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The Girl You Left Behind

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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 ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published September 27th 2012 by Penguin (first published 2012)
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Theresa The sexual content is too detailed for a 12 year old, in my opinion, unless you're a very lenient parent about such things. (I'm a mom with kids of…moreThe sexual content is too detailed for a 12 year old, in my opinion, unless you're a very lenient parent about such things. (I'm a mom with kids of similar age.) There are only 2-3 scenes like that, but they do give detail.(less)
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Franc I don't think Lillian would've been protected, she would've just been left in the camp. The Kommandant made arrangements for Sophie; I didn't get the…moreI don't think Lillian would've been protected, she would've just been left in the camp. The Kommandant made arrangements for Sophie; I didn't get the impression anyone was pulling for Lillian in the same way.(less)
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Oct 19, 2012 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Buddy read w/Zemira
"It was never about the painting, Sophie."
And there it was, confirmation of my fate.

3.25 stars. I loved so many things about this book, especially the historical story of Sophie and her Edouard. Their legacy was worth at least 4 and a half stars. Unfortunately, I felt the modern day story of Liv and Paul to have floundered on for such a lengthy amount of time that it almost took the focus away from the girl in the painting (who was in my opinion the star of the book and the reason for why ev
Diane Yannick
I'm probably done with this author. The storyline about Sophie and Eduoard during WWI kept me interested. The details and complications of the German Occupation seemed realistic and were thought provoking. The painting of Sophie deeply affected all who viewed it and I liked the way it linked the two plots. Sophie's persistent bravery in the face of harsh circumstances and pure evil was pretty darn amazing.

Here's the rub. That second modern day storyline just didn't cut it for me. Liv and Paul ne
This is an astonishing novel which beautifully connects present and past in a tale of war and love.

The Girl You Left Behind has a dual time-frame narrative; the first part is seen through the eyes of a woman in occupied France in 1916, the second through one living in modern day London. I'm not generally a fan of historical literature, particularly one with a war setting, so I was slightly reluctant at the start of this novel. However, any doubts I had were washed away mere minutes after picking
*****5 stars!*****

I'm so glad that I'm stingy with 5 star ratings so that I can save them for when I really mean it!

The Girl You Left Behind is the story of Sophie Lefevre who is living in occupied France 1916, and Liv Halston who lives in modern day London 2006. These two women are connected by a painting, a portrait of Sophie painted by her husband Edouard, called "The Girl You Left Behind". This was quite a story, and I honestly think Jojo Moyes is in a class all her own for pulling it off. S
[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
5 stars

I wasn't planning on writing a review for this book I thought my 5 star rating spoke for itself. But its been 9 days since I read this and I can't get this book out of my head. I love JoJo's writing. This is my favourite of hers to date (out of the 4 books I have read). BTW I love the way this book ended.

Recommend for those who enjoy
World war romance/slight historical
Some JoJo humour
2 strong heroines told from past/present
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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It’s WWI and Sophie’s husband (painter Edouard) has left to fight in the war. Sophie moves back to her family’s hotel during his absence, which has now been occupied by the Germans. In an effort to maintain some semblance of normalcy, Sophie has kept a portrait of herself, painted by Edouard, hanging on the hotel wall and the local Kommandant has found himself drawn to it. Sophie will offer everything she has to become this woman once again for the Kommandant in hopes of reuniting with her spou
After reading Moyes novella, Honeymoon in Paris, preceding this novel, I couldn't wait to see how the characters lives played out in this engaging novel and I wasn't disappointed. Part One takes place in France during the first world war...the story of Sophie and Edouard was so fascinating that I was thrown for a loop when in Part Two the characters totally changed and the time became 2006. Once I adjusted, I realized that this was also an extension from her novella and I was sucked right back i ...more
This was totally unexpected. After reading Me Before You, I was all geared up to have my emotions raked across the rocks (in a good way), and this wasn't that. It wasn't a bad story, but it's always difficult to readjust expectations.

Sophie is an artist's wife living in occupied France. On the wall of her hotel hangs a portrait of her, painted by her husband. It's daring and sexy in a way Sophie struggles to see herself and it catches the eye of the Kommandant who craves Sophie. When she discove
OMG. I have no words. perfection. Okay so i'm still crying and this review might suck but here we go.. I loved loved loved this book!!! I love all things old and historic,so reading about World War I,and France, was really such a blissful thing to do. The first war hasn't got that much publicity as much as the second world war,so it was interesting reading about it (i kept thinking of Downton Abbey xD ). The scenery,circumstances and characters were built so carefully. Sophie and Liv both were n ...more
I never knew real happiness until you.

3.5 stars. In a lot of ways this reminds me of The Storyteller. It's also a dual timeframe story with one playing of in WW1 and one in 2001. I thought the WW1 story with Sophie and Edouard was beautiful, and it touched my heart. Sophie is presented with an impossible decision and has to live with the consequences. What the author did so well in this book is to really put you in Sophie's shoes, so even if you don't agree with her decision, you're unable to ju
3.75 Stars. I liked it! A big surprise as I was not a fan of Me Before You. Plenty of good reviews from friends on this one so I’ll just add my thumbs up. It was in my OverDrive hold queue for many months and I had forgotten about it. I just love it when these long light-weight holds come in at just the right time. Just perfect for the last few days of reading. Rather than being annoyed at 2 different story lines 100 years apart, I enjoyed both of them and ended up feeling like I got a twofer. N ...more
Another great read by Jojo Moyes. She sure knows how to write a powerful story, all the while weaving in polarizing topics, and different topic strands & well developed characters. Most of her protagonists feel like good friends by the end of the book.

The Girl You Left Behind is actually a painting with an unresolved past. Two stories interweave telling us what happened to both women and how this single portrait of Sophie Lefevre impacted so many lives.

Sophie Lefevre, a hotel owner, ends up
Patrice Hoffman
This being the second book I've read by Jojo Moyes, The Girl You Left Behind was given high hopes. Thankfully Moyes did not disappoint with her latest. Many who have read and loved Me Before You will expect The Girl You Left Behind to blow them away equally. Let me begin by saying that will not be the case here. Yes The Girl You Left Behind is a great read, but it's not the tear-jerker that is Me Before You.

The Girl You Left Behind begins in St. Peronne, during October of 1916. Those familiar w
helen the bookowl
Once again, Jojo Moyes has written an amazing book that entwines two lives, two eras and that went straight to my heart. From the very first page, I was captivated and I quickly fell in love with the main character, Sophie. I love how Jojo Moyes allows for the reader to follow Sophie and her story for about 1/3 of the book before we move on to modern time and to Liv.
As I said, this book deals with two time periods and it does so beautifully. We get to know the two main characters thoroughly, an
5+++ Stars

"All that really matters is who you love."

I finished this book a while ago. Life went on; I started reading other books, but The Girl You Left Behind doesn’t want to let me go. It lingers and I have flashbacks to some scenes or phrases from the book. It’s so wonderful! It was a long time since a book made such a lasting impression on me.

The Girl You Left Behind is two stories in one. The first story set in France, 1916. Sophie lives in a small town under occupation. Her husband Edouard
Although I am still working my way through her back catalogue, I’ve loved this author’s books and was thrilled to receive an advance copy of her latest one.

One of my favourite genres is the dual time story – when it’s done well. I am pleased to say that Ms Moyes has covered this extremely well. I was immediately drawn in to the lives of Sophie Lefevre and her family when the story started in 1916. I had to keep reminding myself that this was set during WW1 as it was so easy to think the story wa
Hot on the heels of her hit novel Me Before You, Jojo Moyes, twice winner of the RNA Novel of the Year Award , has struck gold again with The Girl You Left Behind. Those familiar with her back catalogue will already know what a diverse author she is, every novel is different from its predecessor – her latest offering has a dual time-frame narrative (my favourite!) an ideal vehicle to show her versatility and skill as a consummate storyteller.

Sometimes dual narratives can be distracting, disrupti
Jo Jo Moyes may now be one of my favorite new authors. I had read "Me Before You" and was so pleased that "The Girl You Left Behind" (though totally different) was just as mesmerizing for me and left me thinking. The writing is easy and the characters came to life for me. Told from the perspective of two women living 100 years apart and never meeting they are brought together by a painting that disappeared during the war and reappears years later unable to tell its story.

I loved Sophie, living
Diane S ❄
3.5 Moyes is very good at creating dilemmas and very real people who have to deal with them. In this book it is the Germans in 1916, taking over their little French town, and deciding to have Sophie cook for the Kommandant and his men. Of course she really has no choice in the matter, she is hoping to stay alive and protect her family, so that when her husband Eduard returns, they are all still alive. How much would one do to keep their family safe, to protect them and hopefully save them. That ...more
Wow...just...not enough stars for this. <3

Thank you Pamela Dorman Books/Penguin and Netgalley for these eARC's.

Anyone who knows me knows I'm rarely at a loss for words but that's exactly how this story, which began in the prequel novella, has left me. Trying to put my thoughts/feelings/emotions into coherent sentences is quite a challenging task especially when the tears just.won't.stop. I read Jojo Moyes' ME BEFORE YOU and loved it, so when this one was recommended to me, I pounced and have
A beautiful portrait entitled "The Girl You Left Behind" connects two engaging love stories in a historical novel full of moral ambiguities. The book opens in 1916 in a German-occupied French village. The villagers are hungry and cold, and they are not sure which of their neighbors are trustworthy. Sophie Lefevre and her sister are told to cook dinner for German soldiers in their hotel's restaurant every evening. Sophie's husband, an artist who is now a soldier in the French army, had painted he ...more
Jennifer Lane
The Mystery Behind a Painting

JoJo Moyes's masterpiece Me Before You is one of my all-time favorite reads, so I was excited to try another of her novels. While this story didn't touch me as deeply, it was still an interesting page-turner.

Do you enjoy novels alternating from the past to the present? The Girl You Left Behind starts in 1917 France, in a town German soldiers have occupied for World War I, then fast forwards to 2006 England.

Sophie Lefevre is a young married woman who tries to keep the
Erika Robuck
370 pages devoured in three days. That is my review of THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND in its simplest expression.

Truly, this dual period novel is one of the best I’ve read in this form in a long time. The tension in both the past and the present is often unbearable, and the characters are unique, flawed, and intensely likable. The stories are full of connections and surprises, and the weight of what is left unsaid brings tremendous power to the narrative.

The opening scene in occupied France during the
Powerful story of struggle, defeat, love & triumph. Jojo Moyes is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. She never disappoints and delivers a captivating story. I would actually rate this book 4.5 stars.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
A copy of The Girl You Left Behind was provided to me by Pamela Dorman Books for review purposes.

"Once it is done, it cannot be undone."

In the midst of WWI, a small French town is overtaken by the Germans and Sophie and her sister Helene are forced to make the soldiers extravagant meals every night. When the portrait of Sophie that her husband painted of her catches the attention of the Kommandant, he begins showing her a kindness not af
Wow, what a brilliant book, another near 5 star read from JoJo Moyes, damn can this woman ever drop me into her stories.

I loved, loved, loved the first part of this book which takes place in 1916 German occupied France (an apparently largely unrecorded corner of First World War history) I mean I was right there with our heroine Sophie and her family at their hotel La Coq Rouge. I could hear the German soldier’s boots marching by on the cobbled streets, I was anguished by the decisions she was fo
1.5 stars

When I began this book I felt as though it had a lot of the factors that appeal to me, namely a historical setting in WWI. But I was quickly turned off by the characters and the writing style. I could not come to feel anything for the WWI setting, I felt no concern for the characters and while the author effectively described the setting, that special something that makes it truly come alive was missing. I also felt as though Sophie's moral inconsistencies (as far as I am concerned) wer
Dale Harcombe
The story tells of two women and one amazing painting. The painting is done by Edouard Lefevre of his wife Sophie. In 1916 Edouard goes to fight at the Front, leaving Sophie behind. Their town falls into German hands. In the hope of seeing Edouard again, Sophie is faced with a choice that will change her life forever as well as the way others react to her. She is left to live with the consequences of her decision. Whether you agree with the choice Sophie makes or not the author makes the reader ...more
My new historical fiction interest is WWI.

The book begins in a small village in France that is currently occupied by the German army. All communications have been severed and the story features Sophie, the middle child of three (older sister, Helene and Aurelian, teenage brother). A new Kommandant has arrived. He is more intelligent than the former Kommandant who was brutal and cruel without reason. This Kommandant seems to possess more humanity and perhaps some compassion. Both Sophie and Hele
I thoroughly enjoyed this book set in occupied France in WWI and present-day London. The 2 times are linked by the painting called The Girl You Left Behind.

I’ve left it a while before writing my review, because although I did really enjoy it at the time, I wanted to see whether it stayed with me after a period of time, and unfortunately I don’t think it was as powerful as Me Before You, which I still think about. So I will be giving this one 4.5 stars.

I liked the recounting of events in the litt
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Jojo Moyes is a British novelist.

Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.

Moyes' novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.

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