Synopsis from Goodreads:
What happened to the girl you left behind?
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.
What a mesmerizing story. Once I got through the first few chapters of The Girl You Left Behind, I was hooked. It is a split-time novel, set in a small German-occupied town in France during World War I and current day London.
Though both stories were really lovely, I was truly spellbound reading the story of Sophie & Edouard. Their love story and their lives during the war were vividly written. I swear I could see the portrait of Sophie that most of the book is centered around–the portrait of Sophie, painted by her husband. Her symbol of hope and the reason for…well, I can’t tell you that.
In the modern-day narrative, Liv is a young widow and the owner of the portrait, which her husband bought while they were on their honeymoon. Faced with the loss of the painting she loves, Liv begins the search to find out what happened to Sophie. The two stories begin to wind together and bind the two women together through their love, loss, and determination.
I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I have it four stars on Goodreads.