As promised, here is a snippet of the review of my book by Donna M. McDine, author of The Golden Pathway. 

“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.”

Learn more about Donna M. McDine at her Web site


Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz has posted a super review on her blog. also. 

“Caves, Cannons and Crinolines” is thought provoking young adult
historical novel. Set in the days of the Civil War where families are
torn apart, readers are given a very real picture of life in 1863. Ms.
McClure has clearly done her research and skillfully brings her
characters to life.”


Cheryl Malandrinos at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection has this to say:

“Having studied the American Civil War for many years now, I can say without a doubt that McClure did her research and used it well. I felt I was right in the middle of Vicksburg alongside Lizzie. In an age where we teach our children so much about tolerance and acceptance of others, this book could be helpful in relaying that message. Students studying the Civil War would also get a great deal out of reading Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines, as it would open up room for discussion on a variety of topics surrounding this period of American history.”


From Darby Karchut, author of the forthcoming Griffin Rising.

“In Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines, Beverly Stowe McClure has deftly crafted an appealing tale of war, family, and the coming of age of a headstrong heroine.”


Midwest Book Reviews:

Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines is an intriguing read, not to be missed for historical fiction readers.”


Wayne S. Walker, “Home School Book Review” says:

“All the characters are portrayed quite naturally, and the action is carried forth in a way that will keep the reader turning the pages. One can really get a feel for how the war affected the lives of the people who experienced it. Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines would make good historical fiction supplementary reading in connection with any study of the Civil War, especially the capture of Vicksburg. 


N. A. Sharpe, author of If Wishes were Fishes, has nice things to say.

“I highly recommend this story. The characters are compelling, the story well written and thought provoking.”


Author of The Giving Meadow, Stephanie Burkhart,  also relates the story to modern times.

“Even though the story takes place during the civil war, young readers can understand the same hardships faced today when their loved ones deploy. “Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines” is a rewarding story that uses a subtle touch to show the reader what history is all about.”


From Beth B. Reinke, author of In My Bath, we have her thoughts.

“Ms. McClure did a lovely job bringing Lizzie to life. I enjoyed the young heroine’s spunk, impulsiveness and wry humor. Lizzie’s close friendship with her younger brother, Nathan, made for interesting scenes – tender one moment, typical sibling bickering the next, but with a fierce loyalty to one another.”


pksm says from reading the book on the Kindle:

“This historical fiction is steeped in emotion, danger and trauma. It is so compelling that I didn’t realize I was approaching the end (read it on my Kindle) and was sorely dissappointed when I found I had reached it. I would have loved for this adventure to continue.”


Thanks to all you wonderful readers for the kind words about my novel. 




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