The Mapmaker’s Children, Book Review

I recently signed up for Blogging For Books, a site that connects reader-reviewers with newly published books. My book arrived in the mail just a few days after requesting it, always a plus for a bibliophile in need of a fix!

Sarah Brown and Eden Anderson are women living generations apart, their only connection seems to be the village of New Charles Town.

Sarah’s father is an abolitionist who operates one of the last stops along the Underground Railroad in North Elba, New York. Sarah herself becomes involved when she draws a map for a runaway slave and her daughter to follow to freedom. Her maps become the key for many slaves afterwards and Sarah feels like she has found her place in the world. When her father is accused of treason for his involvement in the Harper’s Ferry incident, the family travels south to visit him in his last hours. The Hill family in New Charles Town take them in like family and Sarah learns that her Father’s “True Friends”, other men who believe in abolition and the UGRR, are more than just old men. Freddy Hill shares her convictions.

Eden has given up on becoming a mother. Her womb won’t hold them and she is tired of trying, tired of feeling like the broken woman she is. She and her husband have just moved to New Charles Town, for a fresh start. Perhaps the country air and less stressful living will coax her body into motherhood… if her marriage doesn’t fall apart. When her husband Jack brings home a puppy, her life changes forever.
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As my first book for Blogging For Books, I think I made a great choice. I have not read any of Sarah McCoy’s previous works but I will certainly be searching for her in the future. Her characters are quirky and feel like the people I have known all my life. (Although Ms. Silverdash could have used a bit more fleshing out. She seemed all artistic bookstore owner and nothing more.) The past and present tie together nicely by book’s end. I enjoyed learning more about the Underground Railroad and how creative the Abolitionists could be to get their message delivered:

“Freedom! This way!”

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