Saturday, July 5, 2014

610#Ai no Kotoba ~ [Book Review] The Girl You Left Behind

[edited: Jan 3, 2015]

Another book from Jojo Moyes ;) 

Rating : 4.6/5

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. 

This is a story of two women set in two different eras. Sophie - the one who is waiting for her husband in 1916. Liv - the one who is still grieving after losing her husband.

Sophie who stays in France is waiting for her husband's return from the war. It has been months since she last heard of Edouard. And a century later, there's Liv who is still cannot let her husband go even though it has been four years after David's passing.

Both of them has two completely different stories but their strength and passion to fight for what they love the most are the same. Even though the world is laughing at them, they are still fighting, not wanting to let the world takes away their beloved. I adore both Sophie and Liv.

This book is interesting in its own way but it's quite draggy where the parts of Liv's battle with TARP come. Liv doesn't want the portrait of Sophie - the memorable gift from her late husband - been taking away from her. She wants to keep remembering her husband and letting the portrait go is not the right decision, or so Liv thoughts.

The mystery behind the portrait is quite amusing and satisfied me.

Would Sophie meet Edourd again? What would happen to Liv? Could she properly let David go and find new love?

Between Me Before You and The Girl You Left Behind, I choose Me Before You. It's a tear-jerking read but you would be uplifted. The uplifting spirits are still here with The Girl You Left Behind though.

Till then.

1 comment:

  1. Macam best je. Masuk list nak baca dulu. Hehe. Takda duit nak p beli novel.


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