Monday, February 11, 2013

Where Treasure Hides by Johnnie Alexander Donley


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?


Excerpt

Where Treasure Hides 
 Johnnie Alexander Donley 
Chapter One 
 August 1939 

    The stringed notes of “Rule, Britannia!” grew louder as the crowd quieted, eyes and ears straining in their search for the violin soloist. The patriotic anthem echoed through Waterloo Station’s concourse, and as the second chorus began, sporadic voices sang the lyrics. Travel- weary Brits stood a little straighter, chins lifted, as the violinist completed the impromptu performance, the last note sounding long after the strings were silenced. 
     Alison Schuyler gripped her leather bag and threaded her way through the crowd toward the source of the music. As the final note faded inside the hushed terminal, she squeezed between a sailor and his girl, murmuring an apology at forc¬ing them to part, and stepped onto a bench to see over the crowd. A dark-haired boy, no more than seven or eight, held the violin close to his anemic frame. His jacket, made of a finely woven cloth, hung loosely on his thin shoulders. The matching trousers would have slipped down his hips if not for his hand-tooled leather belt. 
     Either the boy had lost weight or his parents had purposely provided him clothes to grow into. Alison hoped for the latter, though from the rumors she’d heard, her first assumption was all too likely. She stared at the cardboard square, secured by a thick length of twine, that the boy wore as a cheap necklace. The penciled writing on the square numbered the boy as 127. 
     Other children crowded near the young musician, each one dressed in their fine traveling clothes, each one labeled with cardboard and twine. Germany’s castaways, transported to England for their own safety while their desperate parents paced the floors at home and vainly wished for an end to these troublesome days. 
     “Now will you allow him to keep his violin?” A man’s voice, pleasant but firm, broke the spell cast over the station. The children fidgeted and a low murmur rumbled through the crowd. The speaker, dressed in the khaki uniform of a British Army officer, ignored them, his gaze intent on the railroad official overseeing the children. 
     “He better,” said a woman standing near Alison. “Never heard anything so lovely. And the lad not even one of the king’s subjects. I’d take him home myself—yes, I would—if I’d a bed to spare.” 
     Alison mentally sketched the tableau before her, pinning the details into her memory. The officer’s hand resting on the boy’s shoulder; the official, a whistle around his neck, restlessly tapping his clipboard with his pencil; the dread and hope in the boy’s eyes as he clutched his prized instrument. The jagged square that tagged his identity.




About the Author


Author Johnnie Alexander Donley writes stories of suspense, intrigue, and romance set in World War II. Her debut book, Where Treasure Hides, won the American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis contest for Historical Fiction in 2011. A history enthusiast, Johnnie has also edited nonfiction manuscripts and textbooks. She is a founding member of the Central Florida chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. A longtime Florida resident, Johnnie treasures family memories, classic movies, shelves full of books, road trips, and her papillon Rugby.




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Johnnie Alexander Donley is giving away a copy of Where Treasure HidesTo be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your e-mail address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.






18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed this. This was the war my husband, brother, brother-in-law and lots of friends fought in. two of the friends never made it back. Was two of four brothers serving at the same time. Was sad. I would like to win this book.Thanks Johnnie and Karen.
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this beautiful story

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Johnnie Alexander Donley said...

Maxie, thanks for your comment. So many, many lives were lost in this war. The numbers are staggering. Thanks to your family (and so many others) for their service.

Johnnie Alexander Donley said...

Karen, thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you liked the excerpt.

apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win this book

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Abbi Hart said...

This book looks really really good! I love World War II stories so this is is right up my alley! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Johnnie Alexander Donley said...

Hi, Apple Blossom. (Such a cheery name.) Like your hat, too! Thanks for entering.

Johnnie Alexander Donley said...

Hi, Abby. Researching this book was so enjoyable. The history is fascinating, and I tried to weave things I learned into the story. Without turning it into an encyclopedia, of course! Thanks for stopping by.

Charity U said...

Love the cover! I'd love to win this book. :)

charityu.austenite[at]gmail[dot]com

Johnnie Alexander Donley said...

Abbi, I just realized I misspelled your name. Mine gets spelled wrong often enough that I know how aggravating that is. Sorry!

Johnnie Alexander Donley said...

Charity, thanks for stopping by. The Tyndale team did a great job on the cover. I love it. For Christmas, my husband had it enlarged, matted, and framed. It's beautiful.

Anonymous said...

This book sounds wonderful. Thanks for having the giveaway.

Rose
harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

Karen said...

Thanks for giveaway, sounds like an interesting book

sonflower277 at gmail dot com

Johnnie Alexander Donley said...

Rose, thanks for participating in the giveaway. (I think the story is wonderful, but I'm terribly biased.)

Johnnie Alexander Donley said...

Hi, Karen. Thanks for commenting. I love your "sonflower" addy. One of my daughters used to have "sundaisy227."

KayM said...

Johnnie, I have always been partial to WWII stories. Where Treasure Hides sounds so intriguing. I loved the excerpt. Thank you for an opportunity to win a copy of your book.
may_dayzee(at)yahoo(dot)com

Johnnie Alexander Donley said...

Kay, thanks so much. WWII fascinates me. The research was so fun. And also sad. Thanks for stopping by.

Teela said...

I hope that I'm not too late to enter for this book giveaway!!
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