Martha Jefferson was the most important person in Thomas Jefferson's life. Bill Hyland's insightful portrait tells us how this little understood fact acquired a tragic dimension.
— Thomas Fleming, author of The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers Very little has been known about
Martha Wayles Jefferson. Bill Hyland has changed that by successfully combining what was known with what had been forgotten or overlooked and then placing her with the people she knew and the places she visited. A heart-warming story that is enlightening and easy to read.
— White McKenzie Wallenborn, M.D., Former President of the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society
It's hard to imagine a non-fiction book that combines a passionate romance with political intrigue, and even wartime panic, but Bill Hyland has accomplished this task. His Martha Jefferson is a meticulous and insightful account of the central person in Thomas Jefferson's life, an extraordinary woman whom history has largely ignored. She, and their relationship, are now in the spotlight, finally.
— Arthur T. Downey, The Creole Affair: The Slave Rebellion that Led the U.S. and Great Britain to the Brink of War