Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Messenger



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?

My Review:

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.
Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like a copy of The Messenger please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. Please be sure to put your title in the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday March 11. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".


  1. I love the cover of this book! I've never read anything by Siri, but it looks great! Please enter me. =)


  2. From the blurb, I thought the pitting of this hero and heroine would probably shine. Throw me in the hat please. rmjagears AT gmail DOT com

  3. I have read other Siri Mitchell books and have enjoyed them. This one has been on my radar for awhile. Please enter me as this book sounds and looks interesting. Thanks for another great review. sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  4. I've never read anything from her before, but I'm certainly willing to give it a try. Thanks for the giveaway! God bless!


  5. Thanks for the giveaway! Looks like a great read! Never even heard of this author, but I'm always open to trying new things...


  6. i love siri's novels...thanks for the chance to read her latest :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  7. Sounds amazing! Loved your passionate review. Definitely sounds like a must read.

    Thank you :)

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

  8. This looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win it!


  9. I've read several of Siri's books; they are very entertaining but also make me think about a historical topic that I might not have considered. She has an unique style of writing that I really enjoy, with characters that are easy to like. I'd love to win a copy of "The Messenger." Thanks for the opportunity.


  10. Would love to be included in the draw for Siri's book. Thanks for the chance!

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

  11. Ah, the issue of lying. When can we? They did in the O.T. in a couple of times and were blessed by God. Please enter me in this one. Sounds intriguing.

    Linda at:
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  12. Please enter me! I'd love to read a novel by this author -- have seen so many good reviews! :)


  13. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of Siri's book. It sounds fantastic.


  14. Would love to win this book? Sounds like a great book.


    1. I don't think I've ever read a novel about a Colonial spy before, The Messenger sounds intriguing. I'd love to be entered!
      worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  15. I've read several of Mitchell's books recently and always really enjoyed them! Would love to win this new one.

  16. Mercy, but y'all crept up on me! Good luck everyone!

  17. I haven't read anything by this author yet. Just reading your review makes me want to grab this book! Please enter me in the giveaway!


  18. This book sounds great! I love the cover!
    I would love to be entered!

  19. I would love to read The Messenger!

  20. Your review has me excited about this story...well many of your reviews does that. The set up does call for a lot of action and I'm glad the characters will develp.


  21. Looks like such a great book!


  22. Good luck everyone! This one is a gem!

  23. Oh, I think I'm too late to enter! I've had a week filled with not feeling well, and then sooo busy I haven't even had time to come over, :( I loved Siri Mitchell's other Quaker book, Love's Pursuit (hope that's the right title), in case anyone hasn't read it yet, and I would feel so blessed to win this one today if I'm not too late! I love colonial era books!


  24. Oh, and thank you, Kav! I asked for a place to subscribe by email and you got one! YOU are the gem! Now I won't miss your posts from busyness! yay! Subscribing now...

  25. Oh, I think it's just to subscribe to follow up comments, but not your blog. But you are still a gem! :) We don't have one on our blog yet either, haven't figured it out yet.

  26. LOL -- I have the directions now, Diana, just haven't had the time but I'll get to it this week since I'm off! Yipeee!!!!