Small Wars Reviews
"Yet if the book falters in its more sweeping ambitions, it is uncannily good at the evocation of charged moments ... Jones casts new light on her examination of mid-century Englishness by transplanting it abroad, making us feel the full force of emotion concealed behind the euphemisms all her characters use; and lays out with great honesty and directness the quandaries of war, and war's effects, which remain as painfully pressing today." - The Guardian (UK)
"Jones tries her hand at gory battle scenes, but more compelling are the small inner conflicts of both soldiery and marriage. ... It's hard to imagine how a novel that deals so deftly with shame, duty and discipline could be set in contemporary England. One wonders where Sadie Jones will go from here." - The Telegraph (UK)
"As with The Outcast this is, at heart, a moving love story. Jones explores how love may be warped and threatened by politics or polite society but will ultimately endure. She may not have strayed too far from her debut but this follow-up shows that she is no one-hit wonder." - The Times (UK)
"In this exciting novel that resonates with contemporary parallels, Jones is unusual among women writers in focusing as much on the thrills and terrors of front-line action as its psychological fallout. If the events of Hal's homecoming are well-semaphored, the middle section gives this elegantly conceived work its fire. It's a movie waiting to happen." - The Independent (UK)
"[W]ith all the complex contours right there in front of you. You'd swear you can feel the heat and the danger radiating off them like an element on a stove...." - Globe & Mail (Canada)
"Starred Review. This richly imagined and warmly atmospheric story convincingly demonstrates that small wars, like all wars, are hell. This is historical fiction at its best. Highly recommended." - Library Journal
"Starred Review. It's the perfect mix of poignant and harrowing. " - Publishers Weekly
"A thought-provoking meditation that powerfully evokes both the costs of waging war and the loving bonds of marriage." - Booklist
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