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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 w ...more
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Published September 1st 2020 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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*Something Worth Doing by Jane Kirkpatrick is a 2020 Revell publication.

It is not the certainty that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something is worth doing regardless of how it turns out.

This is a fascinating fictional account of the life of Abigail Scott Duniway, a journalist and prolific author and early suffragist who worked tirelessly to help women in Oregon gain the right to vote.

I am so glad the author chose Abigail as her subject. I think it’s important not only
Deanne Patterson
Historical fiction is my favorite genre to read and one of my favorite authors who writes this genre is Jane Kirkpatrick. I have read many of her books over the years and many like this one are based on real people and circumstances.
Abigail Scott Duniway was a true pioneer woman, she puts all her time and effort into women's suffrage movement at the expense of her husband and children. At one point she didn't see her children or husband for ten months and she really didn't seem to mind.
While I d
Maureen Timerman
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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The wisdom of a mother that is passed down to a daughter that in the end, benefits all of the woman of this country. We need to be grateful for the sacrifices woman like Abigail Scott, and other's who fought throughout their lives for woman's rights, including the right to vote.
We follow Abigail from her first year of teaching until the end of her life, through life's tribulations of joy and sorrow.
God put a wonderful man named Ben in her path, and we journey with them as they survive in the new
Nov 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you Revell for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Something Worth Doing
By: Jane Kirkpatrick


I have to mention the gorgeous cover art. It's stunning! Something Worth Doing is a story I liked and disliked. I like Jane Kirkpatrick's work. Her research is evident in the historical details and facts of the story, and she writes so beautifully. My dislike is of the character of Abigail. She read as selfish and indifferent toward
Sep 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m not sure how I felt about this book. It was interesting since it was about a real woman, but there were some things that I didn’t like. I liked how Abigail stood up for women. I didn’t like how whiny she came across as. I felt bad for her husband and children though. It seemed like the only thing that mattered to her was the cause for women. Overall, it was a okay read.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed ar
Libby May
I haven't really had great success with Jane Kirkpatrick's writing style yet. The last book I read by her was All She Left Behind. I will admit I liked that story, but the main thread was girls, ladies, women, females. MAKE A PLACE FOR YOURSELF IN THE WORLD OF MEN. I'll say for myself that I am a pretty bold person and I believe in making a place for yourself in the world, however after reading Something Worth Doing, the amount of feminism that's portrayed in these books is just too much for me. ...more
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Less than two-hundred years ago, a woman was subject to the whims of her father, brother, or husband. A woman could keep no income she made for herself alone, should her husband choose to take her money. A man could take all of his wife's property and their child, with no consequence through the law. All of this was commonplace in the same country where wars were fought to secure the freedom of some, but not all. We are taught these things in school, but it never really hit home for me until I r ...more
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Let's take a minute and enjoy the prettiness of this cover! The colour scheme draws you, and gives off the "this is a historical fiction" novel. The tagline on the cover describing Something Worth Doing as a novel about " early suffragist" really tugged at my interest. This book took me a long time to get through as I had a difficult time picking the novel back up. The slow pace, and the characteristics of Abigail Scott Duniway really made me want to pass on this
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Normally, I really enjoy whatever Jane Kirkpatrick writes but this wasn't one that I really resonated with. Part of it was the main character really grated on me, and some of the choices she made didn't work for me, but it was well written and well researched as all of Ms. Kirkpatrick's novels usually are. 2.5 Stars ...more
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love historical fiction and this book was no exception. I enjoy learning things and I have never heard of Abigail Scott Dunaway either. What a fascinating woman!
I admired her a lot! I loved her representation of women yesterday and today. Sometimes her thoughts were exactly what I think of sometimes when men do things that upsets us sometimes. I won't say what that is but I'm sure you can pretty much figure it out.
Kirkpatrick has a wonderful voice in historical fiction. The stories that she
Sep 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I had a hard time with this book because I couldn’t really relate. I realize that fighting for women to be able to own things, get custody of their children, and so many other things was needed. However, Abigail seemed selfish, and she went ten months ( apparently fairly easily) without seeing her husband or children. The author didn’t make me feel connected to any characters in this book. I don’t know if that had more to do with the main character or the writing itself.

I did learn much from rea
Connie Saunders
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I find it very fitting that this book was published during the 100th year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and I applaud author Jane Kirkpatrick for reminding us just how difficult the passage of this amendment truly was. One of the women who worked so vehemently is someone I'd never heard of and I found Abigail Scott's life story to be a remarkable journey of determination, persistence, and finally, success. Her life wasn't easy and she endured many heartaches and backsets ...more
Apr 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
I always know when I pick one of this author's books that I am expecting a trip through history, and not one that is always filled with happily ever afters.
It was so in this story. A couple of things struck me, how much things had changed when it comes to women and voting rights. But on the other side, how many things still need to change. One mention in passing in the story, of a woman who had divorced an abusive man, and still he had the right to steal all of her things. I was struck by that.
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
I will be the first person to state that I'm not a fan of the modern feminist movement. However, I've always held a great deal of respect for the amazing women in history who fought so hard for the many things we so easily take for granted in this day and age. I'm thankful that I have the opportunity to vote, have the choice to have an occupation, and have the blessing to be seen as an equal in the eyes of the government. When I heard that this one was based on the true life story of one of Amer ...more
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This 2020 year is the 100th Anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment which affirmed U.S. women’s citizenship and granted us the right to vote. A most historical moment if you are a woman. To coincide with this historic anniversary was being able to read an exquisite book to help celebrate this momentous anniversary, Something Worth Doing by author Jane Kirkpatrick.

It is books like these that should be read by every girl and woman. Why do I make such a profound statement? Here you are…

We as a soci
Karen R
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A stirring account of the life and work of a remarkable pioneer woman, Abigail Scott Duniway! The story begins with her arrival in Oregon Territory in 1852, working as a young teacher, and shows what she endured personally and professionally for decades as she worked towards bettering the lives of women by gaining their right to vote. It is an inspiring story of a woman dedicated to helping others and overcoming huge obstacles along the way.

"No one knows what they can accomplish until they under
Cover Lover Book Review
One thing I enjoy about historical fiction is that it teaches me something new about the world as well as myself. Something Worth Doing displays the hardships and inequalities of the 1800s and the gains of the suffragist movement.

What I liked:

Abigail Scott stood for women's rights and helped pave the way for future generations. I'm glad there were women who were willing to take a stand during this time when it wasn't so easy or common to do so. It is evident the author put a lot of time and effo
Chattynatty Van Waning
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to Revell, a division of Baker Publishing, for sending me this book to read and review.

Historical Fiction +Suffragist movement= Abigail Scott Duniway's story
This book spans 1853-1912. I felt like the beginning was a little slow for me. I was transported back to my childhood of reading Little House on the Prairie books. There was a lot of heartache, challenges, and physical moves that Abigail and her family experience in the beginning of this book. She is a independent woman who takes o
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy Kirkpatrick’s books and I was thrilled to read a copy of this book. I have to say I think this is one of her best books in the way that she wrote the historical details into the story. She really brought the characters to life. Whether you like Abigail or not, this book is based on historical facts and is a great look into women’s life during this time. I researched more about Abigail after finishing the book and was really amazed at how well she did in portraying her life. There ...more
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Something Worth Doing, by Jane Kirkpatrick, is a powerful story based on Abigail Scott Duniway, a real true character in our countries history. This story focuses on Mrs. Duniway as a woman, wife, mother, sister, friend, business owner, and writer as well as her many decades working diligently for women's rights. For fiction readers interested in learning about our fore-mothers who worked so hard to earn us our many taken for granted rights, this is a must read.
I struggle with writing this revie
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Something Worth Doing is the fictionalized historical account of the life of Abigail Duniway, an early American suffragist living in the Oregon Territory.

Something Worth Doing was an interesting read, though an unusual one for me. The topic is feminism, told from the perspective of a frontier woman living in the mid 1800s. Abigail was a very determined woman, and from her youth, her focus was on the unfairness of women’s lives when compared to men’s. She believed the first step to women being v
Danielle Urban
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Something Worth Doing by Jane Kirkpatrick is a phenomenal read. The emotional journey immediately swept me up into the book. I was impressed. All the feels grabbed me. The fears, loss, grief, love, and ambition are covered in this book. It was an epic rollercoaster ride. When the ending came, I was sad that the journey had come to an end. I wasn't ready to finish the book. The characters are fantastic. Realistic, quirky, caring, hardworking, and smart. They work hard for their life. They did eve ...more
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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“To move forward, she’d have to believe that something was worth doing no matter how it turned out.”

Compelling and thought-provoking, Jane Kirkpatrick’s “Something Worth Doing” presents a fictional but reality-based depiction of suffragist Abigail Scott Duniway. In all honesty, this is the first that I recall ever hearing about her, despite her decades of work toward women’s enfranchisement. Kirkpatrick mentions in her author notes that she chose to focus more on Abigail’s personal life, and thi
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love Jane Kirkpatrick’s stories because she does a fantastic job of researching her history! This particular novel is based on a true story, which is very fascinating. I was intrigued by all the history surrounding women’s rights and felt that the story was well researched and well written. The tone of this story is more serious than other fictional works I typically read, but I did learn a lot. I think the book was a little dry at times. I appreciate the author’s hard work in writing a charac ...more
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
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One woman's passion to give women the vote. All the obstacles she took with the stigma of being a woman, her upbringing, her relationship with her brother, and the support of her husband. Abigail Scott took the victory and the heartbreak of all women. An ever changing world back in 1853, Abigail saw the potential of women's vote. In many ways she sacrificed her own family for Something Worth Doing.

The history of this time is important for us to reflect and to hold on to the truths of liberty and
Sep 10, 2020 added it
Something Worth Doing was an interesting book!
The characters were fun! I love how stubborn and determined Abigail was. She reminds me of Michaela Quinn from Doctor Quinn: Medicine Woman. Ben was perfect! Him and Abigail made a very cute couple.
The plot was interesting. I felt like it jumped around a bit too much. I had a hard time following it at some points and I was having a hard time getting into it. i can see why people would love this book! Like I said, the characters were fun and the pl
Dawn Cronk
Sep 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love how Jane Kirkpatrick weaves history, and real people into a novel. It’s apparent she does extensive research. This was about the Oregon Territory in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Abigail Scott Duniway came to Oregon from illinois, looking for a better life. Life was hard for the family, trying to keep food and shelter for their family. There were so many pitfalls, deaths, floods, fires, and unknown events to come. Abigail was a writer and used it to write novels, newspaper articles, a ...more
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was the historical fiction about Abigail Duniway who was involved in the suffragist movement in the West. This was such an interesting book for me and something too often I take for granted. It wasn't only the right to vote that Abigail fought for but also more rights for women. It was interesting to note that the pressures she faced are some that I fave today as well. Im not sure whether they are self imposed or by those around us but something to think about!

Thanks so much to netgalley an
Carol Brownrigg
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never Forget

As with all of Jane's books I thoroughly enjoyed this one. We must never forget how long it took, how difficult the fight was to achieve women's suffrage and the mighty women who fought for it. Bringing in the human spirit of a character of this magnitude is indeed something worth doing.
Sep 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Pretty good historical fiction. It wasn't action-packed and suspenseful, but it was interesting to read about Abigail Scott Duniway, learning about one of the pioneers of the suffragette movement.

I recommend this for anyone who likes historical fiction, who likes reading about influential women, or enjoys reading about the pioneering days of the western U.S.
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