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Not to be confused for the 1940 melodramatic black and white film, the book is a memoir of two Christian soldiers falling in love during a time of war (Reminds me a bit of Love in a Time of Cholera). Ray and Betty serve as an infantryman and a field nurse (respectively) during WWII. The duo meet when Ray is injured in a mortar blast and bond over their shared faith and views towards the war. After being healed in Betty's hospital, Ray is sent back into the field and is immediately captured by German troops. The thought of God and Betty is only thing that kept him alive during his brutal time in the POW camp.
The story is told by Ray's perspective and Betty's letters to Ray and family. It was an interesting way to tell the story but I would have prefer to have read a bit more from Betty. Roughly two-thirds of the book, Ray talks and describes what happens to him during the war before he meets Betty. While the book is billed as a love story during the war, I wish their romance had a more central part in the book. It was an interesting read to read about what motivated Ray and Betty during the war, having faith and reading a first hand description of war. Although, I found some parts of the boring and lackluster but the ending was great.
Disclaimer - I received a free copy of the book for my honest opinion.