Sunday, May 8, 2011

Book Review: Caves, Cannons and Crinolines by Beverly Stowe McClure

Title: Caves, Cannons and Crinolines

Written by: Beverly Stowe McClure

Ages: 12 and up

Publisher: Twilight Times Books

ISBN: 1-60619-112-8

Published: September 2009

Soft cover: 153 pages

Price: $16.95

The year 1863 finds outspoken, 14-year-old, Lizzie Stamford at a crossroads of what her parents believe to be acceptable behavior for a young lady, and secret desire to join the Confederate Army disguised as a boy. Her two brothers, Willie and Joseph willingly joined the Confederacy to defend Vicksburg from the Yankees and Lizzie longs to be part of the glory. Her blind courage brings her into the midst of a battleground at nighttime. Much to her dismay war is not what she believed it to be. The horrific acts of violence overwhelm her and she runs away as quickly as she arrived.
Her emotions and beliefs that all Yankees are evil is put to the test when an unexpected encounter with a Yankee soldier has her doubting her belief system. Will Lizzie come to terms of the ever changing world and circumstances which surround her? And what is to become of her beloved brothers and the city of Vicksburg?

McClure balances the emotions of the Confederate and Yankee characters with such in-depth feeling the reader will find themselves switching sides throughout the perilous journey of Lizzie Stamford and her family, and their quest to reclaim Vicksburg.

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Award-winning Children's Author
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.


  1. I enjoyed reading Caves, Cannons and Crinolines. Wonderful book.

  2. Thank you for including me in your Children's Book Week posts, Donna. I appreciate your support.

    Sorry I'm so late checking in. Church this morning, then I couldn't resist a short nap. :) Well, Sunday is a day of rest, right?

    Thanks, Susanne, for your kind words. You're always so supportive too.

    Have a pleasant Sunday afternoon.
    Happy Mothers Day to all mothers.

  3. HI Susanne:

    Thanks for stopping by and for your ongoing support of my blog, me, and my guest visitors. I truly appreciate it and you!

    Bev (cyberspace mom):

    Happy Mother's Day an glad you had the chance to rest a bit today.

    Warm regards,

  4. Hey, Cyberspace Mom. Hope your day was a great one. Yes, I always enjoy a quiet, restful day. I think I learned it from my cat that can sleep just about anytime.

  5. Donna, nice review of Caves. I loved this book. Bought the Kindle version and was so sad when I came to the end. I didn't want to leave Lizzie! Thanks for your great writing, Bev!

  6. Aw, Kai. You're so sweet. Glad you enjoyed the book. Thanks for your kind words. :)


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