About the Book
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.
Exquisite, poignant, intriguing, and complex are just a diminutive assortment of words that can be attributed to Siri Mitchell’s latest historical novel The Messanger. Very few authors have the ability to masterfully cast a historical time period as an engaging character in its own right, but Mitchell wields this skill effortlessly. Her words pull readers into a vortex where nothing exists but the words on the page and the people leaping from them. Her research is meticulous, the scenarios are authentic, and the execution impeccable.
The impetus for this story was not, like most historicals in the Christian market, for two opposing characters to find love in the midst of chaos (although this is one heartwarming biproduct of the story). Instead, Mitchell seemingly endeavours (and succeeds) to examine human nature and convictions through the lens of a historical period. In effect, readers are inadvertently given a historical allegory with contemporary implications. Within this book you will find the struggle of every man: the quest for identity, the search for meaning, the hunger to know God’s will, the battle between good and evil.
The flow of The Messanger was truly unique since it was told from a dual first person point of view. Hannah’s Quaker diction was not the sole identifier of her voice in the alternating chapters. By the end of the first quarter I knew exactly who was speaking-Hannah or Jeremiah-without looking at the name beneath each chapter. The perfect character dichotomy allowed for both voices to resonant distinctively with readers as they worked towards a commonality of minds and hearts. It would seem impossible for a woman who won’t lie to work for a man who built his life on lies (both to himself and to his community), yet it works in a way that isn’t forced or implausible. Their partnership is a thrilling catalyst for intimate character portrayals and development.
The Messanger is a sensational layered story that keep you burning the midnight oil reading with bated breath until the last page has been conquered.
**Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group**