The Girl You Left Behind


How did I get it?:
I bought it


What happened to the girl you left behind?

In 1916 French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie to fight at the Front. When her town falls into German hands, his portrait of Sophie stirs the heart of the local Kommandant and causes her to risk everything – her family, reputation and life – in the hope of seeing her true love one last time.

Nearly a century later and Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. Its beauty speaks of their short life together, but when the painting’s dark and passion-torn history is revealed, Liv discovers that the first spark of love she has felt since she lost him is threatened…

In The Girl You Left Behind two young women, separated by a century, are united in their determination to fight for the thing they love most – whatever the cost.


I have to admit to buying this book purely because I absolutely adored Jojo Moyes’ previous book Me Before You. I was apprehensive to read it as it followed such an amazing book that I still think about now. However, I’m thrilled I did pick it up because it’s another beautiful book.

The Girl She Left Behind has a dual time narrative which doesn’t always work for me, but in this book it works brilliantly. I was quickly drawn into the war time France setting and I was intrigued by Sophie’s story and the painting of ‘The Girl You Left Behind’. The story moves on to modern times and the painting is still around, but now owned by Liv, a widow. The painting is extremely important to both of the women. I was interested by both women’s stories.

I really like Jojo Moyes’ writing as you never know what you’re going to get. It’s not just a typical love story novel which many writers can churn out. There’s always something in the story that pulls me in and keeps me reading and that’s a sign of a great writer.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
When She Woke- Hillary Jordan

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