The Messenger is a captivating story set during the Revolutionary War and revolves around a Colonial spy and a Quaker woman who helps him. Their determination to do what is right is inspiring, but the deeper message lies within the courage to go against the laws and expectations of your religious community. When we are so bound by traditional and legalism of our denominations we cannot accomplish the will of God and truly serve Him.
Historical fiction fascinates me and so I appreciated the information at the end of the book detailing some of the relevant history of the period and the people. But long before the end of the book I was easily drawn into the story and had a very hard time putting it down. The author did a wonderful job of seamlessly integrating writing for two characters in the first person. The ability to write in first person and develop the main character is difficult when writing as one voice, but Siri Mitchell did it beautifully for two very different characters. Well done!
Disclosure: Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group provided me with a complimentary copy of this book as part of their book reviewers program.
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