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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Messsenger

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.

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