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by Siri Mitchell;
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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.
The Messenger by Siri Mitchell was published by Baker in April 2012 and is our 54401st best seller. The ISBN for The Messenger is 9780764207969.
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The MessengerAlice Collins, via The Good Book Stall
I enjoyed this novel from many aspects. The author, Siri Mitchell, made very clear the contrast between politics and religion, and I was left wondering if the two could ever fully be interwoven. The character the author used to explore Quakerism during the Colonial war was a young lady called Hannah; for 'lady' Hannah certainly was. For the most part, I loved the way she stuck to her beliefs, even if I did question her point blank way of refusing to lie.
I liked the fact that Siri Mitchell had obviously spent a lot of time researching so closely a cause that seemed very dear to her heart. I was also frequently reminded of the fact that early Quakerism seemed much more extreme in many ways. For example, when Hannah's family home became invaded by soldiers, they had to go and stay with their cousins, whom they considered ‘enslaved’. Hannah's aunt had left the faith to marry a non-Quaker, and the differences between Hannah and her cousin Polly are painted vividly by the different dresses and colours they preferred, even in their lifestyle and tastes. Polly frequently cajoled Hannah to go dancing and out to the theatre, and of course Hannah felt inclined to do neither. As much as I admired reading about Hannah, I did find myself wondering if she would be slightly too moral for me to be friends with. In the end though, Hannah's high moral standards had her questioning some of her Quaker beliefs, particularly regarding pacifism, but she had to leave her family nest in order to get justice done properly.
I haven't yet mentioned the irascible Jeremiah, whom in many ways is also an a-typical historical romantic hero. I loved the fact that he was disabled, but was able to persuade a Quaker girl to help rescue prisoners from a fate worse than death. I thought Siri Mitchell portrayed extremely well the ultimate heartbreaking destruction of war.
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Details for The Messenger
|Page last updated||26th February 2016|
|Author / Artist||Siri Mitchell|
|Publisher||Baker (April 2012)|
|Number of Pages||384|