Sunday, September 20, 2020

Review: Something Worth Doing by Jane Kirkpatrick

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


In 1853, Abigail Scott was a 19-year-old school teacher in Oregon Territory when she married Ben Duniway. Marriage meant giving up on teaching, but Abigail always believed she was meant to be more than a good wife and mother. When financial mistakes and an injury force Ben to stop working, Abigail becomes the primary breadwinner for her growing family. What she sees as a working woman appalls her, and she devotes her life to fighting for the rights of women, including their right to vote.

Following Abigail as she bears six children, runs a millinery and a private school, helps on the farm, writes novels, gives speeches, and eventually runs a newspaper supporting women's suffrage, Something Worth Doing explores issues that will resonate strongly with modern women: the pull between career and family, finding one's place in the public sphere, and dealing with frustrations and prejudices women encounter when they compete in male-dominated spaces. Based on a true story of a pioneer for women's rights from award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick will inspire you to believe that some things are worth doing--even when the cost is great.

My Review: 

Something Worth Doing is yet another reason why Jane Kirkpatrick is among my favorite historical fiction writers. I love how she uses real people and real events from days gone by and write a beautiful story. This one is no different. The historical details were so detailed that I felt like I was transported back in time to when Abigail lived. I enjoyed getting to know her and admired her bravery and courage.

I am giving Something Worth Doing a very well deserved five plus stars. I loved every single page.

I received Something Worth Doing from the publisher. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

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