Children's Books at the Ossian Branch

The Girl You Left Behind

Posted on November 04, 2013 at 11:21 AM


The Girl You Left Behind book coverI get to watch a lot of people return their books to the library’s drop box, and it’s a rare thing that a library user will wave a book at me and declare, “You MUST read this book!” That happened a couple of weeks ago, and I’m so glad it did! The Girl You Left Behind, the latest novel by Jojo Moyes, is the second title I have read by this author, and it was a compelling page-turner. Sophie Lefevre lives in a village in France during World War I that is occupied by Germans who take whatever they desire from the townspeople. Sophie’s husband, an impressionist artist who studied under Matisse, has left to fight at the front, leaving Sophie and her sister to run the family inn. Both spunky Sophie and the striking portrait of her, painted by her husband and on display in the inn, draw the attention of the Kommandant.

Fast forward 100 years, as that portrait is given as a wedding gift by architect David Halston to his new wife, Liv, too soon to be a widow. What happened to that stunning impressionist painting which has grown so dear to Liv during those years in between? Does Liv have a legal and moral right to the portrait, or should it go back to the artist’s family? Can she pay the price that it will take to keep it? “You MUST read this book!”



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Written by Teresa Dustman

I’m Teresa Dustman, and I’m the Circulation Manager here at WCPL. If you come into the library with any frequency you know my face from the front desk (because I feel like I live out there!). When I’m not at the front desk I’m at my desk behind the window, working to make your library experience exceptional. During those hours that I’m away from the library I love to walk, jog, bike, kayak (anything enjoying God’s nature), travel, and spend time with my family and friends.

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Posted by Amy on
what a great review! I just added this book to my Must Read! list. :-)
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