The Silver Suitcase

The Silver Suitcase It s 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 Alo

  • Title: The Silver Suitcase
  • Author: Terrie Todd
  • ISBN: 9781503950498
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 warIt 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.

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    1. Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.I took note of Terrie Todd’s The Silver Suitcase the moment I laid eyes on it. The jacket description, with its reference to a war era diary, teased my imagination and sparked enough curiosity that I flagged the book as a must read for 2016. I’d never heard of the author and I’d no real expectations going in, but I soon realized that my excitement was severely misplaced.Structurally, The Silver Suitcase is an absolute nightmare. I unders [...]

    2. The cover hooked me not to mention the diary aspect of this story. Corrie has kept diaries for many years where records her secret desires and fears. Not to mention her other secrets as well. When her granddaughter Benita discovers these diaries in a “silver suitcase” Corrie’s secrets are discovered. Benita is dealing with her own crisis and as she gets to know the real Corrie she is able to get thru her own crisis. Great Read!! I would like to thank the publisher and Net Galley for the ch [...]

    3. Secret DiariesThe Silver Suitcase by Terrie ToddMost teenagers love to write their thoughts in a diary. Their secret desires, high school crushes, heartbreaks, wedding dreams, etc. They write them never thinking anyone would ever read them. This is exactly what happens to Cornelia (aka Corrie). Years after she’s put her pen to paper and after her death, her granddaughter Benita, finds these diaries inside a silver suitcase. And Cornelia’s shocking secret is unleashed.It’s a secret she kept [...]

    4. Two women, decades apart, joined by the secrets in one suitcase. In 1939, Canada is teetering on war. Farmgirl Cornelia's heart hasn't been the same since she lost her mother five years before and blames God. When a young man named Henry arrives for the summer, the two become close. When tragedy strikes again, Cornelia doesn't know what to do. She's alone with a secret, so she makes a choice that will haunt her for decades to come. Unable to talk to anyone, she pours out her heart to her diary. [...]

    5. This beautifully crafted narrative weaves together the stories of four generations of women in one family as they each experience life's cycles of love and loss; faith and forgiveness; regrets and redemption—all intertwined with the pages of a diary kept in a silver suitcase. A must-read.I received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley for the purposes of this review. I was not required to write a positive response.

    6. I went into this book not knowing anything about what it was about, and I have to say it pleasantly surprised me! I got a bit nervous first, when it launched into the story of how this couple met; as I'm not really a reader of romance, but that was just a way to start off the story and set the scene. The book is much more a look at family, and different relationships in the many generations - including grandmother and granddaughter; siblings, and husband and wife. I liked that it followed all th [...]

    7. I really enjoyed the life of Cornelia and the writing style. I thought there was plenty of interest and detail to keep the story going and interesting. I got a bit annoyed in the middle withe the start of Benita being grown up for Cornelia being said to having such an inspirational faith and loving her daughter so much, I would have thought she would have taught her daughter to choose a better husband, teach Grace and Benita more about God and just be nicer people. Benita overall was mostly anno [...]

    8. After cracking open The Silver Suitcase, I was unable to close it again. In exchange for many hours of sleep, I simply had to read it through in one sitting. Gripped by the story and the characters, I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. Here's to hoping I won't have to wait long to get my hands on Terrie Todd 's next book!!

    9. The Silver Suitcase by Terrie Todd intriguing novel. Cornelia Faith Simpson is eighty-four years old when she passes away. She leaves behind her daughter, Grace Gladstone and her granddaughter, Benita Gladstone. Benita was particularly close to her grandmother and will miss her dearly. They are cleaning out her house when Grace mentioned the silver suitcase to her daughter. She believes it will be helpful to her and suggests she take it home and look through it. The silver suitcase is actually a [...]

    10. "The first Canadian solder to be killed during World War II never saw a battle. He died in a train accident on his way to Halifax to ship out to England." This book has a dual perspective of Cornelia and Benita, and then a random short chapter where Miriam is given her own voice.I wanted to like this book, and I really really tried to, but after a while I realized that this book was not what I thought it would be. Instead of being about Cornelia's life and what happened during the war in Canada [...]

    11. When Cornelia’s mother dies on her twelfth birthday, she decides God is a liar and she will never forgive Him. And yet, more than seventy years later, her granddaughter, Benita, wonders what it was that made Gram’s faith so strong; what enabled her to survive the losses in her life without surrendering to bitterness?Despite ostensibly being the story of two women, I felt as though The Silver Suitcase was really Cornelia’s story. The narrative alternates between Cornelia’s point of view i [...]

    12. When teenaged Cornelia Simpson confides in her journal in the late 1930s and into the 40s, she has no idea that other eyes will ever read her words or how God will use those words to touch hearts, starting with her granddaughter, Benita.The Silver Suitcase is written in three parts. The first shares parts of Cornelia’s life, and the other two follow Benita as she reads the diaries her grandmother had hidden in a silver suitcase.Benita is married, with two school-aged children and an unemployed [...]

    13. What 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. [...]

    14. Some books are truly special and The Silver Suitcase by Terrie Todd has written one of those books. The Silver Suitcase is tells about a young woman who turns away from God and later finds out how much God loves her through a miracle.Throughout the Silver Suitcase you will find Scripture and hymns appropriately placed to help tell a Christian-based story about God's love for all of us.Highly recommend.Review written after downloading a galley from NetGalley.

    15. Very well written and well researched story spanning three generations, focusing heavily on the female characters, from pre-WWII to the present day. It was very educational, also, to me, as I learned much more about Canada's participation in the War.

    16. I enjoyed this book immensely. Terri Todd did an amazing job of writing a story that went back and forth through time. I was so wrapped up in the characters and their lives. I highly recommend this book.

    17. I'm reviewing this book for Netgalley, but the review is completely my opinion, and I wasn't asked to make it sound better than it was.The cover of this books is so pretty! I was drawn to it immediately, and I the description made me even more curious and excited to read it. I was certainly not disappointed. My favorite character was probably Corrie, aka Cornelia. I loved her stubbornness at the beginning, and her spunk. It really gave a bit of a humorous tang, and even though she was sometimes [...]

    18. Terrie Todd does a magnificent job of taking the reader back to an earlier time in history where life issues were so much different then they are today yet at the same time, so much the same. The vivid description she provides in each chapter, engages all of the readers senses and allows the reader to experience the story just like they were personally present at the time. A tear was shed for the characters in the story but mostly for the memories unearthed in the readers own heart of years sinc [...]

    19. This is such a good, sweet book! And by sweet I don't mean syrupy sweet. I just mean sweet. The story is about a Grandmother , Cornelia, her daughter Grace and her granddaughter Benita. Cornelia keeps a diary a year for all of her life. Benita inherits these diaries and discovers a lot about her beloved Gram. I also had a close relationship with my "Grammy" and that might have played into my love of this book. I wanted to know all three of these women and their families. I wanted to know Ramona [...]

    20. Sometimes, authors who write for the CBA market feel, for God to be glorified, they have to create Christian characters with tiny, little faults, making tiny, little mistakes, all fixed within a few weeks. Not so in The Silver Suitcase. Terrie Todd has created authentic people who know Christ, yet mess up big time, seek forgiveness, and find His peace. The author shows a loving God who uses our mistakes for His good purposes. I love how the characters with their virtues and defects intertwine to [...]

    21. The story goes back and forth in the life of a young woman at the time of the war beginning. She keep a detailed diary of her life with all the joy and disappointments that shaped her life. She had a special relationship with her granddaughter and after her death the diaries were passed on to her revealing much more than anyone knew. The diaries played a large part in the story revealing much wisdom to many people. There were surprises

    22. I thoroughly enjoyed reading a book set in a Canadian context, by a Canadian author. Yet the storyline holds a broad appeal for all novel readers. The style of writing brings to mind a blend of the "homespun" typical of Jeanette Oke and the character development and the intriguing way the plot unfolds typical of Francine Rivers. I would recommend this book as an enjoyable read and hope there is another on its way soon.

    23. I was hooked after reading the first page of The Silver Suitcase and could not put it down! It is written in a compelling style that weaves together the lives of several fascinating characters. My favorite was Cornelia and I was inspired and encouraged by her honest spiritual journey. I plan on buying many copies to give as gifts to friends and family!

    24. I couldn't put this book down! It had all the elements of a wonderful story. It made me laugh, cry, and kept me guessing. I felt a connection to the main character and felt really inspired by her life. I highly recommend this book!

    25. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.This story was such a heart warming inspirational tale of love, loss, and redemption. Beautifully written, I just couldn't put it down. Wonderful story

    26. This is a lovely book. I was not expecting the Christian element and am not generally drawing to religious fiction but the characters are well drawn and the story is compelling. It is a gentle book but one I very much enjoyed.

    27. A beautiful intertwining of several ribbons of story. And the epilogue tied it all up in a perfect, exquisite bow. Highly recommended.

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