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Night Music: A Novel

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  43 reviews
1968 - 1971

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 ar
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Published March 13th 2018 by Deanna Lynn Sletten
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Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
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3 war aftermath story stars

Coming back from the Vietnam conflict was not easy for our soldiers. They were met with being spit upon, called baby and women killers, ostracized and offered little in the way of help to overcome the problems they encountered. Many of these soldiers wound up on the street while many of them chose to commit suicide because of their nightmares and what they had seen.

In this nicely written book we meet Joe Russo. He had connected with a high school young woman who wrote
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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NIGHT MUSIC: A NOVEL by Deanna Lynn Sletten is a beautifully written genre story that is a cross between a sweet romance and women’s fiction. The time period is 1968 to 1971 and the setting a small college town in Illinois. Ms. Sletten takes you back to the social and cultural turmoil of the Vietnam War. A soldier’s return to build the life he has only dreamed of in the jungles of Vietnam, a charismatic student anti-war leader and
Tiffany Marin
Devastated by the loss of her older brother in the Vietnam war and determined to learn more about the war that cost his life, Charlotte Parsons joins a group of college women who are sending letters to soldiers. Through this program, she meets a young soldier named Joseph Russo and finds herself making fast friends with him. But, suddenly, only a few months into their correspondence, his letters just stop without any explanation. Two years later, Char begins attending college in her small hometo ...more
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent novel that depicts life in a small town during the late 1960s. The United States was in chaos with the anti-war movement but life in small towns was still untouched. This novel is about love but it's also about a town that is forced to join the chaos going on in the US.

Charlotte lives in a small town in Illinois. Her brother was killed in Vietnam two years earlier and she isn't sure at this point how she feels about the war. As she starts college (still in her small town), t
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review"
A wounded Vietnam veteran seeking the American Dream in a small town in the early seventies, against the background of the anti-war movement and college student activism.
Joe is a wonderful character, wounded but not bitter or resentful, an honest, gentle and kind man. It’s great that his character is shown through his actions and dialogue.
I found Charlotte a bit naïve sometimes and a bit too easy to manipulate, but she’s a good count
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this advanced copy from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Joe a soldier in the Vietnam War has seen it all at a young age. He corresponds with a young girl name Charlotte who seems to live the ideal life, two parents, small town where everyone knows each other. Charlotte’s letters help Joe get though the war.

When Joe is injured and released from the Army he heads to Charlotte’s town hoping to meet her and go to college.

Charlotte’s brother was killed in the
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Being of primary-school-age at the time, although I remember the Vietnam War I had no idea how badly the returning soldiers were treated. They might reasonably have expected some gratitude, & a decent job, rather than the very opposite. It may not have been the general public's favourite war, but was that the fault of the soldiers? Most of them were not there by choice, & it seems they got a raw deal both overseas & back home. Those who did not go, had no idea what the soldiers had been through ...more
Vikki P
I received an e-ARC of Night Music by Deanna Lynn Sletten from NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

If you’re looking for a fast paced, action packed story Night Music is not your book. Night Music is slow, gentle and melts your heart over time. I haven’t read many books that talk about war veterans and I haven’t read any that talk about the efforts to end wars so this story was refreshing. The writing was beautiful and comfortable and I loved Joe and Char as characters
Angela McVay
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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When I added this book to my goodreads list, I was pleasantly surprised to realize I had previously read a book by this author that I enjoyed. This was a sweet love story during the early 1970’s when the Vietnam War was underway. The author did a good job contrasting beliefs of patriotism, peaceful protesting vs. riots, and how Vietnam vets were treated upon their return to the states. What I enjoyed most was the innocence of love between Char and Joe. Eternal love before first sight and happy e ...more
Kim Cano
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Night Music is a heartfelt coming of age story set during the Vietnam War time period. There are so many World War Two novels. Reading a women's historical fiction book set during another war was a refreshing change.

Joe is a Vietnam vet who takes a chance on happiness, thinking he has nothing left to lose. Charlotte is the small town girl who wrote to him while he was on the battlefield. Their story will have you laughing, crying, and sometimes, on the edge of your seat. It's an enjoyable read t
Susan (The Book Bag)
I always know I am going to love the story when it's one of Deanna's. And her latest did not disappoint.

Night Music takes us to a tough time in our past, the Vietnam War period. Emotions were high and there were very strong opinions and feelings on both sides of the issue. It was a very tumultuous time in our history, a very troubled time for young men and women. This story took me back to that time and the craziness of that war. I lived through it and she gets it. She does a wonderful job of c
InD'tale Magazine
“Night Music” is a poignant, charming tale of love and loss. Author Deanna Lynn Sletten has created characters readers will fall in love with, and a story that is compelling and easy to read.

Read full review in the 2018 April issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Night Music is the sound that means everything is okay. It is when the world goes silent that danger is close. That is what Joseph Russo, a returned soldier from the Vietnam War, describes it at. After an injury to his leg that left him unable to serve anymore, Joe moves to the small town of Grand Falls to start fresh in a new, idealistic town a girl had so beautifully described to him in letters. Those letters had been sent by a specific member of a group of college students who wrote to soldie ...more
Jessica Higgins
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
When you can hear the night music, you know everything is safe. It’s when it stops that you know the storm is about to hit!

In 1968, Joe Russo has been shipped off to Vietnam. He has done well to keep himself and his fellow soldiers alive. He doesn’t have any family and didn’t leave any friends behind, so when he gets offered a letter from a volunteer, he jumps at the chance. His pen pal is a young girl named Charlotte (Char) Parsons, whose older brother died earlier in the war. She writes to Joe
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading and reviewing Deanna Lynn Sletten's work for years, so when she asked me if I'd consider reviewing her latest novel Night Music, there was no way I was going to say no.

Set in the very early 1970's this novel technically qualifies as a 'period' or 'historical' work, and yet, it feels absolutely contemporary, showing that young people nearly fifty years ago (wow, that was hard to write - I was born in 1970) had many of the same issues and conflicts that we do today when it comes
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 oth
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This book was really sweet it started out with our main character Char writing letters to a soldier in war. She wasn't sure this was really what she wanted to do after the devastating loss of her brother, however she gave it a try. Living in a small town she is very against the war. Things change however when she meets Joe. Joe is ex-military and also unknown to Char the man that she has been writing. While Joe is the embodiment of what the war stands for Char's boyfriend (Ron) is head of the la ...more
Teena in Toronto
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
It's 1968 and Joe is a soldier in the Viet Nam war. He is pen pals with Charlotte, a stranger who lives in a small town in Illinois. Joe gets hurt, discharged and sent back home to the States. Charlotte had made her town sound ideal so Joe moves there and enrols in college. He meets Charlotte and they become friends. Her father gives him a part-time job in his hardware store as Joe doesn't have a lot of money.

Charlotte's brother had been killed in the Viet Nam war and she is now dating his best
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Overall, this book was okay. I really enjoyed the perspective of the past during the Vietnam War. The characters themselves were interesting, and I liked the major plots points of the book. I would recommend this for someone wanting a real life look into the past, especially the time during the Vietnam War. Even though I liked the plot points themselves, I felt like the plot advance too quickly at times and things weren’t explained as much as I would have like. I also did not entirely enjoy how ...more
May 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars.
When you can still hear the sounds of animals at night, you know everything is going to be fine. 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 live 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, Ch
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 - Enjoyable story for what it is. A love story set against the backdrop of the Vietnam war. Char and Joe meet through the letters she sends him from a pen pal program while she's still in highschool. She introduces him to the bucolic setting of small town life and he falls in love with the idea of it while in war torn Vietnam. After an injury sends him home with a medical discharge, he goes to the small town and decides to enroll in the college, ending up in the same college as Charlotte. Sh ...more
Jennifer ☕
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The Author did a wonderful job explaining what life felt like in the late 60s to early 70s concerning war and the draft. Interwoven throughout were the negatives concerning war, horrific things that can come from it, including heartbreak and loss of life. Everyone certainly has their opinion of war whether good or bad and this story shows that in the characters and in their beliefs.

I enjoyed the sweet and tender romance throughout the story concerning the main couple. You will be drawn into the
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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One of my favourite books of 2017 was Atonement by Ian McEwan, so when I read the synopsis for this one, I couldn't help but to draw a few resemblances and hit the request button. I was in the mood for a love story set in the past, and this book didn't disappoint.

It's definitely a slow burn type of book, and although it does deal with topics of veteran PTSD and of war opposition, it overall is a light, innocent book. I would even go as far as to qualify it as a "cute" story even though it does
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Night Music tackles a hard subject with some favorable results. Even 40 some years after America withdrew from Vietnam, there is hurt and misunderstanding. Having lived during that period in America’s history, I can tell you it was tough on everyone.

Most of the characters were believable. There was a sweet love story between Char and Joe. Some of the anti-war rhetoric was quite unbelievable. The character of Deke was more of a cartoon character when it came to his anti-war activities. Things we
Donna Kale
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Living and being married to a army guy in the 70’s this book struck a cord with me, he was drafted and the Vietnam war ended just after he finished his training. I worked with a lot of men that had served and would never speak about what the saw or witness while they were there, I found it sad that they were never given the welcome home, thank you for your service that other vets had received. I’m glad that for the most part our nation is now realizing how wrong we were to treat our soldiers thi ...more
Marvie Ross
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally falling in love with Deanna Lynn Sletten!

She writes of love, faith, and the human condition in beautifully crafted stories that

She writes of love, faith and the human condition in beautifully crafted stories that are spiritually gratifying exactly like a crisp walk in the fall or a day on the lakes she describes so well. Love! Though free in Kindle Library Im going to purchase her entire collection just to show my appreciation and encourage her writing. Kudos Ms. Sletten!

Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Terri Mastraieni
A visit to a Vietnam vet

A great story that takes us back to the late 60's .It tells the story of a young Vietnam vet who moves into a small town. We learn about the unrest that takes place around Vietnam and how it affects the town's people. Good read!
Donna Huber
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A sweet novel set during an unsettling time in the US.
Stephanie Burkart-yarrington
Easy read

Just a nice, easy, love story. Not smutty, not full of useless characters. Just a nice easy read. Another great book from Deanna.
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Deanna Lynn Sletten is the author of MISS ETTA, THE WOMEN OF GREAT HERON LAKE, MAGGIE'S TURN, THE LAKE HARRIET SERIES, and several other titles. She writes heartwarming women's fiction and romance novels with unforgettable characters. She has also written one middle-grade novel that takes you on the adventure of a lifetime. Deanna believes in fate, destiny, love at first sight, soul mates, second ...more

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