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Published by Crown/Archetype on May 5th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Women, Fiction, Historical, Literary
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 was a little hesitant when starting The Mapmaker’s Children because more often than not I tend to dislike alternating point of views if they’re not done too well, especially when it comes to stories that are taking place in the past and present. That being said, I really enjoyed this book and it worked perfectly, keeping my interest throughout the three hundred pages (I wish the font was bigger).
Sarah Brown and Eden seemed to have only an infertility problem in common at first, but their stories unfold and I could see how these two different women, from very different times could intertwine and make such an interesting story. I personally loved Sarah’s chapters a lot more because I found the historical aspects more interesting than some of Eden’s life. Although, despite not going through the same trials and dangers as Sarah Brown, Eden was also a woman who had endured through pain and despair. They’re both strong.
The Mapmaker’s Children is a must read for any historical fiction lover or someone who likes really interesting reads such as this.