The Messenger by Siri Mitchell, A Book Review

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?

*My Review: I really enjoyed this book. The story goes back and forth between two main characters, Hannah and Jeremiah. I found both of them to be captivating and likable.  Circumstances cause Hannah and Jeremiah to work together as the unlikeliest pair of war spies. Hannah is a brave young woman who has to make many difficult decisions that cause her to question her beliefs as well as her strict Quaker upbringing. Though many of us have not grown up in as strict an environment as Hannah,  I found her story to be very relatable. I think most people ultimately have to question what they’ve been taught and decide what they believe on their own.  Jeremiah is a bitter man broken by life circumstances. I felt compassion for his situation, and understanding as to how he might feel given his circumstances. Together they risk much, lose a lot,  and ultimately find what each of them is seeking for. A fascinating and rich read, full of history, depth and intrigue. Recommended read!

Siri Mitchell is the author of nearly a dozen novels, among them the critically acclaimed Christy Award finalists Chateau of Echoes and The Cubicle Next Door. A graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in business, she has worked in many different levels of government. As military spouse, she has lived in places as varied as Tokyo and Paris. Siri currently lives in the DC-metro area. Visit www.sirimitchell.com

* I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review.  Many thanks to Bethany House for the opportunity to review this book.

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