The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy


Summary: 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.

My Review: This was a beautiful novel, the writing was superb and I had no issues believing I was in the time period where some men and women were not free. This book was enchanting & gut wrenching all at the same time. This is a very dark time in American History but reading a story that is beautiful and hopeful makes this dark time period have some light.

I was immediately drawn into the story of Sarah, what she did for the men and women fleeing north, you pulled for her, you cried for her & you cheered for her. This story is beautiful.

Then you have the modern story of Eden, who is desperate for a child. I am currently surrounded by many woman who can’t conceive and I hear their stories so it made this story very personal to me.

This is a beautiful novel and I can’t wait to read more books by McCoy.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book in exchange for a review, thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy.

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