"Readers will be swiftly turning the pages, eagerly cheering for the strong-willed widow."—Booklist
"Quietly compelling . . . . Gunning paints the ethical, emotional, and financial dilemmas of her refreshingly adult characters in surprisingly lively shades of gray."—Kirkus Reviews
"Provocative . . .Gunning infuses the story with suspense and intrigue [and] resists easy generalizations and stereotypes."
"Historical fiction at its best."—Library Journal (starred review)