The Mapmaker’s Children: A Review

mapmakerschildren Combining contemporary lives with history is a remarkable feat. Sarah McCoy does a brilliant job of doing just that. By including historical facts, individuals, and event, she produces an amazing story of courage and hope. The main characters, Eden Anderson, who lives in present twentieth first century America and Sarah Brown, who is living in a traumatic time in history, the beginning of The Civil War and the operation of The Underground Railroad. You might wonder, how do their lives blend so seamlessly? Keep reading.
Eden and her husband have purchased an historical home in West Charlestown,Va., the same town that Sarah Brown once lived. Now the story gets more interesting. Eden stumbles upon an old doll’s head in the root cellar. She starts a journey of curiosity as to the doll’s origins and how it ended up in the house. From this discovery, she learns about the people in the town she lives in and how they are connected to the home she and her husband own. Some are descendants of the original owners.
If you must know, Sarah Brown’s parents, John and Mary Brown were part of the Underground Railroad. They wanted to help free slaves so they could live without fear and be respected in the community. Very dangerous work, so dangerous in fact that Mr. Brown paid with his life. He was hung for his participation. Sarah wants to continue to help, and hence the title of the book. She paints maps and then eventually paints dolls with various colors that indicate where the freed slaves would travel to safety. Awesome lady! She herself never marries but does adopt two freed slaves. Both Eden and Sarah find strength within themselves they never knew they had. They survive their circumstances and become better women.
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review from Blogging for Books.
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