Review: The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

The Girl You Left BehindThe Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another magnificent book written by Jojo Moyes.

The story of this book starts in France in 1916. Edouard Lefevre, a french painter is sent to fight in the front but leaving a portrait of his wife, Sophie who struggles to survive against the Nazis in a small French town.

Almost a century later, David – an architect who built a house made mainly of glass in London, gives this portrait to his wife, Liv Halston.

However this portrait will be recognized by a lawyer – Paul McCafferty who fails in love with Liv. Paul works in a firm which is responsible to recover the pieces of art which were stolen from their owners by the Nazis during World War II.

During the plot, the author majestically entwined the lives of these two extraordinary women whose, even if they have lived apart for so many years, and gave almost their life in order to keep a simple portrait which made sense in living in a madness period of the history.

In my opinion, Jojo Moyes is one the best British writers of the contemporary fiction.


A portrait of a woman, missing since 1916, its theft only discovered a decade ago during an audit of the artist’s work by his surviving family.

Do you know how it feels to resign yourself to your fate? It is almost welcome. There was to be no more pain, no more fear, no more longing. It is the death of hope that comes as the greatest relief.

5* Me Before You
4* The Girl You Left Behind
TBR The One plus One

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