She felt a kinship with the embroiderer, the mysterious need to preserve a slice of time before it flowed into the mists of memory.
"I had to capture the moment."
--Where Treasure Hides, 13
August 1939 ~ London, England
A strain of music drew her as she waited at the train station ~ "Rule, Britannia!" and the holder of the violin not more than seven or eight, played with his heartstrings for all to hear and believe. That Alison Schuyler should be there at the exact same moment Lieutenant Ian Devlin was watching out for young Josef Talbert, Kindertransport identity label 127. Boarding his train, Alison notices she has missed her connection ... and her heart that day, as Lt. Devlin invites her to tea and memories. He was a soldier on the eve of war. A chance meeting at Waterloo Station....
I have just finished reading Chapter Four and tears cover my eyes, hating for them to part. Especially, with her parting thoughts through the window of the train: "You're safe now, Ian Devlin," she whispered. "I've left you, and now you're safe." As her train continues down the track, I cherish the few moments they have had together.
Can a day change your life? Ian Devlin hopes it is so. An image to take to war with him with hopes that they will indeed meet again.
This is a story of the hiding of the irreplaceable art of the Masters. Alison lives with her grandfather in Holland where he owns an art gallery. Believing that anyone who touches their family comes to ruin, she tries to guard her heart against the memory of Ian. When England declares war on Germany, Ian is recalled to duty.
Johnnie Alexander has visibly taken us through the throngs of war during this time period in history. I would like to see a continued story beyond Where Treasure Hides by this author. Very deftly written, you will follow the characters amid every turn in their unknown days to come.
***Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for sending me a copy of Where Treasure Hides for review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
World War II readers will enjoy this enlightening novel!
March 25, 2016
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Age: Over 65
Johnette Alexander is a new author to me, and I'm impressed! Her first novel, Where Treasure Hides is a strong and unpredictable novel! Taking place in WWII her facts are well researched and her characters believable. Portions of this book are so beautifully descriptive that they are poetic.
This momentous time in our world's history affected the art collections of the world's masters. Alison Schuyler assisted in the Dutch Underground activities to find safe havens for Jewish children and priceless pieces of art. The activities surrounding Alison, her family and their famous art gallery in Rotterdam are informational as well as interesting.
I will be following this author in the future. I'd like to discover what else she has written. Where Treasure Hides being her first novel, I'm looking forward to reading more of her works. WWII fans will enjoy this novel. I highly recommend it!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from The Book Club Network's For Readers Only program in exchange for my honest review. All expressed opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was accepted for this review.
Where Treasure Hides by Johnnie Alexander is an unforgettable story set in WWII Europe. Combining romance, intrigue, and adventure, Alexander weaves an emotional journey through the perils of war. Her book is filled with events and dangers of the time period, all brought to life in a page turning novel. From cover to cover, her characters take you through a time riddled with danger and a quest of justice amid chaos.
The book features the story of Alison and Ian as they each struggle with different aspects of the war. For Alison, it is rescuing children and art from the Nazis. For Ian, it is fighting on the front lines and enduring POW camps. And through it all Alexander blends in the emotion of losing loved ones, the fear of battle, and the fight to preserve treasure in the face of Nazi destruction.
I really enjoyed this story. The plot moved swiftly and engaged me all the way through. I appreciated the continuing suspense and variety of characters who were both endearing and abhorrent. I hope Alexander has a sequel planned, because she ended the book with a perfect lead-in to one!
"Where Treasure Hides" is exactly what the title implies. This book is an absolute treasure! If you're looking for a book that will leave you questioning what would you do in this situation that Alison finds herself in during WW II, this book is for you. If you had to choose between saving a person or one of the most priceless pieces of art in history, what would you choose? Would you want the British Army Captain that you've fallen head over heels in love with or a one of a kind piece of art? Alison's family has a deep and rich history of art and owns their own art gallery in the Netherlands selling beautiful art, while also displaying it. However, safety becomes an issue, during this time period and Alison has a difficult choice to make that no one in her shoes wants to make. Should she choose the piece of art work- or safety of a person?? What will she choose and will she regret her decision? My heart could explode during the reading of this book because of the intense moments. Do I recommend this book? Yes, of course, especially if you love Historical fiction! If you don't give it a try!
Thank you to the Book Club Network for allowing me to review this book.
WWII is a hard time period for me to read about or watch. It was a dark time for many people and as such, I often shy away from it. But the plot for this novel here drew me in and while I wasn't sure how well I would like the book, it turned out to be in my top three list for the year. Yes, I loved it!
Mrs Alexander does an excellent job with research, causing the reader to feel like they have been picked up and set back down in a different era. The attention to detail allows you to hear the violin as little Josef plays, smell the scones at Minivers, brush the rain from your shoulders as you rush with Alison from the car to the house and even feel the despair as Ian makes a decision to take a life in order to save another. These characters were so real, the book would be excellent made into a movie, that at times I felt like I knew them.
One of my favorite aspects was the history. I had heard of the Dutch Resistance but I never realized all it detailed. What went into the rescuing of Jewish children, hiding them and forging the passports, while risking their own lives to do it. Also the hiding of art from the plundering of the Germans. I found myself going to the internet and searching for more information, especially about the artwork being hidden in caves. All in all it moved me like no other story has yet this year. Brilliant writing that draws the reader into that time period, steadily moving along on a ride of ups and downs. My heart ached for Ian and Alison, so much in love and yet held apart by more than just distance. The secondary characters were just as much a part of the story, including young Libby (a refugee in her own right), Ian's sister Trish, and even Theodor, the German in love with Alison. My only complaint? the story just ends, leaving you with a teaser! Definitely not right! My fingers are crossed for a second installment shortly. Again, an amazing book that I would urge everyone to pick up and read, even if WWII is not your favorite genre. A+!
*Disclosure* I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% mine.