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A Riveting Tale of Faith and Romance by an Acclaimed NovelistHannah Sunderland felt content in her embrace of the uaker faithuntil 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 sualid frigid prison wher Revolutionar Kitty Princess and the Newspaper Dress 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 sualid frigid prison wher Revolutionar

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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 lov SUMMARY Hann


10 thoughts on “The Messenger

  1. says:

    In the back of this book Ms Mitchell writes a note of how grateful she was to her publishers for accepting a manuscript idea for a Revolutionary War novel Apparently they're not all that popular in the same vein I too am grateful to Bethany House for taking a step of faith with this particular book I tire of Victorian literature and Regency literature and everything in between What interests me most at present is early American literature and Ms Mitchell has written a winnerI have no experience with uakers at all which is why this story fascinates me so much They were so eagerly eual in who they allowed to speak at their meetings men and women being of the same importance and value They were the first to latch onto the abolition of slavery and were highly involved in the Underground Railroad Yet when it came down to choosing sides in a war of kings they couldn't do it and in their blatant pacifism they were hated by both sides This story is about Hannah Sunderland a uaker whose twin brother joined the rebels meaning George Washington and got himself captured and thrown into prison by the British What begins as her attempts to save her brother uickly advances to a change of heart regarding war and politics leaving Hannah with a serious decision to make to remain a uaker and turn her back on what she has discovered is right or to leave all that she has ever known in order to follow the still small voice of God whispering words that the other Friends refuse to hear?To my delight this book doesn't have the same brutal ending as Love's Pursuit for which I am extremely thankful The hero Jeremiah Jones is likeable in his humanity and his flawed characters and his damaged soul Hannah literally leads him back from the brink of hatred and bitterness with her honest and forthright ways What amazed me most is how I always assumed the patriots were all upstanding moral decent men No they weren't just like not all British soldiers were brutes There is evil in both sides and Ms Mitchell doesn't whitewash the goings on and the sins committed by both sides Is one better than the other? Possible but neither side was perfectMs Mitchell captured the period in a uniue way with her heroine's fascinating point of view and her use of thee thou and thy since she is a uaker For someone wanting a read that stands apart from the same old same old being published nowadays give The Messanger a try You won't regret it In the same vein I also highly recommend Rebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund Another brilliant Revolutionary War novel that captures a uniue look at the period


  2. says:

    I loved this book The history of it The fact it was true historical fiction and not historical romance This author is a great new find to me I'm just disappointed the ending was so abrupt I would have liked closure I loved the note from the author at the end So interesting


  3. says:

    Revolutionary War Spies uakers A rogue pub owner And Siri Mitchell Put those combinations together and you really can’t get much better than that One of the things I value in a novel by Siri Mitchell is her extreme attention to detail Her novels are a wonder and treasure trove not only of the history of the era but how much it becomes an intricate player in the book Twining through a novel filled with 18th century espionage is a glimpse into a world too often darkened to today’s reader Hannah and Jeremiah are complete opposites Hannah with her strict adherence to never tell a lie and yetshe has become a colonial spy And Jeremiah who must again come into contact with the moral scruples he has lost track of Both of these characters are so strong on the page Rising from the refuse of their present circumstance the difference they want to make pulled me into the story I became a part of their lives not just in the extreme storytelling but as a partner in their endeavors Written in first person as a reader I was given an intimate glimpse into both characters lives Their turmoil and victories And I will say that was one ending that came right down to the wire I wasn’t sure just how it would be cleared up peaceably I’d have loved a teensy bit romance just because I’m that kinda reader but overall a wonderful addition to my SM collection This review is my honest opinion Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review through CFBA


  4. says:

    I was so impressed with this book Loved the characters the dialogue right down to some of the 18th century vocabulary the historical events it portrayed and the growth in both the hero and the heroine from start to finish To me the ending was completely satisfying Well done Siri Mitchell


  5. says:

    With the city of Philadelphia under British occupation Hannah Sunderland and her family devout uakers struggle to survive in the midst of a conflict that has seen them disavowed and misused by both sides because of their pacifist beliefs When a British officer commandeers the family home and news arrives that her twin brother disowned by his Meeting and family for joining the Colonial army has been imprisoned Hannah finds the religious and familial dictates to stay uninvolved in the conflict increasingly untenable Jeremiah Jones an embittered ex soldier who lost an arm in Pontiac's Rebellion fifteen years earlier is determined to see the British pay for their callous disregard of his service and sacrifice simply by virtue of his being born a colonial Under the occupation his tavern is a veritable hotbed of potential intelligence from free drinking British soldiers and when Jeremiah receives word that Washington wants to organize a prison break the ill euipped Jeremiah finds himself thrust into the unlikely position of spymaster Hannah's determination to visit her brother in prison in spite of her family's dictates provides the perfect cover but can a woman who refuses to lie whose religious convictions Jeremiah despises become a trusted confederate in a daring plot to thwart the British?I adore Siri Mitchell's writing but must confess that The Messenger took a few chapters longer than normal before I found myself truly invested in the story When first introduced to Hannah I must admit to sharing many of Jeremiah's frustrations with her uaker beliefs particularly their refusal to take sides in a conflict especially when that means turning a blind eye to horrific abuses of power And therein lies the genius of this novel Mitchell is careful to point out that there were those on both sides of this conflict that were imperfect eually capable of committing heinous acts in the name of their cause Through Hannah and Jeremiah's respective struggles to come to terms with their wildly divergent backgrounds and the time in which they lived Mitchell explores the role of faith in a time of war in her trademark compelling fashion This is historical fiction of the highest order a novel that brings to brilliant life everything from the excesses of General Howe's occupation to the sualor of the prison housing Hannah's brother The Messenger is a novel wholly of its time period but also transcending it stepping out of the realm of its 18th century trappings to speak to modern readers who live in a politically charged 24 hour news cycle and issue a challenge why do we believe what we believe and have we let positions or protests trump the bedrock tenets of the faith to which we claim to adhere?Mitchell alternates between Hannah and Jeremiah's point of view using first person to immerse readers deep in their fears and struggles as they seek to fight against a system where the odds are overwhelmingly stacked against their success As is the norm in Mitchell's historical fiction she doesn't romanticize the past or shy away from the brutal cost of conflict No matter what time period she chooses to explore Mitchell's historical fiction shines because it has the ring of authenticity richly saturated with period detail and customs populated with characters whose heartbreak and emotions are so raw fully realized they spring living and breathing from the page so real you can't help but be impacted by their journey For those who favor their historicals with a dash of romance The Messenger delivers though not perhaps in a typical fashion Hannah and Jerimiah's relationship develops at a gloriously slow burn forged out of the fires of unfathomable pressure all the memorable because when they're first introduced they are the last people you'd expect to fall in love But even as Hannah and Jeremiah challenge each other Mitchell forces the reader to confront prejudices uestion beliefs and to count the cost of acting in faith particularly when what one may be called to do or say flies in the face of conventional wisdom Fraught with tension and conflict Mitchell sheds light in one of our country's darkest most tumultuous hours challenging readers to examine why we believe what we believe even as we become invested in Hannah and Jeremiah's story The Messenger is a rich meaty thought provoking at times unsettling read a stellar example of Mitchell at her finest a story that you'll ponder long after you finish the final pages Very well done indeed


  6. says:

    Are you tired of the books that go like this?Pretty and sweet girl meets handsome rough who is not at Christian Guy gets sweet girl to realize her fanatical beliefs are silly Girl still loves God but tosses most of her beliefs Handsome Rouge comes to Christ making everything okayYup I get tired of that story too How come we swoon over it in the books and movies and then are horrified when our daughters sisters and friends do it Well this is a happy exception to the rule while still keeping some of the elements that make that kind of a story line appealingHannah is not just a uaker because her parents are she truly believes in most of the principles that they have She tries to obey and honor her father even when it is hard My favorite conviction that she has and she sticks to the whole book was that she will not tell a lie Even though there are many times when a ‘little white lie’ or a ‘half truth’ would have saved her a lot of pain Hannah refuses to do itSome parents may not like the fact that Hannah does avoid telling her parents what she is doing Also at one point in the book they do paint her father in a bad light making him sound crazy for his beliefs However I found it very real Sometimes fathers are wrong just like everyone else I didn’t find it a problem though I thought some parents might want a heads upFor those who don’t like heavy romance books you might want to check this book out Yes Jeremy and Hannah do end up liking each other Yes there are a few romantic moments but it wasn’t overdone I also believe unless I missed it somehow that they didn’t kiss unless you count the one he gave her on the temple No it wasn’t even in a romantic sceneI loved the setting I felt like I was living in the middle of the British occupation of Philadelphia Siri Mitchell has a way of conveying the mood of not only her main characters but the mood of a city Even during the light hearted scenes you can feel the tension that the British occupation causes I can’t wait to get my hands on another of her booksI highly recommend this book to anyone 15 or older Younger than that parents might want to read it first because of a couple things that happened However I thought the author handled it very well Grab a copy todayI received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review I was under no obligation to write a positive review The opinions in this review are entirely my own


  7. says:

    I loved this book Siri's writing style is rich and her characters have depth The conflict between Hannah and Jeremiah's beliefs wasn't easily sorted Instead the reader was allowed to wrestle with weighty uestions concerning God's will honoring parents pacifism and honestyTruly I didn't know how this book would end especially after reading Love's Pursuit my favorite Siri Mitchell book Okay maybe I have two favorites nowIt was an all night but totally worth it read for me


  8. says:

    I loved this book I wish I had written my review sooner so I could remember about the book But I loved Hannah's struggle and how amazingly real it felt She had real convictions of her own and she stood on them I also loved the romance in the book It was so incredibly light and there were really no mushy scenes The author really did an amazing job of describing where characters were so I really felt like I could see what they were seeingIt was awesome


  9. says:

    SUMMARY Hannah Sunderland felt content in her embrace of the uaker faithuntil 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 sualid frigid prison where he remains But the uakers 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 REVIEW This is book 5 in Mitchell's series Against All Expectations but it functions very well as a stand alone This book is written from two points of view Hannah and Jeremiah with alternating chapters I found it intriguing to see the takeover of Philadelphia by the British from two points of view particularly knowing that Hannah was a uaker thereby a pacifist and Jeremiah was an ex Loyalist soldier Each of them were affected by previous events which determined why their loyalties now lay with the Patriots Hannah a staunch uaker who tried very hard to live her faith found herself having to uestion whether God's word or her faith tenets took precedence in her life even if it came at the cost of her family friends and even perhaps her own life It was interesting to see how her faith evolved as she determined what priorities were important to her Jeremiah a man with little to no faith found himself in conflict with Hannah's beliefs as well as his own mixed feelings regarding the war and the cost he had paid Both were complex characters who had to determine what and where their place in life was meant to be I found it amazing to follow the twists and turns of each of their lives Doll was a wonderful addition as Hannah's co conspirator She added a great deal of wisdom to Hannah's world view The romance between Hannah and Jeremiah was well developed and proceeded at a pace that grew as they each learned about the other's strengths They both learned that love hope faith and mercy all had to be part of their faith I loved the fact that this was a very different take on the Revolutionary War focusing on one city and the conditions for the Patriots in one particular jail setting Siri Mitchell's historical research makes this particular episode in the Revolutionary War come alive This book definitely made my 2016 favorite reads list I would recommend this to readers who are interested in Revolutionary War historyFAVORITE UOTES When the world has been turned upside down and right was being treated as wrong an Christian Person would try to do something about it What were those people waiting for?Sometimes you can't do for others They got to figure out how to do for themselvesI realized there were good people outside the Meeting uaker too People who had faith and felt it just as deeply It didn't seem right that they be condemned simply because they practiced their faith in the same God in a different mannerWhile love without faith offers no hope faith without love offers no mercy We must have both faith and love or run the danger that in the end we have nothing at all Siri Mitchell in Author's Notes


  10. says:

    1778 Philadelphia is under British occupationA uaker woman weeps for her brother suffering in a British jail A Colonial spy courts British officers in his tavernIn The Messenger a woman and a man from two walks of life team up to aid American military prisoners in a British jail uaker Hannah Sunderland feels the numbing cold hunger and filth her twin Robert suffers in the Walnut Street prison Will Hannah go against the uaker Meeting’s warning to have nothing to do with “this ungodly conflict” to aid her brother? Tavern owner Jeremiah Jones is out for revenge for all the English and Tories had taken from him Will he be able to rescue men needed for the Patriot cause from the jail? Siri Mitchell’s fascination with female revolutionary war spies began at age eight Her novel enlightens us regarding the Revolutionary War period and different viewpoints of war She puts a magnifying glass to uaker beliefs and the conditions of wartime jails Read the Author’s Note for additional insights into the historical background including the real reason Washington’s troops at Valley Forge starved the winter of 1777 78The chapters smoothly alternate between the first person accounts of Hannah and Jeremiah Jones Their relationship pulses with complications Mitchell is particularly adept at describing what goes on in Jones’s head This reader longed for development of Hannah’s twin Robert who abandoned his faith to fight for freedom Nevertheless the plot is vivid and abiding Other potent tidbits• Methods of prison escape• English jailors bribing starving Patriot prisoners to take up arms for Britain• Spies practicing passing secret messages and goods without detection• The plight of slaves in the north in 1778The publishing industry evidently shies away from books set in Revolutionary times The inclusion of spy and uaker elements in The Messenger tipped the industry’s scales giving us a thought provoking and entertaining read The book forces us to determine in what situations spying is acceptable or admirable Faced with the dilemma would you choose a cause in which you believe strongly or your faith?Bethany House graciously supplied the review copyReviewed by Holly Weiss author of Crestmonthttpwwwhollyweisscom