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The Silver Suitcase, by Terrie Todd
The world is on the brink of World War II as a young Canadian named Cornelia decides to begin a diary. Little does she know the impact that book will have in the years to come as the silver suitcase with its precious contents makes its way into other hands. Cornelia pours out her sorrow, pain, and love, the secret she is keeping, and the encounter that keeps her going, and through that diary, becomes the source of hope and healing for her granddaughter, Benita.
Number of Pages: 348
Vendor: Waterfall Press
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.1875 X 5.5 X 1 (inches)|
A Word Award winner.
It’s 1939, and Canada is on the cusp of entering World War II. Seventeen-year-old farm girl Cornelia has been heartbroken since the day her mother died five years ago. As a new tragedy provides Cornelia still more reason to reject her parent’s faith, a mysterious visitor appears in her hour of desperation. Alone and carrying a heavy secret, she makes a desperate choice that will haunt her for years to come. Never telling a soul, Cornelia pours out the painful events of the war in her diary.
Many decades later, Cornelia’s granddaughter, Benita, is in the midst of her own crisis, experiencing several losses in the same week, including the grandmother she adored. The resulting emotional and financial stress takes its toll on her and her husband, Ken, who is unemployed. On the brink of divorce, she discovers Cornelia’s diary. Now the secrets of her grandmother’s past will lead Benita on an unexpected journey of healing, reunion, and faith.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A captivating and inspiring storyFebruary 7, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What an exceptional debut novel! It has so much going for it. Canadian author. Dual timelines. Solid inspirational thread. Quality storytelling. I was completely captivated from page one.
The story flips between decades -- the past both from Cornelia's viewpoint and from her diary entries -- and the present from her granddaughter, Benita's perspective. The author fuses this generational story through tragedy and triumph as Benita begins to put unexpected pieces of her grandmother's past together. And in the process, she learns a lot about herself and her own relationships.
The faith thread is strong and moving and anchors both women in the midst of life struggles. The epilogue gave me goosebumps -- the way the author reveals the fruition of an inspired promise in the most unexpected of ways.
Though I'd label this as 'Women's Fiction' there are a few pivotal romance threads that flush out these women's lives in various ways. A truly inspiring and captivating story.
sally895 Stars Out Of 5Six star bookMay 10, 2016sally89Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5One of the best books I have read in a very long time. I really, really enjoyed it.
It deals with a young girl, Benita, who is visiting her Grandmother, Cornelia. Later, Benita is now an adult and has two children of her own. She finds her Grandmother's diary after her Grandmother dies. She read the diary. The book is the story of the Grandmother, mostly, but also of Benita.
It was really good. I enjoyed it very much.