Sunday, September 20, 2020

Lone Star Book Blog Tour: SOMETHING WORTH DOING by Jane Kirkpatrick ***ENTER GIVEAWAY***

A Novel of an Early Suffragist
Jane Kirkpatrick
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction 
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: September 1, 2020 
Number of Pages: 336

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Some things are worth doingeven when the cost is great In 1853, Abigail Scott was a nineteen-year-old schoolteacher 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 herand 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.

"I have long admired Jane Kirkpatrick's rich historical fiction, and Something Worth Doing is well worth reading! Oregonian Abigail Duniway is a vibrant, fiercely passionate, and determined activist who fought for women's suffrage. Women of today have cause to respect and admire heras well as the loving, patient, and supportive husband who encouraged her to continue 'the silent hunt.'" Francine Rivers, author of Redeeming Love 

"On the trail to Oregon, young Jenny Scott lost her beloved mother and little brother and learned that no matter what, she must persist until she reaches her goal. Remembering her mother's words'a woman's life is so hard'the young woman who became Abigail Scott Duniway came to understand through observation and experience that law and custom favored men. The author brings alive Abigail's struggles as frontier wife and mother turned newspaper publisher, prolific writer, and activist in her lifelong battle to win the vote and other rights for women in Oregon and beyond. Jane Kirkpatrick's story of this persistent, passionate, and bold Oregon icon is indeed Something Worth Doing!" Susan G. Butruille, author of Women's Voices from the Oregon Trail, now in a 25th anniversary edition.


Jane Kirkpatrick’s Something Worth Doing Scrapbook Page

My writing is influenced by four categories I weave into every story: landscape, relationships, spirituality, and work. Something Worth Doing is a novel about a suffragist in the 1800s, and her story is told through those four threads. My scrapbook has photos to reflect those threads in my life, and they parallel Abigail Scott Duniway’s life as well. All photos are mine except for Smith Rock, which was taken by Deb Barnes and is used with permission.

1.       Landscape: homestead. We lived for twenty-seven years at the end of a dirt road called “Starvation Lane,” seven miles from our mailbox and eleven miles from a paved road. We “homesteaded” our 160 acres, building a life from scratch. Abigail lived on a remote farm she called “Hardscrabble.”  This landscape is in Oregon. Much of Abigail’s work was in Oregon. (Our homestead is now part of Oregon’s state park system, and our adventure building a life there resulted in my first book, a memoir titled Homestead.) Abigail used her experiences on Hardscrabble as backdrops for several of her novels.


2.         Landscape: spirituality umbrella. This picture was taken in Burundi, East Africa. One of my passions is working with indigenous people, and our church works with three Batwa villages, bringing them identity cards, school access, health access, and agricultural work. It was very hot in Burundi, hence the umbrella. Abigail’s passion was helping women adversely affected by laws. She saw her work as a calling by God, and it was her faith that helped her carry on during the difficult times when men kept voting down the franchise for women.


3.      Rancho Mirage. This past year, my husband and I moved for half a year to Rancho Mirage, California, for health reasons. There are still mountains in our view! Abigail went to California on a buying trip for her millinery business. It was there she discovered other women passionate about women’s rights and suffrage. That visit changed her life. Our visit to California last year changed ours, too. We now spend six months there and six in Oregon. Abigail had a disabled husband who was supportive of her work; my husband is disabled too and my biggest cheerleader. Abigail and Ben moved to Portland in part for his health. In moving, we discover how new landscapes shape us.


4.      Work: book wall. Not far from our home in Rancho Mirage is this book wall. It’s on a walking trail and it speaks to me, reminding me of the work of writing. Abigail wrote twenty novels, had a column in a local paper, and then started her own newspaper called The New Northwest, which she ran, wrote for, and edited for seventeen years. Books and writing were her work. Mine too. I’ve written for newspapers and magazines and written nonfiction books and twenty-nine novels. Abigail had six children! I have three stepchildren. I don’t know how Abigail did it all while keeping her family together.


5.      Landscape: Smith Rock. After twenty-seven years, we moved to Bend, Oregon. Just down the road from us is Smith Rock, an internationally known place for rock climbers, a very demanding landscape. Abigail didn’t climb rocks, but after years of living on a farm, she moved to the city, and then in later life, found the stark landscape of Idaho called to her. “Landscape” is a word coined by Dutch painters to describe their efforts to paint the interior, as opposed to seascapes. Landscapes speak to our interior souls. (Photo by Deb Barnes, used with permission)

6.      Relationships. In addition to my husband of forty-four years, dogs are a special part of my life. The Cavalier is Caesar and he is eleven. Bodacious Bo, the wire-haired pointing Brussels griffon, passed away last year. Dogs and cats have always been a part of my life. Dogs were a part of Abigail’s life too. Their unconditional love can keep us uplifted when life tugs us down.


7.      Work: bookstore. This is bookstore owner Judy Wutzke and I in Clarkston, Washington (right), on the Snake River near Lewiston, Idaho. Abigail would have known the Snake, and she gave speeches all over Idaho as well as Washington, Oregon, California, Illinois, Washington, DC, and even British Columbia. She would have signed her books, just as I did and hope to do again one day, in stores. I’ve spoken in Italy, France, Canada, and throughout the US about the power of story in our lives.


8.      Work and relationships: Yreka, California. Libraries are a significant part of my writing life. I visit several each year to support reading programs. Siskiyou County Public library was the last event before the pandemic hit. Now I’m doing virtual visits. Abigail’s brother was the first head of the Portland, Oregon public library. I think she envied his access to all those books. Harvey was the first graduate of Pacific University. Abigail only had a formal third-grade education. She used her parents’ library to educate herself. Part of her story is a great rivalry between Harvey and Abigail. I have a younger brother and I adore him. I think he adores me too!


Spirituality: It’s hard to find a picture to describe this thread, but all of them combine to bring meaning to my life as a writer, mental-health professional, and public speaker. Abigail challenged many religious figures of her time who felt women should not be public speakers and that gaining the vote would diminish them. She felt called by God to be an activist for women. I’ve felt called to bring healing through writing. Maybe the book wall or the Homestead photo is a good photo to demonstrate both of our spiritual journeys. Abigail was, and I and many others are, called to what our faith community calls “Spacious Christianity,” whose task is to “cultivate spaces of grace for hope, healing, and purpose.” (Bend First Presbyterian Church)

Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling and award-winning author of more than thirty books, including One More River to Cross, Everything She Didn't Say, All Together in One Place, A Light in the Wilderness, The Memory Weaver, This 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.

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SEPTEMBER 15-25, 2020 
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  1. What a great insight into the author through the stories behind the pictures. This was great! When I lived in the country I thought seven miles to town was a good hike. Seven miles to the mailbox? Yikes! Mine was about 100 yards down my dirt driveway. My little place was called Grandma's Ranch.

  2. It was an amazing time! Definitely makes you appreciate how we live today.