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The Mapmaker's Children tells the story of Sarah Brown during the time of the Civil War and Eden Anderson in modern times. We read about the strength and trials of both women throughout the book. We see how their lives are intertwined through alternating narratives.
Sarah is the daughter of abolitionist John Brown and she realized that her artistic talent can help guide escaped slaves to safety. It is a risk though because if caught, she could be sentenced to death like her father.
Eden has moved to a small town in West Virginia to try to start a family and save her marriage. She left behind an ad agency job so she could focus on infertility treatments. She has to make many choices throughout the book to decide what is best for her life.
I loved Sarah's story of being an unconventional woman during the late 1850's. Focusing on schooling, her artistic talents, and helping in the cause of freeing slaves was against the norm for women at that time. I enjoyed the letters that she writes back and forth to her friend Freddy.
Eden from the beginning to the end of the book makes quite a change. It was interesting to see her make day to day choices that helped her grow as a compassionate person and a more likable character.
I liked this book quite a bit and look forward to reading more of Sarah McCoy in the future. I would suggest this book to people that are interested in historical fiction and contemporary women's fiction.