Saturday, December 26, 2009

Giveaway: Small Wars by Sadie Jones


The prizewinning author of The Outcast delivers the emotionally searing story of a marriage in crisis, an unflinching look at lives irrevocably altered by one of history's "small wars."

Hal Treherne is a major in the British Army, a young and dedicated soldier on the brink of a brilliant career. When he is transferred to the British colony of Cyprus in 1956, Hal is joined by Clara, his beautiful and supportive wife, and their baby daughters. The Trehernes quickly learn that the Mediterranean is no "sunshine posting," however, and soon Hal is caught up in the battle to defend the island against Cypriots seeking enosis, union with Greece.

Leading his men in difficult and bloody skirmishes, after years of peaceful service, Hal at last tastes triumph. But his confidence and pride quickly fade: traumatized by the brutality he witnesses—and thwarted again in his attempts to do the right thing—Hal finds himself well trained in duty but ill equipped for moral battle.

A seasoned army wife, Clara shares her husband's sense of obligation. She knows to settle in quickly, make no fuss, smile. But as she struggles to trust her own maternal instincts and resist the anxiety that surges with Hal's frequent absences, Clara grows fearful of her increasingly distant husband. When she needs him most, Clara finds the once-tender Hal a changed man—a betrayal that is only part of the shocking personal crisis to come.

What place is there for honor amid cruelty, and what becomes of intimacy in the grinding gears of empire? A passionate and brilliantly researched novel about the effects of war on the men who wage it and the families they leave behind, Small Wars raises important questions that resonate for our own time.

-Synopsis courtesy of the publisher


Harper Collins has generously provided two copies for this giveaway! For one entry, just leave me a comment here. If you would like extra entries there are instructions below. Giveaway open through midnight eastern time on January 20. The winner will be drawn at random and must have a US or Canada mailing address.

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Good luck everyone, thank you for visiting and entering!

53 comments:

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Hi there!
I would love to enter this contest. I just this book a moment ago mentioned on another blog.

+2 I am a follower.

Thanks!
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Pricilla said...

Please enter me.
thank you
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nancy said...

Thanks for doing a giveaway of "Small Wars". I am looking forward to reading this novel. I don't blog but I do follow facebook.
Thanks!
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Margie said...

Please include me in the giveaway. Sounds like an interesting book.
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I follow via igoogle.

southernmatrix said...

Would love to enter the contest. I follower this blog and I will tweet the contest. libbysutherland forty-six at gmaildot com

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followed on twitter..southernmax. thanks....

Diane said...

I've been eying this book -- please enter me, i am a follower; thanks so much

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A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Please enter me for this one!

+2 I'm a follower.

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petite said...

Thanks for this lovely giveaway. This novel sounds compelling. bencanada1(at)yahoo(dot)com

bermudaonion said...

Please enter me! milou2ster(at)gmail.com
I subscribe in Google Reader

christine said...

This sounds like a great read. Please enter me!

I follow on google reader and I tweeted (@booktumbling) +4

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Benita said...

This book is on my wish list. I'd love to win it.

+2 Email subscriber, follower via GFC.


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blueviolet said...

I'd love to read it!

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Jessica said...

Please count me in for your giveaway. Thanks.

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Marjorie said...

After reading the review, I would like to win this book.

I subscribe by email.
I follow by google reader.

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Linna said...

Please enter me. :D

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Linda/CT said...

I would love this book; it is a wonderful cover. Thanks for the offer. Linda

RKCharron said...

Hi Carey :)
Thank you for the opportunity to win.
I'm a Follower here. (I'm the Fire picture).
:)
Happy Holidays!
RKCharron

Stacie said...

Please count me in.

I follow.

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justpeachy36 said...

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Count me in on the giveaway.
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Kat Bryan said...

With a brother who's been in the service for over 25 years, I've seen first-hand the stress it can cause.
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Charleydog said...

I am a follower on Google Reader.

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Charleydog said...

What a beautiful book.

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Linda said...

This would be a new author for me. Your review is intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway.

I am a follower.

Katy said...

This sounds like an emotional book.

I'm following your blog with Google Friend Connect and am a twitter follower too.

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Katy said...

Just tweeted: http://twitter.com/afewmorepages/status/7221137551

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Belinda M said...

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Diane said...

Great giveaway; I am a follower. Thanks so much

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Anonymous said...

please count me in...thanks.

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rubynreba said...

Please enter me.
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Sue said...

Gorgeous cover! Thanks for the giveaway.

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dsandyboy said...

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I am a follower.

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FrankSandy said...

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FrankSandy said...

I'm a follower. walkerd@primus.ca

Kaye said...

Hi, this sounds like a really good read. Please enter me in the drawing.

I'm a google friend connect follower.

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Amanda said...

Please enter me! Thank you, and I'm a follower :)

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Anita Yancey said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. It sounds like a really great read. Please enter me. Thanks!

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Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great story - please include me. Thanks!
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rubynreba said...

Please enter me - thanks!

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Sarah E said...

Please enter me in this giveaway!

+2 I am already a follower on Google Reader and Twitter (@saemmerson).

+2 I tweeted: https://twitter.com/saemmerson/status/7897889004

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Sarah E

traveler said...

Thanks for this wonderful giveaway. This book intrigues me greatly. I am a subscriber. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Julie said...

Hello...I would like a chance at this...I'm a follower on Google, a bit behind, but still follow.

Julie said...

Another book I have been wanting to read

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Julie said...

I follow your blog as jelaws5

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Margie said...

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