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February 26, 2016


A Novel
Sarah McCoy
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 From the New York Times bestselling author of The Baker's Daughter, a story of family, love, and courage

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.

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (February 9, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385348924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385348928
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Sarah McCoy
SARAH McCOY is the New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author of the novels THE MAPMAKER'S CHILDREN; THE BAKER'S DAUGHTER, a 2012 Goodreads Choice Award Nominee; THE TIME IT SNOWED IN PUERTO RICO (Random House), and "The Branch of Hazel: a novella" in GRAND CENTRAL (Penguin).

Sarah's work has been featured in Real Simple, The Millions, Your Health Monthly, Huffington Post and other publications. She has taught English writing at Old Dominion University and at the University of Texas at El Paso. She currently lives with her husband and their dog, Gilly, in El Paso, Texas.

You can find out more about her books at her website or reach her on Twitter @SarahMMcCoy and Facebook.
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 The Mapmaker's Children will grab your attention and won't let go.  Sarah Brown is the main character. Civil War era artist and daughter of abolitionist John Brown, she triumphed above such tragedies and went on to serve and love others.As she works with the Underground Railroad, she is risking her life but she is trying to build a life of her own and carry on her father's legacy.Her maps, were hidden  in paintings, dolls, etc. These maps helped many slaves to escape. Ms. McCoy describes this historical character as being strong, dignified and very admirable. Then we have the character, Eden, a modern-day woman, who behaves irrationally at times. The reader can empathize with her. As the reader turns each page they will find they are feeling such strong emotion. You connect with the characters. Here the author wrote of two very different women from very different eras but have so much in common.The author  has well described and developed two very different women.  This story as you turn the pages, gives way to many things such as love, sacrifice and doing the best with what you have.Very good book.  Hope there will be another soon.

I received this complimentary copy of THE MAPMAKER'S CHILDREN from Blogging for Books and the author, Sarah McCoy in exchange for my unbiased review. No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 4  STARS.

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