Last Updated on Monday, 20 August 2012 10:46 Posted by Clash Monday, 20 August 2012 11:21
Review by Rachelle Rea for Inspiring Daring
A Riveting Tale of Faith and Romance by an Acclaimed Novelist
Hannah Sunderland felt content in her embrace of the Quaker faith
...until her twin brother ran off and joined the army and ended up captured and in jail. Suddenly Hannah's world turns on end. She longs to bring her brother some measure of comfort in the squalid, frigid prison where he remains. But the Quakers believe they are not to take sides, not to take up arms. Can she sit by and do nothing while he suffers?
Jeremiah Jones has an enormous task before him. Responsibility for a spy ring is now his, and he desperately needs access to the men in prison, whom they are seeking to free. A possible solution is to garner a pass for Hannah. But while she is fine to the eye, she holds only disdain for him--and agreeing would mean disobeying those she loves and abandoning a bedrock of her faith.
With skill and sensitivity, Mitchell tells a story of two unlikely heroes seeking God's voice, finding the courage to act, and discovering the powerful embrace of love.
What I Loved
I remember reading the back cover copy of this novel many times long before I picked it up. Once I finished reading it, I sat back in awe of the author's talent and grace in delivering such a compelling story. I raided my library for every Siri Mitchell book on the shelves and had myself a Siri Mitchell weekend! She is definitely one of my favorite authors now.
This story starts with a bang and doesn't let up until the very last page. I can hardly find the words to describe how the detail and the details left out grabbed my heart and tugged until I was right there with Hannah and Jeremiah, experiencing the web of secrets that tightened around them until there was literally no going back. The gentle love story -- so sweet. The drama of the times (the Revolution is my favorite time period) -- fascinating. The ending -- perfection.
Why I Recommend This Book
If you love historical fiction, history, the Revolution, romances, or books with a strong, gripping inspirational message, you simply must discover the treasure trove of novels that Siri Mitchell has written. They'll rip your heart out and put it back together. God's grace is a major theme and song that sings from each page. I can't rave about them enough. Now go out and find one to read.