The audible version of The Tin Box Secret will be available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes very shortly!  Stay tuned!
 The Tin Box Secret and The Hope Chest were Finalists in the 2017 IAN Awards (Independent Author Network) in both Young Adult and Historical Fiction categories.
Review of The Tin Box Secret:  5.0 out of 5 stars The Tin Box Secret **must read!!**
By Michele Tuck Sedig on February 9, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Just finished reading The Tin Box Secret. Great story and so well written!! Couldn’t read some parts fast enough, but also didn’t want to finish the book because I loved reading it. Can’t wait to read The Hope Chest and Reawakening. Thanks Theresa!
on April 23, 2017
I love love love this book. I could not put it down. The emotions I felt reading it were so strong, I was feeling everything the characters were feeling at every moment of their lives. Theresa Dodaro has a great talent for making her books come alive with the lives of Lottie, Tilly, Wesley, and Charles. It made me see the hard grueling times the Civil war had on their lives, and the hope I had for the people in this book. I can’t wait for the final book of this trilogy. Thank you Theresa
on June 3, 2017
Format: Paperback
Reawakening (final book of The Tin Box Trilogy ) revealed how everything is connected. I really enjoyed following all the characters through the past and present. I recommend this trilogy for bookclubs – there is so much to discuss .
Looking forward to Theresa’s next book The Porcelain Doll.

Theresa Dodaro

Published on May 20, 2017 and currently available on  Amazon (The Final Book in the Tin Box Trilogy):


The Tin Box Secret, was published in October 2015 and is currently available at Amazon.com.  The second book, The Hope Chest, was published in July 2016 and is also currently available at Amazon.com.  The publishing process for the third book, Reawakening, has already begun and a publication date of May 2017 is expected.

Theresa started writing her blog, Raising Drama, when her children became teenagers.  The blog expanded to include stories she wrote about her ancestors’ lives, the struggles of watching her mother suffer from Memory Loss, and stories about her beloved pets, Daisy and Duke.

On Facebook, you can find her at: The Tin Box Secret.

Theresa Dodaro grew up on Long Island, New York, and graduated from Stony Brook University before working in Publishing and Marketing.

The trilogy was inspired by Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, which was published in 1899.  It was thought to be so inappropriate for women to read that it was ordered to be taken off of bookshelves.  Kate Chopin’s work of fiction affected Theresa greatly when she read it in college. The idea of the lack of choice that women experienced in centuries past, motivated her to write this trilogy to inspire women, young and old alike, to appreciate the choices that they do have today.

Through her writing, Theresa hopes to pass along the message that no matter what has happened to you in the past, there is one choice that cannot be taken away from you:  You can choose to let the past destroy you, or you can choose to survive and thrive in spite of it.


Current Project:  The Porcelain Doll

Issy and Rachel are two girls growing up in East Prussia when WWII turns their world upside down. Years later, Issy’s granddaughter, Jace, comes to visit her in the Great Smoky Mountains and records Issy’s story while trying to find a new direction for her own life. Grandmother and Granddaughter share a special bond as Issy tells Jace about her life. Neither of them realize that their time together is limited and that they are both as fragile as porcelain dolls.


Copies of The Tin Box Secret,  The Hope Chest, and Reawakening are now available for sale at discounted prices at:

The Catbird Seat @ 18 Main Street, Sayville, https://www.thecatbirdseat.us/ NY

The Holiday House Company @ 122 Main Street, Sayville, NY http://theholidayhousecompany.com/

Turn of the Corkscrew Books & Wine @ 110 N. Park Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY, http://turnofthecorkscrew.com/.

Saunderskill Farms @ 5100 Route 209, Accord, NY; http://www.saunderskill.com/

Turn of the Corkscrew


The Tin Box Trilogy


Theresa Dodaro – A Sayville Author of The Tin Box Trilogy