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The Girl You Left Behind: A Novel
by Jojo Moyes

Published: 2014-06-24
Paperback : 480 pages
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From the author of Me Before You and Still Me, a sweeping bestseller of love and loss, deftly weaving two journeys from World War I France to present day London.

Paris, World War I. Sophie Lefèvre must keep her family safe while her adored husband, Édouard, fights at the front. When ...
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From the author of Me Before You and Still Me, a sweeping bestseller of love and loss, deftly weaving two journeys from World War I France to present day London.

Paris, World War I. Sophie Lefèvre must keep her family safe while her adored husband, Édouard, fights at the front. When their town falls to the Germans, Sophie is forced to serve them every evening at her hotel. From the moment the new Kommandant sets eyes on Sophie’s portrait—painted by her artist husband—a dangerous obsession is born.
 
Almost a century later in London, Sophie’s portrait hangs in the home of Liv Halston, a wedding gift from her young husband before his sudden death. After a chance encounter reveals the portrait’s true worth, a battle begins over its troubled history and Liv’s world is turned upside all over again.

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by Ktc24 (see profile) 07/21/15

Why were Lillianna and Sophie so ostracized from their community?
Sjhould Sophie have run when she had the chance?
by fergusonta (see profile) 11/14/14

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by mamabearreads (see profile) 08/18/16

 
  "A piece of art links WWI France to present-day England"by cindywiser (see profile) 05/11/16

We've read a couple of Jojo Moyes books and she writes books that generate discussion. Less controversial than "Me Before You", this one also delves into current ethical issues and gives you a twist at... (read more)

 
  "Liked by all members"by carolkaskin (see profile) 03/25/16

This was a popular choice because of its parallel storylines linked by the portrait.

 
  "The Girl You Left Behind"by Mbeek (see profile) 03/08/16

This was one of the few books that everyone in our book club finished reading. We usually have a couple who are not interested enough to finish reading our book.

 
  "The Girl You Left Behind"by bkmnmpl (see profile) 02/02/16

Another AMAZING tale from Jojo Moyes! Unlike ME BEFORE YOU & AFTER YOU, this novel flips between occupied France during WWII & current day London. As usual, Moyes presents finely drawn characters that... (read more)

 
  "The Girl You Left Behind"by wendya619 (see profile) 08/24/15

I enjoyed the parallel story lines and how they linked together the past and the future.

 
  "The Girl You Left Behind"by Ktc24 (see profile) 07/21/15

Was shocked that it ended when it did. Some wanted a clearer picture. This was a quick read...don't read too early or you will be confused come club time! If you liked The Woman in Gold, you will like... (read more)

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