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Friday, May 15, 2015

The Mapmaker's Children by Sarah McCoy - Book Review

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.

My Thoughts:

With her third book, "The Mapmaker's Children," author Sarah McCoy once again shares her love of the written word and her masterful storytelling skills with the world with a breathtaking novel that will remain with readers long after the final page is turned.

This story, which is based partly on the real life story of abolitionist John Brown's daughter, travels back and forth from the past to the present as two young women attempt to find their places in life as they tackle the unique history and problems of their time. They also are both looking for a way to keep their families together and find the love they know is the key to their future happiness.

Sarah once again populates her amazing story with fascinating characters, and employs her gift of creating descriptive and imaginative settings that are so wonderfully memorable.  I highly recommend not only this novel, but any and everything that Sarah McCoy writes.  She is one of the most talented of the up and coming authors of our current generation and it is a pleasure to watch her star continue to shine so brightly.

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.

Check out her website at www.sarahmccoy.com for more information on her writing and upcoming projects.

My thanks to Crown Publishers for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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