I almost feel as though I should do a jig because I have branched out from Outlander and read another romance with a highlander – Genevieve Graham’s debut novel Under The Same Sky. Under The Same Sky has similar elements to Outlander (paranormal elements, highlanders, Culloden) but Genevieve Graham’s book is NOT a doorstopper.
Maggie lives in Pre-Revolutionary South Carolina and has a strange ability. She can see the future. She has also seen the same boy her whole life in visions despite never meeting him. Andrew is a Scottish highlander who excels at finding lost objects. All his life he has envisioned a girl he has never met — you guessed it, Maggie. Under The Never Sky by Genevieve Graham alternates between Maggie’s point of view and Andrew’s point of view. Both characters come to experience extreme tragedy and loss. Through their visions they help each other survive. Will they ever get to meet under the same sky? (Sorry I could not resist a title drop!!)
I enjoyed Graham’s debut. So many of the romance novels I read have privileged heroes and heroines – especially because I read books about the ton. It was an interesting experience reading about characters who are NOT members of nobility, but how actually struggle financially. Maggie is definitely in poverty and totally at that point in life where she is between a rock and a hard place. Plus! Yay! America! Which yes, gets exclamation points. I want to read more historical romances set in America.
What I also liked were the parts in Under The Same Sky featuring the Cherokee Native Americans. I like that Genevieve Graham didn’t make the Cherokee invisible or mystical. It didn’t feel like she misappropriated a culture. Instead the Cherokee characters are three dimensional rather than cardboard cutouts. I won’t go in depth because I don’t want to spoil the book for you, just trust that the Cherokee play a HUGE role.
However, I want to put it out there that if you are a sexual assault survivor, one of the scenes at the beginning may trigger you. Yet, there are not any graphic sexual scenes in Under The Same Sky. SO, if you want to try a historical romance, but are reluctant because of the sexytimes, then maybe you should read Under The Same Sky.
Otherwise, Under The Same Sky by Genevieve Graham is a fantastic read based on an interesting premise and it is a great follow up to Outlander. I know, I keep comparing it to Outlander, but friends, that’s my ONLY basis of comparison. I look forward to whatever Graham comes up with next because her genre bending definitely worked for me.
Disclosure: Received for review.
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