"An excellent portrait of the English elite during the age of British scientific discovery."
"Despite Charles and Emma's differences concerning religion -- somewhat overplayed in other biographical works, but not here-- this work characterizes their relationship as ‘symmetrical and unconditional love’; Darwin never doubted Emma would help him in the publication of his species theory. An interesting book."
--CHOICE, vol. 48 no.6
"An excellent portrait of the English elite during the age of British science discovery."
"This most recent biography of Emma Darwin is an old-fashioned "life" in the best Victorian sense, both an uplifting portrait of Emma's qualities and an entertaining window into a world gone by. Emma Darwin was herself interesting and admirable, not just as the wife of Charles Darwin. But anyone interested in Charles Darwin will learn about his personal side, especially about the long illness through which she nursed him; without her help, he could not have completed most of his important work. People who enjoy reading about Victorian history and society will enjoy the wealth of information in this book." -- Reports of the National Center for Science Education
--Reports of the National Center for Science Education
"Effectively opens the domestic sphere to the gaze of history, allowing us to see the ways in which Charles's life, too, was deeply enmeshed in domestic attachment and family networks."
--Project MUSE Johns Hopkins University (Victorian Studies)