The Girl You Left BehindHardback
- Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
- Format: Hardback | 384 pages
- Dimensions: 160mm x 230mm x 34mm | 600g
- Publication date: 20 August 2013
- ISBN 10: 0670026611
- ISBN 13: 9780670026616
- Edition statement: New.
- Sales rank: 521,758
From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Me Before You," a spellbinding love story of two women separated by a century but united in their determination to fight for what they love most Jojo Moyes's bestseller, "Me Before You," catapulted her to wide critical acclaim and has struck a chord with readers everywhere. "Hopelessly and hopefully romantic" ("Chicago Tribune"), Moyes returns with another irresistible heartbreaker that asks, "Whatever happened to the girl you left behind?" France, 1916: Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War I, Edouard's portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer's dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything--her family, her reputation, and her life--to see her husband again. Almost a century later, Sophie's portrait is given to Liv Halston by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. A chance encounter reveals the painting's true worth, and a battle begins for who its legitimate owner is--putting Liv's belief in what is right to the ultimate test. Like Sarah Blake's "The Postmistress" and Tatiana de Rosnay's "Sarah's Key," "The Girl You Left Behind" is a breathtaking story of love, loss, and sacrifice told with Moyes's signature ability to capture our hearts with every turn of the page.
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Jojo Moyes is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "One Plus One, The Girl You Left Behind," "Honeymoon in Paris," "Me Before You," "The Last Letter from Your Lover, The Ship of Brides, "and "Silver Bay." Moyes writes for a variety of newspapers and magazines. She is married to Charles Arthur, technology editor of "The Guardian." They live with their three children on a farm in Essex, England.
Praise for THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND: "Vibrant and gripping." --"People Magazine" (***) "Jojo Moyes expertly weaves a bittersweet tale in this irresistible novel, taking careful interest in the dark corners that exist within great love stories, and the trickiness of simple happy endings. A-" --"Entertainment Weekly" "Moyes writes delicious plots, with characters so clearly imagined they leap off the pages in high-definition prose. . . . Clever plot turns make for a satisfying ending . . . Moyes brings fresh strokes to this story about the power of art and love to transcend what imprisons us. Romantics looking for a story set amid the politics of plundered art couldn't do much better than "The Girl You Left Behind"." --"USA Today" (3 1/2 stars) "'In this moving paean to daring, determination and perspicacity, Moyes keeps the reader guessing down to the last hankie." --"Los Angeles Times" "Good storytelling." --"New York Daily News" "In her latest heart tugger, Jojo Moyes deftly weaves the story of newlyweds in WWI France with that of a young widow in today's London." --"Parade" "Lovely and wry, Moyes's newest is captivating and bittersweet." --"Publishers Weekly "(starred review) "Moyes ("Me Before You") has created a riveting depiction of a wartime occupation that has mostly faded from memory. Liv and Sophie are so real in their faults, passion, and bravery that the reader is swept along right to the end. This one is hard to put down!" --"Library Journal "(starred review) "Moyes ("Me Before You", 2012) writes with such clarity that one can almost see the eponymous 100-year-old painting at the center of her wonderful new novel. . . . an uncommonly good love story." --"Booklist"