Book Review | Feisty Lydia

Title: Feisty Lydia, Memoirs of a German War Bride

Author: Edna Thayer

My Review:

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.


Kristin is the mom of two boys and two girls and lives outside of Philadelphia, PA. She loves to read, write, shop, and spend as much of her summer as possible at the Jersey shore!

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