Letters from Lydia
Lydia Pearlman is orphaned when her father takes his own life at the end of the Civil War. A kindly neighbor takes her in, but soon realizes Lydia must get away from her small Virginia community in order to escape her difficult past. Lydia, who has never been farther than four miles from home, begins a cross-country journey to St. Louis by herself.
Hindered by the twin defects of poverty and homeliness, Lydia struggles to survive. Each time life becomes too difficult, Lydia moves on, hoping to find that elusive happiness. Each time she leaves behind people she loves, and Lydia often wonders if she will ever find love and contentment. The letters Lydia writes along the way mark the progress of her maturity both in form and content.
Kent Kamron’s portrayal of Lydia’s interesting character and even more interesting adventures make this novel an enjoyable read. One finds oneself wincing at Lydia’s poor choices, cheering when she has a victory, and wishing for love almost as fervently as Lydia does herself. Kent Kamron is the pseudonym used for Delray K. Dvoracek’s Western stories.