Title: The Mapmaker’s Daughter
Author: Clare Marchant
Genre: Historical Fiction
Goodreads Rating: 4.14
Can a map from the past reveal the path to the future?
A rediscovered map…
Present day: After a tragic event froze her life seven years ago, Robyn is now focused on helping her father’s map shop as she struggles to heal. But when she discovers an exquisite map from the Tudor period, mysteriously ringed with a splatter of blood and whose creator is unknown, Robyn finds herself caught in a centuries-old mystery. One that will send her halfway across the world to London and then Amsterdam in search of the truth. A truth that could hold the key to changing her life forever.
A lady cartographer…
1569: After being forced to flee her home, Frieda is determined to start over in London, England and keep her family safe by continuing the family trade of map drawing. Through her rare and skilled work, she catches the eye of the royal monarch Queen Elizabeth I who demands her and her sea captain husband’s help with the Crown’s battle against the Spanish King Philip. And so Freida embarks on a dangerous quest, one that will lead her to discover, the ultimate danger can happen even across the seas…
Two women, centuries apart. Can one mysterious treasure bring them together?
I’d like to thank NetGalley and Avon Books UK for approving me for an ARC of this book. I have read Clare’s two previous book and love her writing style so I couldn’t wait to get stuck into this one.
This is a dual timeline story told by two women, Robyn and Frieda. Robyn’s story is set in the present day, where she stumbles across a map that her father never knew was hiding in his shop. This mystery proves to be the perfect distraction whilst Robyn is coming to terms with a difficult decision. Frieda’s story is set in the 1500’s during Queen Elizabeth’s reign. Whilst constantly fearing for her life Frieda finds herself being invited to court to carry out a task for the Queen.
Whilst we flip back and forth between these two women’s stories we learn many things about cartographers, life at sea, Huguenots and so much more. I was fascinated with Frieda’s story from the first chapter. She came from shocking circumstances and I had nothing but sympathy for her when her fears manifested in her adult life too. She was clearly a compassionate and lovely women who just wanted a simple life away from fear and trepidation. As her story unravelled and more was revealed about her husband’s final task I felt the fear leaping from the pages.
I loved being back in the royal court, especially Queen Elizabeth’s as her reign is infamous. I almost wish we had been there more as with Clare’s previous books I’ve felt there was more focus on that aspect. Learning about our Royal history is fascinating to me and the introduction of Francis Drake certainly piqued my interest.
This was brilliant storytelling, filled with history and adventure. Clare Marchant has the knack for drawing her readers in and keeping them on tender hooks until the very end.