Gone with the Wind meets World War II and the thrilling, and often heartbreaking Where Treasure Hides comes to life. This historical fiction, written by Johnnie Alexander Donley, took my breath away! It begins as a lighthearted love story but quickly gains momentum and drama, action, suspense and tragedy become key players. Alison Schuyler's life is devoted to art as a tragic family secret prevents her from falling in love. When she meets Ian, a British officer, she dares to dream of a life of happiness. Tragedy strikes as the Nazis begin to invade Austria and Ian becomes a POW while fighting in France. Has the Schuyler family curse struck again?
I didn't want to stop reading this book. So I didn't. It followed me on my vacation- on the plane, at the hotel, and even deep into the night. Priceless art is hidden in a deserted bunker, people are taken away in the night never to be seen again, children are orphaned without a second thought, and I was there the whole time- safe in my chair. Where Treasure Hides is filled with World War II tragedy, desperation, fear and intrigue. It also highlights the bravery and heroic actions of those people who were courageous enough to do the right thing despite the danger.
When I finished Where Treasure Hides, I almost felt like I'd seen a movie. Johnnie Alexander Donley writes with such detailed imagery that I was exhausted! Crying one minute and rejoicing in the next- there was no time for napping in this tale. The highs and lows in the bok are just like a true war story. There are no guarantees for a happy ending but you feel beyond satisfied on the last page. The author brings history to life along with delightful (and sometimes frightening) characters. I'm placing Johnnie Alexander Donley on my life of favorite authors and cannot wait for her next masterpiece to hit the book stores.
Drawn to the bold and compassionate British Army captain, Alison begins to question her fear of love as World War II breaks out, separating the two and drawing each into their own battles. While Ian fights for freedom on the battlefield, Alison works with the Dutch Underground to find a safe haven for Jewish children and priceless pieces of art alike. But safety is a luxury war does not allow. As time, war, and human will struggle to keep them apart, will Alison and Ian have the faith to fight for their love, or is it their fate to be separated forever?
*I was given a copy of Where Treasure Hides from Tyndale in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.*