Monday, 9 May 2016

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

Paperback: 560 pages
Publisher: Penguin (27 Sept. 2012)
ISBN-10: 0718157842
ISBN-13: 978-0718157845
Cover:I like how simple but still relevant this cover it.

The Girl You Left Behind is a hauntingly romantic and utterly irresistible new weepy from Jojo Moyes, author of the Richard and Judy bestseller, Me Before You.

What happened to the girl you left behind?
France, 1916. Sophie Lefevre must keep her family safe whilst her adored husband Edouard fights at the front. When she is ordered to serve the German officers who descend on her hotel each evening, her home becomes riven by fierce tensions. And from the moment the new Kommandant sets eyes on Sophie's portrait - painted by Edouard - a dangerous obsession is born, which will lead Sophie to make a dark and terrible decision.
Almost a century later, and Sophie's portrait hangs in the home of Liv Halston, a wedding gift from her young husband before he died. A chance encounter reveals the painting's true worth, and its troubled history. A history that is about to resurface and turn Liv's life upside down all over again . . .
In The Girl You Left Behind two young women, separated by a century, are united in their determination to fight for what they love most - whatever the cost.

If you can't wait for The Girl You Left Behind treat yourself to the prequel, Honeymoon in Paris, Jojo Moyes' irresistible ebook-only novella out now.

Going into this I was both scared and excited because I read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes last year, and it quickly became my favourite book of all time.  So I was excited to experience Jojo Moyes writing again, but also nervous because in the back of my mind I knew I would be comparing it to Me Before You, and how could anything meet the expectations.
But I really enjoyed this.
I love Jojo Moyes writing.  It's just effortless, and she really makes you fall in love with her characters.
I loved this novel.  Did I enjoy it as much as Me Before You? No.  But then I wasn't truly expecting it to.  But I did love it for it's own merit.  And I really enjoyed the duel timeline.
Definitely recommend picking this one up.
5/5 stars.

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