Friday, January 1, 2016

Shelfie- 'Til We Meet Again: A Memoir of Love and War by Ray and 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. 

About the Authors: 

Ray & Betty Whipps met while serving in Europe during World War II and married in 1945. They have seven children, eighteen grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren. They live in Portland, Oregon.

Craig Borlase has written thirty-five books over the last two decades. He lives in the middle of the English countryside and is married to Emma. They have four children: Evie, Barnaby, Bethany, and Olivia.

Book Review: I love true stories! This book was no exception! I loved how their faith led them through the darkest times they have ever faced and the theme of redemption that is laced through their story! This book is a must read!

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