Skip to main content

Book Review: The Mapmaker's Children by Sarah McCoy

Sarah Brown's father is the well-known abolitionist John Brown, who is determined to end slavery in the mid-19th century. Her mother and sisters are sheltered from his work, but when Sarah learns she cannot bear children, she puts all she has into his movement, using her artistic talents to create maps to be used on the Underground Railroad. In modern times, Eden is a troubled woman who has just moved into an old home with her husband. Here she discovers a relic from the Civil War era hidden in a root cellar in her pantry. It has the potential to change her life.

The Mapmaker's Children by Sarah McCoy is a wonderful blend of historical and contemporary fiction that alternates between the voices of Sarah in the 1800s and Eden in 2014. Through Sarah's story, we see the effects of John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry and the horror of the Civil War. We get a view into the culture of the time and the way people came together to get through difficulties. I loved learning more about the Underground Railroad and this time in history.

Eden's story brings the history forward into modern time. She and her husband are struggling with infertility and their relationship is suffering. When Eden finds an old doll head in the root cellar, she hopes it will help to get their home listed in the National Register of Historic Places so she can sell it and move on with her life. But a dog, a little girl and an amazing little community give Eden a nudge in a different direction.

I found The Mapmaker's Children to be a heartwarming, quick read. I had a hard time putting it down since I kept wanting to read the next chapter in Eden or Sarah's story. I also longed to see how it all came together in the end. I was not disappointed. If you enjoy a mixture of historical and contemporary fiction, I highly recommend The Mapmaker's Children.

My Rating: 5/5

Visit Sarah McCoy on her website, Facebook or Twitter
Visit the other stops on this tour!

This review was written based on a copy of The Mapmaker's Children that I received from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This post includes Amazon Affiliate links.

The giveaway has ended.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Wow! Sounds like a really great book.

  2. I don't know enough about the Underground Railroad. What an interesting setting!

    Thanks for being on the tour!

    1. It really was a cool setting and I learned quite a bit.


Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Popular posts from this blog

Getting back to blogging

It seems that blogging has dropped to the bottom of my list for the past year, and was pretty low for the year or two prior to that. I love to read, and am continuing to do so, but as my regular readers know I haven't been around much. My last blog post was almost a year ago!!

There are many things that have taken me away from blogging. Work has been much more challenging and interesting these past few years, but that means I really don't want to get back on the computer when I get home at night - or on the weekends.

Family life has been more busy with kids having multiple activities in the evenings, leaving little time to just hang out and write about the books that I read.

I will admit to a bit of a Facebook addiction, which means way too much time spent scrolling through my newsfeed instead of doing something more productive. This is one of the things I'm working on and hoping that this will free up some time for getting back to the blog.

Overall, life is good. Work is …

Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop

I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Mundie Moms are hosting the Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop in honor of Independence Day in the United States, and I've decided to participate.

To stick with the theme of Independence Day, I'm doing what I did last year for this hop:

I'm giving away a book of your choice that is written by an author from the United States.
It can be any genre as long as the author is from the United States. You choose the book (up to $15), and I'll order it and have it mailed to you from Book Depository.

The contest ends on Thursday, July 5th at midnight Eastern Time. The winner will be notified by e-mail. If they do not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

Happy 4th of July! I hope you have a safe and fun holiday!

Enter here:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Now check out all of the other giveaways you can enter at the links below!

Leap into Books Giveaway Hop!

This week, I'm participating in the Leap into Books Giveaway Hop hosted by I'm a Reader, Not a Writer.

I'm giving away a book of your choice 
up to $10 from Book Depository.
It's that simple. Just visit  Book Depository and choose any book that is selling for $10 or less.

This giveaway is open to international entries as long as Book Depository ships to your address (click here to check). The contest ends on Monday, March 5, 2012, at midnight Eastern Time. The winner will be picked using and notified by e-mail. If they do not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn. To enter, just leave a comment telling me what book you want to win.

Check out all the other participants in the giveaway hop!