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In Their Words


“A rising vote of thanks for all of the research you have done on María Andrea Castañon Villanueva. Be assured of my endless gratitude—your work is admirable and your story a riveting one.”

—María “Vee” Olga Gomez, Great-granddaughter of Señora Candelaria

“Footfalls provides a captivating account of the Texas Revolution from a wonderfully unique, and often overlooked, point of view. It is a narrative that would prove invaluable in the classroom, or any room for that matter.”

—Kristi Fleming, Former Texas History teacher

Maria Andrea Castanon lived during and was part of the traumatic experience of the battle at the Alamo. In Footfalls to the Alamo, Shawn LaTorre gives a detailed account of how she suspects Maria Andrea's life unfolded and describes the grueling challenges Texas families went through to get away from the control of Mexico and Spain. I was impressed with the research that went into this book.

—Jan Marquart, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★

I read historical fiction because it makes history accessible and enjoyable. Footfalls to the Alamo does just that for the time period leading up to and including the famous battle.

—Terry Struthers, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★

This is an amazing story about a woman, Maria Castanon, very few people know about. It is very well written and gave me a different perspective on not only the Battle of the Alamo but events leading up to it as well. It's a must read for all! I couldn't put it down.

—Jane Fuchs, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★