'Til We Meet Again
'Til We Meet Again: A Memoir of Love and War by Ray and Betty Whipps (with Craig Borlase) is the sweeping and epic love story of two young people caught in the grips of World War II: Ray an infantryman and Betty a field nurse. As soon as I saw this book, I knew it would be one I'd want to read. It reads like a historical romance novel, except it's a true story! The story is shared in the first person by Ray, with letters from Betty sprinkled throughout the book. This is a wonderful story of a steadfast faith in God, regardless of outside circumstances. The back cover reads:
"Ray and Betty Whipps both served in Europe during WWII: Ray as an infantryman under General Patton in the trenches of Normandy, Paris, and Belgium, and Betty as a field nurse in Cherbourg, France. The two met when Betty tended to Ray after he was injured in a mortar blast. Both strong Christians, the two bonded over their shared faith, and as Betty nursed Ray back to health, they fell in love and vowed to marry after the war. However, soon after Ray returned to his unit, he was captured by German forces and held captive in Stalag VII, Germany’s largest prisoner of war camp. It was there that Ray’s faith was put to the ultimate test as he endured the most horrific weeks of his life―weeks marked by brutality, malnutrition, back-breaking labor, and near-constant death. The only thing that kept him alive was the dream of someday reuniting with Betty.
Told in first person from Ray’s perspective, with personal wartime letters from Betty interspersed throughout, ’Til We Meet Again is a sweeping love story set amid the backdrop of WWII. The perfect combination of “in the trenches” battlefield accounts and classic 1940s romance, this memoir reads almost like a novel. It is an epic story of faith, hope, and love, and a nostalgic look back at one of the most memorable periods in American history."
This book is definitely a must-read for anyone who enjoys the subjects of World War II, memoirs, love stories, nonfiction, or Christian interests. It's a quick and easy read and very difficult to put down once you get into it. I was flipping the pages quickly to find out what would happen to Ray and Betty and how their story would come together. The writing style is easy to read and flows very smoothly, and the book is uplifting and full of inspiration, despite the difficult circumstances Ray and Betty faced both together and alone. I enjoyed reading about their strong, unshakeable faith in God. I highly recommend this book.
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.