Both heartbreaking and hopeful: A Portrait of Loyalty by Roseanna M. White
Some things are worth doing--even when the cost is great
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.
If you are anything like me, “A Portrait of Loyalty” will be almost impossible to put down once you have immersed yourself into these characters’ lives and entered into the action and suspense permeating the pages. (And at a time when we are facing Covid in the real world, watching these characters encounter the Spanish Flu of 1918 was both sobering and brought hope too, reminding me that the world has lived through times like these before – and not only survived but thrived since then at the same time). I award this novel a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars and encourage you to grab a copy for yourselves!