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Sunday Scoop


The Mapmaker’s Daughter

By Laurel Corona


Wow, it’s Sunday again!! I need to get a move on and get some cleaning done. The sun is shinning here today!! I would like to say a special shout out to my friends Amanda and Nate. Thanks for a fun evening of games and mexican food!! Amanda’s fried ice cream is something to die for!! I can’t even remember the last time I ate anything that tasted that good!! So much to do and so little time to do it in, house work is never-ending. So as Ying would say move on, move on!!

I found this gem down at my local library. This is a family saga that starts with Amalia as an elderly woman in the present and takes us back in time to her childhood. Get ready for another Historical Fiction book. This one takes us all the way back to Spain in the fifteenth century. This book was published January of 2014. It is a family saga.

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 (Goodreads).

I enjoyed reading this book. I liked learning about the Jewish culture and traditions. This book takes us through the persecution and racism that occurs as Amalia’s family goes through time. Amalia was her father’s right hand man and the book tells of their close relationship. This was a little unusual, but he had no son, so it was accepted. Amalia must make many decisions through out her life often at her own expense. This book contained strong female characters. It has a couple of places where it is just a little racy and explicit. I would recommend it for adults, not young readers. I also got a little bogged down at the end. The story needed to wind up a little quicker.I find it interesting that way before Hitler the Jews were under persecution. I give this book 4 out 5 stars.




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