- Title: The Mapmaker’s Children
- Author: Sarah McCoy
- Published: Feb 09, 2016
- Pages: 336
- Category: Historical Fiction | Literary Fiction | Women’s Fiction
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Baker’s Daughter, a story of family, love, and courage
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.
**QUICK INFO: I do my best not to have spoilers, but I will warn you I may accidentally have them in my review.**
This was not what I was expecting in the story line. Was it good? Oh yeah! The characters were well thought out & their personalities were spot on. You had ups & downs in each character’s lives & you wondered sometimes how you were going to not cry or be elated with happiness through out the book. Though the book doesn’t play out the way you think it will, you will enjoy how it ends. The story characters are based off of real people, but at the same time they are fiction. Even if you don’t like non-fiction, the info that is provided about the people that the characters are based on. Sara McCoy even put in a section where she talks about the real people. I thought that was quite interesting & informative.
You get a feel for how the Underground Railway worked & how the maps were made & given to the running slaves I refuse to call them run-away slaves. Nothing should be owned like that It was quite a interesting thing & I honestly never thought of doing it this way.
The story between Eden, Cleo, & Cricket just about broke my heart with adoration, lol. I do wish things had turned out differently fro Eden, but she does learn that even though “Dogs are not children” they make a wonderful substitute. Then again, any story that involves human/animal relationships in a positive way are usually a definitely read for me, lol.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.