The Girl You Left Behind — December 2012

We saw JoJo Moyes talking about this book (and her best seller from earlier this year: Me Before You  WHICH YOU MUST READ IF YOU HAVE NOT.  And if you haven’t I am buying it for you for Christmas) at Henley Literary Festival.  Reviews for this book have been fantastic so I would love to know what you think as I dive into this month as well.


The blurb on Amazon says:

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.


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  • I loved this book, like you it is the 2nd book of JoJo’s that I have read. It is very different to Me before You but just as brilliant. I could not put it down and loved the characters and I especially loved that it had a proper ending

    • Thanks for your comment Kim! Can’t wait to get stuck into it.

      And wasn’t Me Before You just THE BEST book ever? I read that in a caravan in Cornwall. I just sank into it and came out emotionally wrecked. And bereft those characters were no longer in my life.

  • I haven’t read any of JoJo Moye’s books and people keep recommending them. this one sounds amazing though so I shall add it to my Christmas list