Patti Stockdale

Hope, History, And Happily Ever After

Patti Stockdale

Three Little Things

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 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 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 a war across the ocean, and she’s still in her father’s house. Their newfound love will need to survive dangers on both fronts.

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“Three Things I loved about this book: 1. I fell in love with Arno and Hattie. 2. The sayings and songs of WW I: I found myself singing ‘Over Here, Over There’ and I want to join a knitting brigade! 3. The promise of more books by Patti Stockdale. I want more!”

– Debbie Macomber, New York Times #1 Best-Selling Author

“Charming and moving, Three Little Things tells a sweet story of two wounded souls. Hattie and Arno are appealing characters, and their personal growth and their building romance will draw you in. The novel also sheds light on women’s roles on the Home Front in WW I and the persecution of German-Americans, something rarely discussed. With touches of both humor and depth, this story is a keeper.”
– Sarah Sundin, best-selling author
“A beautiful story, beautifully told. Patti Stockdale’s debut marks her as an author to watch!”
– Roseanna M. White, author
“Three Little Things is a beautiful, sweet war-time romance. The letters will melt your heart.”
– Kimberly Woodhouse, best-selling author
“Patti Stockdale’s debut novel Three Little Things pulls readers from one chapter to the next until they turn the final page. With compelling characters, historical charm, and a finely-honed plot, this historical romance earns my highest recommendation. I eagerly await more compelling fiction from Patti Stockdale.”
– Shelly Beach, Christy, Selah, Reader’s Favorite, and Golden Scroll Award Winner
“Patti Stockdale brings the beauty and sacrifice of the World War I era vibrantly to life with her debut novel. Brimming with longing, courage, and romance, Three Little Things will whisk you away and leave you yearning for more. A truly stunning debut!
– Tara Johnson, author of Where Dandelions Bloom
“Patti Stockdale was inspired by her grandparent’s WW I love letters. The result is her debut novel Three Little Things. Stockdale’s powerful attention to detail reflects hours of research depicting the reality of life during WW I. It chronicles the lives of Iowans Arno Kreger and Hattie Waltz and how they kept connected by letter writing. Stockdale’s deft storytelling effortlessly weaves from the letters to the action showing how war affects not only those headed overseas, but also the ones left behind. Three Little Things is a definite ‘must-read.'”
– Mary Jedlicka Humston, coauthor of Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink