Monday, 6 July 2015

5 Star Fiction: The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

When war breaks out in France, Edouard Lefevre, a talented artist, leaves behind his French village and his much adored wife to join troops at the front line. Live is hard for his wife Sophie who misses her husbands presence and wishes him safe home to be with her. When German troops invade their town and force Sophie and her sister to use their restaurant to feed their troops, Sophie although brave can’t refuse. Sophie is surprised to find the Kommandant has taken an interest in talking to her and often admires the beautiful portrait Edouardpainted of his wife.

In the present day Liv Halston is still recovering from the loss of her much adored husband who died four years prior. A beautiful painting of a woman with lively red hair adorns their house, one of the last ties Liv feels to her husband, as the painting was a gift to celebrate their final anniversary together. But as the history of Liv’s painting is revealed her chance to finally move on from her husbands death both emotionally and financially will be put to the test.

JoJo Moyes has done it again. Her book The Girl You Left Behind had me hooked from the very beginning into an emotional and heartbreaking journey that spans the present and the past. Split between 1914 and the present day I loved the historical element that Moyes brought to this story and how the events of the past were still creating ripples into the future.

The Girl You Left Behind is a story of strength and survival of two women, decades apart who will risk losing everything for the ones they love. I adored this book and loved the way Moyes has tied a piece of artwork into joining two very different women across cities and history. This was a  beautifully written book that had me on the edge of my seat with both Sophie and Liv’s story and I kept hoping that both of them would get a happy ending.

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