Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Bringing the Past and Present together beautifully... The Mapmaker's Children by Sarah McCoy Review

The Mapmaker's Children

By Sarah McCoy

Via Netgalley ARC Thank you to the Publishers Crown and Sarah McCoy for a copy of the book for exchange of an honest review.


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.


My Review:

Sarah McCoy writes a story that intersects the lives of two women past and present. I love when a book is placed in the perspective of the person; it transports you to their time and place. Sarah writes with emotions than run deep in her characters, when they felt you feel that same emotion.


The book takes place in 1859, Virginia, when Sarah Brown helps her father, John Brown, Abolitionist in the help with the Underground Railroad in her art by drawing maps to aid slaves to freedom. When her father is convicted and hung for treason. She carries on with the secret mission of the Underground Railroad. Sarah is an amazing woman; I could not imagine living in those times. McCoy writes her with a tough outside with a heart of gold in the center.

Eden was a harder character to reach, I felt very connected with her. There are so many emotions that arise when conception is a problem in a marriage and relationship. I really wanted Eden to feel powerful to the struggle she was going through. When a young girl comes into her life in an unexpected way, Eden learns she needs to make decisions of her own. 

This book brought a part of history that many people tend brush aside, up front and center. McCoy delivers the power of what is truly inside a strong woman past and present.
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