One forbidden love. Two broken hearts. Three little things.


Hattie Waltz should forget the troubled neighbor leaving for boot camp. He forgot about her ages ago. It’s always been the Waltzs verses the Kregers, his family pitted against hers. When she hands him a farewell gift, a chemistry lesson unfolds. The good kind.

Arno Kreger can’t leave town or his old man fast enough. He’s eager to prove his worth on the battlefield and stop blaming himself for his brother’s death. Steps from the train, he bumps into Hattie. He’s loved her forever. Always from the sidelines. Because nobody crosses Hattie’s pa.

One innocent letter exchange soon morphs into many, with Arno and Hattie disclosing three little secrets in each epistle. With happily ever after close enough to kiss, can their love survive the dangers overseas and a formidable father on the home front?

My Thoughts:

Right from the beginning, I was swept into the story and the lives of these dynamic characters. I didn’t want to put the story down for a moment. Heartfelt and poignant this debut book from Patti Stockdale is sure to keep you turning pages late into the night!

The story takes place at the beginning of World War I. We spend the majority of our time in Iowa, however, we do at one point travel across the pond to France and then Germany with Arno.

I especially enjoyed the letters added seamlessly into the story. They carried such weight and gave the reader an intimate look into the very heart of the characters. The three little things they share with each other through those letters is paramount in allowing us to know these characters on a deeper level, and to feel what they are going through, to see the growth and change in their lives.

I loved the story, and I am eager to read more from Patti Stockdale in the future!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

About the Author:

PattiStockdale Have you ever followed your dreams and landed somewhere unexpected? That happened to me!

My first novel, Three Little Things, debuts in February 2020. It all began when my mom and her sisters found a tin full of letters their parents had exchanged during WWI. Next thing you know, a pile of inspiration plops into my lap. That one little thing soon led to Arno and Hattie’s eleven-month letter exchange and a heart-thumping romance tied to three little things revealed in each epistle.

I can’t wait to share that story with you and many more to come. Please sign up for my “One More Thing” newsletter and connect with me on social media. I love to make new friends!

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 Three Little Things


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