Sunday, March 16, 2014

ARC review: The Mapmaker's Daughter by Laurel Corona

Novel Synopsis(via Goodreads):
A sweeping story of 1492 Spain, exploring how what we know about the world shapes our map of life Valencia, 1492. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella issue an order expelling all Jews who refuse to convert to Christianity. Amalia Cresques, daughter of a Jewish mapmaker whose services were so valuable that his faith had been ignored, can no longer evade the throne. She must leave her beloved atlas, her house, her country, forever. As Amalia remembers her past, living as a converso, hiding her faith, she must decide whether to risk the wrath of the Inquisition or relinquish what''s left of her true life. A mesmerizing saga about faith, family and Jewish identity.
***Many thanks to Net Galley and Sourcebooks Landmark for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.***
This insomniac's opinion:
This novel was sweeping, over a long period of time and several different countries. It was challenging to read at times, as many were killed and discriminated against simply for their religious views.
Amalia was a strong woman and I felt so much compassion for her, as it seemed that every time she gained foothold in her life she was again brought to her knees by tragedy.
Overall, a fascinating and somber look at a perilous time in history and a reminder that we have not seemed to have learned much from history's mistakes as we continue to persecute others based on who they are.
4 solid stars

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