Historical Fiction As It Should Be
Thanks, Ms. Mitchell, for all the meticulous historical research you did to make The Messenger shine. Reading a story set in Revolutionary War time was a refreshing change, and I appreciated the chance to learn more about the occupation of Philadelphia. None of my history teacher ever explained so well why the colonists went to war over such practices as the British quartering soldiers in their homes. The author highlighted the political complexities of that volatile time, and called attention to the horrible conditions in which prisoners were held. Her exquisite writing put me right there in jail with them, and I wanted to get out pronto. And the author’s respectful treatment of the Quakers gave me a fuller appreciation for the beliefs of the Quakers, some of which I can ascribe to, but others not.
All that may give the impression this book would only be of interest to history buffs. But it’s much more than that. The plot kept me hooked and I loved getting to know the characters—from Quakers and barkeepers to Colonial debutantes and occupying Redcoat officers. The protagonists were good without being syrupy, and I was truly was interested to see how they would solve their moral dilemmas. Overall, a great story, which I do hereby recommend to others.It would be so nice of you to share!