The Girl You Left Behind
by Jojo Moyes
Genre: Historical Fiction/Popular Fiction
Should You Read It?
Yes! Like Moyes' Me Before You, with the sad story comes emotional honesty, well-drawn characters, and a very engaging tale.
Review: In WWII-Occupied France, Sophie runs a small hotel with her family. A German Commandant takes an interest in the Sophie's portrait, painted by her husband, Edouard Lefevre. Will Sophie risk everything if it means saving her husband? She wonders if she will ever be like the girl in the painting again.
Meanwhile, in modern-day London, another girl is left behind--Liv, a young widow and the new owner of the painting. When the provenance of the painting comes into question, Liv chooses to fights for possession of Sophie's portrait and in the process, learns about Sophie's life.
Read my review of Me Before You
**This interview with the author describes researching her novel at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris and her writing process.
Quote from the interview: "I love stories where the answers are not black or white, stories that make you think: what would I do in that position?"