Jojo Moyes’s bestseller, Me Before You, catapulted her to wide critical acclaim and has struck a chord with readers everywhere. “Hopelessly and hopefully romantic” (Chicago Tribune), Moyes returns with another irresistible heartbreaker that asks, “Whatever happened to the girl you left behind?”
France, 1916: Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War I, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer’s dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything—her family, her reputation, and her life—to see her husband again.
Almost a century later, Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv Halston by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. A chance encounter reveals the painting’s true worth, and a battle begins for who its legitimate owner is—putting Liv’s belief in what is right to the ultimate test.
Like Sarah Blake’s The Postmistress and Tatiana de Rosnay’s Sarah’s Key, The Girl You Left Behind is a breathtaking story of love, loss, and sacrifice told with Moyes’s signature ability to capture our hearts with every turn of the page.
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Publication date: August 20th 2013
Like all of Moyes books that I’ve read this is well written and very absorbing. This story illustrates the problems that many people, and particularly women, encountered during the war and the things that they felt they needed to do just to get food for themselves and their families. The story has at its core a picture that the husband of the main female character. This picture seems to captivate anyone who sees it but it’s a mystery as to why. As the blurb says this book captivates the heart with every page turn and it stays with you for a very long time. It draws you in and keeps you there. Moyes is definitely a very accomplished writer who doesn’t over describe things but really allows the story to shine and touch its readers. The Girl You Left Behind is a more serious story than the Me Before You series but it’s still a wonderful read and worth the time spent reading it. The story keeps the reader interested and really eager to find out what happens to all the characters. Moyes is masterful in toying with readers’ emotions keeping them reading until the end. Very enjoyable.
Recommend for: Adults