The Mapmaker's Daughter

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Pub Date 01 Sep 2022 | Archive Date Not set


Could a rediscovered map…

Present day: When thirty-six-year-old Robyn Willoughby discovers an exquisite yet blood-stained Tudor map in her father’s antique map shop, desperate for a distraction from her problems, she decides to investigate. But as Robyn delves into the mystery, she finds herself caught up in a centuries-old secret – one that will change her life forever.

…show her the way?

1569: Forced to flee Holland to escape persecution, twenty-year-old Freida Ortelius uses her mapmaking skills to start anew in London. Soon her rare talent catches the eye of Queen Elizabeth, who demands Freida’s help in fighting the Spanish threat. Freida must now embark on a deadly mission, the consequences of which will echo down the ages…

A sweeping, heartbreaking read, perfect for fans of Lucinda Riley and Kathryn Hughes.

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Could a rediscovered map…

Present day: When thirty-six-year-old Robyn Willoughby discovers an exquisite yet blood-stained Tudor map in her...

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I read Clare Marchant’s two previous books and was delighted to receive an ARC of her third.

In this dual timeline book we have two leading ladies. In the 1500s, Frieda Ortelius, is living with her young son and Sea Beggar husband in London. Descended from a family of map makers, her parents were killed in front of her as a child. Frieda’s story centres around her life and work as a cartographer when she is asked to create a map for Sir Francis Drake by Queen Elizabeth.

In the present day, Robyn is living in Hay-on-Wye with her father. We soon learn her husband was lost at sea and she is struggling to accept his presumed death. When an old map is found in their shop, they have no idea of it’s provenance. Robyn is determined to learn the history and embarks on a research quest to discover the origins of this beautiful and mysterious map.

I very much enjoyed this story. I preferred the historical chapters as I found Frieda such a strong and inspiring character. I understood why Robyn was more damaged, but I admit to feeling quite impatient with her! That said, I enjoyed the journey that both perspectives took me on.

This book is well paced and written with great accuracy of detail, allowing a very clear picture of the court of Queen Elizabeth to emerge. I found it fascinating! I would recommend this book to all lovers of historical fiction without hesitation. Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for my copy of this book.

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The Mapmaker's Daughter by Clare Marchant is a great dual timeline historical fiction novel that I truly enjoyed.

This book has it all: history, intrigue, suspense, mystery, and a gripping narrative that kept me engaged from beginning to end. I have enjoyed books by Ms. Marchant in the past, so I knew I had to read this one.

This book weaves its story between present-day Robyn and Frieda via 1569. I love Elizabethan England, so incorporating Queen Elizabeth and so much vivid historical detail into the plot was a real treat for me. The author clearly has done her research, and her passion shines throughout. (I obviously enjoyed and prefer the historical thread…how could I not?)

I enjoyed the mysteries, twists, and how the author was able to pull it all together for the satisfying ending.

If you like historical fiction, and Queen Elizabeth/Tudor history, than this one is for you.

5/5 stars

Thank you NG and Avon Books UK for this wonderful arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.

I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication on 9/1/22.

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This was an enjoyable read that gripped me right from the start. It was well written with a dual timeline, an engaging plotline and well developed characters. It was very well researched too and the book was full of vivid descriptions.that made me feel like I could have jumped in the pages.

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Oh my word. Yet another fantastic historical book from Clare. I love these alternate times books and this one doesn’t disappoint. The story of Freida in the late 1500’s who’s a cartographer during Queen Elizabeth I’s reign and Robyn in the 21st century who’s husband was lost overboard in a yacht race. Their stories intertwine so beautifully it’s truly amazing. Such a lot of research must have to have been done but so worth it. I can’t recommend this book enough. I enjoyed the previous two. I certainly hope there are more to come. Thank you

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The Mapmakers Daughter by Clare Marchant.

I love all of Clare Merchants past books , each one a joy to read. And this one is no different.
A dual timeline Tudor 1569 and Present day.
Freida Ortelius flees Holland for London and carries on with her kayaking . Queen Elizabeth weeks her help against the Spanish and we follow her as she takes up her misson.
We pick up the story via Robyn Willoughby ( present day ) who finds a very old map in her father's antique map shop. She investigates the maps past and the story that is help within it's secret.
I loved the characters and the way the plot of both times weaved and intwined , Clare is a master of dual timelines and I look forward to her next book. Excellent.

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