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France, 1916. Sophie Lefevre is ordered to serve the German officers who socialise in her hotel. When the new Kommandant sets eyes on Sophie's portrait - painted by her husband Edouard - a dangerous obsession is born. Almost a century later, Sophie's portrait hangs in the home of Liv Halston. A chance encounter reveals the painting's true worth - and its troubled history that is about to resurface and turn Liv's life upside down….
©2012 Jojo Moyes (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
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By Aimee on 06-05-14

The Girl you left behind

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Mo, she was an interesting character and I wish there was a little more of her

What about Clare Corbett and Penelope Rawlins ’s performance did you like?

The narration was great by both ladies

If you could take any character from The Girl You Left Behind out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Mo, she seems like a lot of fun

Any additional comments?

I found this book a little slow at the beginning, I struggled with it for maybe the first hour. But after that I really started to enjoy the story. Overall I really enjoyed it!!

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By Happy and Smiling on 02-16-13

Spellbinding - I loved it

I got drawn into this book very quickly. It was extremely well read, particularly the character of Sophie was extremly well portrayed. A brilliant storyline that starts during the 1st world war, in an occupied town in northern France. A german officer becomes obsessed with the beautiful Sophie, whose portrait hangs in the restaurant that she runs with her sister. The danger and perils and tragedy of war make for a great storyline in themselves, but abruptly (on a cliffhanger) the story changes to modern day England. The portrait has survived 100 years, and has a new owner, with an equally compelling and engaging story. There is humour and romance in the modern setting, to lighten the mood after the increasingly tense 1st world war section. Gradually the two stories are told side by side. I was intially desperate to find out what happened to Sophie and the author managed the suspense beautifully. The ending was brilliantly thought out and tied up all the loose ends. Jojo Moyes writes exceptionally engaging books that always end the way they should. In my opinion this book is better written than The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, and much more engaging. My only complaint is that I could not stop listening, and I am now extremely tired having stayed up half the night listening to get to the end on my ipod.

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By Kathleen on 11-29-12

The Girl you left behind

I have just finished this audio book and it will stay with me foe a very long time an absorbing book played out between occupied France in 1917 and London today. I must mention the narrators who were fantastic, I will miss it.

Kathleen Hamilton

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By Emmy Wincen on 05-16-16

Triumphant victory over hate and loss!

This very moving narrative is a story of love over hate, despite unbelievable obstacles and terrifying ordeals.
It will long remain in one's memory as a reminder of the indestructible human urge to protect, to endure and love amidst unimaginable circumstances.
Highly recommend this to readers who will appreciate the author's wonderful penmanship. Thank you, Jojo, for letting us into another world and allowing us to appreciate our good fortune in escaping the horrors of was.

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By Natalie on 11-29-16

Loved every minute

When you hear a good book, it makes all the others fade in comparison. Characters, storyline, writing were all vivid, memorable and encompassing. The author has passion and intellect and both were apparent in this wonderful story. So happy I found it. Thank you.

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