The Girl You Left Behind

The Girl You Left Behind

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 27/09/2012
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The Girl You Left Behind
Quite possibly my favourite book
I read this not long ago and I was completely beside myself with it, I didn't eat or sleep I could NOT put it down and judging by most of the reviews on he... READ MORE
Natalie at Waterstones


DISCOVER THE PERFECT SUMMER READ . . . From the author of THE LAST LETTER FROM YOUR LOVER, now a major motion picture

The Girl You Left Behind is the hauntingly romantic and utterly irresistible weepy from Jojo Moyes, the author of the international bestsellers Me Before You, Still Me and The Giver of Stars.

'This won't disappoint. A masterclass in storytelling that fans of Me Before You will adore'Elle
What happened to the girl you left behind?

France, 1916.

Sophie Lefevre must keep her family safe whilst her adored husband Edouard fights at the front. But when she is ordered to serve the German officers who descend on her hotel each evening, her home becomes a place of fierce tensions.

And from the moment the new Kommandant sets eyes on Sophie's portrait - painted by Edouard - a dangerous obsession is born, which will lead Sophie to make a dark and terrible decision . . .

Almost a century later, and Sophie's portrait hangs in the home of Liv Halston, a wedding gift from her young husband before he died. A chance encounter reveals the painting's true worth, and its troubled history.

A history that is about to resurface and turn Liv's life upside down all over again . . .

In The Girl You Left Behind two young women, separated by a century, are united in their determination to fight for what they love most - whatever the cost.

'Another heart-stoppingly brilliant novel from Jojo Moyes'Closer
'Wonderfully well-written and completely engrossing . . . It will make you think long after you turn the final page' Daily Mail

'Quite simply one of the best books I've read' 5* reader review

'A truly beautiful book . . . will make you laugh, cry and ignore everyone around you as you won't be able to put it down!' 5* reader review

'Beware, once you pick up this book you will not be able to put it down!' 5* reader review

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780718157845
  • Number of pages: 560
  • Weight: 383g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 33 mm

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The Girl You Left Behind
A Captivating Read
This was the first book I have read by Jojo Moyes and I wasn’t disappointed. Usually I am not a fan of novels when they have two halves as I tend to get co... READ MORE
The Girl You Left Behind
Historical romance through a contemporary lens
In 1917 Sophie's life is devastated when her village is taken over by the Germans and the commander of the occupying troops becomes infatuated with her. Ni... READ MORE
The Girl You Left Behind
Vivid, Beautiful, Heartening Read
It took me a little time to get into this book, this is not to say that it was a difficult book to read though, and it usually takes me a while to settle i... READ MORE
The Girl You Left Behind
Loved this book
From page 1, I was totally gripped - easy to read with likeable characters, you are plunged into the middle of WWII in a little German occupied French vill... READ MORE
Jennifer Guertin
The Girl You Left Behind
The Girl You Left Behind
cant write yet as this is a christmas gift and not allowed to read yet!!! Sorry Christine harrison
The Girl You Left Behind
A fantastic read.
Having only recently finished Jojo Moye’s beautiful but weepy “Me Before You”, I was at first uncertain as to whether “The Girl You Left Behind” would be a... READ MORE
Brummie Bookworm
The Girl You Left Behind
Readable and interesting
Although very readable and interesting, I did not find this book as enjoyable as Me Before You by the same author. There are two historical settings to th... READ MORE
The Girl You Left Behind
Interesting dual time romance
Having recently read and enjoyed Me Before You by the same author, I was really pleased to receive a copy of this book to review. The book is set in two ti... READ MORE
The Girl You Left Behind
a very good read
This is two stories of two women one in occupied France during the first world war and one in London 2006, linked over a time period of a hundred years thr... READ MORE
elaine simpson
The Girl You Left Behind
something you will never forget
I was left drained of all emotion after reading Jojo Moyles new compelling novel, which touches your very soul with its depth of feeling and thought-provok... READ MORE
Lucinda E
The Girl You Left Behind
Another gem form JoJo Moyes
After reading Me Before you i had great expectations for this secod helping from JoJo Moyes. I was not disappointed. the story spans 100 years following th... READ MORE
Becky Ryan
The Girl You Left Behind
Funny, moving and uplifting
In 1916 inn-keeper Sophie Lefevre must cope while her artist husband is fighting at the front though German troops requisition everything of value in her v... READ MORE
The Girl You Left Behind
Another Great Book from Jojo Moyles
After reading Me Before You, also by Moyles, I thought she wouldn't be able to top it. However, The Girl You Left Behind is yet another great book by this ... READ MORE
Annie W
The Girl You Left Behind
This book covers the stories of two women in two time periods - France after the Great War, and modern day London. It was very interesting to see how the s... READ MORE
Julie Searle
The Girl You Left Behind
I’d never read a Jojo Moyes novel before I picked this one up but I’d heard a lot of good things about her novels and now I’m not sure what to say about it... READ MORE
The Girl You Left Behind
A lovely read!
This is the first Jojo Moyes novel that I have read, and, knowing that Jojo Moyes is so popular and has been enjoying huge success with her last book “Me B... READ MORE
Farmer Giles
The Girl You Left Behind
I'd looked forward to reading this book after having enjoyed like so many other readers You Before Me but this time I wasn't captivated by the story. I rea... READ MORE
The Girl You Left Behind
The girl you left behind
The girl you left behind When I was asked to read this book and review it I wasn't looking forward to reading it as it is not the usual genre I read. The ... READ MORE
The Girl You Left Behind
Split story
This is the first novel that I have read by author Jojo Moyes. I am sorry to say that overall I was very disappointed. The premise - "two women separated b... READ MORE
The Girl You Left Behind
A riveting read
I had previously read Jojo Moyles other books 'Me before you' and loved it so I had high hopes for this book and she delivered another compelling story. It... READ MORE
Kate in Kent
The Girl You Left Behind
A great emotion packed tale
Having not read any of Jojo Moyes books before I was unsure of what to expect from The Girl You Left Behind and was pleasantly surprised by how well it was... READ MORE
The Girl You Left Behind
A very moving story
The book is about the original owner of a painting in World War 1, later on in the book you find what has happened to it from that time to modern time. It... READ MORE
Yvonne Crossland
The Girl You Left Behind
This wasn't the kind of book I usually read, but I'm now wondering how many other brilliant reads I have missed out on, simply because of the genre. This ... READ MORE
The Girl You Left Behind
Everything you want from a book and more.
I loved this! The ultimate story of what you will sacrifice for love and the bravery of the human condition. Beautifully written and utterly compelling, I ... READ MORE
The Girl You Left Behind
Another Amazing Jojo Moyes story!
I loved Jojo Moyes last book, Me Before You, and I couldnt wait to read The Girl You Left Behind. It didnt disappoint. Part One of the story is set in Fra... READ MORE
Sarah Guy
The Girl You Left Behind
Utterly compelling
The Girl You Left Behind (TGYLB) is the first Jojo Moyes book I've read and having been less than enthralled by many books recently, is the first that has ... READ MORE
The Girl You Left Behind
Fans of Kate Morton will love this!
This was my first Jojo Moyes book, and it certainly won't be my last. It is set during the German occupation of St Peronne, France in 1916; but this is not... READ MORE
The Girl You Left Behind
Amazing story!!
Absolutely loved this book! The story was brilliant and loved the way it dealt with two time zones and wove them together with ease. It dealt with a time i... READ MORE
The Girl You Left Behind
Jojo Moyes has found great success with her previous book ‘ Me Before you’, which I thoroughly enjoyed. So difficult maybe to live up to expectations? Clea... READ MORE
The Girl You Left Behind
Enjoyable Yarn
JoJo Moyes: The Girl You Left Behind Often when you approach a writer for the first time it takes a chapter or two or even three or four to ‘get into’ the... READ MORE
The Girl You Left Behind
Good in Parts
I was sent a copy of this book by "Real Readers" to review. It's hard to define the genre,but the "romance" element confirms that it's obviously targeted a... READ MORE
The Girl You Left Behind
A Tale of Two Stories
Hot on the heels of her hit novel Me Before You, Jojo Moyes, twice winner of the RNA Novel of the Year Award , has struck gold again with The Girl You Left... READ MORE
Teresa Majury
The Girl You Left Behind
Jojo Does It Again ....
This is a really gripping story over two periods in history, and tells the stories of two women, Sophie Lefevre in France in 1914, and Liv Halston 2006 in ... READ MORE
Dawn Gibson
The Girl You Left Behind
Emotionally Captivating!
I have read and loved so many of JoJo Moyes books, and this is no exception. Part 1 of the book set in wartime France was great to set the scene , i enjoye... READ MORE
The Girl You Left Behind
A fascinating read
I was fortunate to receive this book through Real Readers and have to admit it is not a book I would normally choose to read as it had a plot line that cov... READ MORE
The Girl You Left Behind
The Girl You Left Behind
I was given a copy of this to review. This was the first book I had ever read by JoJo Moyes. Still not quite sure if I liked it. It was well written but...... READ MORE
The Girl You Left Behind
An engrossing read
Although I am still working my way through her back catalogue, I’ve loved this author’s books and was thrilled to receive an advance copy of her latest one... READ MORE
The Girl You Left Behind
Rom Fic for the more discerning...
Gosh, I really Do Not Do romantic fiction, but have to say that I was genuinely gripped by this book. I really enjoyed reading it and found myself inventin... READ MORE
The Girl You Left Behind
A Triumph
When my proof copy of Jojo Moyes' latest novel; The Girl You Left Behind dropped through my letterbox last week, I gave out a little squeal of excitement. ... READ MORE
Anne Cater
The Girl You Left Behind
Heartfelt, Brilliant
An excellent novel with 2 stories running alongside in different times. The story of Sophie in 1916 is extremely emotional, upsetting and engaging. EXTREME... READ MORE
The Girl You Left Behind
I found this such an emotional read. The characters were so life like I felt them leap from the pages. Moving from 1916 war torn German occupied France to ... READ MORE
Rachel Lee
The Girl You Left Behind
Thoroughly Enjoyable
This is the first book by this author that I have read so I had no real expectations. I quickly got into the characters of both Sophie and Liv in their dif... READ MORE
The Girl You Left Behind
An engaging story, with some thought-provoking themes.
I found this an engaging and easy to read story which, in the first part, evokes a moving and credible picture of what life must have been like under occup... READ MORE
Linda Hepworth
The Girl You Left Behind
Two stories fit together in this well-woven tale about love and loss - a French woman left behind by her husband when he goes off to fight in the First Wor... READ MORE
The Girl You Left Behind
Another great book by JoJo Moyes!
JoJo Moyes does it again, what a great read this was! I'll be honest, at first I thought it was going to be a bit of a traditional war type story, as we a... READ MORE
Aline Taylor
The Girl You Left Behind
Lovely story
I found the beginning of the book more gripping than the second half but still a lovely story! Can't wait to read more of Jojo Moyes books
Chloe Sharman