"When my world came crashing down and unhappiness filled me, the story of these strong women who faced incredible pain yet maintained hope and happiness in their lives helped to comfort me."

"Dare I search for their souls, their pain, struggles, and triumphs? How can I afford not to, knowing this may be the thing that sets me free from my own misunderstandings and prejudices?"

"Lalita Tademy, however, pieced together a different and long-ignored side of my family 'quilt,' the story of the slaves only gently mentioned by my great-grandmother."

"... this book renewed my fears. None of the white men in this book completely accepted their black children. I rationalized that this time was long ago and things today are different. But still, I worry."