- Title: Where Treasure Hides
- Author: Johnnie Alexander Donley
- Publisher: Tyndale
- Release Date: January 2013
- Genre: Historical Romance
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?
“My name is Alison Schuyler,” begins the undated entry, “a fitting name for me and my forbearers. It's Dutch, like my ancestors, and has the connotation of hiding and of shelter.”
On that spring day, I’m sitting on my screened porch as the Florida sun glints off the smooth waters of the pond behind our house. The words flow from my pen, filling several pages in the blank book, and revealing details about Alison I didn't know before.
I learn that she lives in Rotterdam, Holland, with her grandfather and great-aunt, and she believes in a strange family curse. The Van Schuylers are “a prominent and artistic and ill-fated family, the owners of a highly respectable art establishment that never reached its full potential because of the propensity for death to inconveniently appear and leave turmoil in its wake.”
In Alison’s words, “This lack of longevity gave rise to what we affectionately, perhaps fearfully, referred to as the family fate. The hearts and lives of the Van Schuylers blazed high and fast. We were known to love deeply and to die young.”
This revelation created possibilities and challenges in the storyline.
I had a reason for Alison to fall in love quickly and to be fearful of that love. But I also had to somehow reconcile her superstition with her Christian faith. It took several rewrites and help from my editor to figure out the best way to do that was to address it head on. Alison’s great-aunt, who never married, confronts the superstition by trusting in God. Alison insists she trusts in God, too, but she can’t let go of her fears.
“She shall rejoice in time to come.” The ending of her Proverbs 31 verse slid into her mind, but she dismissed it. Weighed down with the tragic knowledge of her family tree, Alison couldn’t take the chance that she might be a rare exception. Not with Ian. For reasons beyond her understanding, he had entered her heart, and he’d always be there. But a life with him would only bring sorrow. She brushed an errant tear from her cheek.
It’s not giving away too much of the ending to say that Alison eventually learns, despite her heartaches, to trust her future to God.
Alison’s journey took months of writing and rewriting and rewriting again.
But it all began with a blank book and a simple line. My name is Alison Schuyler . . .
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Alison’s favorite Scripture is Proverbs 31:25, “Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come” (KJV).
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