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Beautiful Sad Story
10 May 2014
This is my second Jojo Moyes Novel and though it didn't affect me quite the same way as "Me Before You" did, it still had the heart beating at a fast rate.
I found it easy to follow even though it jumped from the First World War in France and Germany to present day London continually.
You hear so much about the way people in Europe were treated in the Second World War you don't give much thought to what occurred in the first. I was astonished how badly the French Villagers were starved, beaten and subdued.
The book is essentially about a painting given to Sophie by her painter husband Edouard and it's journey through the years ending in a Court Case over it's ownership. I found I became so attached to the painting I didn't know who should own it.
I liked nearly all the characters in the story except for Liv who ends up with the painting as a Wedding present from her husband David. I found her a little over the top in her grief and ability to relate to other people in her life, her tenacity to hold onto the painting at all costs was at times a little unrealistic.
However, Sophie and Edouard love story and Sophie's devotion to family and friends was just beautifully told and quite heartbreaking at times.
I think the beauty of this book is that just when you think you know what is going to occur, something comes along and changes everything, towards the end I found my mouth open in shock a couple of times.
Jojo Moyes is a wonderful writer and to me has a brilliant understanding of human emotions, can't wait to read more of her work