“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?”
I am usually not into this particular era for historical fiction, but I was intrigued by the synopsis and chose to read. Am I ever glad that I did!
As I was reading through this book, I found myself sighing wistfully. “I just love this…”
The romance was dreamy, romantic and sweet–but also real in the midst of war. Perhaps that was why I loved it so much–the characters really encountered obstacles in the way of their love, but they were satisfied with allowing the Lord to work through their relationship. They believed and trusted in the Lord’s will. This was what set Where Treasure Hides apart for me.
I loved how the author so tastefully wove the facts of history into the storyline. So perfectly, that one felt like you were thrown right into the action, but not distracted by and overwhelming amount of names, dates, and events going on. It was so very well done!
The only negative thing that I could probably say about the book is that the very beginning–the love at first sight scene–might be deemed unrealistic to some. I really enjoyed it and though that it was sweet, but real. A perfect combination of love at first sight, but peppered with understandable doubt and wariness.
All in all, I loved this book (in case you couldn’t tell!) and will definitely be recommending it to others.
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I received this book courtesy of Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.