Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Mapmaker's Children // A Blogging for Books Review


This book by Sarah McCoy tells the story of two different but similar women from two very different centuries. One is the story of Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, who creates a life for herself during the Civil War continuing her father's work with the Underground Railroad. The other parallel story is of present-day Eden Anderson who moves into an old Virginian home where she discovers an old doll head in the house's root cellar--a part of a doll that turns out to be remains of an Underground Railroad doll, revealing a telling history that becomes applicable in the present day.

Overall, I loved this book for its storytelling. Although a work of fiction, it includes many real-life characters that actually existed and actually worked on the abolitionist movement. It depicts history in a vivid and believable way, and the characters are well-developed and extremely likable--by the end of the book, I felt invested in their stories and their lives.

Even better, I loved the way the two story-lines intertwined. Although the two protagonists of the book lived very different lives at very different times, they both share underlying qualities that connect the two women together. Besides both being unable to bear children, Sarah and Eden redefine family measure in their own ways. I am definitely going to be passing this book onto my sisters as I know they will appreciate the strong women that make up this story.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

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