“The Messenger” by Siri Mitchell, book review
Hannah Southerland is caught during the enemy occupation of the Revolutionary War. The sides are not clearly drawn in this conflict as the US is beginning is fledgling fight to independence, and Hannah does not feel connected to either side because she is a Friend or a Quaker who does not participate in violence.
During the months of occupation, Hannah and her family are persecuted because of her faith. Their home is taken over by English soldiers who do not appreciate their faith and her father choses to move the family to her aunt’s home. Hannah’s brother, Robert, has left the Friends to fight for the cause of freedom and is now held in the local prison. Hannah longs to visit him, comfort and care for him, but is forbidden by the Friends.
This historical novel show the difficulty of families during war. Often the “rules” do not apply as they have in the past for society and even among families. The sense of right and wrong is often blurred and innocent people are hurt. The author does a great job of explaining many of these conflicts and the repercussions that befall this family, who in their quest to do God’s will neglect their son in his greatest time of need.
This book is for history buffs and those who enjoy a good historical novel with a bit of intrigue. Great summer read, although not the light page turner some want for around the pool.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House to review. All opinions expressed are my own.