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The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

August 2013

Determined not to be “behind” this time, I read THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND by Jojo Moyes last weekend; it just came out this week. And yes, this is the first time I have selected two Bets On titles by the same author in the same month (the other was ME BEFORE YOU, which is now available in paperback). The title references a painting done by an artist named Edouard Lefevre of his wife, Sophie, in France in 1916. He is off to the front in World War I, and shortly afterwards their town is captured by the Germans. Sophie and her sister are forced to prepare meals for German soldiers each evening at their inn, while during the day the townspeople frequent the place. Sophie takes a huge risk to see her husband again --- one that will endanger her life and put her at odds with the entire town.

End-of-the-Year Contest 2013

Congratulations to the winners of our 2013 End-of-the-Year Contest! One Grand Prize winner received all 36 of Carol Fitzgerald's Bets On picks from 2013, while 36 others won a copy of one of these titles. You can see all the winners below, along with 2013's Bets On selections.

Week of June 23, 2014

Releases for the week of June 23rd include THE QUEST by Nelson DeMille, a sweeping adventure that takes readers from the war-torn jungles of Ethiopia to the magical city of Rome; James Lee Burke's LIGHT OF THE WORLD, a harrowing novel that examines the nature of evil and pits Dave Robicheaux against the most diabolical villain he has ever faced; THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS, Elizabeth Gilbert's return to fiction, which spans much of the 18th and 19th centuries and follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family; and THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND by Jojo Moyes, a spellbinding story of two women united in their fight for what they love most.