This 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!
It 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!
Allison 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
Wow, 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!