The Girl You Left Behind: A Novel Paperback – Jun 24 2014
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Praise for THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND:
"Vibrant and gripping.”
—People Magazine (***)
"Jojo Moyes expertly weaves a bittersweet tale in this irresistible novel, taking careful interest in the dark corners that exist within great love stories, and the trickiness of simple happy endings. A-"
“Moyes writes delicious plots, with characters so clearly imagined they leap off the pages in high-definition prose. . . . Clever plot turns make for a satisfying ending . . . Moyes brings fresh strokes to this story about the power of art and love to transcend what imprisons us. Romantics looking for a story set amid the politics of plundered art couldn't do much better than The Girl You Left Behind.”
—USA Today (3 1/2 stars)
"Jojo Moyes builds on her strengths in this moving and accomplished new novel. As she did in the best-selling Me Before You, she asks readers to think in fresh ways about a morally complex issue. . . . The Girl You Left Behind is strong, provocative, satisfying fiction."
—The Washington Post
"'In this moving paean to daring, determination and perspicacity, Moyes keeps the reader guessing down to the last hankie."
—Los Angeles Times
—New York Daily News
"In her latest heart tugger, Jojo Moyes deftly weaves the story of newlyweds in WWI France with that of a young widow in today’s London."
"Lovely and wry, Moyes’s newest is captivating and bittersweet."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"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!"
—Library Journal (starred review)
"Moyes (Me Before You, 2012) writes with such clarity that one can almost see the eponymous 100-year-old painting at the center of her wonderful new novel. . . . an uncommonly good love story."
About the Author
Jojo Moyes is the New York Times bestselling author of One Plus One, The Girl You Left Behind, Honeymoon in Paris, Me Before You, The Last Letter from Your Lover, The Ship of Brides, and Silver Bay. She also writes for a variety of newspapers and magazines. She lives in Essex, England.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
present works well. The ending is a tad too cutesy, but a a feel good read nonetheless.
Decades later, the painting surfaces in the possession of a young widow, Liv, in London. The painting is the subject of a law suit, pitting Liv, whose husband purchased the painting for her in Barcelona as a wedding gift, against the descendants of Edouard Lefevre who claim that the picture was taken illegally by the Germans and demanding that the painting be returned to them. Liv has connected with Sophie and feels that she is the rightful owner of the painting...Read more ›
This book is told using two different points of view in two different eras. Sophie tells her story of living in her small French town during WWI and Liv's modern-day story is set in London with a piece of art connecting the two. I loved learning more about occupied France in WWI. Seeing the day-to-day life of these small town French people and how they had to live alongside the Germans was very poignant. It was an interesting era and there were a couple of dynamic characters, namely Sophie.
Unfortunately I cannot say that Liv's modern-day part of the story affected me in the same way as Sophie's. The only character I truly connected with in Liv's storyline was her quirky friend, Mo who was the only character who felt honest and believable. Everyone else seemed flat - especially Liv who came off as too self absorbed. I guess I just didn't 'get' Liz. Her character was one-dimensional and I couldn't whole-heartedly get behind her determination to keep the painting at all costs. The romance aspect was also a little too convenient to be believable.
I was very torn about this book and had, perhaps, overly high expectations after loving "Me Before You" so much. While the writing is good, the characters and storyline (specifically the modern-day London storyline) just didn't grab me. I found the ending too predictable with all of the loose ends tied up too neatly.Read more ›
That being said, the second portion of the book - written in the present - was still a compelling read and I wondered how things would work out for Liv Halston, and had me rooting for her to win.
Most recent customer reviews
Page-turner from beginning to end. Fascinating story and characters intertwined with WW1 and art history. Moyes knows how to capture both the readers' hearts and minds.Published 1 month ago by Mary-Ann Massad
An enjoyable easy read with romance connected to a bit of history.Published 23 months ago by Catheline Nemeth