The Messenger by Siri Mitchell is the story of a young Quaker woman living in Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War. When her twin brother, who left The Meeting in order to join the rebellion, is arrested and thrown in jail, Hannah is desperate to visit him, though her church has forbidden it. Tavern owner and spy Jeremiah Jones sees an opportunity. He uses his connections to get Hannah a pass to visit her brother in exchange for her services as a messenger. Hannah delivers messages to help the prisoners escape in order to visit her brother.
Though I appreciated the deep lessons learned by Hannah and Jeremiah throughout the story, I struggled to enjoy this book. There was very little action other than Hannah sneaking back and forth to and from the jail. More than story and plot, it was Hannah and Jeremiah taking turns sharing their thoughts about what they were doing. The book was finally starting to claim my attention when it ended abruptly. I know that authors are supposed to leave their readers wanting more, but this particular story didn’t really seem to end. Perhaps Mitchell has a sequel planned.
Mitchell does present the reader with a unique glimpse into the lives of individuals during Revolutionary War times, the struggles of the colonials, and slavery as it existed back then. She emphasizes the value of all people in God’s eyes, grace, compassion, and standing up for what is right no matter the cost to oneself. She also shows that no one denomination is superior to another. So long as different churches are faithful to God and His Word, they must learn to respect one another and each other’s means of worship.
Revolutionary War history enthusiasts will appreciate this book. I thank Bethany House Publishers for sending a complimentary copy for my honest review.