About The Mapmaker’s Children
• Hardcover: 320 pages
• Publisher: Crown (May 5, 2015)
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.
Happy weekend everyone and welcome to my stop on the tour for The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy. I’d like to send a BIG thank you to the author and also to TLC Book Tours for allowing me the chance to take part in this tour by reading and reviewing this book honestly.
The Mapmaker’s Children is a historical fiction story that weaves the past with the present. I always am intrigued and love books that do this, and in this book it was absolutely breathtaking. Part of the narrative takes us to the mid to late 1800s and into the home of a family connected to the Underground Railroad, specifically from the point of view of a daughter of an abolitionist who takes up the cause in her father’s stead. The other piece of the narrative follows a woman living in the year 2014 named Eden who has unbeknownst to her purchased a home that was a station of the Underground Railroad. Even if this description sounds amazing, it was so much more amazing than I can hope to express in my review of this book.
I gave a full five star review to this book and I definitely have not given that lightly because I absolutely loved this book. There was so much more to it than just the small description I wrote in the paragraph above. There’s hope, despair, love, death…ugh it was so good! I experienced heartache while reading this book and I even cried in a few spots! I’m pretty sure it even made me laugh a few times and it also made me swoon… it also made me reflect on what I know of the history of slavery in America.
This story was so heartbreaking and at the same time hopeful. I could hardly put it down! It left my heart aching for some of the characters but also happy for others. There is so much that is great about this book! I also really enjoyed the epistolary chapters and the weaving of narratives to give this really rich, beautiful, and inspiring story of a woman and a family that helped so many.
If you are history buff or are a fan of historical fiction, please pick up this book and do not forget to read the author’s note at the end of the book which gives insight into the authors journey and research into writing this moving book! I would LOVE to read more from this author!
About Sarah McCoy
SARAH McCOY is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of The Baker’s Daughter, a 2012 Goodreads Choice Award Best Historical Fiction nominee; the novella “The Branch of Hazel” in Grand Central; The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico; and The Mapmaker’s Children (Crown, May 5, 2015).
Her work has been featured in Real Simple, The Millions, Your Health Monthly, Huffington Post and other publications. She has taught English writing at Old Dominion University and at the University of Texas at El Paso. She calls Virginia home but presently lives with her husband, an Army physician, and their dog, Gilly, in El Paso, Texas. Sarah enjoys connecting with her readers on Twitter at @SarahMMcCoy, on her Facebook Fan Page or via her website, www.sarahmccoy.com.