Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Messenger by Siri Mitchell- Good read but slow moving.

Messenger, The, Siri Mitchell, 978-0-7642-0796-9

Hannah Sunderland...A Quaker. Jeremiah Jones... a Colonial spy. These are two people who normally would  never come across each other’s path..  When Hannah’s twin brother is thrown in jail for joining the Colonial cause; Hannah is torn because her faith demands that No “Friend “as they were known, would take sides or fight when it came to war.  Her particular group had decided that in their Meeting that no comfort of any kind would be given to those arrested; her brother included.   Jeremiah Jones has his own struggles having been maimed in war but slowly his need for vengeance turns to a need for justice.  These two are stuck with each other, as unlikely heroes, they battle together and against each other for the same result; freeing those imprisoned.  The main rub in the “rescue” is that Hannah is a woman of principles who absolutely will not lie.  

The story was pretty slow moving but I did enjoy the development of the main characters and the moral dilemma that Hannah suffered through.    Jeremiah was also well written, with his anger and attraction to Hannah; and the injustices that he slowly begins to see all around him.  Both “heroes” were not the usual, expected people that are normally written about, and I liked that.  As a fictional novel, the author did use a good deal of true facts in describing many of the things that went on in that time and place of history.

I received this book from Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions written here are my own.  

1 comment:

  1. I found The Messenger to be a bit slow at the beginning, but after a few chapters passed I really got sucked in by the characters and the escape plot. I didn't realize it was somewhat based on real events until I reached the end...but I was happy to make the discovery as I always like when a book is able to incorporate actual events like that.

    I really enjoy Siri Mitchell's books, she has the ability to do both historical and contemporary extremely well. :)