Sunday, 1 April 2012

The Messenger

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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?


I could sum up my review in one word and call it a day.


…but that wouldn’t exactly tell you why I loved this novel so much!

Siri Mitchell is a wonderful author.  The story she created is unique and a real treat to read.  The conflicting emotions and sensitivities of the characters were easily discernible, and since the novel was written in the first-person view, you were able to “get in the character’s head”.

The story and plot was kept appropriately taut and the tension between Jeremiah and Hannah came through loud and clear.  You have two completely different people coming from conflicting walks of life who form an uneasy alliance.  Jeremiah and Hannah dared to erase the boundaries between them to work together for a noble cause.

It is a great to reminder to all, when at times it is necessary to lay aside differences to assist those in need and right injustice.

This is one novel that did not disappoint.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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