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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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  • pauline
  • 01-03-18

stick with it

I purchased this audio book as I've read several other titles from this author and always enjoyed them.
this was a a real struggle to start with. I found myself having to rewind and re listen to parts of the story I had missed and even stopped listening altogether at one point. I couldn't work out why I was struggling so much and before retuning the book though I'd have another look to see if I'd downloaded the wrong title and had another read of the reviews. Although they mostly said fantastic story I did see one review that said stick with it. I'm so glad I did, if you can get through the first half of the book then it is worth the effort.
the first part, although goes on for ever, is needed to make sense of the second half of the story. I did enjoy this is the end and glad I didn't give up

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  • kt
  • 10-19-17

great read

Well narrated and interesting read, the reader is well transported between the war years and present day

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  • Helen
  • 10-15-17

Very satisfying read

Thoroughly enjoyed this. Great characters and seamless transfers from France to Britain. Narration was excellent. Liv did somewhat annoy me sometimes but nevertheless it was a good read/listen. Was tied up well at end, no loose ends to wonder about. A recommended read for sure.

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  • EMMA
  • 10-06-17

Fantastic x

I have read most of JM books and must say this is one of my favourites. I seem to beable to relate to her characters regardless of it's contents and loose myself completely in her story's and this one was another that didn't disappoint.

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  • David Hatch
  • 10-05-17

Moves seamlessly through time

The book tells a lovely story which moves from current time and back to the early 20th century. The narration is excellent and the story engaging. Definitely worth listening to.

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  • RachelE
  • 09-05-17

Well written but not so engaging

I couldn't help thinking that the main character Liv was just a bit of a spoilt brat. I didn't really care whether she got the painting - the whole thing felt a bit over dramatic and ridiculous. Also the language was very cliched, particularly towards the end.

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  • Trudi
  • 08-29-17

What a wonderful gripping emotional book

This is one of the best books I've read or listened to. The way it is written is wonderful and the stories are so gripping. It was not clear what would happen so I was hanging on till the last word and as I did, all the pieces fell into place and I found I had tears running down my face. I loved both the heroines, the wartime Sophie and the modern day Liv. The narration was perfect, great acting and very believable. A beautiful book with an amazing story. I loved it.

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  • MRS PAULINE WOOLFORD
  • 08-03-17

Beautifully gripping story

A beautifully gripping story which cleverly transports you seamlessly between the ages 1917 and present day while filling your veins with emotion and trepidation. My only disappointment is that it has finished as I have enjoyed becoming lost in the journey of the girl you left behind.

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  • Cillalan
  • 07-01-17

Excellent Enjoyable Tale

Very enjoyable and thoroughly captivating story. The narration was also very good. A worthy purchase.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-29-17

Wow - the most enjoyable experience

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes absolutely - the story line was so gripping with lots of twists and turns

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sophie, her story was so very poignant

Have you listened to any of Clare Corbett and Penelope Rawlins ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, love Clare Corbett's narrations - this one didn't disappoint

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

most defiantly - I usually listen to audible books on my journey to and from work, but I found myself listening to it at other times to as it was so gripping

Any additional comments?

I don't want to spoil it for anyone - I have never read anything set in the first world war, This book made me want to find out more about the occupation of France