Book Review | Feisty Lydia
Author: Edna Thayer
Ah, Feisty Lydia. You delightful, heart-warming story. Nothing extraordinary, no sensational stories that are too outrageous to believe — just a story about Lydia, the girl who lived in Germany leading up to — and during — World War II. A girl who has a plucky (OK, OK, feisty) determination to survive and make life a little better for herself and her gamily. She is never a victim, never someone to pity; Lydia is independent, hard-working, and motivated.
Lydia the book is just as charming. It is beautifully put together, with pictures peppered throughout, rather than in a cliché centerpiece. Each chapter is a vignette from Lydia’s life…as a child dealing with the Depression and the Hitler regime, as a young woman living amid war and falling in love with an American soldier, then as a wife and mother (and grandmother and great-grandmother) in Minnesota. Edna Thayer very considerately provides historical context for the events in Lydia’s life.
Now, I might be a little partial because Lydia’s story sounds a lot like that of my grandmother, Elfriede. But I don’t think that’s the only reason I ate this book up with a spoon. It’s rich with tradition and family values and it reaches back to a time when life was simpler, more innocent (I hope that doesn’t sound too cliché or cornball, because it’s true). More important, this story is one Feisty Lydia: Memoirs of a German War Bride is a great story, one that tells the tale of a wonderful lady who will warm your heart.
I received a copy of this book to review but was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own.