"This is How I'd Love You" by Hazel Woods is a novel centering on two pen pals during WWI. Hensley lives with her father, a newspaper writer who plays chess via post mail with Charles, a privileged man serving as an emergency driver on the fronts in Europe. As the two carry on the long-distance chess game, Hensley hijacks one of the letters and writes in the margins to Charles. The two being their own correspondence and quickly form a close relationship. Shortly thereafter, she discovers that she is pregnant. The father is an actor that lied and used her to get his way. As the two live separate lives, the novel follows them.
This is a very interesting novel. The ending is a bit predicable, but the storyline is well written. The characters are a bit dramatic, especially Hensley, but keep in mind she is only seventeen. Charles is every woman's dream man. The research on gas use is especially intriguing. I give it a B+. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from First to Read through Penguin.