September 2013 Indie Next List
“Sophie LeFevre's husband was sent off to fight in World War I, leaving her with only a portrait he'd painted of her, a portrait that drew the eye of the Kommandant. 90 years later, that portrait, titled The Girl You Left Behind, hangs in Liv Halston's house, a wedding gift from her late husband. When descendants of the artist claim ownership of the painting and demand restitution, Liv's life becomes a battle, both legal and emotional, as she fights to keep Sophie's portrait and find out everything she can about Sophie herself and what happened to her, feeling somehow as though it can help Liv figure out where her own life is going. This book is just as character-driven as Me Before You, with an interesting historical focus.
-Melissa Oates, Fiction Addiction”
— Melissa Oates, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC
From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Me Before You," a spellbinding love story of two women separated by a century but united in their determination to fight for what they love most
Jojo Moyes's bestseller, "Me Before You," catapulted her to wide critical acclaim and has struck a chord with readers everywhere. "Hopelessly and hopefully romantic" ("Chicago Tribune"), Moyes returns with another irresistible heartbreaker that asks, "Whatever happened to the girl you left behind?"
France, 1916: Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War I, Edouard's portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer's dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything--her family, her reputation, and her life--to see her husband again.
Almost a century later, Sophie's portrait is given to Liv Halston by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. A chance encounter reveals the painting's true worth, and a battle begins for who its legitimate owner is--putting Liv's belief in what is right to the ultimate test.
Like Sarah Blake's "The Postmistress" and Tatiana de Rosnay's "Sarah's Key," "The Girl You Left Behind" is a breathtaking story of love, loss, and sacrifice told with Moyes's signature ability to capture our hearts with every turn of the page.
About the Author
Jojo Moyes is a British novelist and journalist. She is one of only a few authors to have twice won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association and has been translated into eleven different languages.