‘The Messenger’ By ‘Siri Mitchell’ Book Review

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“The Messenger” by “Siri Mitchell” will take the reader on an emotional roller-coaster. The story switches from anger, fear, commitment, and desperation to a love/hate relationship between characters, countries and religions. This historical facts were well researched by the author. Emotions between the characters was high as the story unfolds in the readers mind. The characters are strong in both emotional and Spiritual aspects during a time when war controls the lives of everyone. This is a story of war, religious beliefs and love. 


I was confused for the first few chapters. I felt like the story was a sequel to a previous story but the more I read, the more the storyline formed and I was rapidly drawn into it on a very intimate basis. I felt the fear as the characters very lives were in danger. I felt the confusion as they fought to find their place in their religion,  families and America. I learned a lot about the Quaker faith and how it fit into the shaping of not only the story but the foundation of America as well. I felt as if I was in the midst of the war and could feel the characters emotions as strong as if I was there. The development of love in the midst of war was amazing.


I rate this book a 4 ½ star. I would rate it a 5 if the first few chapters were set up in a different way. I enjoyed the storyline and the historical setting of the Revolutionary war


I recommend this story to anyone who loves a good historical fiction story that if filled with action, both love and war. The great thing about this book is that there is no obscene visions, words or thoughts. I love the Bethany House publishers because I know I can read the book without being embarrassed at the scenes that are evolving in my head.


The back of the book has discussion questions for book clubs that really add depth to the story for any reader when pondered.





Hannah Sunderland felt content in her embrace of the Quaker faith . . until her twin brother joined the Colonial cause and ended up in jail. She longs to bring some measure of comfort to him in the squalid prison, but her faith forbids it. The Friends believe that they are not to take sides, , not to take up arms. She is not allowed to visit him, even if she were able to secure a pass.


Jeremiah Jones, a Colonial spy, needs access to the jail to help rescue men important to the cause. Upon meeting Hannah, a plan begins to develop. Who would suspect a pious Quaker visiting a loved one?


But Jeremiah is unprepared for Hannah, for her determination to do right, to not lie. How can one be a spy and not lie? Hannah, in turn, is surprised by Jeremiah. . . for the way he forces her to confront her own beliefs, for the sensitivity and concern that he shows her despite the wounds he still carries.


In a time of war, can two unlikely heroes find the courage to act?




Siri Mitchell, author of She Walks in Beauty and A Heart Most Worthy, has written nine novels, two of which were named Christy Award finalists. A graduate from the University of Washington with a business degree, she has worked in many levels of government and lived on three continents. She and her family currently reside in the DC Metro Area. 

Siri Mitchell’s web site




  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Original edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764207962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764207969


The Messenger by Siri Mitchell can be purchased at the following locations online or your favorite local bookstore:


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DISCLAIMER:   I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers, A Division of Baker Publishing Group in exchange for a review.  This in no way influences my review. I write honest book reviews.

About the Author ()

I am just a simple country gal. I have been married to my best friend for over 34 years. We have two beautiful daughters, two Son In Laws and four grandchildren. My family is the most important thing to me. I love them dearly. I love life to the fullest.

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