Author: Deanna Lynn Sletten
Release Date: March 13, 2018
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
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 of life in small college town that gives Joe hope after war. If he can make it back stateside, maybe he will find a small town like that to settle down.
Fast-forward to 1970, Char is just starting her freshman year of college. Her friends are envious because she has a boyfriend that is a senior, who is very outspoken about ending the so called “Vietnam War.” Char never really thought much about his opinions until she meets the new student Joe, who is a vet that was wounded in the war. Joe brings a new perspective to Char and she starts to question her relationship with her boyfriend. As the anti-war movement grows more intense, so do the emotions within Char who must decide the direction her life will go once and for all.
As usual, Sletten has crafted an emotional story centered with conflict that brings the characters to life. It happened so fast in this book, that the Joe, Char, and Deke had faces in no time. I could picture them with ease and I’m pretty sure that Deke looked like Geoffrey Blake from Forrest Gump. The conflict within Char was raw and made it feel very real throughout the whole story. I couldn’t help but root for her and Joe to be together and cringed when Joe kept Tony’s box because I knew what was going to happen and sure enough it did! Why Joe? Seriously, I can’t take things like that when I’ve fallen in love with someone’s relationship!
All that to say, if you enjoy romances written around the Vietnam war (or if you’ve ever read another Deanna Lynn Sletten book), I recommend this one as you will not be disappointed.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.