Sophie and Liv have much in common: a fierce independent streak, grief over lost husbands, and an oil painting that changes their lives. They also happen to be separated by almost a century in The Girl You Left Behind.
In occupied France in 1916, Sophie wife of artist Edouard Lefevre catches the unfortunate attention of a Kommandant who is enchanted by her husband's portrait of her. In the present day, Liv given the same portrait by her husband shortly before his death becomes embroiled in a fight over its origins. Jojo Moyes expertly weaves a bittersweet tale in this irresistible novel, taking careful interest in the dark corners that exist within great love stories, and the trickiness of simple happy endings. A-