Sunday, 11 May 2014

bookworm #26


The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

After reading Me Before You early last year (wow, time flies), I couldn't wait to get my hands on another of Moyes' offerings. I can't believe it's taken me this long! 

Now, if you saw either of my Victoria Hislop reviews (this or this) you may know that I am a big fan of books with a bit of history. This plot is kinda similar to both the Hislop novels actually, as it tells two stories - one in the present and one in the past. It starts by telling the story of Sophie Lefevre who, in France in the early 1900's, has her portrait painted by artist and husband Edward Lefevre. WW1 commences, her husband is sent to war, her life turns upside-down - and her painting falls into the hands of a German kommandant. Meanwhile, in the present day, Liv Halston becomes embroiled in a bitter legal dispute over the provenance and ownership of The Girl You Left Behind - a painting given to her by her late husband as a wedding gift. 

As you can imagine the two stories weave together, bringing the past forward to the present, and raising issues of stolen works of art during the war. Doesn't sound particularly thrilling, I know, but woven with a good couple of love stories and great characters - its a winner. It's the perfect beach book being an easy read but completely gripping and thought-provoking. 
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7 comments

  1. I loved me before you! Definitely going to download this onto my kindle ready for my hol! Nicola noodlingalong.blogspot.co.uk Xx

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  2. Me Before You was amazing and I love Jojo Moyes. I haven't read this one yet, but think I will give it a whirl. I just finished reading One Plus One by Jojo Moyes and it was brilliant- really recommend it.

    Beccy // Bluebell & Bumpkin

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  3. i tried reading me before you, but i was not into it! i feel i should read 'me before you' before i read 'the girl you left behind.' The cover is amazing also :)

    http://georgianicolaou.co.uk

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  4. The plot sounds very interesting! I might check it out after finishing mine :) xx

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  5. Loved Me Before You, and I couldn't wait to get going on the next book by Jojo Moyes. Almost for a year now The Girl You Left Behind have been sitting on a shelf - maybe now is the time to get going?

    xx Sandra

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  6. I adore Jojo Moyes books and am looking forward to reading this one!! xo

    Hannah | Glitter and Sparkle

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  7. This sounds really good! I love reading and finding books to read so this is next on my list. I just came across your blog, it's so lovely! x

    Holly | holly la beau | giveaway

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