I 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.
This story of a surviving romance, in a time of one of the world's most horrific wars, is spell-binding. Alison Schuyler is a passionate young artist with a family history of a curse that keeps her heart guarded. Yet she finds love when she believes it's her fate to never have a love of her own.
Ian Devlin, a soldier for the British army in 1939 meets the beautiful Alison in Waterloo station when they are brought together by the magnetic pull of a young boy playing "Rule, Britannia!" on his violin. The spark ignites almost simultaneously between the two and the short time they spend together proves the chemistry that pulls them together is strong and mutual.
Their lives get torn apart, although their love continues to grow. The monstrosities of the war against Hitler and those who follow him with such abhorrent beliefs keeps them from reuniting. But in the midst of the nightmares, they both find refuge in the Lord and his promises.
I savored the love story and ached over the circumstances of the times. The characters in this novel are very real and change through the devastation and hope that comes their way. My only complaint is that it ends. I hope to see a sequel soon.
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Where the Treasure Hides by Johnnie Alexander Donley is a treasure of history that we need to be aware of right now. We do not want history to repeat itself and through well written fiction like Where the Treasure Hides perhaps we will be more aware of what is happening around us.
The story line involves artist Allison Schuyler, sent back to Holland by her grief stricken father to live with her grandfather and aunt. The family owns a well-known art gallery.
Allison loves art more than anything until she meets Ian Devlin on a trip to England. The war around them is escalating and Alison doesn't want to love any one. She believes the family is cursed. If she marries Ian he will die. and with the war the possibility of that occurring is even greater.
As the story title implies there is treasure--the paintings created by the Masters. They must be hidden and protected but at what cost? Is it more important than a human life? These are decisions Alison must make.
Where the Treasure Hides is an excellent read and while there is a healthy dose of history it does not over-ride the story, which I found pleasant.