Monday, May 14, 2012

The Messenger by Siri Mitchell - Book Review

Hannah Sunderland is an innocent Quaker girl who is content with her faith, but after her brother leaves home to fight among the rebels and then ends up in jail, her life changes in a dramatic way.    The Friends (the Quaker people) believe that they are not to take sides, nor to take up arms, but Hannah's desire to bring comfort to her brother outweighs all else.

Jeremiah Jones was injured in the war and is now bitter and angry.  He becomes a colonial spy.  He needs access to the jail to help rescue the men.  When he meets Hannah, a plan begins to develop.  He sees Hannah as the perfect spy, after all who would suspect a Quaker girl visiting her brother?

There is one snag in Jeremiah's plan...Hannah's determination to always do the right thing and never tell a lie.  How can you be a spy and not lie?  This unlikely pair work together  to help others and begin to find out things about themselves in the process.

This is the first book I have read by Siri Mitchell and I have to admit that I am not an instant fan of hers.  I would give her writings another try, but she is definitely not on my list of favorite authors.  The book seemed a little boring at times, especially in the middle.  I also was not fond of the ending.  I don't want to say too much about it because I wouldn't want to give anything away, but I just expected a more detailed ending.  I even looked to see if there was an Epilogue that would give more details.   I did however enjoy reading a book set during the revolutionary war and I loved reading about the Quaker faith.  So to sum it up I would have to say that I did not love the book, but I didn't hate it either.

***This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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