SOUND OF THE HEART
Graham’s readers will be overjoyed as she delivers another well-crafted, historically accurate novel that is as much historical fiction as sizzling romance. Though the characters are separated, their love remains strong.
Highland warrior Dougal MacDonnell’s ability to hear men’s thoughts cannot save him from losing everything he loves at the Battle of Culloden. He escapes British imprisonment with the help of a lad, Aiden. They make their way across the country, finding safety in an abandoned croft. Dougal is shocked when he discovers Aiden is really a girl, Glenna. Their friendship quickly turns to love, but they are cruelly separated when Glenna is caught poaching the king’s deer. Dougal is imprisoned and Glenna is sent to the colonies. While she is indentured to a family as their children’s teacher, and later to the owner of a bawdy house, Dougal is forced into service in the British Army’s Scottish regiment and sent to America. It is their faith in their love, and the belief that they will be reunited, that keep them strong. (BERKLEY SENSATION, May, 350 pp., $15.00)