The Messenger

The Messenger

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764207969
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Edition description: Original
Pages: 378
Sales rank: 1,212,157
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Siri Mitchell, author of She Walks in Beauty and A Heart Most Worthy, has written nine novels, two of which were named Christy Award finalists. A graduate from the University of Washington with a business degree, she has worked in many levels of government and lived on three continents. She and her family currently reside in the DC Metro Area.

Customer Reviews

The Messenger 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 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.
ReviewsFromTheHeart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For me what signifies being a part of the story is the attention to detail. From the character develop to the way I can imagine simply being in the scene is what separates Siri Mitchell's novels apart from most. In her latest historical novel, The Messenger the reader is taken back to Philadelphia in 1778 at the height of the Revolutionary War where the British have now occupied the city. Here we find Hannah Sunderland and her family who are Quakers. Based on their religious beliefs, they will not take either side in the conflict, however when the Sunderland house is taken over by a British officer, they are informed that Hannah's twin brother has been imprisoned. She is torn between her religious beliefs to stay out of the war effort but she is determined to see her brother.Jeremiah Jones is a disgruntled veteran of the war fifteen years ago, losing an arm in the process, who has vowed to take revenge on the British soldiers. So now that his pub is under the occupation of the British, he finds that they are very willing to talk quite a bit over a few drinks. He learns that Washington wants to stage a prison breaks and he finds himself becoming an unlikely candidate for spying.Between Hannah and Jeremiah they each have different reasons for wanting to learn more about what is going on in the prison and Jeremiah tries to use Hannah to search for the information he needs to aid Washington, only the problem with Hannah is she isn't willing to lie and that could definitely become a problem. How they both will find a way to work together is what makes this novel a fantastic historical read while the reader is in for a bit of historical entertainment as they become part of the action.I received The Messenger by Siri Mitchell compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. It definitely gives readers an idea of what life may have been like as people struggled with the war and for that reason, I rate this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars. It's a unique twist on your typical historical novel where a love story develops out of each person trying to gain and advantage to help the cause each is most loyal to. It is in this novel that two unlikely heroes will find the courage to act to help in the war.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I THOUGHT IT WAS A VERY slow moving ebook telling a lot about the two main characters: Hannah and Jeremiah known mostly through that BOOK as Mr. Jones. with very little suspense in it really till towards the very end part of the ebook. Very similar to one about four sisters living through a big war and theirvdad, I A believe was a doctor and was called away into that army to care for the wounded sildiers. So, for these reasons I gave decided to give it four stars. I had received the paperback of this as a Christmas gift and I had later bought this ebook on Nook so if I wished to, I could more easily carry this to church to read while I had to wait a spill for Mass to begin or read this at night with a bigger font size than the paperbacks font size was. Now I have finally finished reading it here is my honest review of how I thought about it. LONG ebook or book. By Angela
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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.