As soon as I finished this story and the snippet of the next I had to email Genevieve. I loved the story so much but my enthusiasm was so great I was having trouble putting it into words. Today I still feel like I am gushing but I really want to get across to all of you that you will enjoy this book, especially if you are like me, someone who has basically stepped away from the romance genre. This story is beautifully written and captivating. There are places where it is purely poetic. I am anxiously awaiting Sound of The Heart coming out in May.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buy now. Completely entranced me from the first page. Intense situations and emotions. Will buy the sequel. I give it four stars not five because it felt chopped in parts, like there could have been more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for my Nook on the recommendation I saw on a Facebook post. Eternally grateful for that!! Genevieve Graham is a new author with an awesome talent!! I will continue to read anything she writes!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. Had to order the sequel also. Thanks.
MoonlightGleam More than 1 year ago
*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 5/5
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Annie_Marshall More than 1 year ago
"Under the Same Sky" by Genevieve Graham is not your average, every day love story…A riveting tale of tragedy and triumph that can only come from the talented mind of Ms. Graham. She displays the continued devotion between a young South Carolina girl with the special gift of sight and her Highlander who is haunted by events that turn him from his homeland. Brace yourself for a sweeping tale that spans two continents and two hearts. Genevieve Graham gives us a phenomenal debut with a mighty voice!” - Annie Marshall, Award-Winning author of "Her Highland Destiny" and "Her Noble Destiny."
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Paid for it too...YUCK