Nestled away in The Suffolks area of Cheltenham sits Moka Coffee House. And on a drizzly evening after work, I took full advantage of their cosy surroundings and enjoyed a slice of their caramel and coffee cake, a mug of hot chocolate, and lost myself with Jojo Moyes and her book The Girl You Left Behind. I started reading it, because I thought the cover was very apt for this time of year.
Here’s the blurb if you’re looking for a read…
In 1916 French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie and goes to fight at the Front. When her town falls into German hands, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. And as his obsession deepens, she will risk everything – her family, reputation and life – in the hope of seeing Edouard again.
Nearly a century later, Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. Its beauty speaks of their short life together, but when the painting’s dark and passion-torn history is revealed, the first spark of new love Liv has felt is threatened.
In The Girl You Left Behind two young women, separated by a century are united in their determination to fight for the thing they love most – whatever the cost.