Publication Date: May 2015
Publisher: Broadway Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC
ARC Copy from Penguin Random House LLC
Two distinctly different storylines mesh and flow together throughout this book. McCoy tells the intriguing story of Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, while alternating her story with that of Eden Anderson, a young woman who moves into a house where Sarah stayed 150 years earlier.
While the young women have a common problem in their lives, each one tackles the issue in a different manner. As the mystery of a porcelain doll’s head found by Eden in the old house unravels, the reader can begin to see the connection between the two women. The women face difficult decisions and must find the courage to do what is necessary to move on with their lives. Each woman finds strength and support from bonding with neighbors, family, and acquaintances they make in their community and by utilizing their own unique talents. By the end of the novel, each woman redefined their concept of family, which allowed them to live peacefully with themselves.
The book starts slow, but the plot draws the reader in gradually. Readers of historical fiction will enjoy the storyline. The historical information contained in the book based on the life of the real Sarah Brown is very interesting. An unusual woman for her time!