It's 1939, and Canada is on the cusp of entering World War II. Seventeen-year-old farm girl Cornelia is heartbroken when she learns that her beloved soldier, Henry, has been killed in a train wreck. Alone and carrying a heavy secret, she makes the 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 her job and the grandmother she adored. The resulting emotional and financial stress takes its toll on her and her husband, Ken, who is also 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 renewed faith.
©2016 Terrie Todd (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Scripture references are from the King James Version, public domain, except for those that occur during parts of the story that take place in the 21st century, where the New International Version is used. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers. Grateful acknowledgment is made to reprint the following hymns: Berg, Lina Sanell, 1832 - 1903, "More Secure Is No One Ever"; Crosby, Fanny J., 1820 - 1915, and Lowry, Robert, 1826 - 1899, "All the Way My Savior Leads Me"; Tullar, Grant C., and Breck, Mrs. Frank A., "Face to Face," 1927; von Schlegel, Katharina, "Be Still My Soul," 1697, translation by Jane L. Borthwick, 1813 - 1897, and Jean Sibelius, 1865 - 1957.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Life on the farm isn't easy for Cornelia, her daddy and brother since her mother passed away . . . and Cornelia puts on a good front for everyone, even after having to quit school to cook, clean and plant the garden . . . but she pours her heart out in her diary . . . and she gets a new one every year for Christmas . . . its the only place where she can be honest . . . and honest, she is . . . she hates God . . . what kind of God takes a girl's mama? She'd been going to church all her life, was still going every Sunday . . . where the preacher and her Sunday School teacher think her so grown up and strong . . . and she was . . . she'd learned to get the meals on the table and even bake pies . . . keeping her journals hidden, Cornelia chronicles her young life during the depression and leading up to WWII, meeting young Henry Roberts the summer before he enlists for the war . . . and falling in love . . . when Henry is killed in a train wreck prior to leaving for overseas, Cornelia's life is turned upside down . . . setting into motion decades of secrets and pain . . . yet God sends her a Comforter . . . and Cornelia finally sees the God of mercy and love that her family has always believed in and trusted . . . This generational tale of buried secrets, deep love and sacrifice is one of the best I've come across . . . I would have liked a little more to tie up loose ends with the father's side of the family . . . a sequel would be nice . . .
I started this book at the beginning of a road trip. Little did I know it would change me so much. I was instantly drawn into the story when they mention Manitoba and Winnipeg Canada. I lived there when I was twelve. It gave me goose bumps. Needless to say I found myself on a road trip to a past and present that made me weep with remembrance and so much of Ccorrie story I related to. Did not expect to find so much in this book. But it touched me. Loved the characters. Found the story real and relatable. Some will find that they don't like the spiritual part and others like me will be led back to a place of reflection because of it. Parts left me hanging and I wanted more and perhaps the author will Grace us with ending for them? But all and all I could not put it down. I had to know. .....
I could not stop listening to this story! I started it in the car to and from work. I have been home sick for a couple days and finished it! I hope this author has more books. I have already read Maggie's War. Loved it too!
I adore Cory, Benita and Grace. The power of our great Lord in this story is amazing. Love Love Love this story. Thank you, I loved the narrator of this story, she was perfection. can't wait for the next book.
The story started pretty interesting and gradually became more about the characters' religion and relationship with their god. That's probably a big selling point for many, and that's okay. For me, not so much. The plot is kind of interesting, but the heavy emphasis on religion "Let me tell you about my faith" and a visit from an angel from god is too off-putting. I wish the description had included that more clearly, which would have warned me off while likely selling more copies to those who want this type of book.
Lovely story of loss, reconciliation, reunion, and faith. I'm not a Christian, but could appreciate the role of faith in a higher power in our lives. Lovely listen that reminds you how love binds and things happen when they are supposed to.
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