Something Worth Doing by Jane Kirkpatrick | Historical Fiction Review

Something Worth Doing by Jane Kirkpatrick

Historical Fiction


In 1853, Abigail Scott was a nineteen-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 Abigail becomes the primary breadwinner for her growing family, what she sees as a working woman appalls her--and prompts her to devote her life to fighting for the rights of women, including the right to vote.

Based on a true story, Something Worth Doing will resonate with modern women who still grapple with the pull between career and family, finding their place in the public sphere, and dealing with frustrations and prejudices when competing in male-dominated spaces.

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My Thoughts

Jane Kirkpatrick never disappoints. She digs deep and finds brave, obscure women from the past and brings them back to life with a fascinating story. I found Something Worth Doing to be particularly relevant at this time in history. 2020 marks the 100th anniversary for the women's right to vote. It's easy to think that came about just naturally but in reality there were many women working to make that happen. Abigail Scott was one of those pioneering women. 

Something Worth Doing is the story of Abigail Scott and her journey from young girl to suffragette woman. I have to say that after reading her story I don't think that I would particularly like Abigail. But I found her journey fascinating. Her story is full of heartache and triumph. She was an ordinary wife, mother, daughter, and sister but she had extraordinary ambitions and dreams. 

If you enjoy historical fiction I'm positive that you'll enjoy this book. Jane Kirkpatrick has an ability to take the reader into the setting and allow you to learn historical facts while enjoying an interesting story. I highly recommend it.

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Jane Kirkpatrick

I received a copy of this book from Revell to facilitate my review.


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