The Messenger by Siri Mitchell is one of the best books I have read this year. The chapters alternate between Hannah Sunderland’s and Jeremiah Jones’ perspective. This gave the reader wider insight into Hannah’s and Jeremiah’s thoughts and actions adding to the developing plot. The tension between Hannah and Jeremiah was just right, and I enjoyed watching their friendship and budding romance grow.
I have always enjoyed historical novels and I tend to gravitate to them more than any other genre. Siri Mitchell put a lot of research into this one, and it shows. When you read this book, please don’t skip the author’s notes, because they are chock full of historical information I think you will enjoy reading.
This book has without question, earned 5 out of 5 stars.
About the Book
Hannah Sunderland felt content in her embrace of the Quaker faith... until her twin brother joined the Colonial cause and ended up in jail. She longs to bring some measure of comfort to him in the squalid prison, but her faith forbids it. The Friends believe that they are not to take sides, not to take up arms. She is not allowed to visit him, even if she were able to secure a pass.
Jeremiah Jones, a Colonial spy, needs access to the jail to help rescue men important to the cause. Upon meeting Hannah, a plan begins to develop. Who would suspect a pious Quaker visiting a loved one?
But Jeremiah is unprepared for Hannah, for her determination to do right, to not lie. How can one be a spy and not lie? Hannah, in turn, is surprised by Jeremiah... for the way he forces her to confront her own beliefs, for the sensitivity and concern that he shows her despite the wounds he still carries.
In a time of war, can two unlikely heroes find the courage to act?
**The Messenger by Siri Mitchell was provided for me free by Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.