Something Worth Doing by Jane Kirkpatrick

September 24, 2020

AUTHOR: Jane Kirkpartrick
GENRE: Historical Biographical Fiction, Christian Fiction
PAGES: 314

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 Thoughts

The summary and cover of this book definitely drew me in when I first saw it. The fact that was historical fiction definitely drew me in as well. In this book we meet Abigail Scott who is the main character and who the book is all about. She is an independent woman with big ideas and big dreams. She is not interested in marriage or having someone telling her what she can and cannot do. She starts out life trying to set to map out her life but it doesn't go according to her plan. 

We meet Ben who definitely falls in love with Abigail and courts her. Due to a circumstance with her father she has to move the wedding to Ben a lot sooner than she expected. He is truly the ideal mate for her. He supports her every idea and doesn't stifle that independent heart that she has. 

This was my first book by Jane Kirkpatrick. She definitely does an excellent job in her research and even adding her fictional characters and fiction themes was flawless. Especially this being a historical biographical fiction she really made sure that everything was correct which I appreciate when reading this genre. But I have to admit that I did not enjoy the main character at all. I feel like she focused so much on being independent and pursuing her dreams I felt like she completely ignored her husband and children and it broke my heart for them. 

If you enjoy real-life historical fiction then this is definitely the book that you may want to pick up. 

My Rating: 3 Stars

(I received this book through the Revell Reads Blogger Program. I was not required to post a review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

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About the Author

Jane Kirkpatrick
 is the New York Times and CBA bestselling and award-winning author of more than 30 books, including One More River to CrossEverything She Didn't SayAll Together in One PlaceA Light in the WildernessThe Memory WeaverThis Road We Traveled, and A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have won the WILLA Literary Award, the Carol Award for Historical Fiction, and the 2016 Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award. Jane divides her time between Central Oregon and California with her husband, Jerry, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Caesar. Learn more at

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