The Whipps's story began at a WWII military hospital in France. As Betty nursed Ray back to health, they bonded over a shared faith and promised to marry after the war---until Ray was captured by the Germans and sent to a horrific prison camp. A sweeping account of a classic 1940s romance set against the battlefields. 256 pages, softcover from Tyndale.
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, Germanys largest prisoner of war camp. It was there that Rays faith was put to the ultimate test as he endured the most horrific weeks of his lifeweeks 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 Rays 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.