The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

the girl you left behind

Fiction Pick by Alison

Summary from Author Website

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.

My Thoughts

A friend recently asked if I was able to read as much as I normally do during the pandemic.  She shared that she was having trouble concentrating.  I have to admit that last week I was staying up too late and having to tear myself away from the pages to have a conversation.  I have recently become hooked on Jojo Moyes.  For me, she is one of those authors that can transport you to another place and time.  This novel in particular reminded me about the hardships that have been faced by other generations, including war and illness.  The main characters show the reader that the pursuit of what is right is what is important, even in the face of adversity.  They show the reader that kindness and integrity are what matters.  While reading in the midst of this pandemic, this novel talked about the Spanish flu, which reminded me that this too will become a component of our collective history.  We have the opportunity to do what is right and treat others with kindness during this time of social distancing.  I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it to others.

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