Friday, July 9, 2010

A Review of Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines

Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines

Beverly Stowe McClure

Young Adult Historical Fiction
ISBN 978-1-60619-112-5
Twilight Times Books

To read an excerpt from Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines:

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Stamford is a 14-year-old girl who is torn between being the proper young lady her family expects her to be and her secret desire to enlist in the Confederate Army, disguised as a young man. She has strong beliefs of what the Yankees are like and she wants to join her two older brothers, who willingly enlisted, to defend her beloved Vicksburg and their way of life. Why shouldn't she be allowed to join in the fight?

The American Civil War and the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi was a time when families were torn apart, shelling occurred almost daily, food was scarce, and living conditions were difficult. As homes were damaged in Vicksburg, families took shelter in caves. Lizzie's family was no exception.

Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines is a YA Historical Fiction about the American Civil War and the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1863. The author did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life. The descriptions and details of the time period could only be told by someone who had thoroughly researched her subject. 

I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to young adult readers, and to anyone who enjoys reading about the Civil War era. I had a hard time putting the book down.


Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Morning, Susanne. Thank you for another lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed meeting Lizzie and her family.

Have a great weekend. Happy reading.


Janet Johnson said...

Sounds like a good book. The Civil War era is so interesting.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Thank you, Janet. The Civil War era is my favorite historical period. I have a whole library of CW books, both fiction and nonfiction.

Have a nice weekend.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Great review! You've got to love histotical fiction!

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Beverly, thanks for stopping by to check out the comments left.

Have a great weekend!

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Janet! Hi Sharon! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Karen Cioffi said...

Nice review, Susanne.

Beverly's book sound fascinating. I didn't know families took to caves during that time period . . . very interesting.

Karen Cioffi said...

Nice review, Susanne.

Beverly's book sound fascinating; I'm sure kids will love it.

I didn't know families found refuge in caves during the Civil War - very interesting

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

I agree, Sharon. :)

I hadn't heard about the caves either, Karen, until we visited Vicksburg where I heard the stories and then bought diaries written by women who lived there during the siege.

Beth Reinke said...

Fascinating review, Susanne. I'm looking forward to reading Beverly's new book. :o)

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Karen, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

I found it very interested that families had to live in caves. I couldn't imagine having to do that.

It's a fascinating book. My husband is interested in reading it soon.

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Beth, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Glad you enjoyed the review.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

I appreciate your stopping by, Beth. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Stephen Tremp said...

Historical fiction has to be well researched to be sucessful. Thansk for the review. A book like this would be loaded with conflcit. I wonder how many women did enlist to fight in the Civil War. Probably quite a few.

Stephen Tremp

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Mmm. I posted earlier but got an error message so don't know if it went through. Will try again.

You're right, Stephen. More women than you can imagine did join. In those days they had no physicals, asked few questions, and accepted most any volunteers. Many women were never discovered.

The research was enlightening. I went to Vicksburg several times, talked to the curator of the museum there and bought journals written by women who survived the siege. I wanted to tell the story through their eyes and the children's. I learned so much about more than just the war, but about the war the families fought as well.


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