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Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes


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Jojo Moyes is a novelist and a journalist. She worked at the Independent for ten years before leaving to write full-time. Her novels have all been critically acclaimed and include the Sunday Times Number One bestselller The One Plus One and the global phenomenon Me Before You, which has sold five million copies to date.Jojo lives in Essex with her husband and their three children.


Praise for The Girl You Left Behind * - *
Moyes is the queen of the classy weepy and this won't disappoint. A masterclass in story-telling that fans of Me Before You will adore * Elle *
Another heart-stoppingly brilliant novel from Jojo Moyes * Marie Claire *
Jojo Moyes paints a genuinely moving, beautiful picture of how love and belief will ultimately win the war, even if they can't win the battle. The Girl You Left Behind is a true work of art * Fabulous Magazine *
Wonderfully well-written and completely engrossing, with exquisitely drawn characters in a brilliantly plotted narrative. It will make you think long after you finish the final page * Daily Mail *
Even as Moyes tackles the inflammatory issues around art stolen during wartime, she never loses sight of the driving engine of her narrative . . . this pleasurably assured writer skilfully balances the quotidian and the comic with the broad and universal, leaving us with the tantalising possibility of a potential caper to come * Independent on Sunday *

As World War I rages throughout Europe, the French village of St. Peronne is under German occupation. While their husbands fight on the front lines, Sophie Lefevre and her sister run the small village hotel, where they must cater to the occupying German forces. The one comfort Sophie has is the portrait her Matisse-trained husband painted of her. When the painting catches the eye of the German Kommandant, Sophie attempts to use it as a bargaining chip for her husband's life. Nearly 100 years later, the painting, now known as The Girl You Left Behind, belongs to widow Liv Halston and is the subject of a restitution suit between Halston and the Lefevre family. To win her fight for the painting, a reminder of her own lost husband, Liv must discover Sophie's true history and what it means to be "the girl you left behind." Verdict Splitting the narrative between Sophie's perspective in 1915 and Liv's in contemporary London, Moyes (Me Before You) has created a riveting depiction of a wartime occupation that has mostly faded from memory. Liv and Sophie are so real in their faults, passion, and bravery that the reader is swept along right to the end. This one is hard to put down! [See Prepub Alert, 4/1/13.]-Jennifer Beach, Cumberland Cty. P.L., VA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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