‘Til We Meet Again by Ray & Betty Whipps

Book description:

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.

My review:

This is such an excellent book that captures the spirit of the soldiers during WWII.  Ray does a great job in helping readers understand the thoughts that soldiers have, without making the book too graphic.  Reading books by members of “The Greatest Generation” shows that the men and women of that time truly were great human beings.  They didn’t necessarily want to be there, but they answered the call.

I thought Ray’s stories, especially the ones in which he disagreed with his superiors but carried out the orders anyway, were really interesting.  I really appreciate a book about a soldier from WWII that I would love for my boys to read.  Frequently books from a soldiers perspective contain colorful language that I could not pass along to my boys, but this one is excellent.  It captures war without sharing the coarseness that groups of young men together in the trenches display.

I would love to read another book by Ray and Betty Whipps.  I think that readers can learn a lot from them, not only through their experiences and how they met, but also how they managed to build and maintain a successful life together.  How do people stay married for 70 years? What is their secret?  Ray and Betty have a lot of wisdom to share.  At the end of the book, Ray shares small snippets of advice, but there is so much more that he could share.

I loved every bit of this book, from the sweet interaction between Ray and Betty at the beginning, to the very end.  I only wish there was an advertisement at the end of the book for another book by Ray and Betty.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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