Something Worth Doing By Jane Kirkpatrick

The author never ceases to amaze me with the fascinating little known women of history she finds to write about. Her talent is extraordinary in how she takes the facts and adds fictional details to weave a story that brings the woman to life. All of her women are not only distinctive but also strong and persevering.
This novel is about Abigail Scott Duniway. A suffragist in the late 1800’s who worked tirelessly to win the right for women to vote. She also was advocate of women’s equality in other areas they faced discrimination during that era.
I certainly found her a feisty one, even to the point at times of being aggravating with her bold opinions and out outspokenness. Those traits during her time were considered stepping over the line and inappropriate for women. Yet I have to admit, with the prejudice that prevailed, a strong approach would be the only way to break through and make progress.
While being this revolutionary woman, she was still filled the gender roles of wife, mother, grandmother and sister. Her duties were not as easily dealt with as we do now. House work and childcare were hard and arduous. While she loved her family she chafed against the restrictions their care put upon her and the work itself. Just like all women she struggled with laundry and housework.
My heart ached for the many tragedies and setbacks her family faced. I admired though how she put aside her disappoint and pain, facing the problems head on. I felt her gentle laid back husband was a perfect match for her. His unending patience, love and sense of humor were rare, especially in that day and time.
At the end of the book (as in all Ms. Kirkpatrick’s books) you can read the historical facts from her research that makes the “bones” of the book. You will find she really does her homework! I always like to do my own exploration on the “Kirkpatrick women”, finding pictures of them and even reading their biographies. Another outstanding book by Jane Kirkpatrick!
I received this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated are my own.

The Edge of Belonging By Amanda Cox

I am sure Amanda Cox is going to be put on my favorite authors list! I had trouble finding a point to stop reading when I needed to put the book down. I liked the uniqueness of her storyline. It was riveting with many surprises along the way. I was hooked after the first paragraph!
The story interchanges between the present and the past. It begins with a hurting 30 year old homeless man finding an abandoned baby on the side of the highway. Finding himself damaged from being in the foster care system that left him feeling rejected and unloved, he vows to care for this newborn girl and protect her from his fate. With nothing to offer but his love, he ventures to provide for her needs. God works through unexpected circumstances to place the exact people he needs into his and baby Ivy’s life. All of them crushed by difficult issues in their lives. None of them dreaming they will ever know peace and happiness again. Yet God brings them all together, totally unaware each one holds the other needs.
The present day is 24 year old Ivy coming home for her grandmother’s funeral, and seeking the truth about the secret circumstances of her birth.
With so many things I liked about this book, there are two that stand out for me. One is that no matter what wounds life has put upon your heart, God can heal them. There is always hope, but we have to be willing to see His Hand and work with Him. Second, families are not just flesh and blood relatives. Love, commitment and compassion create “family” ties among the most unlikely people and in incredible ways. This bond is as strong as any we are related to by birth sometimes even greater. An incredible book! At the end she had the first pages of her next book. I am already looking forward to it and will HAVE to read it!
I received this book from Revell Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated are my own.