Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Messenger

Hannah Sunderland is a Quaker during the Revolutionary War in Siri Mitchells new novel, The Messenger.  Hannah’s family has been sorely used by both redcoats and bluecoats.  Hannah was accosted by Colonial soldiers as they arrested her father for no reason.  The British have taken over the Sutherland home and Hannah’s family has had to close down their paper mill due to the occupation.  The worst part of the war for Hannah is having to disown her twin brother Robert for joining the Colonist cause.  Being tolerant and not choosing sides becomes unbearable when Robert is captured and put in prison.  Hannah can only access the prison through a Colonial spy, Jeremiah Jones.  She is only allowed to see Robert if she passes messages to the captured prisoners.  Her faith, her brother’s fate and her heart are put in the hands of the harsh and bitter patriot, Jeremiah Jones.  Only God can keep them both out of a noose and help them find love amidst all the chaos and violence.  
I love when historical fiction brings an often unknown and fascinating part of history to life and this book delivers.  I thought that I would be turned off by the first person narrative, but that is actually what makes this book so special.  I really felt Hannah’s anguish as she questions the beliefs that have been instilled in her as she learns to take a stand, even though it will cost her everything.  I love how Hannah teaches Jeremiah that he is not defined by the loss of his arm, and teaches him to live again.  This is a very beautiful book and I highly recommend it!  This book was provided by Bethany House for review. 

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