The Messenger

The Messenger

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by Siri Mitchell

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A Riveting Tale of Faith and Romance by an Acclaimed Novelist

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

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A Riveting Tale of Faith and Romance by an Acclaimed Novelist

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.

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The Messenger 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Apassion4pages More than 1 year ago
I spent every spare moment of the last few days reading this book until it was finished. It was such a good book! At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like it, but the two characters quickly changed my mind and just kept drawing me in further and further. They were both so... different. Hannah Sunderland was so quaint saying her "thee's" instead of "you's" and so darn unabashedly straight-forward! I could really tell at the beginning of the book that she was a little lost, caught right smack dab in the middle-ground of "having no side" in the Revolutionary War because she was a Quaker. I could also tell when she went from just being what any Quaker maiden was "supposed" be... to living with her her own convictions, but all the while staying just as true to herself as she did to everyone else. And the hero, Jeremiah Jones... wow. He really had a ways to grow on me... which he did. Just as he slowly grew on Hannah. The love that slowly grew between them was just plain adorable. There weren't a ton of physical descriptions, or even much description at all since it was written from first person point of view when the reader is really only able to see what a particular character would be noticing. And not a single (real) kiss in the while thing!?! There were lots of "displays of affection" that only went as far as hugging (with one arm... so sweet!) and kisses on hair... And all this coming from a writer/reader (me, that is) who is madly obsessed with the romantic passion portrayed in all of Julie Lessman's books! But oh, did this book have passion! It was tie up in their love and in their beliefs and their duty to do what they could... no matter the cost. And it was just so subtle and reserved... so like Hannah and Jeremiah themselves. Which, as it turns out, was a very interesting twist, since Hannah and Jeremiah were polar opposite in every way possible besides this very important aspect. Siri Mitchell is an amazing writer. She does first person so well! But so differently than others may write it. Since I also write from first person point of view, I have a particular love-affair with it... especially when I see it so well done... the way Siri Mitchell always writes it. The Messenger was even half written from the hero's perspective... which I don't see often done. And I ended up I loving it.. a lot. This, put quite plainly, is one of the best books I've read in a very long time. My FAVORITE part of the book was one sentence in the second to last scene, on the second to last page. I'm not going to tell you what it is because I want it to perhaps hit you as it did me. Square in the chest. All I will tell you is that I think I'll probably be carrying around that one moment from this book for the rest of my life. Bethany House Publishers gave me a paperback copy of this book to review in exchange for my honest opinion of the book. I give Siri Mitchell's The Messenger 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book bu Siri Mitchell that I have read. Hannah and Jeremiah had such in depth personalities. One chapter you may have thought you had figured it out but to turn around and it is something different. Siri writes from a unique histrical perspective that it is worth all the background information. It also makes us understand how families were divided between England and the Colonies. Worth it the entire way through til the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really, really enjoyed this book. In fact, I finished 3/4 of it in one day because I couldn't put it down. Having said that, I did have a few issues with it. Some of the writing didn't feel authentic for the time frame, there were moments where the plot seemed a little rushed, and there was some disconnect in the plot from the beginning to the end with characters coming in without much previous mention. My biggest disappointment, though, was the ending. It felt rushed and incomplete...while there is a bit of a resolution and the ending you hoped for, it wasn't complete and left me wanting a sequel. I would definitely reccomend this because, despite the little things i wasn't particularily fond of, it was a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to everyone.
Rune2011 More than 1 year ago
This book was a free offering and I was not expecting it to be one that I did not want to put down, but it was. There were a few places where the story seemed to slow down, but overall, I can recommend this book to other readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the story line and characters. It was very well written.
Freddikb More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for review. I was happy to get a copy and from the first page to the last, I greatly enjoyed the story. Siri Mitchell wrote the story in such a way that kept me reading further. The two main characters, Hannah and Jeremiah, were both fun to read about. Hannah, a Quaker, becomes a spy who refuses to lie, and Jeremiah, also a spy, is the one she reports to. Both have intriguing back-stories, both are determined to do what they feel in their hearts is right. I am happy that I chose this book for review. This was the first book by Siri Mitchell that I read, and I will definitely be checking out her other ones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The story had a historical aspect and the characters really drew you in. I would recommend it to everyone.
Sandyd111 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading the book but it ended kind of abruptly.
TheAddLibrarian More than 1 year ago
So the Revolutionary War + British-occupied Philedelphia + George Washington’s spies + a Quaker girl questioning her beliefs on non-violence = Amazing! As I’ve come to expect, Siri Mitchell once again takes Historical Romantic Suspense to new levels with The Messenger. Don’t miss this one.
gizmo2007 More than 1 year ago
The greatest book i have read in a very long time.
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Alverado More than 1 year ago
And, I learned lots.
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Jen_Fleming More than 1 year ago
Hannah Sunderland is stuck between a rock and a hard place-follow the rules of her faith and try to forget her brother, or do her best to care for him as he languishes in a British prison. How to choose? As she battles between loyalties, Hannah encounters Jeremiah Jones, a tavern owner who also happens to be a Colonial spy. He needs someone who can get in and out of the jail and avoid suspicion and who better than the sister of a prisoner bringing food and blankets? As they work together, their partnership grows into something more. This was a very enjoyable read, and Siri is one of my favorite authors. My only disappointment is I would have liked more romantic elements than there were in this book, but that's just me :) Thank you to Bethany House for providing me with a copy for my honest review!
whatinabox More than 1 year ago
One thing I really appreciate about The Messenger is all of the research that went into the Loyalist occupation of Philadelphia, as well as life in the 1770s and the religious beliefs of the Quakers. Siri Mitchell hits all the high points of historical fiction with enough descriptions and customs to engage the reader in times past but with enough activity and plot advancement to keep the reader interested. Solely as a historical novel, The Messenger shines. It also excels as a novel about Quaker beliefs and is a very interesting way to learn about a different faith. Treatment of the Quakers' beliefs is respectful, even as Hannah questions what she's been taught. The discussion of religion is key to the novel, yet it never feels overdone or tells the reader what they ought to be thinking. As for the story and the characters, I was also very impressed. Hannah is very sincere, if a bit irritating until she proves her sincerity. Within a short period of time, she had won me over as quickly as she did Jeremiah. Now he took a little longer to convince me, but eventually I was rooting for all the people I was supposed to and was invested in the conclusion. As I was reading, I noted the depth of all the characters. The attention to detail and consistency of character are impeccable.
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tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Hannah is a Quaker. But when her twin brother joins the Colonial cause she is torn between her love for her brother and her belief in not taking up arms. When her brother ends up in prison she goes against everything her faith and family has taught her to visit him. I enjoy books that take real historical events and weave a story around them. This is a thick book. But I was able to read it quickly, because the story flowed so smoothly. The author created a fascinating story that was not only enjoyable, but also informative. It had a intrigue, romance and inspiration. I'll definitely be checking out the author's other books. I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
BookwormPV More than 1 year ago
A fascinating book about colonial spies.
palmtreegirl More than 1 year ago
" The Messenger" by Siri Mitchell is a Christian historacal novel set during the revolutionary war. It follows Hannah Sunderland who is a devout Quaker and Jeremiah Jones, a colonial spy who feels he has nothing to live for. The story alternates points of view between these two central characters as their paths meet and they both become involved in aiding a group of patriot prisinors. I thought that the way the story explored the historic setting through the eyes of two such differant characters to be fasinating. I must admit, however, that I found the first half of the book a bit difficult to get into. By the end I was completely caught up in both the plot and the characters. The spiritual growth that takes place in the story was slow to unfold and I felt it was rather incomplete but at the same time it was thought provoking. I found Hannah's honesty and desire to do the right thing no matter what the cirrcumstances to be very encouraging. By the time I finished the novel I had a renewed intrest in colonial America and a much deeper understanding of the Quaker faith. Overall I would say that I enjoyed this book very much. I recieved a free copy of this book from Bethany House publishing.