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Under the Same Sky

(The MacDonnells #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  531 ratings  ·  119 reviews
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 t
Paperback, 319 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Berkley
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Genevieve Graham
This is my debut novel, so I hope it's not wrong of me to post on here about it, but I wanted to let potential readers know a bit about the book.

I began writing "Under the Same Sky" while I waited for Diana Gabaldon's next instalment, needing to fill those lonely places that opened up when I didn't have one of her books in front of me! So while "Under the Same Sky" is an adventure, and a historical romance, don't be fooled by the cover photo. There is nothing "Regency" or glamorous about my book
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it

"I will find ye."

Maggie Johnson has the gift of the Sight. Born in 1730 in South Carolina, her dreams since childhood have been dominated by a young boy only a few years older than she is. He is her friend, her comfort. And as she grows from childhood, she knows they are destined for each other. His name is Andrew MacDonnell.

Born in the Highlands of Scotland, Andrew is the second of three sons. Like Maggie he has dreams. And like Maggie, Andrew knows that they are fated to be together. After the
Dec 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.

Read the rest of my review here
Lori McD
3-3.5 stars

OK, I'm sort of holding my breath as I type this review, because I'm concerned that it will be misunderstood. I *liked* this book, but I really wanted to love it, and I didn't.

The author truly focuses on the two main characters: Maggie our Heroine from South Carolina, and Andrew our Highland Hero. Maggie has "the Sight", a gift passed to her from her grandmother - it apparently skips a generation. Maggie sees visions of what will come, good or bad, but mostly bad. The only "vision" sh
I think the reason I didn't like this more was because it was almost like 2 different stories. The majority of the book takes place from either Andrew or Maggie's POV with them only interacting in their dreams. It follows Maggie's early life in South Carolina, her kidnap and rape, and then building a life among the Cherokee. Andrew's covers his family and growing up in Scotland, fighting through the Battle of Culloden, and then journeying through Scotland to America. Just too very different stor ...more
Krista Baetiong Tungol
I was meaning to read another ancient Rome book after my hearty introduction to this era thanks to Kate Quinn’s novels, mentally debating between Steven Saylor and John Maddox Roberts and idly browsing my list of acquired e-books at the same time, when I accidentally loaded this book to my e-reader.

I’d say reading Under the Same Sky was sort of a “happy accident” for me, for it was an engaging short read. It gives us a somber picture of 1700s South Carolina and Scotland (specifically the afterm
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing

This book was not what I expected. It is so much more than a historical romance!

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 es
Nov 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone who enjoyes adventure romance!
*** originally posted to: Bookish as a part of the blog tour

Under the Same Sky by Genevieve Graham is a superb historical romance with a unique paranormal twist. From the outstandingly thorough development of characters and plot to the deliciously served historical details, it's a real treat to read. Fast paced, gracefully written and immensely enjoyable, it's a book to devour.

My dreams introduced me to people I had never seen, and took me places I could never have known existed.

Maggie Johns
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was actually quite surprised by this book. Having received the recommendation, I felt like a change and downloaded it whilst on sale at Amazon. After looking at the cover I was expecting a quick bit of fluff to read…..and was very happily surprised that it wasn’t. This book is a very well done historical read – a little supernatural, a little violent, and I was drawn into the story from the very first page. Born in South Carolina 1730, Maggie has the gift of the Sight. Andrew, born in the High ...more
I paid full price for this after I read the sample. It was lowered from 12.99 to 7.99, so I figured why not.
I have seen it recommended a while and I liked the premise reading the blurb. One of the few books I bought right from my Kindle after reading the sample and I love that it picks right up where I left off. Seamless. I usually order books from my computer, but I just couldn't wait and had to have it.

This was really good. Beautiful language. There is a lot of dark stuff in here though. I m
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carolyn by: Sha Mslvoe
Shelves: graham-genevieve
What an incredibly clever storyline! Soul mates with the gift of sight separated by thousands of miles who seek to find one another. Historically accurate, at times brutal, but thoroughly entrancing romance. Beautifully written, this is definitely a page turner. Despite their horrific circumstances and many travails, you can't help but fall in love with the main characters. What a fantastic find. Thanks for the recommendation, Nisha Mslvoe, my friend! I loved it!

This is the first book by this au
Jun 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Good, just not great.It would have been better had this been a lengthier story- the fascinating bits get skimmed over, we never know what happens to many of the characters. Felt a bit incomplete to me :/
Libbie Hawker (L.M. Ironside)
3.5 stars

Genevieve Graham’s debut novel, set dually in Colonial America and Scotland, is a sweet, inspiring romance spiked with just enough action and mystery to keep the reader turning pages just as fast as she can.

Under the Same Sky follows the lives of two people destined to be lovers, though they are separated by a vast distance. Maggie is the eldest daughter of a poor farming family in the Carolinas, gifted with “the Sight,” the ability to dream the future, and sometimes the present as well
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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 ...more
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 th ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Oh, I really liked this book! It's a historical fiction mixed with some mystery and paranormal with some romance or in other words, a truly delicious combination and the type of book that you can get lost in. And lost I got. This book found me lazing on the couch for the entire afternoon because I couldn't bear to put it down. I really liked how the author wove the paranormal details with the historical details. It really made the book come to life for me!

This is also a tale of how you shouldn'
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: already-own-read

4.5 Stars

The love story in this book was written in that all consuming true love style that I love so much. Yes, there were parts of the book that I personally didn't enjoy because they were too gritty and violent. But I am happy that I kept on truckin' through those parts because the love story really was fantastic.

In order to really get into the love story, you have to be willing to have an open mind. This pair has seen each other in visions and dreams for their whole lives but they have never
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
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Being a fan of Outlander and knowing that the author of this book is also a fan, I had higher hopes for this one. Hopes that weren't exactly met. That's not to say it's bad. Not at all, I enjoyed reading it and found quite a bit to like. However, the entire story felt somewhat rushed. Ms. Graham wanted to pack a lot into the story, but only gave herself roughly 300 pages to do so. The result is that, while readers are almost certainly never bored, they're also never quite allowed any room to rec ...more
Lori Kircher
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars. A very good book. Yet, I can tell that Outlander was a major influence (not that there's anything wrong with that). The author used the standing stones for the two characters to communicate, the witch trial scene was when Maggie killed Captain Quinn (who was Black Jack Randall). The author, Genevieve Graham, even stated she wrote this waiting for the Next Outlander book to be released. I loved the plot, writing, setting, and the characters. But I felt like the connection between Mag ...more
Allison G
Feb 03, 2013 rated it liked it
I shelved this book under fantasy as well as historical romance because the focus was on the supernatural way that the hero/heroine communicated and "knew" each other. However, it was historical because it was set around the time of the Jacobite Rebellion in 1746. I like the organization of the book - the author changes the point of view in each section of the book from Maggie's to Andrew's which keeps things nice and neat. When I read the first few chapters I wasn't sure I was going to like the ...more
A beautifully written book. Though an ocean apart, Maggie and Andrew both blessed with the gift of the sight are keenly aware of each other. In Scotland, Andrew fights for Prince Charlie on Culloden Field.
With his family killed, he finds friends to go with him to the colonies where he knows Maggie is.
in South Carolina, Maggie raised in poverty finds herself and her sisters in great danger. Able to take refuge with the Cherokee, she knows Andrew is coming for her but will he be in time?
When it ca
Bambi Unbridled
I am highly recommending this book to all Outlander fans. This is one of my favorite reads of the year so far. I loved the blend of Scottish and American historical fiction, as well as the romance building between Maggie and Andrew under the same sky. The book is emotional, action-packed, and just sweet enough. I only wish the series were going to continue following Maggie and Andrew's story - but it looks like we get to hear about other characters in the next book.
Jan 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Not quite sure how to rate this one. I loved the author's writing style, her characterization and the pace of the story but I really did not like the paranormal and mystical aspects of the storyline. I hope her next book will not have any paranormal plot lines. I give her writing and style a 5 and the storyline a 2 so I guess that averages out to a 3.5.
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
what a pleasantly nice surprise to find a new author and a great first story. Gritty at times but hard to put down. What drew me in was the connection that Maggie and Andrew had with one another. They met in their dreams since they were young but never met. I liked seeing both of their stories being told in parts and a good conclusion to the story. I look forward to more of her books.
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book included some rough material to wrap your mind around. the storyline, however, was new and interesting - keeping the hero and heroine physically removed from each other for over three quarters of the book. It was beautifully written. I finished it in a day and a half.
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it cannot wait for the next book
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
(a similar version of this review can be found here at Into the Hall of Books:

I love to read books that are rich in characters and setting. I completely lucked out with UNDER THE SAME SKY. Not only are ALL of the characters absolutely amazing, but the setting - well, both of the settings - are lush and perfect. To top it off, half of the book is set in the Carolinas, and I'm a Carolina girl myself. When I heard about this one, I had to read it and you gu
Sandy M
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book poses a huge dilemma for a reader. It’s one you can’t put down. It’s that good. But it’s also one that you have to put down. Just to exhale that breath you’ve been holding, to then inhale and take on a calmness so you can continue on. It’s not that easy, however. The story is that heart-wrenching, so full of tragedy for these courageous, honorable, and so very likable characters.

Maggie Johnson has always had “the Sight.” Whatever she dreams come true. Whatever she sees will come to pas
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Soulmates--some people go their whole lives without finding that special someone. Others are more fortunate...

'He has always been there....When I was little, I thought of him as just another child. One with a slow smile and gentle thoughts that soothed me, as if he held my hand. When he didn't fade with my childhood years, I began to wonder if he were a spirit, communicating through my dreams. In my heart I knew he was more...'

Maggie Johnson and Andrew MacDonnell have known each other their wh
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