The Girl You Left Behind – by Jojo Moyes – independent book review – Historical Fiction (Germany, France, World War I, World War II)

JoJo Moyes once again proves herself a master storyteller. Awarded five stars on Goodreads. This is probably my favorite of the Moyes books I’ve read.*

Here, she skillfully weaves together so many intriguing elements in this historical novel, that spans 100 years:
• The atmosphere of suspicions and deceptions that were part of everyday life in German occupied France, during World War I
• The looting of priceless art works by the Nazis
• The difficulties involved in determining any art work’s complete provenance
• A love story between a supposed collaborator and a lesser known artist, Edouard Lefevre (1842-1923), from the Impressionist Movement
• The complexities of reaching just decisions in court cases involving stolen art.

Jojo Moyes

This is a quick and enjoyable page turner, where all the pieces ONLY come together at the very end.

*You may be interested in my reviews of other books by Jojo Moyes:

The Giver of Stars

The Peacock Emporium

The Ship of Brides

Me Before You

Still Me

After You

One Plus One

Sheltering Rain

The Last Letter From Your Lover