Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Messenger - Siri Mitchell

Hannah Sunderland, a Quaker, becomes a spy against her will during the Revolutionary War so that she can regularly visit her brother in prison.  She forms a tentative relationship with Jeremiah Jones who helps procure her prison visitor's pass, but in exchange he requires that she deliver illegal information to one of the prisoners.  Their relationship gets stronger, but meanwhile Hannah's relationship with her Quaker family disintegrates.  She struggles through her religious peacemaker beliefs, because she feels compelled to help her brother in his fight against the British.  Her secret life begins to wear on her, and she must come to a resolution soon. 
The book is told narrator-style in a subdued, serious way.  It volleys in first person between Hannah and Jeremiah's perspectives.  I would compare it to journal entries from both characters.  In the author's notes, there was so much good information about which parts of the story were based on historical facts. 
After reading the author's note, I began to research some of the real-life characters of the story.  I loved Google-ing the drawings of the costumes worn for the general's ball.
My critique of this book is that the emotional connection between the two main characters was lacking.  I couldn't construe much of a romantic story, and they seemed unlikely friends right up until the near end.  There wasn't much drama in the book until the end, but what was there was very good.
I have read several of Siri Mitchell's books, and I will continue to do so.  Of those that I have read, my favorites are "She Walks in Beauty," and "A Heart Most Worthy."  Both of those have very clever plots and are rewarding to read.  "She Walks in Beauty" is similar in style to a Jane Austen novel, and it is well-loved by many.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for taking the time to write and post a review.

    Happy reading,