The Girl You Left Behind
Like Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, this is a World War II novel done right. The story flips back and forth in time. In our contemporary story, a woman facing a personal crisis draws strength and inspiration from a precious gift—a painting of a heroine of a bygone era. In our historical storyline, we learn her fraught history. If you loved The Nightingale, this is a must-read. Hot tip: the audiobook is terrific.
From the New York Times best-selling author of Me Before You, a spellbinding love story of two women separated by a century but united in their determination to fight for what they love most
France, 1916: Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War II, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer’s dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything – her family, her reputation, and her life – to see her husband again.
Almost a century later, Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv Halston by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. A chance encounter reveals the painting’s true worth, and a battle begins for who its legitimate owner is – putting Liv’s belief in what is right to the ultimate test.
Like Sarah Blake’s The Postmistress and Tatiana de Rosnay’s Sarah’s Key, The Girl You Left Behindis a breathtaking story of love, loss, and sacrifice told with Moyes’s signature ability to capture our hearts.