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Vendor: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Publication Date: 2012
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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!
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.
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.