Every time I read another book by Jojo Moyes, I’m blown away more. She’s an amazing and versatile author who tells beautiful stories. The Girl You Left Behind weaves together two time periods (World War I and present day) through a piece of artwork.
During WW I, Sophie Lefevre waits at her family’s hotel for her artist husband to return from the war. Her town has been taken over by Germans and things are getting dire. In desperation, Sophie makes decisions that alter the rest of her life in unimaginable ways.
About a hundred years later, Liv Halston is grieving the loss of her husband and takes comfort in a painting he gifted her on their honeymoon. But once she learns the full story of the painting, and it’s connection to Sophie Lefevre, it becomes more than just a beloved painting.
The way Moyes brings two worlds together is addicting. You root for both Sophie and Liv even though they have insurmountable odds against them. I was afraid as the book neared its end that things wouldn’t work out for anyone, but The Girl You Left Behind comes together beautifully. If historical fiction and romance are your thing, this one is a must-read.