Independent Book Review: My Maja A Grandson’s Tribute

As promised, my review of Dr. Don Grossnickle’s fantastic book, “My Maja”.

“‘Framåtanda’- gumption, a go-to spirit: this Swedish word that Don Grossnickle uses to describe his beloved grandmother in this book could not be more accurate. She arrived in America from Sweden as a young woman with high hopes and expectations, only to have to experience more struggles and sorrow than any human should ever have to: the loss of a precious child, the loss of her young husband, mental illness, having to toil away at several different undertakings just to feed her family. Yet, this stubborn Swede, and I say that most respectfully, manages to push through with strength and cunning. She was a survivor. She never forgot where she came from, the strength of her Viking blood saw her through to the end of her long life.

Maja reminds me of my own Swedish grandmother, Isabella. They both showed courage through adversity but did it with humor and wisdom. This story solidifies my theory that Scandinavian DNA is magical and powerful. This story will touch your heart. The connection between Don and his treasured grandma is felt on every page, and is a testament to the love for family that can remain strong, even after they cross into spirit. It’s a beautiful example, and a heartwarming read.” – Rhonda Serafini Dunlap, of Swedish Heart Genealogy ❤️

You can purchase a copy at

My dear sweet Grandma Maja: A Hero Survivor of The Great Depression – No Longer Forgotten

Published by Donnie: An Admiring Grandson

Living an inspired life modeled after my Grandma Maja, who stepped up as a Swedish immigrant widow and mom of 3, facing America’s Great Depression while demonstrating uncommon grit and valor. I am determined to share her life lessons so she is no longer forgotten. I have a book to share and the reader will preview the entire story by visiting here. You are most welcome.

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