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Where Treasure Hides Paperback – August 1, 2015
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Alison Schuyler, an artist from the Netherlands has a chance meeting at Waterloo Station where she meets a British Captain, Ian Devlin, who in a short time steals her heart. It is war time and they each go their separate ways, each wondering if they would see each other again. Alison helps in her family's art gallery trying to save precious art and then becomes involved with the Dutch Underground smuggling Jewish children out from under the Germans grasp. The characters were well fleshed out and I found myself immersed in the story line from the first chapter. It was so compelling, that I couldn't put it down. The story was fast paced and there seemed to be danger at every turn.
Where Treasure Hides is a clean, inspirational read with just the right amount of Christian faith added. I would highly recommend this to history, mystery or lovers of clean romance. I will definitely read more of her work.
Alison is sent to Holland to be with her grandfather and to run their famous family art gallery. The family has secrets that seem to be dark and cause Alison to face her fears and overcome them with her faith before they destroy her heart. Alison loses her heart to a British officer when their eyes first meet and the audience travels with them through tears and triumph in the novel.
Some of the storyline reminded me of the movie Monuments Men and other novels that tell of brave people trying to preserve their nation’s culture as seen in various forms of art. Love, forgiveness, anger, regret, and many other feelings are expressed in this touching tale. The protection of the Jewish people is also another theme woven throughout the book. The bravery and courage many countrymen exhibited through their resistance movements still speaks to my heart.
I hope you take time to read this treat written with such authentic attention to detail as well as how faith in Him kept the characters from giving up hope in their darkest hours. I enjoyed the freedom in her heart Alison experiences as she chooses to believe God as well as sharing her artistic talent, seeing it as a gift to uplift many people.
Where do our treasures hide? Are they earthly or beyond this time and space? Read the story written by Johnnie Alexander and see if your heart doesn’t become entangled in the novel like mine did all the way to the last page. Where Treasure Hides is truly a masterpiece!
Johnnie Alexander spreads a table of romance, historical accuracy, and intrigue before the reader. "Where Treasure Hides" won the Genesis Award in 2011. I can see why.
The plot is complex but not complicated. I didn't get lost in names or places. Characters were introduced, and before I knew it, I was in chapter six, as an inside observer of Alison and Ian, not from afar. Completely engaging.
Alexander's sense of detail is impeccable. Art history, places, WW II time line. Everything smacks of "this could happen" or "this did happen." The line between truth and fiction is difficult to find in this read. Great skill. Some reviewers stated this could be two books. Although I agree, I think Johnnie succeeded in her goal of one story in one read.
Sometimes excellent books are spoiled for me when the tension is raised too high, too often, especially in romance. "Where Treasure Hides" paced just right. I was not disappointed in the ending. The epilogue put the cherry on top for me, although did not surprise me.
Alexander laced scriptural truth in the scenes without calling attention to it or preaching. I like that. The descriptions of scenes and character musings was rich. I highlighted a number of phrases to ponder. Yep, that's one I'll go back to.
It's been a while since I've been so mesmerized by someone's writing, by a story, by a book. Johnnie, is there a sequel to this one? There could be, and I'll be the first to grab it.
*I bought this book and reviewed independently. I've met the author, and she's as winsome as her writing.
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