Sacred Hearts Giveaway!

The year is 1570, and in the convent of Santa Caterina, in the Italian city of Ferrara, noblewomen find space to pursue their lives under God’s protection. But any community, however smoothly run, suffers tremors when it takes in someone by force. And the arrival of Santa Caterina’s new novice sets in motion a chain of events that will shake the convent to its core.

Ripped by her family from an illicit love affair, sixteen-year-old Serafina is willful, emotional, sharp, and defiant–young enough to have a life to look forward to and old enough to know when that life is being cut short. Her first night inside the walls is spent in an incandescent rage so violent that the dispensary mistress, Suora Zuana, is dispatched to the girl’s cell to sedate her. Thus begins a complex relationship of trust and betrayal between the young rebel and the clever, scholarly nun, for whom the girl becomes the daughter she will never have.

As Serafina rails against her incarceration, others are drawn into the drama: the ancient, mysterious Suora Magdalena–with her history of visions and ecstasies–locked in her cell; the ferociously devout novice mistress Suora Umiliana, who comes to see in the postulant a way to extend her influence; and, watching it all, the abbess, Madonna Chiara, a woman as fluent in politics as she is in prayer. As disorder and rebellion mount, it is the abbess’s job to keep the convent stable while, outside its walls, the dictates of the Counter-Reformation begin to purge the Catholic Church and impose on the nunneries a regime of terrible oppression.

Giveaway 411:

* Giveaway ends on July 13th. Winner will be announced on July 14th.
* Open to all domestic and international entries. Passages loves our neighbors across the water =)
* For 5 additional entries sign up as a follower; if you already are a follower you will automatically get this.
* For another additional one entry:  post, sidebar, facebook or twitter about this giveaway. 
Please note this giveaway is for one ARC of Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant.




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103 comments:

  1. Sounds like a fabulous book!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. I love Sarah Dunant! Birth of Venus was amazing!

    Ok, I am already a follower (jaime.huff1 at gmail dot com).

    I posted on my twitter, (historyslover is my username)

    I posted the link on Facebook (find me by jaime_huff at yahoo)

    And also on my blog :) www.booknerdextraordinaire.blogspot.com

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  3. Oh I bet this is a good one !
    I am, indeed a follower and I would be thrilled to be able to read this one! Thank You!

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  4. I shouldn't be so eager - #1 never wins. But I'd love to read this book! Winning it would be even better. I've so wanted to read this author. Please, pretty please, count me in and draw my name!

    I'm already following you...

    melacan at hotmail dot com

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  5. Please count me in - thanks.

    +5 I'm a follower.

    libneas[at]aol[dot]com

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  6. :) wow! wonderful giveaway! Thank You :)

    I am an ardent follower :)
    and I have blogged about this on my sidebar!

    And this book sounds really intriguing!

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  7. Wow, looks like I'm the first to apply for this one - your facebook follower and neighbor across the water... ;) Some weeks ago I presented the German edition of "Company of the Courtesan" in my German blog (http://wort-werk-statt.blogspot.com/2009/05/sarah-dunant-venezianische-geheimnisse.html)

    Gisela (http://history-book-scout.blogspot.com/)

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  8. I loved her other books and really want to read this one. Please enter me. I am a follower.
    tmrtini at gmail dot com
    Thanks for all of your giveaways!

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  9. Sweet. I'm interested about this book and would love a free copy. Do I get extra points because I was going to be a nun ;-)

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  10. This sounds really good, i like thidea that the politics of convents and how the Catholic Church had such a grip on families.
    To think that you couls be incarcerated against your will, by a church is beyond belief.

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  11. Sounds like a good one. I'm a follower count me in.
    Thanks

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  12. I am a follower :)

    And I wanna enter, sounds good. Have seen one of her books in the library but haven't picked it up yet.

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  13. This sounds like one that I would really enjoy!

    I'm also a follower.

    joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

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  14. This book interests me. Please count me in. :D

    +5 already a follower!
    linna.hsu(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. I'd love to be entered for this giveaway.

    And, I follow through Google Reader.

    Thanks.

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  16. Looks like a good book, please enter me into this drawing.

    I'm also a Google follower of your blog.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
    jake.lsewhere[at]gmail.com

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  17. Amy, please count me in for this one! Thanks :-)

    And I'm also a follower.

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  18. I've also blogged about this giveaway here.

    Thanks,
    jake.lsewhere[at]gmail.com

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  19. I'd love to win this!

    I'm a follower on Google Reader and I just twittered about this @bibliofreakblog

    Thanks!

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  20. Please enter me to win this book :)

    I read Sarah Dunant's "Birth of Venus" and loved it! I'd like to read more of her work.

    I'm a new follower!
    ♥Isalys

    booksoulmates@gmail.com

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  21. Please enter me! I'm dying to read this book. I'm also a follower. Thanks!

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  22. I would love to win this! I have been seeing it everywhere and I can't wait to read it!

    I'm also already a follower

    Cheers,
    julie.sherritt[at]gmail.com

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  23. looks like a wonderful read thanks

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  24. Sounds interesting. Count me in!

    I'm a follower and I blogged:
    http://crimsonheart.bubble.nu/index.php/2009/06/giveaway/

    crimson_haze(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  25. I would love to win. Plese pick me.

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  26. Since I was taught by nuns from kindergarten thru 8th grade, I've always had a fascination for them. Please count me in for the giveaway. I'm a follower (Deborah) and I've left a comment on Twitter http://twitter.com/AsTheNight/status/2412219302 asthenight at gmail dot com

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  27. Please add my name to the giveaway! I'm a follower and I'll be posting this on my blog and Tweeting about it! lol

    http://twitter.com/FleurDeMar
    http://virginiebarbeau.wordpress.com/

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  28. Please enter me in the contest. I'm a follower, too!
    Merci!

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  29. Count me in please! i'll put up the post by today!

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  30. I'd love to read this... loved her novel The Birth of Venus. I'm a follower!

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  31. wow this sounds intriguing, count me in
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  32. Sounds good, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

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  33. Sounds like a greta book. Thanks for the chance

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  34. I'm a follower, and I'm eager to read this!
    (You have such great giveaways)

    teabird 17 AT yahoo DOT com

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  35. Please count me in, I'd love to read this one!

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  36. I am a follower and I would love to win this book.
    Mariag

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  37. Hi Amy,

    I am a follower and would love to be entered into the draw!

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  38. Sounds like an intriguing read! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  39. Please count me in. Yep, I do follow.

    I blogged it:
    http://cerebralgirl.blogspot.com/2009/06/book-giveaways-in-blogworld-06-27-09.html

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  40. It sounds like agreat book.


    I am a follower. I would love to be entered into the drawing.

    I also posted it on my blog. Meditative Reading.

    bstilwell12 AT comcast DOT net

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  41. Please include me in your giveaway.

    Current follower

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  42. Please enter me in the contest. Thanks.

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  43. I am now following you in google.

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  44. I'd love a chance to read Dunant's new novel. Thank you so much for entering me in the giveaway.
    Laura

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  45. I would like to enter, thanks!

    I am a follower!

    delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  46. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  47. I blogged about the contest here.
    joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

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  48. I would love to play! I'm already a follower. Thanks!

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  49. Please count me in - this looks like an interesting book.

    I follow.

    Thanks!
    megalon22 at yahoo dot com

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  50. Hi! No need to enter me; just posted about this on Win A Book.

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  51. i avidly follow and i have not read this AUTHOR yet

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  52. I'd like to enter!

    I'm also going to blog about it!

    http://charliesbooks.livejournal.com

    charliekat56@hotmail.com

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  53. Count me in - you've never steered me wrong - I'm a follower.

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  54. Please add my name into the drawing. Thanks!

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  55. Please include me in your giveaway.

    I am already a follower.
    Thanks
    Carlene
    iluvreading(at)Verizon.net

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  56. I would love to be entered!

    I follow your blog.

    akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  57. There's a music recording that ties in with this book--it's almost like the book has a sound track. You can find out more at Sarah Dunant's website at
    http://www.sarahdunant.com/Sarah-Dunant-Podcasts/podcasts-author-sarah-dunant.htm
    and www.musica-secreta.com.

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  58. pls add me in
    rubs_babydoll@yahoo.com

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  59. educhico AT gmail DOT com

    Wow, great book!
    I would love it!
    Thanks!

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  60. I love Sarah Dunant's Books. Please count me in.
    I subscribe by Googlereader
    Dutchlvr1(at)aol(dot)com

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  61. Please count me in - this sounds like an interesting read.

    gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

    + I'm a follower

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  62. I'd love a chance to win.

    I am a follower.

    I blogged: http://www.morbid-romantic.net/2009/06/30/book-giveaways-0629-0705/

    Valorie
    morbidromantic@gmail.com

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  63. I'd love a chance to win this book. Count me in please :)
    chayanna82(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  64. I would love to read this.

    I am a follower.

    marielay@gmail.com

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  65. Please enter me for this one, I'm already a loyal follower. Thanks!

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  66. Would love to read this! And I just became a follower...

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  67. I'd love to read this one, please count me in. I'm already a facebook follower.
    Thanks Amy !
    Carine
    carine[underscore]devos[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  68. Please enter me.

    +5 I am a new follower.

    budletsmom at yahoo dot com

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  69. I would like to enter

    I'm a follower

    jen4777[at]hotmail.com

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  70. count me in

    I blogged: http://throuthehaze.blogspot.com/2009/07/books_07.html

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  71. pls enter me in this contest, I also put a link up on my sidebar.

    See here

    sensitivemuse at gmail dot com

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  72. Please include me, thanks!

    I already follow!

    dag888888[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  73. Count me in please Amy!

    I'm a long time fan + 5

    I've posted this on my blog sidebar
    The Eclectic Reader

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  74. Please enter my name! I haven't read anything by this author.

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  75. Please enter my name. I haven't read anything by this author yet!

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  76. Did you hear about the teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put his boots on?

    He asked for help and she could see why. With her pulling and him pushing, the boots still didn't want to go on. When the second boot was on, she had worked up a sweat. She almost whimpered when the little boy said, "Teacher, they're on the wrong feet."

    She looked, and sure enough, they were. It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on - this time on the right feet.

    He then announced, "These aren't my boots."

    She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, "Why didn't you say so?" like she wanted to do. Once again she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off.

    He then said, "They're my brother's boots. My Mom made me wear them."

    She didn't know if she should laugh or cry. She than mustered up the grace to wrestle the boots onto his feet again.

    She said, "Now, where are your mittens?"

    He said, "I stuffed them in the toes of my boots..."

    *****

    The cover of that is gorgeous. Is it cool if I enter? If not, that's fine, lol. ^^

    I'm already a follower and I posted about it here:http://bookcontestlinks.blogspot.com/2009/07/july-9rd-2009.html

    Laina1312@gmail.com

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  77. I would like to read this book.

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  78. Pleas enter me, I'm a new follower - vvperesk@gmail.com

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  79. Please count me in!!

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  80. Hi Amy,

    I am a follower of your blog and would love to be included for this draw!

    Thanks again,
    Andrea

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  81. Sounds like an interesting book but WOW you have had a lot of entries !

    Please include me in the drawing.

    Thanks

    Carol

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  82. I've read Sarah Dunant before and I really enjoy her writing. I'm a follower on Facebook.

    phantomphan114 AT msn DOT com

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  83. I would love this book.
    Especially winning it.
    ;)

    carlos_durao AT hotmail DOT com

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  84. Sounds like a great book.
    I'm a follower.

    lovinfitch(at)aol(dot)com

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  85. Jaime Antunes

    o_rei_de_havana AT hotmail DOT com

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  86. +5
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  89. your site is now on my list under the heading i want to win books of my blog.
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  90. I would love to add this book to my plaidy collection. I heard it is a wonderful read. You are on my homepage, so I can keep up with you daily, and I am now a follower. Thank you so much for your time and dedication to your site (and obviously) your love. tanya

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  91. Please sign me up.

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  92. I follow.

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  93. Sounds like a great book. Please include me in the giveaway. heatherzilla(at)care2(dot)com

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  94. I really enjoyed her other books, thanks for the giveaway!

    mattandjen[at]gmail.com

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  95. Would really love reading this one.
    Thanks!
    ;)

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  96. Would love to win this book.

    I already follow your blog. :)

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  97. This looks so great. Thanks for sharing~

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