Til We Meet Again
Ray & Betty Whipps with Craig Borlase
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 from Ray's first person perspective, with Betty's letters scattered throughout, Til We Meet Again did take me a couple chapters to get into, but I ultimately enjoyed it. It was mostly about Ray and his experience's during the War, which were both fascinating and horrifying at the same time. As I read, I couldn't help but be so impressed at what the soldiers and the nurses had to go through. Honestly, I don't think I have half the gumption these folks did.
Recommended to World War Two buffs, those interested in "real-life" stories, and to anyone who wants a look at the lives of Christians during one of history's toughest times.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.