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?
Wow! Almost speechless...but not quite. First, I'm amazed at what a literary chameleon Mitchell is. She seems to take on a new voice with every novel that I read. This one resonates with old world charm -- from Hannah's quaint Quaker speech to Jeremiah's cynical view of the world. Throwing them together in one novel in the midst of one of America's most turbulent times was sheer brilliance. Amazing character development, fascinating (and dismaying) historical facts, an impossible romance and intriguing plot twists made this book incredibly hard to put down.
I loved Hannah's story -- her internal battle as she discovers her God in new ways and the resulting spiritual growth made for a rewarding inspirational read. Jeremiah, on the other hand...well, let's just say that I wanted to smack him upside the head a time or two...or three. The man's as thick as a brick in an endearing, don't-you-just-love-him kind of way. He totally is not the right man for Hannah...only he is.
And the ending? It could take up an evening of discussion on its own! Somebody hurry up and read The Messenger so we can chat!
Mitchell has created another best-seller that historical lovers will enjoy.
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