"Giardina tapped the same vein Shakespeare found so rich. She found the mother lode; out came more treasure."
–Los Angeles Times
"A BOOK THAT SHOULD DELIGHT NOT ONLY LOVERS OF THE HISTORICAL NOVEL, BUT ALL READERS WHO ENJOY FAST-PACED ABSORBING FICTION."
–Richmond Times Dispatch
"Giardina shows unusual skill as well in making psychological sense out of the dynamics of a complicated family situation in which a false move can cost one’s life."
–The New York Times Book Review