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 parent’s faith, a mysterious visitor appears in her hour of desperation. 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 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.
It’s always amazing to see how one person or event impacts a person and can change the entire course of their life. I thought this book did a good job weaving both Cornelia’s story with her granddaughter Benita. I liked how it Cornelia’s life was part journal and part story. It made it more interesting. Terrie Todd did a great job portraying what life was like before and during WW2. Life for women was a lot stricter and less forgiving. Benitas story could be anyone’s story in that the reader can relate to the struggles she went through. I liked how she created believable characters both in Cornelia’s life and in Benita’s life.
Although this is fiction, there are biblical truths that the reader can apply to their own life. Forgiveness, grace and belief are all important truths that are throughout this book.
The epilogue did leave room for other stories to be written about how Cornelia’s life made an impact on several different people.
I was disappointed it ended and look forward to reading more books by this author.
Check out her website: www.terrietodd.blogspot.com
I read this book as a review book from netgalley.