Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Review: The Mapmaker's Children by:Sarah McCoy
About the Book:
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.
1859- Sarah Brown's father is a wonderful map maker but that isn't all he is good at. By the darkness of night, he helps slaves reach the underground railroad as fast and safe as he can. One night Sarah over hears her father talking to two slave woman and a small girl. When she draws a map hiding it deceptively among a amazing picture, both Sarah and her father know this talent of hers is just the thing they need to help the underground railroad along.
2014- All Eden Anderson wants is to have a child. But after two miscarriages, she doesn't believe that it will ever happen. She soon starts pulling away from everyone, even her husband. When her husband brings home a puppy, she's out-raged, but she knows her anger has nothing to do with him. While Eden is throwing one of her tantrums, the puppy hides his snout in a hole. Pulling the dog away, she finds something slightly creep beneath the base boards. A cracked doll head. Eden begins wondering what happened to the dolls body. When the girl from next door comes to feed the dog and notices the head she has some one who may just have the answers.
As both Eden and Sarah's lives start to change, they'll learn that not everything can continue staying the same. And they must learn to live life to the fullest, despite what's going on around them.
The Mapmaker's Children was an amazing book. I really enjoy how wonderful the past and present linked together. The author has an amazing way with words. I hope to read some more of her books soon.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Blogging for Books.