August 09, 2013 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Girl You Left Behind

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Jojo Moyes
publisher
Pamela Dorman Books
genre
Fiction
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-

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