Saturday, May 26, 2012
I signed up with Bethany House Publishers to receive free books in exchange for reviewing them on Amazon and on my personal website. This review is for the book The Messenger by Siri Mitchell.
I am generally not fond of first person stories, but I have read several of Siri Mitchell's books and have liked most of them. This book was first person and went back and forth between the main two characters. It was helpful that at the beginning of each chapter it stated either "Hannah" or "Jeremiah" so I didn't get confused as to whose point of view I was reading (This was a problem for me in one of the author's previous books, so it was nice that it was clear in this one).
This book was enjoyable, and I liked the historical elements of the story. I found it a little hard to get into and never found the plot to be riveting. It was really hard for me to relate to the "Friends" stance not to get involved in anything, including stopping a rape or letting a son rot in jail without trying to visit or help him. It is unfathomable to me to not help if a person can, and I liked that Hannah felt compelled to do something. I didn't really feel like I got to know the characters, and it would have been nice to feel a little more what they might have been feeling. Overall, though, it was a nice read.
This book was provided to me by Bethany House to review. The thoughts about the book are my own.