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Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2012
BookwormAge: 25-344 Stars Out Of 5Hope shines from within WWIIJanuary 25, 2018BookwormAge: 25-34Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I love WWII stories. I love being swept back into the past and learning from actual historical events through fictional accounts. This story captures both the atrocities of war and the strength of the human spirit. Until we are in particular situations, we can only imagine what we would do. This story made me think. Made me feel. Made me look deep within myself with many, many questions.
CindiPennsylvaniaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Must read for fans of WWII fictionJanuary 20, 2018CindiPennsylvaniaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Oh my, where to begin. I haven't read a book this well written in a long while. This is the first book that I've read by this author. Johnnie Alexander was recommended by a friend and I'm so thankful.
The captivating story is set prior to and during World War II. It's truly difficult for me to describe the intimate details given that brought it all to life. Everything from the paintings to the scenery were so beautifully described. The characters are so realistic that you feel as though you not only know them but see their individual features.
It's not often that a novel speaks to me as this one did. I'm amazed at how strong Alison was despite all that she endured. She is someone that I could find myself befriending.
I can't even begin to describe the romantic part of the book. There is nothing that I can say that would give the story justice.
If you enjoy a deep, realistic story taking place during WWII, I believe that you will enjoy Where Treasure Hides. It is extremely well written and extraordinarily captivating. Definitely a novel that will be staying on my keeper shelf.
CathyRNIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great storyJuly 6, 2017CathyRNIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the first I have read of this author and will definitely read more. I especially like stories set in period of WW 2. Without going into a lot of detail the 2 main characters, Ian and Alison, face many obstacles due to the war and their love is tested because of them. This book also gives an insight into the fact that Germany stole art from museums to keep for their own museum once they conquered the world, something not everyone is aware of. Highly recommend this book.
nkwbookreviewer5 Stars Out Of 5WWII Christian Historical Romance Page TurnerSeptember 3, 2016nkwbookreviewerQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Where Treasure Hides" by author Johnnie Alexander is a 416 page Christian WWII novel published by Tyndale. It is the first thing I have read by this author although she has received awards for some of her writing.
This Christian romantic historical fiction is set in England and the Netherlands and is the tale of artist Alison Schuyler and Ian Devlin, British Army Captain. It is a love story that has depth. As one might expect with WWII fiction, the author addresses the flight of the Jewish people, hidden artwork, Nazi plundering and destruction, Dutch Resistance and other not so stereotypical subjects. She adds some Christian elements, too, about trusting God. The author touches on decisions made and their effect on others, on priorities and choices, life and death ones, and superstitions. This is not just a light love story. Scripture is used in her book in a nice way. It is not preachy but an inspirational book just the same.
I liked Alexander's writing style. Her story was well thought, well researched, and well written. It had twists and turns to provide surprises. The story had some heart wrenching moments that actually made me cry. It was an emotional story in places. The characters were lifelike and I became invested in their lives. I wanted to talk to them and offer advice. The scenery was vividly described in sight, sound, touch, and smell. I felt like I was there. This was a page turner and I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this book, but some of the material hurt my heart to read and I could not stop thinking about it. I just don't like reading about WWII and its atrocities. I rated this a 5 out of 5 stars. I received a copy of this book from The Book Club Network for my honest review.
eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5An Outstanding Debut!July 22, 2016eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5New authors interest me, especially when they are writing in a time period that I love to readthere is always room for another good writer, and Johnnie Alexander is definitely that. Her writing is realistic, emotional and incredibly powerful. The multiple story threads combine expertly to create a novel that is compelling and complex, rich in detail and populated by developed characters. With this as her first novel, I am sure to be seeking her work out in the future!
One of the overarching themes in this book is the place of heartache in our lives. Do we allow it to determine how we treat others? What about the decisions we makeare they merely to protect us from further pain or do we reach for something more? The characters wrestle with these things from both sides of the issue, both as the one trying to shield him or herself and as the person who knows this isnt really enough to call living.
And that leads into the tension between faith in God and superstition. While most of us say we trust God, we also arent willing to take chances on our happiness if we can help it. That is the situation Allison finds herself in, though hers is more stark than most of us face. Reading as it plays out is fascinating and I loved how the author doesnt condemn the conflicting emotions she feels even as she struggles to trust the future to God.
The characters that populate this novel have amazing depth, including the secondary and minor characters. It would be far too easy to turn the Nazis and even the everyday German people into caricatures of the evil that was Hitler's regime, lumping all of them into one group and thereby making a judgement about everyone at once. But in this book, we see complex characters that, even though they are still the enemy, are human beings caught in an irresistible machinery that holds them as trapped as those whom they hold prisoner. Neither are all of the good guys necessarily doing the right things for altruistic motivessome strike me as more malevolent than those within the Nazi ranks.
This story made me cry in several places: it's hard to imagine living in these situations and facing the difficult choices that have to be made, sometimes in a mere moment. To feel so conflicted, to feel like a traitor even as those you love plead with you to save yourself, or to determine the future for another person because of a decision they have no input in is incomprehensible in our relatively safe world. The dilemmas presented in this novel almost have no right answer, but we get to follow the characters down the path they have chosen and see the realistic consequences play out.
The historical content is outstanding; the intense research and extensive knowledge of the author is evident, but this is a novel about a brutal time. Horrific episodes in history are brought to light in scenes that, while not necessarily graphic, are still disturbing. I would suggest this book only for mature readers, at least older teens, on up. It is a completely worthwhile read that I would highly recommend for those with an interest in WWII and those who enjoy historical romance with a dramatic storyline.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) to facilitate this review. All of the opinions expressed are my honest thoughts.
Author: Johnnie Alexander Donley
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.