Girl You Left BehindeBook - 2013
Paris, World War I. Sophie Lef#65533;vre must keep her family safe while her adored husband, #65533;douard, fights at the front. When their town falls to the Germans, Sophie is forced to serve them every evening at her hotel. From the moment the new Kommandant sets eyes on Sophie's portrait--painted by her artist husband--a dangerous obsession is born.
Almost a century later in London, Sophie's portrait hangs in the home of Liv Halston, a wedding gift from her young husband before his sudden death. After a chance encounter reveals the portrait's true worth, a battle begins over its troubled history and Liv's world is turned upside all over again.
From Library Staff
vpl_booksjustforyou May 29, 2017
If you enjoy dramatic stories about women's lives and relationships, try the writing of British novelist Jojo Moyes. Like Lisa Genova, her novels are moving, romantic and inspiring tales.
Like the historical novel "The Nightingale", this novel will transport you back to a time of war and the difficult choices faced by those who must live in its cruel shadow.
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“The ability to earn a living by doing the things one loves must be one of the life’s greatest gifts”.
“Time doesn’t make a wrong right”
“I just need something to look forward to. I just want to smile without having to think about which muscles to use.”
“Sometimes just for carrying on, that’s heroic in itself.”
Liv: "You used to speak fluent French, right? Do you want to come to Paris with me?"
Mo: "Is this your way of telling me you've swung to the other side? Because while I love Paris, I'm so not up for lady bits."
"Four years ago David and I went to bed like it was any other night, brushing our teeth, reading our books, chatting about a restaurant we were going to the next day...and when I woke up the next morning he was there beside me, cold. Blue. I didn't ...I didn't feel him go. I didn't even get to say... Can you imagine knowing you slept through the person you love dying next to you?... I thought the world had actually ended."-Liv
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Sophie, whose husband if fighting in WWI is just trying to survive the German occupation and looking forward to her artist husband's return. She has been forced to cook for the enemy forces and as a result is branded as a collaborator.
Almost a century later Liz Halston has a painting of Sophie given to her by her husband shortly before his death. The painting then becomes subject of legal action. Who actually owns the painting.
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