Monday, March 27, 2017

The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes

Summary from Good Reads:

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...

In The Girl You Left Behind two young women, separated by a century, are united in their determination to fight for the thing they love most—whatever the cost.

My Thoughts:

      The Girl You Left Behind was one of my book club's flight pick options for March and the first time I had a chance to read one of the flight picks.  Since I have only read (and loved!) two other books by JoJo Moyes, I decided to check this one out.  I'm so glad I did!
     I initially picked up this book without even reading a synopsis so I had no clue what was going to happen in the story.  At first, it did take me a bit to get into the story but once I did? I did not want to put it down! I will be recommending this book to pretty much all the book readers that I know-it was that good!
     This story was a wonderful combination of every genre that I love; historical fiction, mystery, and romance.  Both Sophie and Live are wonderful, strong women that are fighting for their family and the man that they love.  There were moments of great sadness and fear but also moments of laughter and hope.  5/5 stars

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