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.
Bubby: I love these stories that go back and forth from one time period to another, in this case World War II to the present day. I love the usage of Cornelia’s diaries to tell her back story. I was thinking it would be nice to read my grandmother’s diaries, but I’m not so sure now. Who knows what secret, hidden skeletons are lurking in the past!
Sissy: Are you talking about Grandma J or Grandma T? Because I would seriously love to know the thoughts and feelings and stories of them both, but in particular Grandma T who we didn’t get to know. I can’t imagine any gritty stories or stunning revelations coming out of rural Idaho in the 1920s, but you never can tell. I know that Grandma J’s sisters did some pretty wild and unorthodox stuff, or so the legend goes, so it would be quite the interesting read. Passion in the potato cellar….
Bubby: I’ve been in a potato cellar. I’m not seeing any passion happening there. There was plenty of passion between Cornelia and Henry (no worries, this is an inspirational romance, not a bodice ripper). Their love story really spoke to me. It was just so sweet and tragic all at the same time. I can’t imagine how it feels to lose the man you love, especially before you even have the chance to make a life together.
Sissy: Plus other stuff that happens which cannot be revealed at this time that are completely life changing. The Silver Suitcase is such a beautiful story, with so many interesting secrets and twists that you don’t see coming. It has a lot of Christian content, but it is one of the most enjoyable inspirational stories I have ever read. I actually had an attitude changing moment while reading about Benita’s struggles, so yes–I was truly inspired.
Bubby: I completely agree. Cornelia’s journey of faith and redemption really touched my heart. The ending was so satisfying, because her thoughts and insights really had an effect on many people as well as her own family. I was up late finishing The Silver Suitcase and when the last page was turned, I went to sleep with a smile on my face.
Sissy: The ending was so well done! Cornelia never imagined how her faithful experiences would be shared with and uplift others, and what happens with her diary pages in the end is absolutely lovely. The Silver Suitcase by Terrie Todd is so well worth the read!
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