- 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)
The Girl You Left Behind Library Binding – 24 Jun 2014
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Could not put this book down, excellent read from beginning to the end, you never want it to stop 😊Published 20 hours ago by Dee
I loved this story of love and heartache. The tale switched perfectly from the past to the present and then both journeys joined after a few twists along the way.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent story, very well written. Kept you guessing right to the end!Published 2 days ago by Robert S.
A very hard read as it jumped around a lot especially when you put it dow a lot it was hard to get back into the flow of it, but an excellent bookPublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
if I could give this book 6 stars I will do it. this is one of the best books I ever have read