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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

'Til We Meet Again {A Tyndale Book Review}

I can't wait to share with you a wonderful new book I reviewed recently!

The official blurb:
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.

 OBM says:  I loved this book.  I'm a huge historical fiction fan, And this book, though a true story, and written as a memoir, reads every bit as engagingly as a fiction novel.  Ray and Betty's story unfolds mostly through Ray's narrative, and, unlike most war dramas, this one is written with no "bad language."  Ray's military career did not go as he thought it would, but it did go as God intended, resulting in him meeting Betty when she was his nurse.  Her letters punctuate the novel as well, and at first that "change of voice" took my by surprise, but it was nice to get an occasional glimpse into a first hand account of what she was thinking at the same time.  Betty and Roy seem destined not to be together because of the differences in the military ranks, but again, God has a different plan, and their reunion was all the more sweet and sure because of the trials they faced to get there,  It was a beautiful story, but more than that, an engaging enough one that I passed the book on to my 18 year old son who loves war dramas as soon as I was done so he could read it too.  I wholeheartedly recommend 'Til We Meet Again to anyone who enjoys WWII novels, historical nonfiction, historical autobiographies, or just plain old great stories.

Ray and Betty Whipps.  Aren't they adorable?

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