This book revolves around a painting 'The Girl You Left Behind' and how it connects two women living almost a century apart. In German-occupied France, 1916, Sophie Lefevre's artist husband has been sent to fight at the Front. His portrait of her hangs in her family's hotel. A constant reminder of their love, it gives her hope that they will be reunited. Sophie will do whatever it takes to ensure his safety.
In London, 2006, Liv is grieving for her husband who died suddenly 4 years previously. Her most precious possession is the portrait of a young woman he gave her shortly before his death. A chance encounter initiates a chain of events which leads to the discovery of the painting's tragic history and leads to Liv putting everything on the line to fight for what she loves most.
Will Sophie and her family survive the war and be reunited with their loved-ones? Will Liv be able to move on and find happiness once again? What is the truth of what really happened to the painting in the intervening years?
This is a fantastic book. Gripping and with plot twists right to the final pages, you will not be able to put it down. The attention to detail gives you the feeling that you are actually there, experiencing everything with the characters. Sophie and Liv are fantastic heroines. Completely believable, they are determined and strong whilst their flaws keep them entirely human.
If you have enjoyed Jojo’s previous books, you will love The Girl You Left Behind. If this is your first experience of her writing, you’re in for a treat. Intelligent and emotional it’s a story that will stay with you.
The Girl You Left Behind is published by Penguin. It will be available in paperback and Kindle editions on the 27th September 2012.