"Runyon's riveting account reveals the intrigues that surrounded the at times hesitant abolitionist Delia Webster. In piecing together the complex puzzle of Ms. Webster and her cohorts, Runyon has illuminated a fascinating, little-known slice of anti-slavery history." Edward J. Renehan Jr.
"Another active and important woman has been rescued from the shadows and obscurity and given her proper place in the history not only of Kentucky but of an emotional and important era in the nation's history." Filson Club History Quarterly
"This Victorian melodrama reads like a detective story.... Working with a difficult and complex body of evidence, Runyon has produced a fascinating and poignant story without being seduced by it." H-Net Reviews
"An exciting and dramatic reconstruction of the life and times of a pioneering American woman." Library Booknotes
"Runyon has successfully extracted this very readable narrative of antislavery activities, clarifying and tying together a mass of disjointed and contradictory primary sources. It illustrates the complexities of living within a community while subverting its laws." Library Journal
"Readers interested in the anti-slavery movement of the pre-Civil War years will find Runyon's book fascinating....Has all the elements of adventur, romance, and intrigue." Ohioana Quarterly
"A beautifully written telling of a passionate story. Runyon truly exemplifies the historian as detective." Thomas H. Appleton Jr.
"It has just about everything that makes for a great narrative...close escapes, scorned love, sacrifices, and vengeance." Random Thoughts on History