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Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2012
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Michelle SuttonArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Fantastic debut. Writes like a seasoned author.July 25, 2013Michelle SuttonArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Wow, I'm so tired this morning but I just had to finish this book before I went to sleep last night. It was good from the beginning, but I work full time and am an author myself, so it took me longer to read due to my own deadlines. The tension kept building and building, just the way I like them. I cared about the characters so much my heart ached at times. I would love to see this book in print. It's long, but very good. I enjoyed the entire ride!
The story felt real to me and the characters were complex. I often got so lost in the story I forgot I was reading. The plot was emotional and compelling. My heart pounded more than a few times. And the ending... OH MY! If that doesn't make you want and jump up and shout, "Yes!" nothing will. Very well done!
I'm a big fan of fiction written about Europe during the war anyway, and this story had just the right amount of tension, romance, and setting. I must have read upwards of fifty books or more during this time period and this was one of the better ones. There were so many compelling twists and turns in this story. I'm telling you, that last quarter of the book was NOT going to let me rest until I finished the last word. Great debut!
AkaeKansasAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Compelling readingMarch 22, 2013AkaeKansasAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The word descriptions are so vivid you can see, hear and feel each scene. Truly a talented author and a story youneedto read and enjoy!
StoryGirlAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Needs A Sequel!February 7, 2013StoryGirlAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I didn't know much about this book when I agreed to review it; I admit the cover intrigued me and that's the reason I took it. However, I ended up really enjoying it. The story drew me and it was hard to put down. Or shut off, as the case may be (I got it in e-book form. Ick. I hate e-books, but that was the only option for reviewing this book)
I really liked it, but it took a turn near the end I didn't care for. I hate it in books when the characters think each other dead. It stresses me out and, well, I just really hate it. And I'm really hoping there's some sort of sequel, because the epilogue, besides elaborating on the twist I hated, left me wanting_more.
I liked the characters, especially Ian. My favorite parts were with him and Libby- it was so adorable. I liked Alison, too, although sometimes she annoyed me, like when she agreed to go back under enemy lines after being safe in England. I was like, "Nooooooo!" Yes, talk about the stress of this book. And I HATED Theodor. With a PASSION.
So basically, I loved the first half of this book (thus the 8 rating) but it kind of took a downhill turn as the story reached the end (thus, again, the 8 rather than the 9).
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.
TMWoodsBooksKansas City, KSAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Spell-binding Romance!February 5, 2013TMWoodsBooksKansas City, KSAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Where Treasure Hides by Johnnie Alexander Donley
This story of a surviving romance, in a time of one of the world's most horrific wars, is spell-binding. Alison Schuyler is a passionate young artist with a family history of a curse that keeps her heart guarded. Yet she finds love when she believes it's her fate to never have a love of her own.
Ian Devlin, a soldier for the British army in 1939 meets the beautiful Alison in Waterloo station when they are brought together by the magnetic pull of a young boy playing "Rule, Britannia!" on his violin. The spark ignites almost simultaneously between the two and the short time they spend together proves the chemistry that pulls them together is strong and mutual.
Their lives get torn apart, although their love continues to grow. The monstrosities of the war against Hitler and those who follow him with such abhorrent beliefs keeps them from reuniting. But in the midst of the nightmares, they both find refuge in the Lord and his promises.
I savored the love story and ached over the circumstances of the times. The characters in this novel are very real and change through the devastation and hope that comes their way. My only complaint is that it ends. I hope to see a sequel soon.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Tyndale as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
pencildancero fallon, ILAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Good ReadJanuary 7, 2013pencildancero fallon, ILAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Where the Treasure Hides by Johnnie Alexander Donley is a treasure of history that we need to be aware of right now. We do not want history to repeat itself and through well written fiction like Where the Treasure Hides perhaps we will be more aware of what is happening around us.
The story line involves artist Allison Schuyler, sent back to Holland by her grief stricken father to live with her grandfather and aunt. The family owns a well-known art gallery.
Allison loves art more than anything until she meets Ian Devlin on a trip to England. The war around them is escalating and Alison doesn't want to love any one. She believes the family is cursed. If she marries Ian he will die. and with the war the possibility of that occurring is even greater.
As the story title implies there is treasure--the paintings created by the Masters. They must be hidden and protected but at what cost? Is it more important than a human life? These are decisions Alison must make.
Where the Treasure Hides is an excellent read and while there is a healthy dose of history it does not over-ride the story, which I found pleasant.
Submitted: January 07, 2013
Tell us a little about yourself. Author Johnnie Alexander Donley writes stories of suspense, intrigue, and romance set in World War II. Her debut book, Where Treasure Hides, won the American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis contest for Historical Fiction in 2011. A history enthusiast, Johnnie has also edited nonfiction manuscripts and textbooks. She serves as president of the Central Florida chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. A longtime Florida resident, Johnnie treasures family memories, classic movies, shelves full of books, and her papillon Rugby.
What was your motivation behind this project? While researching different aspects of World War II for another project, I became fascinated by the overwhelming amount of art looted by the Nazis and heartbroken over the horrendous plight of so many of the children. Readers experience both these issues through this story.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? The protagonist, Alison Schuyler, descends from a long line of artistic Van Schuylers. Protecting her family's art gallery from the Nazis means more to her than anything. But as the war drags on, she has to make choices about what, and who, to protect. Despite everything that the war takes away from her, Alison learns to trust God with her future (Proverbs 31:25).
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Horrible things happen during war, especially to children. It wasn't easy reading accounts of parents having to make agonizing decisions for the sake of safety. Certain scenes in the novel were very difficult to write, but they needed to be included because they show how horrid it was to live under Nazi occupation.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My writing is deeply influenced by Christian themes such as forgiveness and grace. I love epic movies and books such as Les Miserables, The Lord of the Ring Trilogy, and The Secret Garden. Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Ingrid Bergman, and Audry Hepburn are a few of my favorite actors. Favorite authors include Daniel Silva, Kate Morton, Anne Perry, Jane Kirkpatrick, and Davis Bunn.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Before it was published, Where Treasure Hides won the 2011 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Contest in Historical Fiction.