Where Treasure Hides by Johnnie Alexander

Johnnie Alexander's Where Treasure Hides Synopsis:

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?

(Synopsis and image via Goodreads)Where Treasure Hides

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Reminiscent of Kristi Cambron’s The Butterfly and the ViolinJohnnie 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.

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Recommendation, redLike 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.

Book Details:
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Published: July 15, 2015
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Genre: Fiction / Christian / Historical
Edition: Paperback edition, 416 pages
ISBN: 1496401271
Source: Tyndale Blog Network

Meet the Author: 

6802954Johnnie 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.

You can learn more about Johnnie via her Goodreads author page and her website. Connect with her on Twitter, if you like.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are solely mine.

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  • http://tracyleekarner.com Tracy Lee Karner

    I love your honest reviews. They always help me to decide what to read, when. There are times I would be in the mood for this book, and times I wouldn’t. I’m putting it on my list, and will read it, at the right time.

    I think that’s so much more fair to the author–to enter a lovingly-crafted story without false expectations and hopes, to be able to enjoy it for what it is, instead of wishing it had been a different book, another kind of read. And I always find there are right times, and wrong times, for reading many books.

    • http://sherreymeyer.com Sherrey Meyer

      Tracy, I treasure your comments and emotions related to your reading. I agree there are right and wrong times and the when is all important in appreciating and enjoying a book. Knowing you find honesty in my reviews is gratifying.