In 1853, nineteen-year-old Abigail Scott is a school teacher in the Oregon Territory. She marries Ben Duniway due to situations out of her control. Abigail knew she would need to give up her teacher job when she got married but, she felt she was destined to be more than a good wife and mother. When Ben makes a few financial mistakes and suffers an injury, Abigail becomes the primary earner for their growing family. As a working woman, she is appalled by the conditions and the rights of women. She decides to devote her life fighting for the rights of women, including their right to vote.
Abigail is the mother to six children, own and operates a millinery and a private school, helps Ben with the farm, writes novels, and a column in the newspaper. However, her dream is to give speeches and run a newspaper dedicated to the issues and concern of women. Abigail tries to navigate the pulls of her dreams and taking care of her family.
I was excited to read this book because it's always interesting to learn more about the people fighting for equal rights. However, I had a hard time getting into this novel. The book is piece of a fiction but, it felt dry and boring like I was reading a textbook. I had a hard time bonding with the main character and found her off-putting at times. I stopped reading the book halfway through.
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