The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy a Book Review


I recently picked up a book to review that gives us a view of what have been like for one of the figures active in the Underground Railroad.

About the Book:

My Review: 

I actually picked this novel up for the historical storyline and not the modern day one.  Sarah McCoy weaves a modern day tale with the difficult past of slavery. Her two heroes share torturous bond of infertility.  And both grow and form bonds despite their own sadness.

Sarah Brown, daughter of John Brown a well known abolitionist during that time, devotes her life to helping the slaves in the underground railroad. Using her artistic skills she fashions drawings they can easily remember to reach their destinations. She is courageous and strong and easily likeable.

Then we come to modern day Eden, a woman suffering from infertility and the inability to connect with her (very sweet) husband. She’s ready to jump ship at the beginning of the book and is only held back by a little girl and a dog.

The only real connection I saw between both stories was the discovery of a civil war era doll in Eden’s newly purchased home. Other than that I really felt like I was reading two different books with this one. And frankly I could have been.

Some may not care for the modern day story but I found it kind of interesting.

If you are interested in the underground railroad and participants from that era you will enjoy this story.

About the Author: SARAH McCOY is the New York Times bestselling author of the 2012 Goodreads Choice Award Best Historical Fiction nominee The Baker’s Daughter and The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico. 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 and their dog, Gilbert, in El Paso, Texas.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from  Blogging for Books as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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