• The Silver Suitcase

  • By: Terrie Todd
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (660 ratings)

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The Silver Suitcase

By: Terrie Todd
Narrated by: Kate Rudd
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Publisher's Summary

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.

The full copyright information can be found below:

© 2016 by 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.

©2016 Terrie Todd (P)2015 Brilliance Audio

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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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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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What a fabulous Christian book!

This is the second book I’ve listened to by Terri Todd. I haven’t been disappointed either time.

I’ve listened to somewhere around 200 books but this one was the first time I was amazed and astounded how she wrapped it all up and was totally surprised by the ending.

Please keep writing, Terri. Christian fiction needs more from you.

Use the credit...you won’t be disappointed.

God bless.

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Brilliant

I didn’t get what I expected out of this book. Oh, I got a well written, fun, sad, happy story… And a warm heart. And blessings!

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Great historical fiction with an unexpected twist

This story is a really good read. Covering portions of four generations of a wonderful, family, warts and all.
If you are experiencing a crisis of faith (even Mother Teresa admitted them) Don't despair, but listen to this book and you may find portions of the story that provide inspiration and enlightenment. Highly recommend!

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Wow. The most incredible book

I’m in awe. What a wonderful book. I listened to it doing housework all in one day. I absolutely loved it. A treasure!

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Good Story

I enjoyed this work and it kept my interest all the way through. I listened to it every night when I went to bed and looked forward to what was coming. I recommend it.

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BEST BOOK I'VE READ/LISTENED TO IN YEARS!!

I honestly thought something was wrong with me. I haven't liked a book, even though they've came highly recommended, in a very long time.
I felt annoyed by them even, so I assumed it was me or it was because I was listening instead of reading. And then I was recommended this book!! I absolutely loved it and will be reading more of this author's work. The person who recommended this actually went to school with her! The performance was fantastic, too!! Thank you and God bless!

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The Silver Suitcase draws one into a family with its own secrets.

This story was very interesting as it went back and forth between several generations, all tied together with the words written in several diaries. The narration was well done. I enjoyed having a good story given to me as I went about my day.

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Loved This Book Great Story Teller

Terri Todd is a great story teller. I mean that in a good way LOL I really enjoy a book that can keep you guessing and you can't wait to see what is coming next. This was one of those stories. I was pleasantly surprised to find The Silver Suitcase to be a well written Faith Based Novel. I loved the way it was written and even if that is not your usual style or genre, I think you will really enjoy this book. I enjoyed the audio version.