Sunday, January 31, 2016

Book Talk: The Silver Suitcase by Terrie Todd

The Silver Suitcase

Published January 26th 2016 by Waterfall Press


"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."

The first thing that drew me to this book was the beautiful cover! It is extremely pleasing to the eye, especially a woman's eye. The next part that intrigued me was the book's description. I love to read books set in this particular time period, and I was not disappointed!

This is the story of Cornelia, a 17 year old girl living on a farm in rural Manitoba, Canada. Her story begins in 1939 and readers are given the opportunity to learn parts of her life by reading her diary, which she tucks into an old silver suitcase in the attic.

The book switches back and forth between the 30's-40's, when Cornelia was writing the diary, to present day. Her granddaughter, Benita, now has the suitcase after Cornelia's death and is changed by reading the diaries. Normally, I don't like reading a book that goes back and forth between different eras, but this is the exception. I think the author did a wonderful job of keeping the story easy to read. As the story of Cornelia's life unfolds, we learn about what it means to sometimes feel that we hate God, about making mistakes, and about how everything in one life affects so many other lives, now and in the future. Ultimately though, we learn about forgiveness and redemption. Just to be clear, this is a Christian novel, so it is heavy on religious themes.

I enjoyed reading this book and hope to see more from this author in the future!  4/5 stars    ~Amy

*I received this book for review from NetGalley, but these are my own thoughts and opinions.


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