The Girl You Left BehindBook - 2012
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.
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“The ability to earn a living by doing the things one loves must be one of the life’s greatest gifts”.
“Time doesn’t make a wrong right”
“I just need something to look forward to. I just want to smile without having to think about which muscles to use.”
“Sometimes just for carrying on, that’s heroic in itself.”
Liv: "You used to speak fluent French, right? Do you want to come to Paris with me?"
Mo: "Is this your way of telling me you've swung to the other side? Because while I love Paris, I'm so not up for lady bits."
"Four years ago David and I went to bed like it was any other night, brushing our teeth, reading our books, chatting about a restaurant we were going to the next day...and when I woke up the next morning he was there beside me, cold. Blue. I didn't ...I didn't feel him go. I didn't even get to say... Can you imagine knowing you slept through the person you love dying next to you?... I thought the world had actually ended."-Liv
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Sophie, whose husband if fighting in WWI is just trying to survive the German occupation and looking forward to her artist husband's return. She has been forced to cook for the enemy forces and as a result is branded as a collaborator.
Almost a century later Liz Halston has a painting of Sophie given to her by her husband shortly before his death. The painting then becomes subject of legal action. Who actually owns the painting.
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