Author: Jojo Moyes
Genre: Historical Fiction (part), Standalone
Personal Rating: 3.75/5 (good +)
Yearly Count: 66
France, 1916: Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War I, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer’s dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything—her family, her reputation, and her life—to see her husband again.Almost a century later, Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv Halston by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. A chance encounter reveals the painting’s true worth, and a battle begins for who its legitimate owner is—putting Liv’s belief in what is right to the ultimate test.
This was my first book written by Moyes and found her to be a terrific writer! I was fully engaged with the 1916 storyline (WWI - Sophie) and was so disappointed when I abruptly found myself in 2006 (Liv). The storyline of Liv was one that I could not relate. I found it extremely difficult to swallow all she did to keep the painting. The story continues to go back and forth in shorter spurts, until the full picture is revealed. I liked that I wasn't sure of how the story would end and was somewhat pleased with it. I loved the last line, though.
My thanks go to Penguin Group and NetGalley for providing me with this eGalley. It is scheduled to be published on August 20, 2013.