Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Messenger by Siri Mitchell

Book Description:  Hannah Sunderland felt content in her embrace of the Quaker faith ...until her twin brother ran off and joined the army and ended up captured and in jail. Suddenly Hannah's world turns on end. She longs to bring her brother some measure of comfort in the squalid, frigid prison where he remains. But the Quakers believe they are not to take sides, not to take up arms. Can she sit by and do nothing while he suffers? Jeremiah Jones has an enormous task before him. Responsibility for a spy ring is now his, and he desperately needs access to the men in prison, whom they are seeking to free. A possible solution is to garner a pass for Hannah. But while she is fine to the eye, she holds only disdain for him--and agreeing would mean disobeying those she loves and abandoning a bedrock of her faith. With skill and sensitivity, Mitchell tells a story of two unlikely heroes seeking God's voice, finding the courage to act, and discovering the powerful embrace of love.

My Review:  Siri Mitchell, in my opinion, is the "Queen of historical fiction."  Why?  She pens books that bring history to life...fact mixed with fiction creates a wonderful story.  Of course, she adds that special touch of romance with realism.
In The Messenger, we meet Hannah a Quaker.  This is probably the first book I've read that truly tells of the Quakers beliefs and their reasons for being peaceful...nonviolent fighters in times of war.
I must admit though, when I first began reading this book I was slightly confused.  Ms. Mitchell writes in the first person in both Hannah's voice and Jeremiah's voice.  That's when I noticed that each chapter is titled with either Hannah's name or Jeremiah's, thus giving the reader "the voice" for that chapter.  Once I realized this pattern I understood the story.
This is a wonderful story of living a life for God.  Hannah refuses to lie and Jeremiah needs her to be "spy."  In Jeremiah's eyes a spy and lies just go together like bread and butter...one needs the other in order to survive.  However, Hannah will not leave her God, not even for a handsome man.  
At first, Jeremiah "got on my nerves."  He seems strong and nice but then he changes and wants to take over everything...all for the sake of a war.
As the reader gets further into the story there's just one word that comes to mind-exciting! 
I loved this read!  The Revolutionary takes on a whole new look!  Hannah and Jeremiah's story touches the heart...you know...those sweet pitterpatters of love and faith!

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Messenger, go HERE.

*This book was provided for review by Bethany House Publishers*

Meet the Author:
Siri Mitchell graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived all over the world, including Paris and Tokyo. Siri enjoys observing and learning from different cultures. She is fluent in French and loves sushi.

But she is also a member of a strange breed of people called novelists. When they’re listening to a speaker and taking notes, chances are, they’ve just had a great idea for a plot or a dialogue. If they nod in response to a really profound statement, they’re probably thinking, “Yes. Right. That’s exactly what my character needs to hear.” When they edit their manuscripts, they laugh at the funny parts. And cry at the sad parts. Sometimes they even talk to their characters.Siri wrote 4 books and accumulated 153 rejections before signing with a publisher. In the process, she saw the bottoms of more pints of Ben & Jerry’s than she cares to admit. At various times she has vowed never to write another word again. Ever. She has gone on writing strikes and even stooped to threatening her manuscripts with the shredder. 

No comments:

Post a Comment