And you, lucky reader, can enter my contest to win a copy of The Girl You Left Behind! It is on sale Tuesday, August 20th. I was lucky to receive a review copy from Penguin/Viking--they are awesome people.
I won't tell you much about the novel, cause I want you to discover the stories of Sophie and Liv--two women who live almost 100 years apart and are connected by a painting of Sophie lost during World War I. Sophie's story of a German occupied France is heartbreaking; the choices she makes to find her husband make you wonder: what would you do to find the man you loved? And Liv, a widow still grieving over her husband years after his death. Sophie's painting is the only thing that keeps her connected to David--and it is the subject of a tug of war between Liv and Sophie's relatives. How do two women living 100 years apart have anything in common? You'd be surprised.
I am a new found fan of JoJo Moyes. Her writing will quickly pull you into the lives of her characters; you'll laugh, cry, and keep reading with fingers crossed for a happy outcome. This novel is particularly interesting because it deals with stolen art from World War I. Most of us are familiar with all of the claims from families who lost significant pieces of art to the Nazis during World War 2; we see that it didn't start then; this is something that has happened throughout history. It also delves into the complicated motives behind the reparation business--are people merely trying to find family pieces to put the past to rest and have justice? Or are they only out for the money the art brings at auction?
So. I believe this novel could be your next favorite read. And you can win a copy from me! How awesome is that? Here's what you do:
Leave a comment on this post. What author have you discovered this year that has become a favorite?
Please make sure that if you enter, you check back to see who wins!
Winner will be announced on Monday, August 19th.
Open to U.S. residents only.
Rating: 8/10; compelling story. Your heart will ache for Sophie and you hope like heck that Liv can find happiness again.
Available in hardcover on August 20th; also available as an e-book.