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The Silver Suitcase Audiobook

The Silver Suitcase

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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.

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    Tanya M. Spiegel Miami, Florida 05-26-16
    Tanya M. Spiegel Miami, Florida 05-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "spiritual journey"

    Truly beautiful

    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. .....

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-03-16
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-03-16 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "A Diary, WWII, and Wrestling with God"

    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 . . .

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    TMC Kentucky 06-15-17
    TMC Kentucky 06-15-17
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    "So moving"

    I really enjoyed everything about this...the character development, the unexpected revelations, the gentle witnessessing of faith. I felt myself well up tears for this family's grief and my own, though for quite different reasons. And of course, well, Kate Rudd as a narrator is always a great contribution to the story's telling.

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    Lisa Faulkner 05-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding!"

    This book was so enjoyable. The twists and turns of the book kept me interested. It was a lovely example of how our lives are intertwined and how much we need each other! I loved the Christian spin!!!

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    Amazon Customer 05-10-17
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    This was a great book! I highly recommend it. I'll definitely be looking for the Terrie Todd's other books to read.

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    Donna McGuinness 05-08-17
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    "I loved this beautifully written Christian book...but"

    I'll make this short because I was disappointed. When I started reading and listening I was thrilled! The main character getting closer to the Lord, speaking scriptures and getting to the heart of what "The Silver Suitcase" was all about. Then about 1 hour maybe more from the end, it was all over the place? And to add insult to injury when it said Epilogue: she may have just said, "blah, blah blah, blah blah, blah!" I had no clue what the heck it had to do with the main character or her grandmother???

    Also towards the end we have a couple who needs counseling...not enough spent on that. When I read a book, and there are no part 2 of it, I expect closures, and I didn't get it here! I was really upset because I literally spent all night listening and re listening to parts I just didn't understand why they were there?

    Kate Rudd you write marvelous Christian books and this one would have received 5 stars all by itself, but you lost me towards the end and that upset me...but thank you for mentioning Jesus (beautiful) and scriptures and leaning on Him to survive!!

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    04-29-17
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    "The Silver Suitcase"

    Thanks Terrie, we loved listening as we were traveling. Looked forward to every trip so we could hear more of the mystery. Jim & Kate

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    Roberta Barton 04-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good book"

    This books was a very interesting book to read it keep my attention and would've loved for there to be a sequel to find out how the sisters relationship got better!

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    Margie M. 02-28-17
    Margie M. 02-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Snoooooze!!"

    Jules Greyson

    I kept waiting for this book to capture my attention.....I have not been this bored by a read in a long time!

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    Mary Christian 02-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "riveting"

    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!

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