The Mapmaker’s Children

by Sarah McCoy

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.

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on The Mapmaker’s Children, it is about a time in history that is very interesting to me. I love reading everything I can about the Underground Railroad. I would like to think I would be like Sarah and help  the slaves to safety. So this book was one I had to read. I LOVED The Mapmaker’s Children. I’m not usually a fan of the back and forth switching from one person to the next. It gets confusing to me at times. However Sarah McCoy does such a great job at intertwining the two it just flows so well. I love all the historical facts she includes within the story. It really makes you want to research the history of your house if it is an older home. Mine is not old so sadly no fun stories here but can you imagine if you had a old 1800’s home. The Mapmaker’s Children has made me a fan of not only Sarah McCoy but of historical past/present story telling. I know this is a book I will read many times and one that in top book picks for 2015! 

thank you blogging for books, crown publishing and Sarah McCoy for allowing me to read this wonderful book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.