With her stammering tongue and quiet ways, Cadence Piper has always struggled to be accepted. After the death of her mother, Cadence sets her heart on becoming a nurse, both to erase the stain her brother has left on the family’s honor and to find long-sought approval in the eyes of her father. When Dorothea Dix turns her away due to her young age and pretty face, Cadence finds another way to serve . . . singing to the soldiers in Judiciary Square Hospital. Only one stubborn doctor stands in her way.
Joshua Ivy is an intense man with a compassionate heart for the hurting and downtrodden. The one thing he can’t have is an idealistic woman destroying the plans he’s so carefully laid. When the chaos of war thrusts Cadence into the middle of his clandestine activities, he must decide if the lives at stake, and his own heart, are worth the risk of letting Cadence inside.
Everything changes when Joshua and Cadence unearth the workings of a secret society so vile, the course of their lives, and the war, could be altered forever. If they fight an enemy they cannot see, will the One who sees all show them the way in the darkest night?
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I am enthralled by Tara Johnson’s writing style in this civil war novel following characters that one would not commonly expect to be the hero and heroine.
Cadence Piper grabbed my attention right away, she had been through so much yet she wasn’t down about it or whiny about her past, she was sweet, and wanted to serve others. As I read I found more behind her pretty voice than a pretty face of a girl who was looking for love in the wrong places.
Joshua Ivy is a somewhat gruff character that nearly put me off at the start until I got to know a little bit about him. And, I find after reading the last page that he is a character I love, and his secrets weren’t hidden just to be kept but to protect, and I appreciate that the secrets were not what I expected.
The backdrop of battles, wounded, and the soldiers that the characters saw gave just the right setting to give All Through the Night a well paced story while not being too slow in the calmer parts of the novel.
With intriguing secrets, frightening experiences, and dodging the steps of the people who would have them stopped this war time romance is one I look forward to rereading again and again.
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