The Messenger by Siri Mitchell

I was very excited to see this new book by Siri Mitchell. I have enjoyed each of her books I have read, including this one. What a special talent she has to not only bring to life her characters in their challenges and daily life, but also penetrating her stories with wonderful historical detail from the era!
The story is set during the Revolutionary War. Hannah Sunderland and her family are devout Quakers. Their strong beliefs against war and remaining neutral throw them into the very center of the conflict. They are forced to leave their comfortable home when Redcoats move in and drive them out. This leaves them no choice but to move in with their mother’s wealthy sister who left the Quaker faith years ago. As can be expected the two families clash on many issues.
To complicate things, Hannah’s twin brother ran away and joined the army, was captured, and put in prison. Now Hannah begins to question the beliefs she has held so close. Her parents suggest this is due to her brother’s sin and he should be left to face the consequences. Hannah’s heart breaks at their harshness and she cannot see leaving him to suffer in the horrific prison without reaching out.
Her secret visits to the jail unexpectedly involve her with Jeremiah Jones, the bitter war veteran and bar owner. He has suddenly found himself running an espionage that a former leader has abandoned. Here Hannah and Jeremiah’s lives are thrown together as he works to free the prisoners and she her brother.
She is as repulsed by his lack of Christian virtue as he is by her rigid faith. Their common ambition draws them in a closer relationship that neither desire. Both are forced by the horror of war to examine the ideas they have held so firm and decide what is truly right. In doing so, they discover strength and character in each other that neither expected to find.
The story is filled with suspense, courage, and surprises. I especially enjoyed learning about the Quaker faith during the late 1800’s. This book is well written and extremely enjoyable to read. I look forward to more of Ms. Mitchell’s books!
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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