Review: The Girl You Left Behind

Available now:  The Girl You Left Behind

****3.5/5 stars

In 1916, one  woman struggles to survive in her German-occupied town. When her portrait, painted by her husband before he left to fight for France, draws the obsessive eye of the German kommandant, she must put everything on the line.

And in the present, another woman struggles to hold on to the portrait that means everything to her.

Recommended readers:

  • If you enjoy World War I fiction,
  • If you like a bit of intrigue in your historical fiction, with just a bit of romance for good measure,
  • and if you’re interested in this Jojo Moyes but are more of the historical fiction type, this book is for you.

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3.5/5 for characters
  • 3.5/5 for plot
  • 3.5/5 overall


My first experience with Jojo Moyes led me to snatch this one up recently at a bookshop, and while I wasn’t quite as wowed, I wasn’t disappointed.  The Girl You Left Behind is an engaging work about the links between the past and present, and having the will to overcome the struggles in life, and move on.  Moyes’ deft handling of the dual storyline and the object that ties them together make this novel a worthwhile read.

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