The Silver Suitcase
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.

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  • Janet Sketchley
    Aug 4, 2016

    Janet Sketchley

    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....

  • Cassy
    May 27, 2016


    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! ...

  • Karen Laird
    Apr 4, 2016

    Karen Laird

    The Silver SuitcaseByTerri ToddReview:The Silver Suitcase was an interesting period read that took place from the late 1930s through the current times in western Canada. It was a story that spanned three generations of women in a family and the secrets that women were forced to deal an...

  • Michelle Kidwell
    Mar 3, 2016

    Michelle Kidwell

    The Silver Suitcaseby Terrie ToddWaterfall PressChristian, General Fiction (Adult)Pub Date 26 Jan 2016 I was given a copy of The Silver Suitcase through the publisher and their partnership with netgalley in exchange for my honest review which is as follows:In 1939 Corneilia Simpson is ...

  • Twobchelm
    Feb 22, 2016


    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 passe...

  • Bookworm LLC
    Feb 14, 2016

    Bookworm LLC

    I really enjoyed the story!!! It was wonderfully written giving information regarding World War 2 from a Canadian woman's perspective. When she was a child, she lost her mother on her 11th birthday. Feeling as though God had let her down, she was terribly angry with him. As she grew th...

  • Sally
    Feb 10, 2016


    The setting of this book is the beginning of WWII in 1939 in Canada.At seventeen Cornelia lost her beloved solder, Henry, in a train wreck while on his way to report to duty. She is alone with a deep secret that causes her to make a choice that will haunt her for the rest of her life. ...

  • Kevin
    Feb 9, 2016


    Terrie Todd's debut novel, The Silver Suitcase, reminds me -- in the first part of the story, at least -- of the works of Grace Livingston Hill. Not in a melodramatic manner as in Mrs. Hill's novels, but in the way characters are introduced, their strengths and weaknesses revealed, and...

  • Darlene
    Feb 3, 2016


    I met Terrie over 30 years ago, while earning our ‘PHT’ degrees and have enjoyed reconnecting via social media in more recent years. Having read her previously published short story and some of her plays, along with checking into her blog from time to time, I was thrilled to ...

  • Amy
    Jan 31, 2016


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