The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
Plot Summary : The Girl You Left Behind is a hauntingly romantic and utterly irresistible new weepy novel from Jojo Moyes.
What happened to the girl you left behind?
In 1916 French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie to fight at the Front. When her town falls into German hands, his portrait of Sophie stirs the heart of the local Kommandant and causes her to risk everything – her family, reputation and life – in the hope of seeing her true love one last time.
Nearly a century later and Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. Its beauty speaks of their short life together, but when the painting’s dark and passion-torn history is revealed, Liv discovers that the first spark of love she has felt since she lost him is threatened.
Review : The two love stories, nearly 100 years apart (St. Peronne, France under German Occupation in 1916 and London, England in 2006) and linked by a portrait, were interlaced beautifully and compassionately.
This is a book about the sacrifices you’re willing to make for someone you love. It’s a book about the power of art and beauty even in times of ugliness and war. It’s about losing your way and then finding it again. It’s about having faith and trusting even when others around you don’t understand.
I love Moyes’ books and this is no exception.