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.
This book easily ranks as one of my top ten reads this year. I enjoyed it immensely. It’s a story of two woman — one from the 1800s and one living in today’s world. I would still consider it Historical Fiction. The connection between the two women is not only the house, and the secrets within, but by the infertility that shapes each woman. I loved the characters and felt the author did a great job of telling both stories. The historical part was based on a real-life person, and the author shares a little bit about that in an epilogue.
Would I recommend this to fellow book lovers? Absolutely!
Would I recommend this to my teenage daughter? Yep. There is an instance in the book that discusses the option of abortion, so that could be something to discuss if your teen were to read the book.
5 of 5 stars.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.