Mitchell pens a historical novel about the early days of Quakers in Philadelphia during the British occupation with larger-than-life characters who only want to do what’s right. An outstanding writer who does her research on the Quakers, she keeps it interesting for readers without overdoing the historical details.
Hannah Sunderland embraced the Quaker faith without a second thought until her twin brother joined the army and was jailed as a traitor. She knows it’s a risk to visit him in jail, since Quakers do not believe in taking up arms and she could be shunned, but she does it anyway. Jeremiah Jones needs a way to get messages to the prisoners. Hannah agrees to be the go-between and brings them food and whatever else she can smuggle to them. Hannah and Jeremiah are willing to risk everything, but will their efforts be enough? (BETHANY HOUSE, Mar., 384 pp., $14.99)