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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
Not everyone can trace their roots and A Walk Through Minden: In the Lives of the Crone and Vegh Families by Lillian Frazer shows just how much they may be missing. Beginning with great-great-grandparents, most of whom immigrated from Europe in the mid 19th and early 20th centuries, Frazer outlines how these couples met and produced succeeding generations leading to her own family. In spite of a variety of backgrounds, the men of these families ended up in Minden, a small mining town in West Virginia, deep in Appalachia. Frazer lovingly describes the closeness and love shared by her ancestors and their pride in their work ethic, in spite of not really having much materially speaking. A Walk Through Minden is more than a family history, though, as Lillian Frazer chronicles the general history of the area and the workings of society in a mining community. Through the depression and then WWII, the town and families suffered ups and downs, but they maintained the love of nationality and traditions expressed through family gatherings and love.
Lillian Frazer brings the past to life and helps remind older readers of a time gone by. A Walk Through Minden: In the Lives of the Crone and Vegh Families is like opening a time capsule with the benefit of tremendous research on top of personal memories. It represents a slice of Americana that is largely forgotten in today’s society and offers a straightforward glimpse into the past. Love, faith and family are clearly prized by Frazer, her relatives and her ancestors, and the warmth shines through the writing to leave you feeling close to people you would never have gotten to know otherwise. A wonderful testament to the author's family!