This books reads like a novelized biography, and tells the story of real-life women's suffrage supporter Abigail "Jenny" Scott Duniway, a writer, wife, mother, and suffragette.
This as a difficult book for me to read, as I never really connected with the main character or completely understood her motivations as she didn't seem to have many close relationships with other women. Often I felt that this book told more than showed, and I felt like I only saw one dimension of the story. I think it would have really added to the story to include samplings of her writings that corresponded with the story.
Ms. Kirkpatrick is a master of writing real-life flawed characters that aren't always likable, in a way that rings true. I admired Abigail's passion for her work, and I liked that this book doesn't shy away from showing the cost of her choices.
Overall, this book was a struggle for me to read and I felt like Abigail's faith could be summed up into a theology of God helps those who help themselves. While I appreciate the history and research that went into this book, and I liked that it didn't paint a glossy picture of how having it all is easy, this just didn't connect with me personally.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.