Welcome to The Messenger by Siri Mitchell
ABOUT 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.
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.
My Thoughts on this Book!
This was my firsgt Siri Mitchell book, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The setting being during the Revolutionary War was interesting in itself. The author gave vivid details of the times and I was overwhelmed with what I learned about the war era.
Hannah and Jeremiah were the two main characters we follow throughout this book. These two were an unusual pair, Hannah being a Quaker lady and Jeremiah being a war veteran who had been wounded. The task these two take on is dangerous because it involves helping prisoners of war escape, and Hannah made it even more dangerous by refusing to do things that would compromise her faith.
Siri Mitchell created her character well, building their character throughout the book, drawing them to the reader in a unique way. The many twists and turns in the story captures the readers attention enough to want to keep on reading until the very end.
I found the compromising situations the couple continually had to face intriguing and wanted to keep reading to see how they would handle the next issue they faced. This is a book well worth your read. I encourage you to consider grabbing a copy of The Messenger and read for your enjoyment.
A copy of this book was provided by Bethany House for me to read and review. This review is my honest opinion of how I fee about the story.