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ISBN13: 9780670026616
ISBN10: 0670026611
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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.

Review:

"Moyes's enchanting latest (after Me Before You) entwines two love stories set 90 years apart, connected by a painting called 'The Girl You Left Behind.' In 1916, 22-year-old Sophie Lefevre struggles against a new German commandant in her occupied village in northern France. Trying to keep her family safe and their restaurant open while her and her sister's husbands are away, Sophie makes greater and greater sacrifices as her living conditions grow more spartan. But when things reach their lowest, she must decide whether to gamble everything on the German commandant's powerful fascination with her husband's portrait of her. Jumping ahead to London in 2006, the story turns to 32-year-old Liv Halston, whose architect husband David bought Sophie's painting for Liv shortly before he died in an accident. Still deep in the throes of grief four years after his death, Liv now faces eviction from the beautiful, heavily taxed house he built. But an unlikely reunion with a former classmate and the unexpected entrance of a new man, Paul, into Liv's life make her feel better than she has since David died — until a restitution company tries to claim 'The Girl You Left Behind.' An unfortunate coincidence twists the knife deeper, and Liv is forced to fight tooth and nail for what she has come to love most in the world. Lovely and wry, Moyes's newest is captivating and bittersweet." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

"Moyes (Me Before You, 2012) writes with such clarity that one can almost see the eponymous 100-year-old painting at the center of her wonderful new novel...an uncommonly good love story." Booklist

About the Author

Jojo Moyes is the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl You Left Behind, Honeymoon in Paris, Me Before You, and The Last Letter from Your Lover.  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.

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Reader Eternal, December 7, 2013 (view all comments by Reader Eternal)
This haunting, beautifully written novel grabbed me by the throat with stunning swiftness. Before I'd made it past the first page I was so wholly captivated by the visceral immediacy of the story that I absolutely could not put it down. This is the kind of novel that keeps you up nights and torments you during the day, waiting anxiously for the time when you can get back to the story. The characters fascinated and moved me and the story is one that never flags in its intensity. I was just as spellbound at the end as I was at the beginning. JoJo Moyes has solidified her place on my must-read list with her gorgeous writing. A wholly riveting and compulsively re-readable book.
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The Loopy Librarian, September 7, 2013 (view all comments by The Loopy Librarian)
I became so caught up in the storytelling and so invested in the characters that I barely remembered to take notes as is my habit. The two love stories, nearly 100 years apart (St. Peronne, France under German Occupation 1916 and London, England 2006) and linked by a portrait, were interlaced beautifully and compassionately. I especially liked the two female characters. They were strong-willed but kind, flawed but likeable. Both were willing to sacrifice everything for love. At times this made them do foolish things, but it was hard not to root for them just the same. This book had hope and tragedy, history and art, war and sacrifice, cruelty and unexpected kindnesses. I was captivated from start to finish, and I highly recommend for fans of historical fiction and romance.

Favorite quotes:

"This was the story of our lives: minor insurrections; tiny victories; a brief chance to ridicule our oppressors; little floating vessels of hope amid a great sea of uncertainty, deprivation, and fear" (p.14). -Sophie

"Sometimes life is a series of obstacles, a matter of putting one foot in front of the other. Sometimes, she realizes suddenly, it is simply a matter of blind faith" (p. 332). -Liv

In accordance with FTC guidelines, please note that I was given a free copy of the book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670026616
Author:
Moyes, Jojo
Publisher:
Pamela Dorman Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20130820
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Moyes's enchanting latest (after Me Before You) entwines two love stories set 90 years apart, connected by a painting called 'The Girl You Left Behind.' In 1916, 22-year-old Sophie Lefevre struggles against a new German commandant in her occupied village in northern France. Trying to keep her family safe and their restaurant open while her and her sister's husbands are away, Sophie makes greater and greater sacrifices as her living conditions grow more spartan. But when things reach their lowest, she must decide whether to gamble everything on the German commandant's powerful fascination with her husband's portrait of her. Jumping ahead to London in 2006, the story turns to 32-year-old Liv Halston, whose architect husband David bought Sophie's painting for Liv shortly before he died in an accident. Still deep in the throes of grief four years after his death, Liv now faces eviction from the beautiful, heavily taxed house he built. But an unlikely reunion with a former classmate and the unexpected entrance of a new man, Paul, into Liv's life make her feel better than she has since David died — until a restitution company tries to claim 'The Girl You Left Behind.' An unfortunate coincidence twists the knife deeper, and Liv is forced to fight tooth and nail for what she has come to love most in the world. Lovely and wry, Moyes's newest is captivating and bittersweet." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Moyes (Me Before You, 2012) writes with such clarity that one can almost see the eponymous 100-year-old painting at the center of her wonderful new novel...an uncommonly good love story."
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