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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"An outstanding read"
I loved this book. The story is fantastic, the changing between past and present is done so cleverly. I fell in love with all the characters. Loved every word.
"Willing it to move along"
Seemed to drag on in parts and I found myself putting the audiospeed up to get through parts of it more quickly. There was a reasonable story in there somewhere and jojo moyes writes with emotion.
"beautifully told from start to finish..."
first time reading Jo Jo Moyes, absolutely brilliant story. can't wait to read the next!
I was a bit sceptical at first, especially with the strong French acents, but after getting to part 2, the modern section I came to regard my initial thoughts as wrong. The different acents helped the clarify which parts of the narrative were in relation to the past and which were present day.
The book is written very cleverly, in that Sophie's story is in the 1st person and Liv's in the 3rd, which gives the narrative different qualities that just add to the overall enjoyment.
I have loved listening to this book, I found myself crying and wishing that all would turn out well in the end despite the horrors and unfairness set upon the main characters. I have been so completely absorbed by this listen and cherish such pieces of literature. I now wonder if there are more by the same author.... and I hope they are just as absorbing
Yes I would, one of the best stories I've heard
Everything - the story going between past and present was wonderful and very well done
Difficult to choose - some were heartbreaking, others full of joy
I wept buckets over this story!
I initially found the sudden difference in tenses between part one and two (past and present) a little awkward but that soon disappeared as the story unfolded. Excellent narration on both parts.
Good story, the storyteller was fine but for voices of some of the male characters.
"Full of interest"
As always Jono M does her research well & her stories are not only captivating but informative too. I don't care much for 1st & 2nd W War stories, but the contrast between 2015 & 2006 was shown well. I found the way the author decided to split up the stories of the two eras, then blend them together was awkward. I can't think of a proper adjective to describe what I mean but for me the whole package/ narrative did not sit well; hence the 4 star rating.
"Another lovely story from Jojo Moyes"
I believed in the main character's passion
The interweaving of the 2 stories across the years
They made the 2 main characters completely believable
Yes - it did both.
Not much to say beyond I loved this. If you are a fan of well-written non cliched modern love stories then this is for you
A beautiful moving story, the characters engage you instantly. I didn't want it to end.
I probably will, I often read books again
I really didn't like the French accent, it was much to heavy.
Everything for love
Sophie's story ended with an unexpected twist, I liked that.
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