Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Bookworm: The Girl You Left Behind

The second book I managed to get through in February 
is The Girl You Left Behind By JoJo Moyes. 

The story starts off in 1916 when Edouard Lefevre a french artist leaves his 
wife Sophie to go and fight at the front. When the town in which she lives 
falls into Germans hands, his portrait of Sophie stirs the interest of 
the local Kommandant. Which causes her to risk everything for her family, reputation
and life in hope of seeing her husband, her one true love one last time. 

Nearly a century later the portrait is given to Liv via her husband shortly before his sudden death. 
It's beauty speaks of their short life together, but when the paintings dark history is revealed  
Liv finds the spark of love she has felt since she lost him threatened. 

The story is basically two women who are separated by a century are untied in their determination to fight for the thing they love the most, whatever the cost.

A good read but I did find the parts about Liv seemed to take away the
focus away from the girl (Sophie) in the painting. 
I found the legal battle in the book was drawn out a bit too long as well.

I am looking forward to reading two of her other books which I have sat on my shelf 
which should be my next two reviews. 

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