The Messenger by Siri Mitchell
Bethany House / 2012
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 is the first of Siri Mitchell's books I've read, but I definitely plan on reading more! Having not known much about the Quaker faith, it was interesting to read a book where one of the main characters was a Friend... definitely learned some things about their faith.
The story was fascinating and I found it hard to put down towards the end. I loved the two main characters and all of the "spy" aspects to The Messenger.
The ending to The Messenger seemed somewhat abrupt (seriously, I could NOT believe it was the end) and that was one thing I didn't like about the book - I wish there would have been at least an epilogue! Still, I loved The Messenger and give it five stars. If you enjoy historical novels, this is a great one that even has some suspense! =)
*I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*