Thursday, August 13, 2015

Where Treasure Hides by Johnnie Alexander

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?


Where Treasure Hides

Johnnie Alexander
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 forc­ing 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

Johnnie Alexander is the author of Where Treasure Hides which won the ACFW Genesis Contest (2011 Historical Fiction). The first of her three contemporary romances, tentatively titled Into a Spacious Place, releases from Revell in January 2016.

She also has won the Golden Leaf (Autumn in the Mountains Novelist Retreat), Best Novel and Best Writer awards (Florida Christian Writers Conferences), and Bronze Medalist (My Book Therapy Frasier Contest).

A graduate of Rollins College (Orlando) with a Master of Liberal Studies degree, Johnnie lives in the Memphis area with a small herd of alpacas, her dogs Rugby and Skye, and assorted other animals.

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Johnnie Alexander is giving away a copy of Where Treasure Hides. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email 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.


Kate said...

I've never read any of Johnnie's books, but I can't wait to start! Thanks for introducing her to me! kathrynlvoss(at)gmail(dot)com

Patricia Bradley said...

I loved this book! Except for the fact that it kept me up until two o'clock reading it! So don't enter me in the drawing--I have it on Kindle and hard-copy.

Anonymous said...

Love the time period the book is set in.kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom. Kim

Amy Putney said...

I haven't read any of Johnnie's books before, but this one sounds wonderful! I love books in that time period... and I love the art angle. Plus, the cover is gorgeous!

amyputney89 [at] gmail [dot] com

Johnnie Alexander said...

Hey, everyone! I'm so excited to visit The Barn Door Book Loft and share the opening of Where Treasure Hides with everyone.

What do you all think of my hat?? A friend found it in an antique store and got it for me. This photo was taken at the tea party for the ebook debut in 2013. We all stepped back in time and ate cherry scones--just like the ones Alison and Ian enjoy in the novel.

Ann Ellison said...

Enjoyed the post. Love the hat. I have read Where Treasure Hides and really enjoyed it. I read it in e-book form and would love to win a copy for my library.

Robin Bunting said...

Oh my, this sounds like a wonderful read. Thank you for the chance to win one. rebunting(at)yahoo(dot)com

dtopliff said...

I love this subject and era and seriously want to own a hard copy soon--nothing could please me more. Congratulations on your steps forward and further great writing.

Windy said...

This is one of my favorite historical fiction reads! I'm still holding out hope for a sequel! I have it on Kindle, but would love it in hard copy! WindyCobourne (at)

Johnnie Alexander said...

Hello, everyone! My heart is filled with warm fuzzies just reading all your sweet comments. Thank you all so much.

Pam K. said...

I enjoy reading books set during World War II since my parents were teens at the time and several of my uncles served in the war. Where Treasure Hides sounds like a book I'd really enjoy.


Caryl Kane said...

I am also fascinated with how much art the Nazis had stolen during the war and the measures taken by some museums to hide their treasures. I would LOVE to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway.


Anonymous said...

Your book sounds inviting! Love trying new authors! Shelia Hall

Deanna Stevens said...

I love your hat! I loved the first chapter you shared too... I'd like to read more :)
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Britney Adams said...

I love WWII era stories! Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy of Where Treasure Hides!

texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

sm said...

Would love to read more about the hidden art and hidden children of Nazi Germany. sm wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Johnnie Alexander said...

Deanna, I love that hat, too. It's so fun to wear--but I don't get too many opportunities. LOL

Johnnie Alexander said...

Pam K.--my mom was a young girl during the war but she had six older brothers who served. Fortunately they all came home safely. I wish I had talked to them about their experiences when I had the chance. Thanks for sharing.

Johnnie Alexander said...

I've been traveling today--from Memphis to Tampa. My daughter and her three boys picked me up from the airport, and now her husband is going through Netflix. Great family times ahead!

A couple of my favorite research resources are Rape of Europa by Lynn H. Nicholas (there's also a DVD by the same name) and a DVD documentary called The Hidden Child.

Thanks again to everyone who commented. I really appreciate it!

Johnnie Alexander said...

Robin Bunting--I love your hat!

flipflopprincess said...

so excited I stumbled onto this.. I love books set in this era, can't wait to read this one! ladepooh @ hotmail .com

God bless!

Johnnie Alexander said...

Flipflopprincess--what a great name! I'm glad you stumbled onto this, too--and in flip flops, I hope! :)

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