This book was a perfect addition to my Memorial Day weekend, McCoy had me entranced and glued to the book from the prologue all the way until the very end.
Reasons I loved this book:
* McCoy has a knack for taking inanimate objects and making them key players and characters in the story she tells, such as the house that you meet in the prologue, full of secrets and mystery.
* This is a Civil War era book; I’ve always enjoyed stories about American history, particularly the Civil War, those fighting for justice and the campaign to end slavery. There is something about that time in American history that I’m drawn to, always have been.
* McCoy tells the story from the point of view of two characters (Sarah and Eden), going back and forth between them each chapter. I love the pace switching characters creates in the book, the varying points of view, and how the alternating characters/chapters kept me turning the pages of this book.
* The story is enthralling, McCoy has a unique look at the Civil War in The Mapmaker’s Children and a way with words that made me wish this story didn’t end.
About The Mapmaker’s Children
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.
About Sarah McCoy
SARAH McCOY is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of The Baker’s Daughter, a 2012 Goodreads Choice Award Best Historical Fiction nominee; the novella “The Branch of Hazel” in Grand Central; The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico; and The Mapmaker’s Children (Crown, May 5, 2015).
Her work has been featured in Real Simple, The Millions, Your Health Monthly, Huffington Post and other publications. 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, an Army physician, and their dog, Gilly, in El Paso, Texas. Sarah enjoys connecting with her readers on Twitter at @SarahMMcCoy, on her Facebook Fan Page or via her website, www.sarahmccoy.com.