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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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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

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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A pleasant story with an unfolding mystery...

I felt let down at the end of the story. I don't want to give it away so I won't go into details. The scattered pages left a nice touch but the ending would have been stronger if the main part had been retrieved. Pleasant and thought provoking. Deborah Owen, Creative Writing Institute

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loved it

heartwarming and touching. a real feel good and emotional ride of of several lives. a must read..,

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Beautiful, just beautiful moving story

I love the whole story line. The love of God was shared not preached or shoved down your throat. In everyday life , difficulties and mistakes God cares. All the characters were had issues and trials but lived their lives excepting challenges and failings.How they chose to live spoke more than what was preached. Great story.

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listener beware

this story was a little heavy on the religous side. but great story otherwise. reccomend

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What did you love best about The Silver Suitcase?

The Silver Suitcase (Kindle Edition)
This is my first time reading this author. I enjoyed the story line. I also liked how it went from past to present with the diaries. Also, there was a promise that the main character (Corrie) had inferred to that played out surprisingly at the end. I look forward to reading Ms. Todd's other books.

What other book might you compare The Silver Suitcase to and why?

Not a book but a TV series called Early Edition. It was about a man who received a newspaper which foretold the future by one day.

Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no, this is my first experience.

Who was the most memorable character of The Silver Suitcase and why?

Corrie

Because of her mother's death, Corrie had become bitter against God. But later in her life she had a true spiritual renewal that gave her strength and peace.

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  • TMC
  • Kentucky
  • 06-15-17

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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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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loved

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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