Charlotte Parsons is devastated over losing her brother in the Vietnam War. Desperate to learn more about the war, she joins a group of college women who send letters to soldiers and befriends Joseph Russo, a young soldier. But a few months after they begin corresponding, his letters stop coming, and Char moves on, still confused as to why so many young lives are being lost so far away from home.
Two years later, Char begins college in her small Illinois town of Grand Falls. She's been dating her brother's long-time best friend, Deke Masterson, who is a senior in college and is deep into the anti-war movement. Char is still confused over how she feels about the war. Then a stranger comes to town and changes everything.
Joseph Russo served in the Vietnam War, earning a Purple Heart for his injury as well as a life-long limp. He's ready to put the war behind him. While in Vietnam, he'd corresponded with a girl from Grand Falls and he enjoyed reading about her idyllic life. When he's discharged, he moves there to attend college. And when he meets Charlotte in person, he's taken with her sweetness, intelligence, and beauty.
The battle lines are drawn as Deke resents Joe's presence around Char. What started out as a well-deserved escape to a small town for Joe soon turns into a battle of wills between him and the idealistic Deke. And there stands Charlotte, right in the middle.
Night Music is a story about a moment in time when the world was chaotic and nothing was completely clear. In the midst of all the chaos, can Char and Joe find enough middle ground to fall in love?
|Publisher:||Deanna Lynn Sletten|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.66(d)|
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Charlotte Pearsons lost her older brother in the Vietnam War so to help heal she becomes a pen pal with a solder currently in the war. This soldier is Joseph Russo and after she describes the town that she has grown up in, he decides to move there to find the ideal. So as can be predicted from the beginning Charlotte and Joseph's lives collide and even in this small town the negativity towards the Vietnam war is strong and their lives are impacted by the protests and uproar. I was educated by this part - I enjoyed reading a perspective of how a small town was affected by the feelings about the war and how returning soldiers were caught up in the middle of it. All in all this book was just a little to sweet and made me feel like I was reading a Hallmark movie pitch. I just couldn't get into the characters and their story and just needed a little more grit.
I haven’t read too many books about the Vietnam War, so that was a nice change from your typical WW2 books. This book features Joe, who received letters from a stranger from a small town during the war. When he is wounded and sent home, he goes to this in this small town that seemed so idealistic and peaceful compared to what he is used to. He meets the author of the letters in real life, Charlotte. He falls in love with her, It was interesting to read more about the United States controversial feeling on the war, especially those who were college aged. I found Joe’s character to be uninteresting though. The books was fairly slow, not that that is always a bad thing. I enjoyed that the love story was not Inst-love and progressed slow. **There is non-detailed sex, suicide, and violence. I read an advanced unfinished digital copy I received from the publisher through Net Gallery for my honest review.
Charlotte (Char) lives in small town "Grand Falls, IL", where everyone knows your name and everything about you. She loves her town, family and friends that are all so close to her. The only thing wrong with her life are that she lost her brother to the Vietnam War and is searching for answers. Charlotte joined a college group of girls and decided to send letters to Army men and try and find answers as to why young men are dyeing. She ends up corresponding with this soldier, Joseph (Joe) and other than Char, he has no one. They write for a long time and Char tells him all about her wonderful small town and about her life until one day his letters just stop. Joe is living day by day through the letters from Char, after a war injury, he is sent back home and decides to start over in the small town that he's been dreaming of. Thinking he may get a glimpse of the girl that has stolen his heart, he moves into this rental and starts school. What he doesn't expect is to see more of her than he expected. Char is dating a loud and obnoxious boy that is very anti war. Deke is trying to get everyone on his side, start rallies and do everything possible to stop the war. Deke is not a friendly person to any of the war veterans especially the boys coming back from Vietnam. When he sees Char hanging around Joe, something snaps and sends him into an even more crazy state. This was a wonderful story that I can't say enough good things about. I read it in just over a day and will happily read it again soon. The romance between these characters is so sweet and real, the story paints such a clear picture in your mind and the story holds you captive until the very last page. This isn't one of Deanna's normal stories like she has written lately but for sure one of my favorites!