Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Silver Suitcase

GIVEAWAY

TODD, TERRIE
THE SILVER SUITCASE

On the brink of World War II, a young girl makes a choice that echoes through generations.

It's 1939, and Canada is on the cusp of entering World War II. Seventeen-year-old farm girl Cornelia has been heartbroken since the day her mother died five years ago. As a new tragedy provides Cornelia still more reason to reject her parents' faith, a mysterious visitor appears in her hour of hopelessness. Alone and carrying a heavy secret, she makes a 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 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 faith.

My Review:

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. And in the process, she learns a lot about herself and her own relationships.

The faith thread is strong and moving and anchors both women in the midst of life struggles. The epilogue gave me goosebumps -- the way the author reveals the fruition of an inspired promise in the most unexpected of ways.

Though I'd label this as 'Women's Fiction' there are a few pivotal romance threads that flush out these women's lives in various ways. A truly inspiring and captivating story.

Giveaway Opportunity:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Silver Suitcase please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoread AT yahoo DOT ca. If you post a comment and add your email address please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday February 12 2017.  Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

46 comments:

  1. Never heard of this book or this author! Sounds delightful, deeply emotional, and heartwarming! It's been a while since I've read a book that has dual timelines :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Love dual timelines when they are done well...and this one is. Good luck, Trixi.

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  2. I've been wanting to read this book SO much! And it's by a Canadian author which makes it even more appealing!!!
    Thank you for the giveaway! I really hope to win :P

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. I think you were the first person to mention it in the Reader's Choice giveaways and I was instantly intrigued. Good luck, Samantha.

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  3. I Never heard of this author. Thanks for the chance. truckredford(at)Gmail(Dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Truck. Good luck.

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  4. I love quality storytelling! Looks like something I would love. Enter me please. Mary R

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    1. It's expertly told. Love the way the generations fuse together. Good luck, Mary.

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  5. I am fascinated by this one, Kav, and I love finding a new author. The title and cover are really nice.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Isn't the cover gorgeous? It really draws the eye. Good luck, Melanie.

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  6. This sounds wonderful, Kav. Thank you for spotlighting it. Sounds like my kind of book!! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. It's amazing, Kathleen. I think you'll love it. Good luck.

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  7. ooo i've had my eye on this one! Loved your review! meezcarrie (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. It's such a great story. I loved it, as you can tell. Good luck, Meez Carrie.

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  8. Just finished a good dual timeline, The Second Mrs. Hockaday, which isn't my typical Christian Fiction preference, but was a clean read. There aren't very many which are WWII, but that makes such an interesting period to contrast with the present...and most of us had family involved or have heard stories passed through the family. Thanks for the review and introduction to the author. dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

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    1. Ohh...thanks for the tip on The Second Mrs. Hockady. Haven't heard of that one before. Good luck, CC.

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  9. Would love to read this. Love dual time line. Thank you.
    leliamae(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I really enjoy the dual timeline as well. Brings something special to a story. Good luck, Lucy.

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  10. This cover really appeals to me. I've seen it before but didn't know what the book was about. It does really sound good. I'd like to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. The cover is delish, isn't it? Good luck, Pam.

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  11. This book sounds very appealing! Thank you, Kav.

    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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  12. I always like to read debut novels and World War II era books! Loved the review.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  13. I had a chance to read this one before it was published and wasn't sure about it, so I opted not to. Kav, your review is the first I've seen by someone I know and I could just kick myself. :) I just went to Amazon to make sure I had put it on my wish list and I saw that there is a sequel. Did you know that? It's called Maggie's War. Now I really need to get on the ball. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I had heard that she had another book coming out but didn't know it was a sequel...or the title. Thanks, Terrill. Good luck.

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  14. Sign me up. This has been in my wish list since I first heard of it. Enjoyed your review.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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  15. Interesting. Thank you. teshaw(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  16. This book sounds really good. I would love to be able to read this book. I'm going to put it on my TBR list now. Thanks for the chance to win Kav. iamabho (at) gmail (.) com

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  17. It's always fun to discover a new author!
    Dianna G.

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    1. Isn't it though? Good luck, Dianna.

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  18. Love checking out new author to me. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. The Silver Suitcase, by a new to me author, sounds like a very interesting story! The cover alone makes me want to read this book. Thanks for your review and giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. This is a debut novel so I'm looking forward to more from her. In fact she has another one coming out this year. Woot! Good luck, Donna.

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  20. KAV, thank you for sharing this book with us. The Silver Suitcase sounds fascinating. Thank you for the chance.

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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  21. Sounds like a really good story. I'm discovering that I really enjoy dual timelines books. Can't wait to read this one.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    melodybissonnette AT gmail DOT com

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    1. I love them too. Adds an extra twist to a story. Good luck, Melody.

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  22. WHAT.A.COVER!

    Count me in, please.

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. I would read this book based on the cover alone. It's pretty enough to be hanging on the wall.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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