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Three little words: Book review

3 little wordsThree Little Words: By Melissa Tagg

Genre: Contemporary Christian romance


Ava Kingsley and Seth Walker might be the most unlikely friends ever. The only thing these two polar opposites have in common is a knack for wordsmithing. Back in college, they were known for their written sparring in the campus newspaper’s popular “He Says/She Says” column.

At their ten-year college reunion, they pick up right where they left off. Except this time their squabbling leads to a surprising turn: friendship and a year-long exchange of emails. So when Ava approaches a crossroads in her athletics department career in Minnesota, Seth is quick to offer the open apartment above the restaurant he’s been remodeling in Maple Valley, Iowa.

Ava doesn’t know where her career will lead her next, but she’s starting to suspect she might see Seth as more than a pen pal. Which would be exciting…except for the fact that he only sees her as a friend.

As Maple Valley grows on her, Ava wonders if there might be something here for her even though Seth is unavailable. And maybe, just maybe, after all the words the two of them have exchanged over the years, they’ll finally be able to say the three that matter most.

Three Little Words is an e-only novella that gives an exciting introduction to Melissa Tagg’s new series about the charismatic Walker family and the endearing town of Maple Valley

My thoughts

This contemporary romance with a bit of humor thrown in reminded me of You’ve Got Mail. Such a classic throwback romance comedy. Except in this story, the two love interests know each other before hand, unlike in You’ve Got Mail, if anyone remembers 🙂  I enjoyed the back and forth bickering between  Ava and Seth, the playful banter, the email communications-turned-real-life conversations.

This little romance story, set in a a cozy little town with a much too cliche name still captured my heart. The characters weren’t looking for romance, they sort of fell into it without realizing it was happening. Those are the best stories. When everyone else around them can tell except the two people involved.

I totally agree with the philosophy that sometimes its easier to communicate via written word; email or text or handwritten letter. Sometimes when my husband and I fight, one of us will take a walk and then text the other person their feelings and such once we have had time to calm down. Face to face is important, too, but when you have the ability to sit and write, it can be more thought out, more meaningful. Handwritten love letters anyone??

(I personally have atrocious handwriting, but still, handwritten notes even, are sentimental and special:)

Three Little words is a very cute book, but definitely low on the physical tension scale. Still i enjoyed it.