Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Mapmaker's Children by Sarah McCoy

ISBN-10: 0385348924
ISBN-13: 978-0385348928
 Publisher: Broadway Books (February 9, 2016)

When Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, realizes that her artistic talents may be able to help save the lives of slaves fleeing north, she becomes one of the Underground Railroad’s leading mapmakers, taking her cues from the slave code quilts and hiding her maps within her paintings. She boldly embraces this calling after being told the shocking news that she can’t bear children, but as the country steers toward bloody civil war, Sarah faces difficult sacrifices that could put all she loves in peril.
Eden, a modern woman desperate to conceive a child with her husband, moves to an old house in the suburbs and discovers a porcelain head hidden in the root cellar—the remains of an Underground Railroad doll with an extraordinary past of secret messages, danger and deliverance. 

Ingeniously plotted to a riveting end, Sarah and Eden’s woven lives connect the past to the present, forcing each of them to define courage, family, love, and legacy in a new way.

The Mapmaker's Children by Sarah McCoy is  a wonderful mix of contemporary and historical fiction as it is set in both today's world and the Civil War era.  Eden is a modern day woman trying to come to terms with infertility and a rocky marriage. Sarah  lives in the Civil War era and is the daughter of John Brown.  Ms. McCoy does a superb job of blending the lives of both of these women, weaving the past and present together to create this amazing story. 
Ms. Mcoy's attention to detail and unique writing style enriches this book's story. While it's message is poignant and at times emotional, this book shines a light on one of our countries darkest times and brings to life our history and those brave souls that risked all to help change the course of a nation.   
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Mapmaker's Children and especially the history of Sarah Brown and the work of the Underground Railroad. She was such an amazing, inspirational woman. I highly recommend this book!

4.5 Stars!
Thank you  Broadway Books and Blogging for Books for the free gift of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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