Artist Alison Schuyler spends her time working in her family’s renowned art gallery, determined to avoid the curse that has followed the Schuyler clan from the Netherlands to America and back again. She’s certain that true love will only lead to tragedy—that is, until a chance meeting at Waterloo station brings Ian Devlin into her life. Drawn to the bold and compassionate British Army captain, Alison begins to question her fear of love as World War II breaks out, separating the two and drawing each into their own battles. While Ian fights for freedom on the battlefield, Alison works with the Dutch Underground to find a safe haven for Jewish children and priceless pieces of art alike. But safety is a luxury war does not allow. As time, war, and human will struggle to keep them apart, will Alison and Ian have the faith to fight for their love, or is it their fate to be separated forever?
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Reminiscent of Kristi Cambron’s The Butterfly and the Violin, Johnnie Alexander crafts an intriguing story around Alison Schuyler, her families’ art galleries, and Ian Devlin. Children are taken from parents and homes. Valuable artwork is hidden away for future use in the Third Reich and by Adolf Hitler. People are struggling everywhere, and fear is written on their faces.
The characters are well-rounded in their development, and scenes capture nature’s force, both beautiful and dangerous.
Alison and Ian’s story moves along rather quickly until about one-third before the book ends. Alison makes rather odd decisions during this stretch, and I began to question her commitment to anyone or anything.
Alexander is a skilled and talented writer. Her research appears to be impeccable in this particular work. She could have shortened the book a bit eliminating some repetitive sections nearing the end. Still, all in all, it was an enjoyable read.
Like historical fiction? Enjoy reading World War II history? Then Johnnie Alexander’s Where Treasure Hides may be your next read. As mentioned above, Alexander’s writing is enjoyable to read, and her plot line is well thought out. To be truthful, the story just loses a little steam nearing the end. I would still give it “3 stars” if pressed to use such ratings.
Where Treasure Hides by Johnnie Alexander
Published: July 15, 2015
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Genre: Fiction / Christian / Historical
Edition: Paperback edition, 416 pages
Source: Tyndale Blog Network
Meet the Author:
Johnnie Alexander writes inspiring stories that linger in the heart. Where Treasure Hides, her debut novel, won the ACFW Genesis Contest (2011) and Golden Leaf Award (2014). The first of her three contemporary romances, Where She Belongs (Misty Willow Series), releases from Revell in January 2016.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are solely mine.