The Messenger by Siri Mitchell

Messenger_mockup.indd“While love without faith offers no hope, faith without love offers no mercy. We must have both faith and love or run the danger of discovering that, in the end, we have nothing at all.”

Again, I am bringing you a Revolutionary War novel. But this one is different, written in first person and from the point of view of a Quaker. Historical fiction set in the Revolutionary War era is about as rare as a Unicorn, where everyone hopes it exists and then ends up not being anything like what you expected or wanted it to be. Mitchell even thanked her publishers for allowing her to publish the book because despite how much people enjoy the books, they often don’t sell as well as others.

So when someone actually finds a decent Revolutionary War it’s shouted from the rooftops and everyone wants to see what all the hullabaloo is about, even those who might not have a particular interest in the time period. And this book by Siri Mitchell is, in my opinion, one of the best Revolutionary War stories out there.

The setting and the story is very interesting. A young Quaker woman becomes a spy to help the Patriot soldiers, and the two don’t usually pair well together so it’s interesting to see these two different sides come together. Again, think of the TURN: Washington’s Spies TV series that I mentioned before. The language was accurate to the protagonist Hannah has sounds true to the Quaker faith; “thee”, “thou”, and so on. Her story was very well researched, which was really cool because not very many authors research their books or add an actual historical event tie-in to their stories so you could really see the detail and hard work she put into making this novel.

The other thing I really liked was the historical background the reader is given after finishing the book. I probably learn more about history second hand (not from a textbook) then I do when I just sit and have to read a textbook. For example, just the other night I learned from watching a show called Mysteries at the Museum that during the Cold War these spies called “Romeo Spies” would woo women into handing over top secret information that I probably learned about before and just have no recollection of reading about it. Anyway, what I’m trying to say here is that this story is so rich in historical content that you’ll probably walk away remembering the stuff in this book then if you had to sit and read it for a class.

I really enjoyed this book and I hope you all do too!

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