Title: All Through the Night
Author: Tara Johnson
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publishing Date: Jan 5, 2021
Publisher: Tyndale House
Length: 384 Pages
About the Book:
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?
Oh my goodness, if this book wasn’t a masterpiece! This was my first time reading a book by Tara Johnson (although I have her others now shouting at me even louder from my bookshelf). Once I picked this one up, it was nearly impossible to set down until I’d finished the entire novel. Drawing on all five senses, Tara Johnson created a world you can’t help but be enraptured in, experiencing the story as if you’re a character yourself. The energy and mood of each scene was made tangible through the imagery and description weaved in through the narrative. The battle scenes were brought to life through the nauseating aromas of the warfront and the cries from the operating table. The author didn’t shy away from the horrors of war. There were definitely some scenes that were on the graphic side, however it was intentional to show that the warfront was a terrifying place not for the faint of heart. It made the obstacles that the characters faced seemed ever more real and deepened the readers’ appreciation for their heroism. When I closed this book I was left in a very real book fog, not ready to let the characters go. I’m SO glad I picked up this read, and can’t wait to read more from this author in the future!
*I received a copy of this book through NetGalley. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.