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The Girl You Left Behind review

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SHARED HISTORY An oil painting joins the love stories of two women from two different time periods in this novel by author Jojo Moyes.

The Girl You Left Behind

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In Season
Jojo Moyes
Pamela Dorman Books

We gave it an A-

Sophie and Liv have much in common: a fierce independent streak, grief over lost husbands, and an oil painting that changes their lives. They also happen to be separated by almost a century in The Girl You Left Behind.

In occupied France in 1916, Sophie — wife of artist Edouard Lefevre — catches the unfortunate attention of a Kommandant who is enchanted by her husband’s portrait of her. In the present day, Liv — given the same portrait by her husband shortly before his death — becomes embroiled in a fight over its origins. 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-