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  • Library Binding: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books; Turtleback Scho edition (24 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606356746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606356749
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.3 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,829,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Even as Moyes tackles the inflammatory issues around art stolen during wartime, she never loses sight of the driving engine of her narrative . . . this pleasurably assured writer skilfully balances the quotidian and the comic with the broad and universal, leaving us with the tantalising possibility of a potential caper to come (Independent on Sunday)

Jojo Moyes paints a genuinely moving, beautiful picture of how love and belief will ultimately win the war, even if they can't win the battle. The Girl You Left Behind is a true work of art (Fabulous)

This story is wonderfully well-written and completely engrossing, with exquisitely drawn characters in a brilliantly plotted narrative. It will make you think long after you finish the final page (Daily Mail)

Moyes is the queen of the classy weepy and this won't disappoint. A masterclass in story-telling that fans of Me Before You will adore (Elle)

Another heart-stoppingly brilliant novel from Jojo Moyes (Marie Claire) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jojo Moyes is a novelist and a journalist. She worked at the Independent for ten years before leaving to write full-time. Her novels have all been critically acclaimed and include the Sunday Times Number One bestselller The One Plus One and the global phenomenon Me Before You, which has sold five million copies to date.Jojo lives in Essex with her husband and their three children. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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By Sukie VINE VOICE on 9 July 2012
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Jojo Moyes is fast becoming one of my favourite authors - I loved Me Before You and The Last Letter, and was really excited to read this new novel.

The Girl You Left Behind opens grippingly with the story of Sophie Lefevre and her family. It is 1916, and her French village has been occupied by the Germans - life is tough. Sophie's husband Edouard, an artist, is away at war and she and her sister Helene are struggling to make ends meet, running Le Coq Rouge, the village inn. Then a German Kommandant insists that they begin cooking for his men, much to Sophie's disgust. Chillingly, the Kommandant seems to take a liking to Sophie, and appears bewitched by the portrait Edouard painted of her, entitled The Girl You Left Behind. Can Sophie use his liking of her to get information about her husband... or is that a dangerous game too far?

The action turns to the present day and we meet Liv Halston, a young widow, who is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life following the death of her beloved husband, David. The Girl You Left Behind now hangs on her wall, a gift from David, yet she has no idea of the story behind the painting... until the Lefevre family start trying to trace the missing artwork, claiming that it was looted illegally by the German army during the war, and should rightfully be returned to them. Desperate not to be parted from her husband's gift, Liv digs in her heels. Moyes cleverly reveals the story of Sophie, and the two women's lives become entwined.

I absolutely loved the first half of this book - I was gripped by Sophie's storyline. She is a great character - feisty and resourceful, proud, spirited and loving - yet fallible and vulnerable too. I found the second half of the novel much slower and in all honesty, a bit long.
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By FLB TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 July 2012
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I feel bad about writing anything remotely negative about this book. I first read JoJo Moyes a few months ago when I read "Me before you" - a book that made me love, laugh, sob and grieve. I don't think I had ever read a book quite like it and I could not wait for the new novel.

I was lucky enough to get a pre-release and it arrived yesterday.......I read the whole book (400+ pages) in one day, finishing late last night.

I really liked the story of Sophie and occupied France, I could picture Le Coq Rouge and life in the first world war and I was so engrossed in her story I could not put the book down.

Then in the second part came Liv and the prolonged and somewhat dull court battle around the painting Liv was left by her deceased husband. The second part of the book bored me and I found myself almost speed reading through the pages to get back to Sophie.

I am sure the book will be enjoyed by many, the story is clever and is very well written, but my gripe is that I just wasn't moved in the same way 'Me before you' moved me.....I found parts of this story boring, drawn out and not required. I would have quite happily read 500 pages exclusively about Sophie and given it 5 stars.

I am sorry JoJo, but it just didn't thrill me like your last book.
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By Kate Hopkins TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Jun. 2015
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Moyes wrote this novel following her bestseller 'Me Before You', which I've just read and enjoyed. I get the impression having skimmed some of her other books that this novel is more typical of her earlier work - a tearjerking historical romance with a contemporary story woven in. The book opens in World War I France, in 1916. Sophie Lefevre, a former 'grisette' now married to an artist, has left Paris for the safety of Normandy during World War I, only to find that her beloved village is invaded by the Germans. Sophie and her sister are forced to run a hotel for the German soldiers and cook for them - still, things could be worse, as at least the German Commandant Friedrich Hencken is a kind man, who loves art and talks to Sophie admiringly about her husband (who's languishing in a German prisoner of war camp), about the last portrait Edouard Lefevre did of his wife (called 'The Girl You Left Behind' and about art in general. The two, to Sophie's surprise, end up becoming friends (causing Sophie to be ostracised as a traitor by the villagers) and so, when Edouard is removed to an even nastier German detention camp (for some trivial crime such as giving another prisoner his lunchtime bread) Sophie decides that the Commandant can help her if she offers the ultimate sacrifice... but things don't go according to plan. Moyes then leaps forward to the present day for Part II of the novel, the story of Liv Halston, a tragic young widow whose husband has bought her 'The Girl You Left Behind'. After four years of misery, Liv begins a relationship with a hunky detective called Paul (American of course - it's a long-held belief in popular fiction that American men are sexier than Brits - not sure why this is so!).Read more ›
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Separated by almost a hundred years this is a dual time frame novel about devotion, hardship and fighting for the thing you love most. Part one revolves around Sophie and her sister Helene in Occupied France during World War 1 and their struggle to survive the harsh winter, the lack of food and the German oppression.

When Sophie and her sister Helene are forced to serve German soldiers their evening meals in their bar the Kommandant takes an instant like to Sophie and her painting. Unfortunately and through no fault of their own Sophie and Helene are faced with the town's disapproval and eventually Sophie is faced with an impossible decision and the consequences of sleeping with the enemy and we're left on a cliffhanger.

In part two we're introduced to Liv, widowed, lonely and up to her eyes in debt she risks everything to keep the painting she adores, the painting of The Girl You Left Behind, allegedly stolen during war time and subject to laws of restitution.

I was hooked, completely drawn in; I wanted to find out what happens to Sophie, did she ever find Edouard? I hoped and hoped and that they would find the evidence they needed to for Liv to have legal title to the painting so much so I just had to keep reading - a real page turner with such a moral dilemma which raises the question - what would you do in Liv's and Sophie's position?

Although it's just a quote from a fiction novel...these are wise words, but so true:

"It's just stuff...The only thing that matters is people...All that really matters is who you love."

Although it didn't make me cry like 'Me Before You' did, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would recommend if you're a fan of Jojo Moyes or if you enjoyed The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult.
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