I loved Me before You , but this book is very different. Set during the First World War in France, it centres around Sophie, whose husband, Edward has gone to war. Ed is a painter, who has studied with Matisse, and produced a very fine portrait of Sophie, which is admired by the German Kommandant. And so on. While the story is painstaking in its accuracy and period detail, I found it fairly boring.
I kept waiting for the 'modern' story to start. When it did, it's all about Liv, a widow who lives in a flash glass house by the Thames, where the portrait is hanging. But .... Ed's family want it back and so a long and very very dull legal case ensues. Of course Liv is having a 'thing' with the lawyer in charge of Ed's family's claim to the painting, which makes it a tad awkward.
There is a 'quirky' character, Mo, with regulation 'spiky hair' who calls a spade a spade.
Overall, the book is OK, and would be fine for a holiday read, but I didn't look forward to reading it every night. Sorry.
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