The Girl You Left Behind

The Girl You Left Behind

Book - 2013
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Unwillingly rendered an object of obsession by the Kommandant occupying her small French town in World War I, Sophie risks everything to reunite with her husband a century before a widowed Liv tests her resolve to claim ownership of Sophie's portrait.
Publisher: New York :, Pamela Dorman Books/Viking,, 2013
ISBN: 9780670026616
Characteristics: xii, 369 pages ; 24 cm


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Sep 03, 2019

Good story but seems a bit contrived.

Sep 26, 2018

recommended by Kim 9/18

Jul 08, 2018

This was just 'ok' for me. Not my typical genre, but definitely a good story. I enjoy Moyes novels nonetheless.

ArapahoeLesley Jul 06, 2018

This is a different Moyes than I'm used to but still a great and entertaining read with a serious topic to explore and great narrators to tackle it.

Feb 05, 2018

Really good story. I find these books hard to put down, easy to read.

Sep 01, 2017

JoJo Moyers delivers another heart warming novel. I have done extensive study on WWII lost and stolen art and this setting provided a wonderful story line Characters were touching and her ability to shift from one century to another was skillful. Very enjoyable.

Aug 22, 2017

Immediately got totally absorbed in this book and then came part two and it started to fall apart. But it picked up the pace again. A couple of spots near the end again I lost my interest but had come so far that I knew I'd finish it. Overall I enjoyed the story but not as much as the previous two books by Moyes that I have read

BostonPL_LauraB Jan 12, 2017

This one took me awhile to get into as I wasn't as interested in the "past" as I was in the "present" - probably the opposite of most people, but that's how it was for me. The last 1/3 of the book flew by though and I ended up enjoying it!

Aug 31, 2016

I couldn't decide how I felt about this story, the whole way through. It seemed like the book couldn't quite decide if it was 'serious historical novel' or cliched chick-lit. At times I couldn't put it down because I was so immersed in the plot (with its many twists), other times I couldn't wait for it to be over. I did enjoy reading a new take on the war narrative - art restitution continues to make news today... but she lost me sometimes with the characters' unrealistic behaviour and overly descriptive romantic musings. I doubt I will recommend this one.

Jan 22, 2016

Reminds "The Notebook". Although the place and time are completely different. But - on the mood of the book.
In my view, the second part, which tells about the litigation - protracted. At times it becomes boring to read, especially when the author uses dialogues and actions that has repeatedly met in so many other works of different authors in these kind of stories.

I would like to add something, after reading some comments before mine.
In many of those comment you can see words: Nazi occupation of France during the World War I. The more accurate would be to say - "under German occupation." instead of "Nazi occupation" as many are putting in their comments. It is not correct.

Péronne For almost the whole of the war, the town of Péronne was occupied by German troops. It was finally liberated on the 2nd September 1918 by Australian troops. Life under German rule deeply affected the inhabitants of Péronne and the town suffered heavily with bombardments, fire and destruction. Between 1914 and 1918, almost 30% of the town’s inhabitants became civilian victims of the war! Everyday, the bells of the Town Hall ring out “La Madelon”, a popular French song from the Great War. - See more at:

Тhe Nazi Party was a political party in Germany active between 1920 and 1945 that practised Nazism.

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Jan 22, 2016

“The ability to earn a living by doing the things one loves must be one of the life’s greatest gifts”.
“Time doesn’t make a wrong right”
“I just need something to look forward to. I just want to smile without having to think about which muscles to use.”
“Sometimes just for carrying on, that’s heroic in itself.”

M_ALCOTT Jun 14, 2015

Liv: "You used to speak fluent French, right? Do you want to come to Paris with me?"

Mo: "Is this your way of telling me you've swung to the other side? Because while I love Paris, I'm so not up for lady bits."

M_ALCOTT Jun 14, 2015

"All that really matters is who you love."-Liv

M_ALCOTT Jun 14, 2015

"Four years ago David and I went to bed like it was any other night, brushing our teeth, reading our books, chatting about a restaurant we were going to the next day...and when I woke up the next morning he was there beside me, cold. Blue. I didn't ...I didn't feel him go. I didn't even get to say... Can you imagine knowing you slept through the person you love dying next to you?... I thought the world had actually ended."-Liv

M_ALCOTT Jun 14, 2015

"I only know that when I'm not with you I'm mean and mad at everything."-Paul

M_ALCOTT Jun 14, 2015

"Liv--you can't be straightforward about other men. No man wants to hear about how fantastic the one before was, even if he is dead. You might as well just do a whole spiel on Enormous Penises I Have Known."-Mo


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Jun 30, 2015

Sophie, whose husband if fighting in WWI is just trying to survive the German occupation and looking forward to her artist husband's return. She has been forced to cook for the enemy forces and as a result is branded as a collaborator.
Almost a century later Liz Halston has a painting of Sophie given to her by her husband shortly before his death. The painting then becomes subject of legal action. Who actually owns the painting.


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