Artist Alison Schuyler spends her time working in her family’s renowned art gallery, determined to avoid the curse that has followed the Schuyler clan from the Netherlands to America and back again. She’s certain that true love will only lead to tragedy—that is, until a chance meeting at Waterloo station brings Ian Devlin into her life. 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?
Read on for my take on Where Treasure Hides and for an excerpt from the book.
I’m not a believer in love at first sight, but Ian and Alison somehow connected that day on a station platform when they assisted a young Jewish refugee. Ian was determined to see Alison again even though she lived in Rotterdam and tried to discourage him. Nothing would stop him, not even war. He trusted in God. Alison was different. She’d seen what love had done to her father and grandfather. How could she trust God when he was seemingly indifferent to the plight of her family? She was content with her life, or so she thought. But everything changed when the Germans invaded her country and she was forced to re-evaluate that life. Besides, Ian wasn’t her only suitor. There was also the Bavarian aristocrat with high ranking connections in the Nazi Party.
Where Treasure Hides is a debut novel that is rich in historical detail. It covers the duration of the war, although time moves more rapidly in the second half of the book. The reader sees how the Nazis treated various groups of people, from underground operatives to members of religious orders. At times, the narrative is uncomfortable because the reader also sees how desperate people will do terrible things in desperate times. We see how a child’s innocence is destroyed and how one man’s superiority complex results in the ability to commit brutal acts. In the middle of so much darkness, however, the light shines in the romance and the art Alison and others are determined to save. Finally, there’s an absolute zinger of an ending that simply begs for a sequel. I had to read it three times just to take it in.
Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for my complimentary copy of Where Treasure Hides, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication Date: 15 July 2015
Page Count: 416