Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes--Giveaway!!

I have found another author that I love.  Yep.  JoJo Moyes.  I read The Last Letter from Your Lover a few years ago and throughly enjoyed it; but really this novel firmly puts her on my list of authors that I will keep reading faithfully every time a new book comes out!

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.  

Good luck!  

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.


  1. I recently read Daniel O'Malley's The Rook which was amazing! I couldn't put it down and am patiently waiting for the next installment. I also tend to read quite a bit of YA and have discovered the Benny Imura series by Jonathan Maberry. Kids struggling in a world full of zombies....Yes please! I love that I enjoy so many different genre of books! :)

  2. I just finished "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?" and absolutely fell in love with Maria Semple's writing.

    1. I was thoroughly charmed by that novel. So funny, sad, and touching.

  3. Would love a chance to win this book. As far as new authors go, I've fell in love with Susanna Kearsley. I'm reading The Firebird right now and enjoying it. In fact, I thought about you when I started this book as the main characters can travel back in time through their minds. I think you would like it.

    1. Yes, I love Susanna Kearsley. I have Firebird, started it and haven't gotten back to it yet!

  4. I haven't read her so am glad to have your recommendation. It would be super if you stopped by to add this to the August Books You Loved collection! Cheers

    Carole @ Carole's Chatter

  5. Surviving Bigfoot and the Dixie Mafia is my new novel, that is available through Amazon. I promise you it's a great read. Next year I will be producing the movie and game. My name is Dennis Daryl Shamblin and I am a screenwriter from Oklahoma.

  6. Thanks for the recommendation. I've been desperate to find a new indie and impressive author.

  7. A new author I discovered this year and who became an instant favorite of mine is Julianne Donaldson. She wrote Edenbrooke and it was perfect in all the right ways. I loved it! I'm anxiously awaiting the release of her next novel, Blackmoore.