If I could have given this book more than five stars, I would have! Until We Meet Again is an epic love story, sweeping across generations, and across countries, while proving that true love will last through the most difficult of circumstances. Even if those circumstances include losing track of the love of your life for 70 years! It was moving, suspenseful, and inspiring…and perhaps most importantly, it was well-researched, which is something I appreciate as a history teacher!
Until We Meet Again is interesting in part because it reveals a segment of U.S. History that isn’t often taught in schools. German POWs were used all across the country to do manual labor and some forms of manufacturing, filling vacancies created when American men volunteered for military service, or were drafted. Parts of the book are told from the point of view of Peter, a German POW, who falls in love with an American girl named Margaret. This perspective is seamlessly blended with that of Margaret’s granddaughter, Emily, living in our own time period. This blending of perspectives made Until We Meet Again wonderfully rich in detail and feeling, in a way that it might not have been had it been told from only one point of view.
This book is equal parts love story and historical mystery, meaning it will appeal to a wide audience. I’m even thinking of recommending it to my husband, which I mention only to illustrate the fact that although Until We Meet Again demands an emotional investment into the characters, I would not consider it to be solely aimed at women. The romantic elements of the story are tempered by the questions of how the actions of parents affect their children, creating an echo across generations, of how the ties of family bind us to those we barely know, and whether or not we are truly destined to be with a specific person.
The ending of this book made me cry real tears, of both the happy and sad variety. It’s not a beach read, but a book to pick up when you have the time to read, and ponder…to immerse yourself, and enjoy.
In short, everyone needs to read this book.
Note: POW photo credit to the Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby.