I read The Messenger, by Siri Mitchell, in a day…and the only critical thing I have to say about it is that it ended. It is one of those books that you don’t want to put down, and when you finally do, you regret that the story is over. As far as historical Christian fiction goes, Mitchell’s writing truly stands out. The Revolutionary War setting is distinctive, but what makes the book exceptional are Mitchell’s characters. Hannah, a Quaker who is supposed to be neutral in war-torn colonialAmerica, becomes increasingly involved in the colonial cause when her brother, a colonial soldier, is captured and imprisoned. She forms an unlikely alliance with Jeremiah Jones, a former British soldier who lost his arm duringPotomac’s War, and is now secretly abetting George Washington’s army. The internal conflict in both Hannah and Jeremiah as they begin to work together in a dangerous attempt to free Hannah’s brother and other captive soldiers is what makes this story so compelling. Hannah is forced to examine and ultimately confront the Quakers’ position of neutrality which she has always accepted, while Jeremiah gradually overcomes the bitterness of his past and the isolation he has imposed on himself, as he finds his own place in the war and a sense of hope for his future. Unlike many historical Christian novels, The Messenger unfolds as a believable, real-to-life story with elements of suspense, surprise, and refreshing straightforwardness making it truly pleasurable to read. Not only would I recommend The Messenger to a friend, I’m about to pass my book on to one, and there’s a line forming up behind her- good thing she won’t be able to put it down until it’s done either.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.