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Review: The Mapmaker’s Children

May 28, 2015

The Mapmaker's Children

Eden and her husband have moved out of the city, hoping the slower pace will help them in their quest to have a baby.  Their new house is old and full of character and Eden finds a few old things stored away in her pantry.  A little investigation leads her to Sarah Brown, a strong woman from the past who wasn’t all that different than she is.  Sarah’s father was the well known abolitionist, John Brown.  He passed his values down to his children and Sarah uses her talents to help the Underground Railroad.

Sarah McCoy expertly weaves the stories of these two women together in her wonderful historical novel, The Mapmaker’s Children.  Even though the two women lived a hundred and fifty years apart and lived very different lives, deep down inside they were very much alike – seeking to find value in their lives.

McCoy imagines a life for John Brown’s real daughter Sarah and gives readers a peek into the workings of the Underground Railroad.  She spins a dual narrative with Eden and her struggle with infertility – a struggle so many women can relate to.  I was engrossed with both stories but have to admit that I enjoyed Eden’s just a little bit more because of Cleo, a wonderful secondary character.  Both women felt real to me, though, so I was invested in this gem right from the start.  The Mapmaker’s Children will have broad appeal for both historical fiction readers and women’s fiction readers.  This is a book you don’t want to miss!

Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
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24 Comments leave one →
  1. May 28, 2015 5:53 am

    I want to read this – love historical and women’s fiction.

  2. May 28, 2015 7:58 am

    It seems like weaving together the stories of two women separated by many years has become a common device, but I never get tired if it. This sounds like a good read.

  3. May 28, 2015 8:29 am

    I don’t read historical fiction much, but this sounds like the book to choose for someone looking for that genre.

  4. May 28, 2015 9:14 am

    I’m a big fan of novels that jump back and forth in time. This sounds like a particularly good one.

  5. May 28, 2015 10:14 am

    On my wishlist– good review! I read The Baker’s Daughter by her last year and it was one of my top 10 or so faves for 2014. This one I definitely need to get.

  6. May 28, 2015 10:18 am

    I’ve been hearing such good things about this book. I like the melding of two stories too. Have it on my list already.

  7. May 28, 2015 10:21 am

    I have been eyeing this one. I enjoy stories that take us back in time, while also showing us the present day world of characters through a second narrative. Thanks!

  8. May 28, 2015 1:46 pm

    I would love to read this one!

  9. May 28, 2015 3:30 pm

    I am so glad that you loved this one as much as I did!

  10. May 28, 2015 4:18 pm

    Fascinating, and a book for me

  11. May 28, 2015 6:48 pm

    I’m hoping to read this one soon. I have been hearing so much good stuff about this book.

  12. Patty permalink
    May 28, 2015 8:03 pm

    It sounds really good!

  13. May 28, 2015 8:58 pm

    I just put a hold on this one at the library the other day! It sounds good.

  14. May 28, 2015 10:42 pm

    This sounds like the setting and the topics came together very well, in a heartfell manner. I’ll have to have a look at this one!

  15. Diane permalink
    May 29, 2015 6:06 am

    This sounds good Kathy.

    (I’ve been pathetic with my reading and reviewing this month).

  16. May 29, 2015 7:13 am

    I like historical fiction. This one is definitely for me.

  17. May 30, 2015 11:44 am

    I really liked this one, I got it from my library and am reviewing it Wednesday, along with some wondrous words!

  18. bookingmama permalink
    May 31, 2015 8:12 am

    I enjoyed this one too!

  19. May 31, 2015 6:18 pm

    It sounds good. I like the weaving of two stories together — separated by time.

  20. June 1, 2015 2:01 am

    I’m so glad you loved this one too. So did I. Her books are just amazing. Cleo was a great character wasn’t she. She seemed wise beyond her years.

  21. June 3, 2015 9:43 pm

    I loved Cleo, too. The stories were integrated beautifully. Great review!

  22. June 7, 2015 3:29 pm

    The dual storyline seems to be popular lately. I like the Underground Railroad aspect.

  23. June 11, 2015 10:41 am

    Thank you for the book review and the giveaway.

  24. Literary Feline permalink
    June 11, 2015 5:37 pm

    I saved your review to read after mine went up. 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed this one too, Kathy! It was so good!

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