Book Beginning – THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND by Jojo Moyes

The Girl You Left Behind Synopsis

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

In 1916 French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie to fight at the Front. When her town falls into German hands, his portrait of Sophie stirs the heart of the local Kommandant and causes her to risk everything – her family, reputation and life – in the hope of seeing her true love one last time.

Nearly a century later and Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. Its beauty speaks of their short life together, but when the painting’s dark and passion-torn history is revealed, Liv discovers that the first spark of love she has felt since she lost him is threatened…

In The Girl You Left Behind two young women, separated by a century, are united in their determination to fight for the thing they love most – whatever the cost. (Kobobooks)

The Book Beginning is:

I was dreaming of food. Crisp baguettes, the flesh of the bread a virginal white, still steaming from the oven, and ripe cheese, its borders creeping towards the edge of the plate. Grapes and plums, stacked high in bowls, dusky and fragrant, their scent filling the air. I was about to reach out and take one, when my sister stopped me. ‘Get off’, I murmured. ‘I’m hungry.’

‘Sophie. Wake up.’

This novel has such a great opening chapter. I am loving the feisty and resourceful Sophie and as always, finding Jojo Moyes’ prose a pleasure to read.

Find out more about The Girl You Left Behind (Kobobooks | TheNile – Aus )

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7 Comments on "Book Beginning – THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND by Jojo Moyes"

January 4, 2013

I do so enjoy Jojo Moyes’s later books!

December 31, 2012

Yum, this makes me hungry, very evocative.

December 30, 2012

As I read your post, my stomach began to growl and I realized it is supper time here! I wonder if I have anything like the contents of the dream to satisfy my appetite!

December 29, 2012

I dream of food all the time. :)

This sounds like a good one. Enjoy!

Have a happy New Year! Thanks for participating in Book Beginnings and I hope you join in again in 2013!

December 29, 2012

Mmmm! Fresh bread! What a delicious beginning.

Here is my Friday Post. If you’d like to take a peek.

December 29, 2012

This book sound really heavy. This is my first time participating in Book Beginnings for at least a half a year so I am just getting back into the swing of things. I hope you drop by and visit my blog, too.


December 29, 2012

I love it when a book captures me in the first few pages. They are very far and few in between, but when I find them it’s pure pleasure.