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The Girl You Left Behind

by Jojo Moyes

Penguin Publishing Group | August 20, 2013 | Hardcover

The Girl You Left Behind is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 3.
From the New York Times–bestselling author of Me Before You, a spellbinding love story of two women separated by a century but united in their determination to fight for what they love most

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.25 × 6.3 × 1.25 in

Published: August 20, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670026611

ISBN - 13: 9780670026616

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Memorable characters, memorable book! I too read JoJo Moyes first book with relish. I also expected the same type of book. To my surprise however, this was completely different. The past and the present mix perfectly. You are always anticipating and then are greatly surprised at the outcome. Loved it. Excellent writing. Heather might like to read this one. I'm sure it would become one of her favorites.
Date published: 2013-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful After loving Jojo Moyes’ previous book, Me Before You, so ferociously, I admit I was expecting something of that same degree with this new book. Did it live up to my expectations? …Umm, somewhat. The Girl You Left Behind is told through two parallel stories: the first story set in 1916 during WWI, narrated by Sophie Lefevre while her little French town is being occupied by a German army; the second story set in 2006 London, narrated by Liv Halston. Despite being separated by a hundred years, these two women are connected through chance and both leave their marks on each other’s lives and legacies. I’m usually a big fan of dual stories, just because I find it so interesting how the author connects the stories together and make it seem plausible (sometimes they fail though). But Moyes didn’t fail with this. Both stories made sense and I wasn’t left at the end shaking my head in disbelief. I was, however, slightly disheartened by the modern day story. For me, I was way more invested in Sophie’s story. I cried for her, shouted for her, yearned for her happiness and felt out of breath when her part had come to an end. I didn’t want to leave her for Liv, even though I wanted to know more. So jumping into Liv’s story wasn’t very enthusiastic on my part. And I think that’s what made it harder for me. I was already less interested in her story because I loved Sophie, and as Liv’s story continued, I found myself caring less and less. Of course I felt for her husband’s loss, I cried for her life too and the hands of fate she was dealt. I don’t even want to imagine waking up in the morning to find Fil cold. I just…no. My heart ached for Liv’s heartache. But that didn’t make her parallel story any better. Liv’s late husband had given her a painting called The Girl You Left Behind (the portrait of Sophie) during their honeymoon and since then, Sophie has been a source of support for Liv during her difficult times. When she finds out that the family of the painting’s artist wants to take back that painting that was presumably stolen during WWI, Liv fights back with as much force she can muster to keep Sophie. For me, I just didn’t get it. I think it was the fact that Liv was fighting for something that I would have just given back. Yes, her late husband had bought The Girl You Left Behind, but I would have realized he wouldn’t have wanted me to go so much in debt for just a painting. I didn’t understand why Liv was putting so much money into a lawsuit when she was already so much behind in her payments. The logical side of me just didn’t grasp that. And the courtroom scenes, while interesting by giving us more background information on Sophie’s story and teaching me more about the legalities of stolen artwork from the wars, were just a tad over-dramatic—particularly the final scene. I’m sorry, but doesn’t the legal system have processes for witnesses and evidence? The end scene just seemed a little convenient, albeit wonderful and sad. And then there was her budding romance with Paul. After four long years of being alone, I understood Liv’s both hesitancy and joy in meeting someone else. And he was a really great guy. Sure, she got mad at him a lot in the book, but I never understood why. Reason just wasn’t one of her strongest suits, and Liv consistently believed her way was the only way and everyone else be damned. It took her a while to grow into the person she used to be with her late husband, and it was nice seeing her grow with Paul. I am a sucker for love… On the whole, I enjoyed this book and cried with happiness at the end, but it wasn’t my favourite book. It definitely wasn’t as amazing and tear-inducing as Me Before You. And between the two stories, I liked Sophie’s the best. Liv’s story was just too drawn out. But even so, Jojo Moyes’ words are enchanting and make me feel things even when I’m not expecting to. I just love this woman. Read more reviews here: http://booksteame.com/
Date published: 2013-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mesmerizing Story Description: Pamela Dorman Books|August 20, 2013|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-0-670-02661-6 From the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You, a spellbinding love story of two women separated by a century but united in their determination to fight for what they love most. Jojo Moyes’ 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’ signature ability to capture our hearts with every turn of the page. My Review: Part One begins in October of 1916 when German soldiers are beating fourteen-year-old, Aurelin, as they’d been told about the ‘pig’, Sophie was harbouring in her household. The pig was considered illegal livestock and being caught meant imprisonment. When the Kommandant entered Sophie’s home she waited for him to instruct his soldiers to begin a search of the house for the pig. Before he could do that, his eyes were drawn to the wall where a beautiful painted portrait of a young, Sophie hung. Sophie told him her husband, Edouard had painted it and was called ‘The Girl You Left Behind’. The Kommandant appeared so startled and taken aback by this painting that he told, Sophie he would not disturb her further that night and ordered his soldiers back outside and into their vehicles, but not first before telling, Sophie that their conversation was not over. It is this painting that pulls the Kommandant and Sophie together. The Kommandant then has, Sophie and her sister, Helene cook dinner each evening for himself and his soldiers. As time passes the two are pulled together by their mutual love and appreciation of art. Sophie and her family lived in their bar named Le Coq Rouge in occupied France which saw a constant stream of customers although they had little to offer their patrons except chicory coffee and the odd beer. Part Two jumps ahead one-hundred years to Liv Halston, a young widow who is now the owner of, Sophie’s painting. Liz’s husband, David is dead and she still mourns him. He gave her the painted portrait shortly before his sudden death because Sophie reminded him of Liv. Liv wants to keep the painting because she feels this is her link to, David but she might lose it when it’s true and rightful owner comes into question. Liv must fight to get her way but she eerily enough has the same type of strength and resolve that Sophie did almost one-hundred years ago. I thoroughly enjoyed the historical aspect combined with the present. This was very well-written with great characterization. You knew and understood the needs, the wants, the desires, of the characters and understood their pain, their frustrations, their questioning and their joys. Both women in the novel are linked by the same painting and their experience of loss. The Girl You Left Behind is Jojo’s masterpiece! A beautiful story that was so heart-breaking in spots that I had to bring out the Kleenex. The overall, in a nutshell feeling I received from this novel was a cozy warmth that forced me to hunker down more and more in my chair while I literally sighed and just couldn’t pull my eyes away from a single page. Well-done Ms. Moyes, well-done!!
Date published: 2013-08-15

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The Girl You Left Behind

by Jojo Moyes

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.25 × 6.3 × 1.25 in

Published: August 20, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670026611

ISBN - 13: 9780670026616

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This book owes a great deal to Helen McPhail’s excellent book The Long Silence: Civilian Life Under the German Occupation of Northern France, 1914–1918, about a largely unrecorded (at least in this country) corner of First World War history. I would also like to thank Jeremy Scott, partner at Lipman Karas, for his generous expert help on the issue of restitution, and for answering my many questions with patience. I have had to tweak certain legal points and procedures for the sake of the plot, and any errors or deviations from actual practice are, of course, my own. Thanks to my publishers at Pamela Dorman Books, most pertinently Pamela Dorman, but also Clare Ferraro, Carolyn Coleburn, Nancy Sheppard, Julie Miesionczek, Kiki Koroshetz, Louise Braverman, Rebecca Lang, Meredith Burks, Roseanne Serra, Kathryn Court, Dick Heffernan, and Norman Lidofsky, as well as the whole team at Penguin USA. I’m very grateful to the various tour buddies who’ve helped me on my way around the United States, most notably Alex McIntyre and Claudia Sloan, Bob Wilkins, and Larry Lewis. Thanks also to the home team at Penguin UK, especially Louise Moore, Mari Evans, Clare Bowron, Katya Shipster, Elizabeth Smith, Celine Kelly, Viviane Basset, Raewyn Davies, Rob Leyland, and Hazel Orme. Thank you to Guy Sanders for research help beyond the call of duty. Thank you to all at Curtis Brown, most especially my agent, Sheila Crowley, but also including Jonny Geller, Ka
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From the Publisher

From the New York Times–bestselling author of Me Before You, a spellbinding love story of two women separated by a century but united in their determination to fight for what they love most

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.

About the Author

Jojo Moyes is the New York Times bestselling author of One Plus One, The Girl You Left Behind, Honeymoon in Paris, Me Before You, The Last Letter from Your Lover, The Ship of Brides, and Silver Bay.  Moyes writes for a variety of newspapers and magazines. She is married to Charles Arthur, technology editor of The Guardian. They live with their three children on a farm in Essex, England.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND: "Vibrant and gripping.” — People Magazine (***) "Jojo Moyes expertly weaves a bittersweet tale in this irresistible novel, taking careful interest in the dark corners that exist within great love stories, and the trickiness of simple happy endings. A-" — Entertainment Weekly “Moyes writes delicious plots, with characters so clearly imagined they leap off the pages in high-definition prose. . . . Clever plot turns make for a satisfying ending . . .  Moyes brings fresh strokes to this story about the power of art and love to transcend what imprisons us. Romantics looking for a story set amid the politics of plundered art couldn''t do much better than The Girl You Left Behind .” — USA Today (3 1/2 stars) "Jojo Moyes builds on her strengths in this moving and accomplished new novel. As she did in the best-selling Me Before You , she asks readers to think in fresh ways about a morally complex issue. . . . The Girl You Left Behind is strong, provocative, satisfying fiction. — The Washington Post "''In this moving paean to daring, determination and perspicacity, Moyes keeps the reader guessing down to the last hankie." — Los Angeles Times "Good storytelling." — New York Daily News "In her latest heart tugger, Jojo Moyes deftly weaves the story of newlyweds in WWI France with that of a young widow in today’s London." — Parade "Lovely and wry, Moyes’s newest is captivating
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