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I received the following book from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Three Little Things by Patti Stockdale
Published by Smitten Historical Romance, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas on February 4th 2020
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One forbidden love. Two broken hearts. Three Little Things.
Hattie Waltz should forget the troubled neighbor leaving for boot camp in 1917. He forgot about her ages ago. It had always been the Waltzes 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 Iowa 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. Before entering the train, he bumps into Hattie. He's loved her forever, always from the sidelines, because nobody crosses Hattie's pa.
One innocent letter soon morphs into many. Arno and Hattie share three little secrets in each letter and grow closer together. But he's on his way to war across the ocean, and she's still in her father's house. Their newfound love will need to survive dangers on both fronts.
Having found out that Three Little Things was set during World War I I was quite intrigued, I’ve not read many books set in this period as of late, and that made me excited to pick it up. Before we progress further into this review, I believe I’ll put your curiosity out of its misery and say that this is one of the strongest historical romance debuts I have read in recent years. Patti Stockdale hit all the right notes, and you couldn’t help but get all wrapped up in Hattie and Arno’s world.
One thing I enjoyed most for this particular read is that the plot did not feel at all rushed. It, like that of Hattie and Arno’s reluctant enemies, to friends, to loves, unfolded slowly and and beautifully. All of the characters within were crafted so that they gave the book an added layer of realism, both good and not so good characters were all carefully displayed. I love that this book was based on letters between the author’s own grandparents, that added another realistic tone to it.
I will say, if you are looking for a battle filled novel you may be disappointed, but I was not looking for that and I loved the way the story unfolded and all of the little things I was able to learn about World War I through the author’s careful research. It has me even more intrigued about life in America during that time period.
Honestly, I could go on about Three Little Things for hours. It really surprised me in a good way. Romance novels aren’t always my go to, because I need something more from them than a happily ever after – I need that build up, I need to believe in the characters and WANT to root for them. Three Little Things really delivered on that for me, and no matter what genre she writes next, be it sticking to historical romance or branching out, I cannot wait to see what Patti Stockdale offers up for her readers next. It’s sure to deliver.