The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy is a wonderful blend of the past and present that completely captivates the reader from the first page to the last. Sarah McCoy tells a beautifully written story that is told in the past by Sarah Brown (daughter of abolitionist John Brown) and in the present by Eden Anderson, a woman struggling to have a child. Having read and loved The Baker’s Daughter I had high hopes for The Mapmaker’s Children and Sarah McCoy lived up to every expectation I had with yet another mesmerizing story. The audiobook production of The Mapmaker’s Children is absolutely fabulous with multiple narrators including Abby Craden, Cassandra Campbell, Jane Jacobs, and the author’s note read by Sarah McCoy herself. With narrators such as these ladies you know you are in for a listening experience you won’t soon forget – very well done!
Sarah Brown’s father John worked hard in the 1800’s to end slavery. While he kept his work from his family it still happened that he discovered that Sarah was artistically talented and that talent lent well to creating maps that were then used on the Underground Railroad. Since Sarah, having had a bad illness, would never bear children she threw herself completely into her father’s work and continued on even after his passing to do what she could for the cause. Eden, in the present time, has moved into an old house with her husband. She’s extremely unhappy with her inability to bear a child and this is consuming her every moment. When the young Cleo shows up at her door she’s pretty snarky but this young girl soon enough worms her way into her good graces. Meanwhile Eden has found a head from an old porcelain doll that had been used in the Underground Railroad in her cellar. Both she and Cleo discover the many hidden secrets and past lives that this doll has lived and in doing so this opens Eden up to healing her broken soul.
The Mapmaker’s Children is a fantastic novel with such depth and beauty. With my love of historical fiction I loved Sarah’s story and while I’ve read some on the Underground Railroad before it was great to learn more of this strong woman and her bravery. I even liked Eden who is entirely an unlikeable character in the beginning but as the story progresses so does she. What I really loved though was how Sarah McCoy wove the two narratives together with an old house, a porcelain doll’s head, and a fascinating look back into history.
Utterly fantastic storytelling! Highly recommended!
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