Monday, January 23, 2012

Review & Giveaway: Under The Same Sky by Genevieve Graham

Title:  Under the Same Sky
Author:  Genevieve Graham
Genre:  Historical Romance, Paranormal
Pages:  336
Published:  January 2011
Publisher:  Berkley
Source:  via Author for book tour

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.

Young Maggie has always had the gift of 'sight', she has always been able to see future events and places she's never been.  Since she was a child a young boy has always been present in her dreams and visions.  When her her life is suddenly turned upside down after the death of her father she hopes that he'll be there to rescue her.  Maggie goes through so much in this book, she is kidnapped by slavers and rescued by a Native American tribe.

Born thousands of miles apart, both Maggie and Andrew have a deep connection.  Each has glimpses into the others lives; both tragedy or joy.  Life is Scotland for Andrew is harsh and violent; he fights with his family against the English troops.   When the war is over, he finds himself alone.  He decides to go and find Maggie who desperately needs his help.

This was such a unique book, I very rarely find a historical romance based on a young woman who isn't from the Aristocracy.   I really enjoyed the glimpse into Maggie and Andrew's lives, they are so unlike anything I've read before.  The story is so filled with history and a touch of paranormal, I was drawn into the story and couldn't put it down.

I can easily say this is one of the best debut's I've ever read and easily topped my list of books read in 2011.  I can't wait to see what Genevieve comes up with for her next book "Sound of the Heart" coming out in May 2012.

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Because this was such a fabulous book, and Genevieve is so awesome - she's giving away a SIGNED copy of her debut to one lucky reader!

Open to residents of Canada and the US.


All you have to do to enter is leave a comment with your email address!
(example:  aislynnt(at)gmail(dot)com)


Giveaway will run until Friday January 27th (Midnight EST)


Good luck!

30 comments:

  1. I would love to read a book by a author in my own area code :)

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  2. would love the chance to win ! thanks!

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  3. The book sounds good. I'd love to read it. ellis [at] ellisvidler [dot] com

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  4. The description of the characters and story sound great. I love anything set in Scotland!Crossing my fingers to win this book.

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    1. e-mail is thewynings@verizon.net

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  5. A good book is like a nice escape from reality. This sounds like a great book to read. mmacisaac73@hotmail.com, Melanie MacIsaac

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    1. Good luck, Melanie. I'd love for "Under the Same Sky" to carry you away!

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  6. Hi Genevieve! I remain inspired by the fact that this isn't what you set out to do, but you still did it! I'm reading CD right now too. . .can't wait to get your book into my hands!
    cmlass@sbcglobal.net

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    1. Thanks, Christine. Yes, it was all a bit of a surprise to me, but a welcome one indeed! Now I can't imagine living without writing!

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  7. I would love to win this book!
    kim_cree@yahoo.com

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  8. I would love to win this book.
    Thanks,
    Malena
    4malenac@gmail.com

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  9. Ooo I love finding new Canadian authors. :) This sounds like an amazing read and it's been a while since I've read a historical. Looking forward to this one. Thanks for the chance to win!

    snowdropdreams(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. It is kind of especially fun when it's a Canadian, isn't it? I mean, I love new authors from anywhere, but it's nice, once in a while, to get one from up here! I'm really glad you found me and my book!

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  10. Oh, I would *love* to win this book! Thank you for hosting a giveaway! Am impatiently waiting for the local library to process a copy, even as I'm thrilled they are adding this book to the stacks.
    larisa.labrant(at)gmail.c0m

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    1. Larisa! Nice to see you again! Even my library got their copies late ... because no one thought this book was going to do as well as it did! teehee I can't even get a box for me because the warehouse is on back order. I'm kind of flying around the house, knowing that ... :)

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  11. I love debut authors/books and think they are something special. I also am enjoying all the mixed genres with historical and paranormal being my two favorites!! Sounds like a wonderful story.

    catslady

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    1. Thanks, Catslady. I hope you enjoy it. A lot of people told me the mixed genres wouldn't work, but even more people are saying it does!

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  12. This has been on my TBR list ever since I first heard about it a few months ago. Would love to win this one to read.

    tmrtini at gmail dot com

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  13. The more I hear about Under the Same Sky, the more excited I am to read it. It sounds like a fantastic story.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

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  14. This looks like such a great book!

    robindpdx(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. Wonderful book! I can't wait to read the next one and the next one ....

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  16. I'm really looking forward to this book. I think Maggie and Andrew will be a couple I care for and their deep connection one I adore. Thank you for the chance to read it.

    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. I have this book on my TBR list on goodreads. I love to read historical books and finding new author I can try out. Thank you!! goofygalsscrappin@msn.com

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  18. I was inspired to signup for this giveaway after reading your article asking us to not always judge a book by it's cover. That while the cover of this book is beautiful...the story inside often isn't and the heroine doesn't emerge without scars. So, this to me sounds like an AWESOME read...with a BEAUTIFUL cover. I'd LOVE to add to my collection. Thx for the GREAT giveaway opportunity! ;D

    barbbattaglia@yahoo.com

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  19. I'm always looking for a different kind of story, so when it was described as 'unique' it caught my eye. Also there aren't very many romances set during American colonial times.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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  20. This is a new one for me. Thanks for the chance to win.
    carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

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  21. I do enjoy stories with a good adventure in it.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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