The Girl You Left Behind: A Novel

Kobo ebook | August 20, 2013

byJojo Moyes

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Look out for Jojo’s new book, Paris for One and Other Stories, coming October 18, 2016.

Another New York Times bestseller by the author of Me Before You, After You, and One Plus One—a spellbinding story of two women united in their fight for what they love most.


Jojo Moyes’s word-of-mouth bestseller, Me Before You, catapulted her to wide critical acclaim and struck a chord with a wide range of readers everywhere. Now, with The Girl You Left Behind, Moyes returns with another irresistible heartbreaker—a breathtaking story of love, loss, and sacrifice told with her signature ability to capture our hearts.

Paris, 1916. Sophie Lefèvre must keep her family safe while her adored husband, Édouard, fights at the front. When their town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War I, Sophie is forced to serve them every evening at her hotel. From the moment the new Kommandant sets eyes on Sophie’s portrait—painted by her artist husband—a dangerous obsession is born, one that will lead Sophie to make a dark and terrible decision. Almost a century later, Sophie’s portrait hangs in the home of Liv Halston, a wedding gift from her young husband before his sudden death. After a chance encounter reveals the portrait’s true worth, a battle begins over its troubled history and Liv’s world is turned upside all over again.


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The Girl You Left Behind: A Novel

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Look out for Jojo’s new book, Paris for One and Other Stories, coming October 18, 2016.Another New York Times bestseller by the author of Me Before You, After You, and One Plus One—a spellbinding story of two women united in their fight for what they love most. Jojo Moyes’s word-of-mouth bestseller, Me Before You, catapulted her to wid...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:August 20, 2013Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Girl You Left Behind An Interesting story about the lives of a group of people with a connection to a painting, set against the complicated issue of repatriation of stolen wartime art. If I had any complaint, it would be that I found the transition from chapter to chapter rather abrupt - so that sometimes I had to take a minute to orient myself. Other than that? A pretty good book.
Date published: 2015-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Girl You Left Behind Loved it. Suspenseful until the end. Left me wanting to know more about the woman in the painting and her family.
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great summer read Kept me guessing until the last chapter.
Date published: 2014-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Loved this book!
Date published: 2014-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The girl you left behind Love, bravery, and despair all wrapped up in this well written novel. Second novel I've read by this author, and I was not dissappointed.
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The girl you left behind I just didn't want to put this book down. From the horrors of German occupied France and Sophie's story to modern day England and Liv's fight to keep her memento from her dead husband, it felt so real.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Girl You Let Behind Very good story . 5 stars for sure.
Date published: 2014-01-14
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