Author : Jojo Moyes
Publication date : September 27th 2012 by Penguin
When I first picked up this book, I thought I was getting a typical humorous chicklit book that sets in modern time. I mean the girl in the cover looks like she's holding a laptop to me! I was wrong though and that's the perks of picking a book blindly. You'll tend to get surprises.
The Girls You Left Behind is actually a historical fiction book, if you ask me. It does have some chapters that set in present time, but the historical part of it is more prominent.
Sophie LeFevre, a young French woman was left by her husband, Edouard, to fight for the war. During that time, the German troops asked Sophie and her sister, Helene to cook for them which leads Sophie's conversation to the Kommandant and before she knew it, her life was in the hands of the Germans. Decades later, Sophie's painting was owned by Liv Halston which was gifted by her late husband. The painting brought too much attentions that forced Liv to find out more about Sophie's story.