June 15, 2012

The Messenger by Siri Mitchell

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764207969 
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? - taken from the back cover.

I enjoyed this book for more than one reason. It was about Quakers and in the Revolutionary War/colonial period. A couple of my things I like to read about.This was my first book by Siri so I did not know what to expect. I will say that I enjoyed this book and will be looking for more books by her. I like how the characters were so real. I also like how the story was told from both points of view - Hannah's and Jeremiah's.

 I think it would have been hard to choose whether or not to see my brother even knowing what my faith said was right and wrong. I think I would have done like Hannah and went to see my brother. I also enjoyed the relationship between Hannah and Jeremiah

I give this book four stars.

* I received this book from Bethany House Publishing for an honest review.


  1. Thanks for this review. It sounds like a lovely book. I'll look for it.

  2. Sounds like a interesting book Angela, thanks for the review! =)