"History buffs will revel in the new biography's rich detail, marvel at Madge's pace and recognize many of the settings." Lexington Herald Leader"
"The book is not only a highly appealing story, the details and documentation are exemplary." Kentucky Kaleidoscope"
"This is a thoroughly researched and insightful biography that furthers our understanding of the critical role women played in Progressive reform in the southern states." American HIstorical Review"
"Well written and substantive, this biography revels a strong elite woman with a powerful public presence in privately struggling with poor health, child-lessness and physical disability." The Journal of Southern History"
"Hay's Madeline McDowell Breckinridge deserves a spot on the bookshelves of scholars and aficionados of the history of women, Progressivism, and Kentucky."Register of the Kentucky Historical Society"