French’s book is exhaustively researched and vividly written and from her work emerges a portrait of a woman who was unique in her time and certainly no mere decoration at her husband’s side.
A REAL find for Canadian history buffs, Ishbel and the Empire...is an engrossing biography of Lady Aberdeen. ..Soundly researched and vividly written.
The Hamilton Spectator
A warm and compassionate biography of Lady Aberdeen... French’s book is an engrossing account of Ishbel’s eventful life from the cradle to her death...the description of many social and political events bound up in the life of this outstanding woman adds further charm to the biography.
Doris French has given readers a detailed, colourful portrait of the life of Lady Aberdeen. The accomplishments of this seemingly Victorian lady were surprisingly modern.
We feel that we travel with French as she got to know and love Lady Aberdeen and this is one of the ways that the book gives us Lady Aberdeen as a living woman. Do read it. Ishbel was quite a gal and Canadians should get to know her.
[French] has an eye for detail, a grasp of the nuance of drawing-room behaviour and conversation, and an appreciation of innuendo both substantive and unsubstantiated.
American Review of Canadian Studies
To the student of 1890’s Canadian cultural history, there is much interest here.