just finished reading

From the publisher:
France, 1916: Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War I, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer’s dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything—her family, her reputation, and her life—to see her husband again.

Almost a century later, Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv Halston by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. A chance encounter reveals the painting’s true worth, and a battle begins for who its legitimate owner is—putting Liv’s belief in what is right to the ultimate test.

What I loved about this book was the richness at atmosphere during the sections Sophie narrates as well as the pain and loss of Liv's narration. Each woman was real to me. The only thing missing was dimensions of the painting, "The Girl You Left Behind,"
it was difficult for me to envision the size of such an important character. And I had to keep reminding myself that the painting is fictional, it was described in such detail.

It's a love story, it's story of survival, it's a story of patience.

My complaint is that I listened to it and the narrator with the French accent was distracting. Other than that, I loved the book. I am a Jojo Moyes fan.

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