Bethany House Publishers recently sent me The Messenger by Siri Mitchell to review.
About the book:
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.
I wasn't sure what I would think of this book since it had been a long time since I had read a historical fiction novel. Lately I have been reading more fast paced books with a touch of science fiction, so reading this period piece took some getting used to. While the first half of the book was a bit slow, I really enjoyed learning a bit about the Friends church during the Revolutionary war and was pleased to find out that the book was based on actual people and events. About halfway through, the story really picked up and putting this book down was hard. It was encouraging for me to read as Hannah struggled to find the difference between her religion and her relationship with God and I loved watching the partnership between Hannah and Jeremiah grow and change. I have never read a Siri Mitchell book before, but would happily do so again in the future.
I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.