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Publication Date: 2012
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Brittany_BnBblogAge: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Where Treasure Hides - Johnnie Alexander (4 Stars)August 18, 2015Brittany_BnBblogAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4In the spirit of Cara Putman's Shadowed by Grace and Kristy Cambron's The Butterfly and the Violin, Johnnie Alexander debuts her historical fiction novel, Where Treasure Hides. Alison Schuyler's family has spent the last three hundred years building an international reputation of their art gallery in the Netherlands. Her father moved to Chicago years before, disrupting that legacy, while trying to distance himself from a tragic history that devastates every generation of the family. On a journey through London, Alison meets British Army officer Ian Devlin, a man with his own tragic past and an undeniable quality that captures Alisons attention and heart. With the outbreak of World War II, Alison and Ian find themselves separated by their battles for freedom and oppression under the Nazi regime, Ian's on the battlefield and Alison's through her work with the Dutch Underground. Faced with the choice between saving the lives of the people they love and preserving the world's greatest art, Alison discovers an indescribable hope in God amongst the destruction of a world at war.
Overall, I was rather impressed with Ms. Alexander's novel. I found the story to be quite interesting and the characters well planned and developed. In comparison to many other Christian fiction works related to World War II, Where Treasure Hides also holds the distinction of delving firmly into the topic of art preservation, while remaining relatively believable. Some other works rely heavily on external sources (particularly the recent publications on the Monuments Men), which results in them having generally diluted storylines. In comparison, Ms. Alexander utilizes the strong art background of the main character and her ancestral family to unify the art-inspired elements of the work, creating a natural connection between the overarching storyline and the characters' interaction with world-renowned artwork. The greatest weakness of the novel comes as a result of its generally slower pacing and denser style. Some readers who may enjoy the general storyline concept and the characters, but may be challenged to move through it or even finish it, again depending on their reading pace.
Special thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for an advanced copy of Where Treasure Hides!
Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5excellentAugust 5, 2015lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a mystery within a mystery with WW II set as the backdrop for this heartwarming novel. Characters that compel the reader to hope for their success or pray they are captured for their crimes are included. One of the main characters is a young woman, Alison, who is a very gifted artist and has been raised mainly by her father after the loss of her mother.
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 nations 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 doesnt become entangled in the novel like mine did all the way to the last page. Where Treasure Hides is truly a masterpiece!
Stephanieupstate NYAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Oh, the epilogue!July 30, 2015Stephanieupstate NYAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It has been a long time since a book has kept me reading late into the night. Where Treasure Hides can account for some of my tiredness today! ;-) I couldn't put it down.
The story had just what I enjoy in a WWII novel intrigue and fear. Accounts of hiding and escapes. Hearts torn between love and loyalty. Even though the main character is an artist, and the story revolves around much of the stolen/hidden art during Hitler's regime, I didn't feel it was as 'artsy' as some of the past novels that have talked about the Monuments Men. I liked that. The art of WWII is a fascinating subject, but I can get easily bored if the artsy side gets too detailed.
Instead, the story focused more on the characters and their experiences and feelings. It was good. Really good.
The story is very long (almost 400 pages!), and yet it could have been even longer! The author skips whole years with some chapters. I guess the book could have dragged then, but I enjoyed the characters enough that I wondered what went on during the passed over time.
But, oh, the epilogue!! Oh! I can't tell you, of course, without giving it away, but...oh!! I thought and hoped for what was revealed in the epilogue...but not as it truly was in the epilogue! Confused?! Haa! You'll have to read it for yourself! It was a sadly satisfying ending.
I will definitely watch for more from Johnnie Alexander!
PastorsDaughterWVAge: Under 18Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This book had me hooked!July 23, 2015PastorsDaughterWVAge: Under 18Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Allison spends as much of her time as possible working in her family's art gallery, determined to avoid love, for fear of the curse that seems to loom over her family. However, she can't stop her heart for falling for Ian - the dashing man she meets at Waterloo Station. But then World War Two tears them apart, placing battles between them.
While Ian fights for freedom, Allison must answer the question, "which is more important - the art of the children?".
For me the answer is simple, right? The children of course! But for Allison it isn't so simple - not when it's artwork she holds dear to her heart.
So my reactions upon receiving Where Treasure Hides was at first excitement. Right now I've very much into the World War Two era, and it all sounded sounded pretty interesting. By the third chapter however, I was skeptical. Love at first sight never goes well with me! Allison and Ian's love story went by way to fast in my opinion. However, I will say a few chapters later I was hooked! The story got intense and held me with every second. The writing is realistic, the story new and fresh, a bit of betrayal to keep you on the edge of your seat, and the action just enough to make you want to never let go. I got very attached to the characters also, and the last half of the book I absolutely could not stop reading!
I can't relate to Allison's love of art, but that was fine - I saw everything from a different perspective. The characters were flawed but that made the story really awesome - who wants to read about perfect people? And the writing is very realistic, so much so that I felt like I was watching a movie at times.
So overall I really enjoyed this read, though not so much for the love story as for the interesting characters and World War Two plot. I highly recommend!
I got this book free from Tyndale but all opinions were my own
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!
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.