France, 1916. Sophie Lefevre is ordered to serve the German officers who socialise in her hotel. When the new Kommandant sets eyes on Sophie's portrait - painted by her husband Edouard - a dangerous obsession is born. Almost a century later, Sophie's portrait hangs in the home of Liv Halston. A chance encounter reveals the painting's true worth - and its troubled history that is about to resurface and turn Liv's life upside down….
©2012 Jojo Moyes (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
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"Is this really Jojo Moyes?"
Not having to listen to really bad French accents- the story takes place in France, I get it. Had it been read without the daft accents, I could have imagined the scenes- it would have been much more realistic. With the accents I find I am continually wondering why Mr. Armand, Mme. Lefevre and the others are all talking to each other in English with those weird and supposedly French accents.
About to look for a replacement.
Annoyance & irritation.
A lovely story of the cases of humanity during a time of atrocities and poverty. The dilemmas of a woman wanting to do the best she can for her family potentially at the expense of her own self respect come across so well in a French village. Well worth a read.
"Great in the beginning, but...."
It took me a few minutes to get used to the French accent of the narrator in the beginning, but soon the story about this woman in occupied France during the first Worl War took me and I couldn't stop listening and was so for over 5 hours and then the story changes to London in our days. First I was reluctant to leave "my" story (the connection just over a painting wans't strong enough for me) to another, even if there was no more French accent then. But after a while it was "nice" that means it was nothing as good as the first part, but it was good entertainment. I was a little reminded of books by Kinsella. That it is not meant as a bad thing, but it was just such a difference to the serious and interesting part of the beginning. Then the book good worse and worse (I think) when the parts of the stories are getting shorter, but not really interwoven, the part in our days gets more and more unbelievable (why do people in this book start to behave like 5year old children, why court room scences that are totally unbelievebal etc...) and sometimes even a little cheesy, besides that the part in France isn't as good as in the beginning. In the end I just wanted to reach the end.
I love jojo moyes books and this has been one of my favourites. This is easy listening although the storyline about the First World War was interesting and kept me apprehensive. I think I let out a few gasps when listening in public. I like the way the modern day story in twines with history. The book is well read- especially the French accents.
Got completely lost in this story! I found myself driving the long way home from work to listen longer.
I started this just because I had just finished another book by the same author and felt I needed more. I loved this book and just could not stop listening.
"Loved this book"
Beautiful characterisation and storytelling. In this book Jojo Moyes completely transports you back in time and immerses you in the mood of the First World War with hope, love, despair and courage. Best book I have listened too for a long time.
"Intriguing and romantic"
Easy listening, entertaining and with pleasant narrators. Highly recommended. The love between the characters is heart warming.
"Beautiful story with a painting at the centre stage"
I did enjoy the book. Didn't read any reviews so didn't know what to quite expect. It was very interesting how the painting connected lives of so many lives across a few generations. Very moving and positive story.
"Very touching and heartwarming novel"
With audible's deal of the day I have had the opportunity to listen to so many different genres. I have previously not been into chick lit but to my surprise, thoroughly enjoyed 'the girl you left behind' by Jojo Moyes.
My ranking is certainly above average and a good old sentimental story.
The descriptions of the journeys across France and into Germany. So well written, you could have been in the vehicle with them.
Good and bad.
Love story with a twist.
I nearly bailed out at the start with the phoney French accent; if you can tolerate it and get to part 2, the rest of the story is so worth hanging on in there.
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