So, I think that this fits into the 28 Days of LOVEliness just fine, since the book I’m about to review is definitely a love story! Where Treasure Hides by Johnnie Alexander Donley is a historical Christian fiction novel set right before and during the second World War. It is a story that will take you from England to Holland to Germany, through France, and all the time it will keep you wondering how everything is going to work out in the end.
Alison Schuyler was born in America, but moved to Holland to live with her grandfather when she was just a child. Her family has owned an art gallery for ages, and she is a budding artist herself. She works closely with her grandfather and a few other close friends at the gallery, but as the war approaches, they find it necessary to start protecting Holland’s art legacy from plundering Nazis. Among that legacy are some famous and irreplaceable works of art, but just as irreplaceable are some of the family’s own additions to the gallery.
Across the water in England, a young man named Ian is serving Britain in the Queen’s army. A chance encounter while traveling puts Ian and Alison in the same train station in Waterloo, and ends up changing both of their lives. Though they both return to their respective duties and lives in Holland and on the war front, they will never be the same after having scones together near Waterloo station.
During the long hard war, Alison and Ian both face their own struggles and challenges, sometimes life-threatening. But all the while, they hold out hope that eventually they will meet again. As it happens, they do. But, it is not as easy or as “happily ever after” as we all would have hoped.
I’m going to let you discover what happens to them for yourself, rather than spoil the story.
Where Treasure Hides is definitely an intriguing and interesting book. Especially if you are interested in historical Christian fiction. I was not blown away by this book. The storyline was not completely new nor gripping, but I did enjoy the story, and it did bring out a new aspect of WWII that I had never really contemplated or considered. The book also comes with discussion guide in the back. This book, being Christian fiction, is completely clean. It would be a great family book, especially if your children are studying WWII or have questions about that time of history (I think that probably pre-teens and above would enjoy this book most). It is a little on the long side with 357 pages, but if you can carve out some time, and you are interested in the topic and genre, then I would recommend picking it up.
Have you read it? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!!
I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers for the purpose of reviewing. All thoughts and opinions are my own.