The Mapmaker’s Children

   The synopsis reads: “When Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, realizes that her artistic talents may be able to save the lives of slaves fleeing north, she becomes one of the Underground Railroad’s leading mapmakers, taking her cues from the Slave Quilt codes and hiding her maps within her paintings. As the country steers toward civil war, Sarah faces difficult sacrifices that could put all she loves in peril. A century and a half later, Eden Anderson, reeling from personal disappointment, moves with her husband to an old house in suburban Washington, D.C., a last-ditch effort to save their marriage and start a family. In the house’s cellar, she discovers a long-hidden porcelain doll that holds extraordinary secrets from the days of the Underground Railroad. Sarah and Eden’s connection soon bridges the past with the present, forcing each of them to define courage, family, love, and legacy in a new way, illustrating the ways in which history and destiny are interconnected on one enormous, intricate map.”

     I’ve always been fascinated with stories of the civil war, slavery and their eventual freedom, and the quilts. When I saw this book, I knew I had to read it. I was not disappointed.
     The author, Sarah McCoy, successfully intertwined the two leading ladies and the two centuries in which they lived. There are only two things I would have liked to have seen: more of Sarah’s artwork being mentioned and used in the book and that Sarah and Eden would have been related. 
     Overall, an excellent book and I highly recommend it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.


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