Friday, 2 December 2016

Book Group Read: The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes

I belong to a book group that meets at my local library at the end of each month. Last month's book was The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes.

I've only ever read one book by JoJo Moyes - The One Plus One - but I absolutely loved it so I couldn't wait to dive into The Girl You Left Behind. I was quickly drawn into Sophie's story as the book opens in occupied France during the First World War, feeling for Sophie and her sister as they do their best to look after the younger ones in appalling conditions. There are bleak times, but there are also some humorous moments that offered some light relief (the pig and grandfather clock were my favourites).

The book then moves onto the present day, with Liv about to lose something precious to her: the painting her husband bought for her during their honeymoon. I was intrigued by the connection between Sophie and Liv, born almost a hundred years apart and in different countries and I found myself hooked on their stories, Sophie's in particular. I knew almost immediately that The Girl You Left Behind would be one of my favourite reads of 2016 - but what would the others in the book group think?

While there had been mixed opinions of the previous book, we all agreed that we enjoyed The Girl You Left Behind. We had a great discussion of the book, picking out our favourite moments and the parts we weren't so keen on. While I adored the book, there are some moral questions in there, which provided a great discussion point!

I loved JoJo Moyes' writing. It has such a warm flow that can be at times light and fun and at others touching or poignant. I definitely need to catch up on more JoJo Moyes books!

We're going a bit darker with our next read - Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. As the book group is on a little break over Christmas and we won't be meeting until the end of January, I'm going to read a few Christmassy things before diving in!

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