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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 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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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 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?

30 review for All Through the Night

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Sundin

    The tumult of the Civil War serves as a fitting backdrop for this story of two wounded people searching for purpose and approval. Cadence and Joshua are endearing characters, each seeking to bring healing to a broken world, no matter the cost. Tara Johnson has penned an exciting, romantic tale that also highlights a little-known and sinister aspect of Civil War history. All Through the Night is a memorable novel not to be missed!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    All Through The Night by Tara Johnson is absolutely beautiful. I couldn't put it down. The book is set during the early years of the civil war. It is filled with history that revealed some of the awfulness of the war and the secret societies that existed then. There is suspense and my favorite part...love! God's love for us. Love for all people and also swoon worthy romantic love between the hero and heroine. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and this us my honest opinion. All Through The Night by Tara Johnson is absolutely beautiful. I couldn't put it down. The book is set during the early years of the civil war. It is filled with history that revealed some of the awfulness of the war and the secret societies that existed then. There is suspense and my favorite part...love! God's love for us. Love for all people and also swoon worthy romantic love between the hero and heroine. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and this us my honest opinion.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    Washington D.C. 1861 I love when a novel is based upon factual people or events. All Through the Night was inspired by the life of Elida Rumsey. As someone with zero musical talent, I was impressed with main character Cadence Piper's vocal talent and loved that she shared it with others. It was especially touching when she sang to soldiers in the hospital to take their mind off of a procedure or to bring them peace in their final moments. This was an enjoyable novel with two honorable main charact Washington D.C. 1861 I love when a novel is based upon factual people or events. All Through the Night was inspired by the life of Elida Rumsey. As someone with zero musical talent, I was impressed with main character Cadence Piper's vocal talent and loved that she shared it with others. It was especially touching when she sang to soldiers in the hospital to take their mind off of a procedure or to bring them peace in their final moments. This was an enjoyable novel with two honorable main characters.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    {Trigger/Content Warning for those sensitive to prejudice, blood/major injuries, dead horses, & possible rape.} About this 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, Cade {Trigger/Content Warning for those sensitive to prejudice, blood/major injuries, dead horses, & possible rape.} About this 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?” Series: No. Spiritual Content- Scriptures are read, quoted, mentioned, & discussed; Prayers; Church going (once); Hymns are written out & sung by Cadence; Talks about God, gifts; ‘H’s are not capitalized when referring to God; Mentions of God (called often by the name “Providence” or the “Almighty”); Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of churches, church going, pastors, services, revivals, & hymns; Mentions of those in the Bible, Bibles, & Bible reading; A few mentions of suggestions to Heaven (it’s alluded to, but the word ‘Heaven’ is never mentioned); A couple mentions of Christian circles & a Christian’s duty; A couple mentions of blessings; *Note: Cadence is called an angel on earth and Joshua calls himself a sinner; Seeing a cult-like group chanting in a “demonic rhythm” and doing blood oaths (along with killing someone); Mentions of the devil, demons, ghosts, & Hell; A few mentions of sins & sinners. Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘drat’ and two forms of ‘blast’; A few mentions of curses (said, not written); All about slavery, wars, battle grounds, hospitals, dying soldiers, deaths, major injuries, amputated limbs, blood/bleeding, & gore from all of those topics (up to detailed); Being set during the Civil War, there are those who hate are willing to beat/kill slaves and those against their twisted thoughts (including seeing them kill someone and beat others, also how they will deal with their enemies (brutally detailed), overall detailed); Facing prejudice & awful names (one is cut off); Holding men as they die (semi-detailed); Removing a bullet (detailed); Watching a limb being amputated & blood (semi-detailed); Seeing a child beaten (semi-detailed); Remembering being beaten as a child (semi-detailed); Seeing slaves being sold as cattle (semi-detailed); Being attacked and choked, & kidnapped and held hostage (semi-detailed); Nightmares (up to semi-detailed); Cadence wears a fake wedding ring to work at the hospital (“She pushes the guilt of the deception aside. The good she was doing justified the means, didn’t it?”); Many mentions of slaves being killed, beaten, or sold (semi-detailed); Mentions of murders (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of fights, being beaten, injuries, gunshots, & explosions (semi-detailed); Mentions of threats & warnings; Mentions of pickpockets, thieves, & stealing; Mentions of taverns, alcohol, drinking, & drunks; Mentions of urine & waste from chamber pots; Mentions of throwing up; Mentions of lies, lying, liars, & deception; Mentions of gambling & carousing; A few mentions of jails; A few mentions of dead horses in battles; A couple mentions of cheating; A couple mentions of rumors; A couple mentions of hunting; A mention of a child seeing their father shot & killed (barely-above-not-detailed); A mention of jealousy; A mention of cigarettes. Sexual Content- Many fingers-to-lips touches (up to semi-detailed), two hand kisses, a cheek kiss, a head kiss, an almost kiss, three not-detailed kisses, a barely-above-not-detailed kiss, a forced semi-detailed kiss, a semi-detailed kiss, and three detailed kisses; Remembering kisses (both of them refer to it as “tasting” or “tasting the other’s passion” the other a few times, up to detailed); Lots of touches & embraces (semi-detailed); Winks & Blushes; Noticing & Nearness (up to detailed); Two fade-to-black scenes for a married couple on their honeymoon & waking up at least partially unclothed (“fade-to-black scenes” are when a couple is obviously longing for the other physically, kissing starts, suggestive comments begins, and then the chapter ends. Boarder-line semi-detailed // detailed); A man tries to force himself upon (with the intent of raping) Cadence, kisses and gropes her (he is pulled off of her before anything else happens, semi-detailed); Cadence is ordered to unbutton a male patient’s shirt (both are very embarrassed, barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of a female slave being sold while being completely naked & a man wanting to buy another slave girl to warm his bed (he buys a young girl no older than ten, but the child is saved); Mentions of a honeymoon & a couple being alone at night; Mentions of kisses & kissing; Mentions of reputations & chaperones; A few mentions of men making suggestive comments about/towards Cadence; A few mentions of thinking something caused a couple to get married in a hurry; A few mentions of houses of ill repute & soiled doves/loose women; A few mentions of men being tempted by a pretty nurse; A few mentions of winks & blushes; A couple mentions of a man taking (or not) liberties; A couple mentions of a man slinking away to meet a woman; Love, falling in love, & the emotions; *Note: A couple mentions of a mother dying in childbirth; A couple mentions of a woman’s monthly; A mention of a buxom woman. -Cadence Piper, age 17-19 -Joshua Ivy, around 25 P.O.V. switches between them Set in 1861-1863 400 pages ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Pre Teens- One Star New Teens- One Star Early High School Teens- One Star Older High School Teens- One Star My personal Rating- One Star {Trigger/Content Warning for those sensitive to prejudice, blood/major injuries, dead horses, & possible rape.} The character of Cadence makes me want to give this book two stars, but due to some extreme content this book is receiving a one-star rating. Let’s go into my pros and cons: Con #1: I’m not one for moody heroes. And Joshua is a textbook example of a moody hero. I understand he has a lot on his plate, but he was so mean to Cadence at so many parts then longing for her or noticing her appearance the next. It was annoying and an example of an unhealthy relationship. Not only at their first meeting, but their second, and later—when he is supposed to like her—and is a complete bully (Cadence’s words) then hugs hers and his desire for her is evident. Con #2: The battle grounds (including describing human bodies and dead horses), hospital details, and the blood/amputations were all very descriptive. So much so that it made me nauseous at times. I have read many Civil War books before, but none of them turned my stomach so like this one. It was very gruesome in this way and in this next con. Con #3: In lines with the Civil War topic, the hatred and evil from people was so much. That time period already hurts my heart, but this book took it up another level with the Knights (a prior to KKK-like group) and their evil actions and killings. Con #4: Is a spoiler, but a particularly important factor in my rating. For those not wanting to be spoiled, it is about marital scenes. (view spoiler)[ Joshua and Cadence have to get married due to a lie/stretch of Joshua’s. I can honestly say I do not like marriage of convenience stories and would not have picked up this book had I known (or the back-cover said) there would be one in this story. Because of this element and the main character’s desire for each other already, there are two fade-to-black scenes. Two scenes where the main couple is obviously longing for the other physically, kissing starts, suggestive comments begins, and then the chapter ends. After seeing this in so many Christian Fiction books a handful of years ago, I was hoping that this style would have gone away. Why in the world does a reader need to know that they consummated their marriage? I do not understand this and I never will. I’m not going to go up to a newly married friend and ask if they’ve done it, so why in the world should I know about two fiction characters’ physical marital status. This has annoyed me since I started reviewing Christian Fiction almost eight years ago and it still does. It’s not romantic, it’s too much information. (hide spoiler)] Indifferent #1: This is neither a pro nor a con, I don’t frankly care either way at this point. In this first third of the book, nearly each chapter skips another month or more. It was weird for me at first and I think it messed with the pacing at the beginning, but I think the author did that so the reader wouldn’t feel like the characters had only know each other for a bit before falling head over heels in love. Which in reality, they basically fell for each other in an almost insta-love way anyway and it started based on the other’ appearance. And now my only pro: I liked Cadence. when she wasn’t around Joshua. I liked the faith content in this book, that’s why I’m not happy to give this book a low rating. But the other content just ruined the book for me—especially con #4. This was very disappointing and I will not be trying any other book by this author. Link to review: Coming soon. *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author. *I received this book for free from the Publisher (Tyndale) for this honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kellyn Roth

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book going in - except the surprising revelation that it was set during the Civil War and involved doctoring. I was surprised about this since the cover model does not at all seem Civil War-ish. I mean, I suppose you could say, "It's a picture of her nursing so of course she doesn't have the skirtage!" But she at least needs a few extra petticoats or else her dress would be slouching ridiculously. xD Anyways, my confusion aside, I struggled to get into it at I wasn't sure what to expect from this book going in - except the surprising revelation that it was set during the Civil War and involved doctoring. I was surprised about this since the cover model does not at all seem Civil War-ish. I mean, I suppose you could say, "It's a picture of her nursing so of course she doesn't have the skirtage!" But she at least needs a few extra petticoats or else her dress would be slouching ridiculously. xD Anyways, my confusion aside, I struggled to get into it at first. Not as in it was difficult to read, but as in, I felt like it jumped around a lot, and I didn't care about the main character. Around 30% in, that started shifting as the book picked up speed, stopped jumping like a jackrabbit, and the main characters started developing storylines. To get the rest of my negatives out of the way, I was occasionally confused once again, and I was a bit confused by why Cadence kept letting Joshua kiss her - like, can we just ...? *confusion* I'm not offended by the kisses themselves, but it seemed out of character for Cadence. (I mean, what woman, especially a woman like Cadence, kisses a man back when he just randomly kisses her during an argument - from her POV, I mean? Like ...???) Honestly, half of the time, he's just like, "It's too dangerous!" And she's like, "But I love danger!" Also, I still feel like Cadence was a little annoying and maybe overly innocent, but I think she might just be ... not my type of character? So that's okay. I did get to liking Joshua, though I really wish the author had dug a little more into both their personalities and character arcs because sometimes it seemed more like, "Whatever works for the story" and other times they're trying to convince me the character has always been like X, and I'm like, "So why did they X here?" Like Cadence being shy/fearful/etc. but then turning around and literally being like, "I love Joshua because she's dangerous." CHILD I OUGHTA-! ANYWHO, all that aside, I still think it was a good book. It had some fun intrigue, some adorable children, some talks about serious but important subjects, and a great theme about pleasing people vs. pleasing God (not something I struggle with but still something I could understand). I really enjoyed the writing, and the medical descriptions (though perhaps too brutal for some - I felt they were tasteful, but I'm a literal cow-slaughterer) really fascinated me. I always like reading about how medicine has evolved and all. (I did feel like it was a little extra for Cadence to figure out that the instruments needed sanitized, but whatever. I mean, it was all figured out around that time ...) Joshua is a great dad, and Cadence will make a great mom, which is great. I looked up a few names while reading because I was curious, but the author's note confirmed that a lot of what she was writing about was based on reality. I wondered that, as some of the elements felt so fantastical that I hoped she had drawn from real life! And she had. I didn't know about The Knights (I mean, I've studied the Civil War A LOT, so I figure I must've learned about them some time, but I had completely and utterly forgot!) so that was really interesting. Anywho, those are my general thoughts! I think it was a pretty good book. I rambled about negatives, I know, but I still enjoyed it, and there were a lot of pros to outweigh the cons.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn Green

    All Through the Night strikes all the right notes in a Civil War drama. Principled yet flawed characters grow with every chapter, a multi-faceted setting brings the era’s turmoil to life, and intrigue and danger keep the pages turning. Inspired by a real woman, this novel sings with spiritual truths sure to harmonize with any reader’s life story. Another winner from Tara Johnson.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    This is an outstanding tale with a strong sense of time and place, delightful musical interludes, cameo appearances of prominent historical figures (Dorothea Dix, Fanny Crosby, Abraham Lincoln, and John Wilkes Booth), a sweet and clean romance, and a strong biblical foundation. Both of our main characters struggle with defects that haunt them from their past. They encourage each other to work through those insecurities with scripture and prayer. From the first I found it to be entertaining and e This is an outstanding tale with a strong sense of time and place, delightful musical interludes, cameo appearances of prominent historical figures (Dorothea Dix, Fanny Crosby, Abraham Lincoln, and John Wilkes Booth), a sweet and clean romance, and a strong biblical foundation. Both of our main characters struggle with defects that haunt them from their past. They encourage each other to work through those insecurities with scripture and prayer. From the first I found it to be entertaining and engrossing. I will definitely be looking for more of Tara Johnson's work and am happy to find out that she has written two other Civil War era novels. Sleep, my child, and peace attend thee All through the night; Guardian angels God will send thee All through the night. Soft the drowsy hours are creeping, Hill and vale in slumber sleeping, I my loving vigil keeping, All through the night. Thank you to Tyndale House and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book. These are my honest thoughts. This is one of the best Civil War-era stories I’ve read. It isn’t for the faint of heart as amputations and other medical procedures occur often throughout. This is a story of faith, family, overcoming obstacles, abolition, and sweet romance. It was a wonderful story that pulled me in from page one and never let me go. The atmosphere was so immersive, the cast amazing, the plot superb. This was a book easy FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book. These are my honest thoughts. This is one of the best Civil War-era stories I’ve read. It isn’t for the faint of heart as amputations and other medical procedures occur often throughout. This is a story of faith, family, overcoming obstacles, abolition, and sweet romance. It was a wonderful story that pulled me in from page one and never let me go. The atmosphere was so immersive, the cast amazing, the plot superb. This was a book easy to fall in love with, despite its being one of my least favorite genres (Civil War). The cover model should have had large hoops beneath her skirt, but that’s a small gripe. The cover is gorgeous and hooked me in, but it doesn’t say “Civil War.” Content: a few expletives, gambling, alcohol

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    This was such a fantastic story! I completely fell in love with Cadence! The story is so well done, the characters are wonderful. They main ones are so easy to like, and I really connected with the cast here. The scenes can be felt, and I love the historical research that was put into the book. The storyline and plot are thoroughly engaging. Some books written during the Civil War are so incredibly difficult. I felt this one was incredibly well done. The faith and hope message is so strong in thi This was such a fantastic story! I completely fell in love with Cadence! The story is so well done, the characters are wonderful. They main ones are so easy to like, and I really connected with the cast here. The scenes can be felt, and I love the historical research that was put into the book. The storyline and plot are thoroughly engaging. Some books written during the Civil War are so incredibly difficult. I felt this one was incredibly well done. The faith and hope message is so strong in this book, and it is intricately woven well into the story. I read this book at the end of 2020, and it is definitely one of the best of the year. I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    Whoa! Call me gobsmacked and find me nursing a major book hangover. I could NOT stop reading (well, listening.) What a captivating story! And Johnson delivered so much more than I expected. Truth: I'm not a huge fan of Civil War era fiction so I might have actually passed this one by except so many of my reading friends put All Through the Night on their TBR lists for January releases that I caved and gave it a go. What did I have to lose since audible allows returns if I really couldn't get into Whoa! Call me gobsmacked and find me nursing a major book hangover. I could NOT stop reading (well, listening.) What a captivating story! And Johnson delivered so much more than I expected. Truth: I'm not a huge fan of Civil War era fiction so I might have actually passed this one by except so many of my reading friends put All Through the Night on their TBR lists for January releases that I caved and gave it a go. What did I have to lose since audible allows returns if I really couldn't get into it. Ha! I couldn't stop listening! And not just because Stephanie Nemeth Parker is a gifted narrator (though she definitely is!) But because Cadence is so compelling. There's so much depth and grit and soul to her story! And Joshua's too for that matter. They bring out the best -- and worst -- in each other and their developing relationship is a joy to behold. But it's Cadence's struggle to accept herself as a beloved daughter of God that held me spellbound. Her faith journey moved me and I thrilled at the way it played a pivotal role in the overall plot. Just what I love to see in my Christian fiction. And then there's the way Johnson brings history to life. The medical aspects alone were a marvel to shudder over. And, while the author doesn't shirk from setting the scene, she doesn't go overboard with descriptive gore (in case any squeamish readers might have a concern.) And that vile secret society is something I had never heard of before. I actually looked them up online. Mind-boggling evil. So, we have danger, adventure, romance (toe-curls, oh my!) set during one of the most chaotic times in American history. What more can I say? Breath-snatchingly good, that's what!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Faye

    A Civil War romance of fighting for meaning and the ones you love. Cadence Piper has struggled to prove herself to her father, as worthy and capable, she wants to be more than a pretty face and wants to truly make a difference in her country. She makes an impression on the brooding Dr. Joshua Ivy, who convinces her to become a nurse tending the wounded soldiers. I admired Cadence's courage, and how she has a strong desire to do her part as well as her compassion for the troops and children. Joshu A Civil War romance of fighting for meaning and the ones you love. Cadence Piper has struggled to prove herself to her father, as worthy and capable, she wants to be more than a pretty face and wants to truly make a difference in her country. She makes an impression on the brooding Dr. Joshua Ivy, who convinces her to become a nurse tending the wounded soldiers. I admired Cadence's courage, and how she has a strong desire to do her part as well as her compassion for the troops and children. Joshua is a lone ranger type, outwardly brooding and at times confusing, he is hiding a heart of a gold. I liked how he is a man of action and believes in stepping up to make a difference, and readily defends Cadence against people who slander her. A Civil War romance that focuses on the brave men and women who fought for the liberation of slaves, standing up against racism. I liked the relationship between Joshua and Cadence, how they support and stand up for one another, though at times they could be a little too much in their heads. This is a compelling story, with strong themes of forgiveness and loving others. The story build throughout, coming to an explosive conclusion. A compelling Civil War novel of romance and abolition. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    What a great read, one you never want to put down, because you never see most of what happens coming! The book is set during a horrible time in US history, the Civil War, and we are walking with the medical personnel, and see what now is the primitive procedures that were used on these injured men. What we take for granted! The author gives us a young woman, whom because she stutters, was told that she was a slow learner and would never achieve much, again primitive practices! Then we are given a m What a great read, one you never want to put down, because you never see most of what happens coming! The book is set during a horrible time in US history, the Civil War, and we are walking with the medical personnel, and see what now is the primitive procedures that were used on these injured men. What we take for granted! The author gives us a young woman, whom because she stutters, was told that she was a slow learner and would never achieve much, again primitive practices! Then we are given a medical doctor, with such a big heart he risks everything to help free people in bondage. He also does more and fills his home. Now you think what would these two would have nothing in common, but when we get to know Cadence, and her magical voice [through the author], and Joshua and his compassion, they are thrown together during the horrors of war. Setting for this story is Washington DC, and the wounded are brought to this city, and so are the people who want people to remain in bondage, and to be rid of those who would help them! We know how things turn out, but this is an eye opener of how these brave souls fought to help others! I received this book through Edelweiss and the Publisher Tyndale House, and was not require4d to give a positive review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    3.5 stars "Find out what task Providence has ordained you to do and then do it." "I fear there may be no task for me." Endeavoring to prove herself worthy of her father's attention, Cadence Piper has long thought that her life would never amount to much, having been misdiagnosed as mentally simple due to a childhood speech malady that had all but corrected itself. When casualties from the Civil War begin pouring into Washington, D.C. she valiantly applies for a nursing position with the famed Dor 3.5 stars "Find out what task Providence has ordained you to do and then do it." "I fear there may be no task for me." Endeavoring to prove herself worthy of her father's attention, Cadence Piper has long thought that her life would never amount to much, having been misdiagnosed as mentally simple due to a childhood speech malady that had all but corrected itself. When casualties from the Civil War begin pouring into Washington, D.C. she valiantly applies for a nursing position with the famed Dorothea Dix. Told that she was "too young and too pretty", she finds another way to serve the needs of her increasingly despondent city . . . with her voice. Dr. Joshua Ivy is curious about the "songbird" that has slipped her way into his hospital, administering water, kind words, and lovely melodies. After having previously misjudged her based solely on her lovely appearance and large street audience, he finds Cadence to be anything but self-serving, in fact she's the total opposite; putting the needs of others well before her own. In spite of the draw between them, he cannot afford attachments, for his periodic clandestine activities would put her in great danger, she wouldn't understand, and he could never forgive himself if she was harmed by association. His enemies are ruthless and have eyes roaming everywhere through-out the city. On one hand, this is the sweetest of love stories between two wounded souls working feverishly to erase misconceptions and sadnesses of their pasts that were no fault of their own. On the other hand, it's a sobering expose of the horrors of war, exposing the atrocities of our country's one civil war that was brutally fought both on and off the battlefields. Thank goodness we are under the watchful eye of the One who never slumbers nor sleeps, "all through the night". "Sleep, my child, and peace attend thee, All through the night. Guardian angels God will send thee, All through the night." . . . .

  14. 4 out of 5

    Beth Erin

    featured on FaithfullyBookish.com Is it just me or is it increasingly tempting to overlook a story set during painfully divisive periods in favor of more lighthearted reads? For me, after yet another year of political and social division and strife, purposefully reading historical fiction is even more of a personal mission to learn from the past than ever before. This story is so much more than meets the eye! All Through the Night explores not only the preconceived notions ascribed to a variety of featured on FaithfullyBookish.com Is it just me or is it increasingly tempting to overlook a story set during painfully divisive periods in favor of more lighthearted reads? For me, after yet another year of political and social division and strife, purposefully reading historical fiction is even more of a personal mission to learn from the past than ever before. This story is so much more than meets the eye! All Through the Night explores not only the preconceived notions ascribed to a variety of people groups (people with speech impediments, emancipated people in the North, people who have experienced homelessness, wounded veterans, etc.) but this story also tackles the inner struggles and outer abuses many of these individuals suffered daily. This story vividly (yet tastefully) portrays medical intervention and advancements applied during the Civil War. However, it is Cadence and Joshua’s individual journeys towards embracing their own worth in Christ and using their gifts to serve others that make this book exactly what the world needs now. I highly recommend this inspiring and fascinating story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. Additionally, as a co-owner of JustRead Publicity Tours, LLC, I received compensation from the publisher and/or author to coordinate a promotional tour for this title. The opinions expressed are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    All I can say is just wow! A fantastic read! One that will keep you occupied for hours until you finish the story! Johnson is a fabulous story teller. I love her stories because she adds just a little bit of everything to keep you turning the pages and make you "sigh" at the end. "Sighing" with satisfaction that is. You know, it's hard to find another book to read after finishing a book like this. It was so very good! Wonderful characters with awesome Christian messages that will lift up your heart All I can say is just wow! A fantastic read! One that will keep you occupied for hours until you finish the story! Johnson is a fabulous story teller. I love her stories because she adds just a little bit of everything to keep you turning the pages and make you "sigh" at the end. "Sighing" with satisfaction that is. You know, it's hard to find another book to read after finishing a book like this. It was so very good! Wonderful characters with awesome Christian messages that will lift up your heart and remind you that God is at work no matter what. Johnson knows how to make you feel a part of the characters lives so much so that it was hard to say goodbye. I didn't want the book to end. She's such a good author. I really enjoyed this book to the fullest. My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review An interesting romance novel set during the Civil War, with likeable characters, “All Through the Night”, by Tara Johnson (Tyndale House Publishers), seems historically well researched and realistic. I liked the intriguing, guarded hero and the intrepid heroine with a stutter who suffers a double stigma because of it and for being a woman. Joshua and Cadence are both brave, altruistic characters. The vivid descriptions of battleground me Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review An interesting romance novel set during the Civil War, with likeable characters, “All Through the Night”, by Tara Johnson (Tyndale House Publishers), seems historically well researched and realistic. I liked the intriguing, guarded hero and the intrepid heroine with a stutter who suffers a double stigma because of it and for being a woman. Joshua and Cadence are both brave, altruistic characters. The vivid descriptions of battleground medicine and the carnage of war, the poverty and damage in the cities the protagonists visit make the descriptions come alive to the reader. The romance, marriage and children were sweet, although the domesticity reduced the intensity and heat levels. I liked the take on stuttering and the ease of singing. The beginning was promising, but the story turned a bit bland, dragged a little and didn’t draw me in as much as I was expecting. I think some of Joshua’s decisions about his secret activities were a bit out of character; at times, the dialogue involving the children didn’t seem natural.

  17. 4 out of 5

    MJSH

    "But to have a purpose. To know your task and give your life to it with all your heart. There is nothing more noble or honorable.” What a beautifully written novel with gritty and raw emotions set during a heart-breaking time in our nation. Once again, Tara Johnson creates an unforgettable fictional world nestled in a very real historical world - this time in Washington DC at the beginning of Civil War - that will draw you in and not let go. The hatred, brokenness, hopelessness, misery, and unspe "But to have a purpose. To know your task and give your life to it with all your heart. There is nothing more noble or honorable.” What a beautifully written novel with gritty and raw emotions set during a heart-breaking time in our nation. Once again, Tara Johnson creates an unforgettable fictional world nestled in a very real historical world - this time in Washington DC at the beginning of Civil War - that will draw you in and not let go. The hatred, brokenness, hopelessness, misery, and unspeakable loss are so very vivid and tangible, as are desire to do justice and mercy, love for all mankind, and God's overwhelming grace and provision. I really enjoyed the medical and surgical aspects of the story that made me feel like I was right there on the battlefield, treating and ministering to the soldiers. Tara Johnson never disappoints with her well-researched and profound words; this book is a must-read historical fiction. I loved Cadence, a multi-talented young woman, who is insecure about her place in the world and striving so hard to prove herself and earn her father's affection. Joshua, a physician passionate about abolition and providing a safe home for children, is a broody, emotional hero with a huge and tender heart who also is working hard to prove himself. Watching their work relationship turn into something more through a host of varying circumstances was absolutely delightful and how they complemented each other in and out of the hospital was heart-warming. Threats hover on every side as the war escalates and Joshua becomes a target; this subplot adds a thread of suspense to enrich a story already masterfully layered with devastation of war, beauty of faith and music, journey to knowing worthiness and tenderness of first love. I received a copy of the book from Tyndale House Publishers and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Karen R

    A moving Civil War drama rich in history and inspiration! A well developed plotline with some intrigue, danger, and action kept the story moving along at a steady pace. It felt quite authentic as real people and events from the early Civil War years are included along the way. The author reveals in the interesting end notes that she has also loosely based the main character's profile on a real person who really did sing to soldiers and worked as a nurse during the war. Perils of war, medical tra A moving Civil War drama rich in history and inspiration! A well developed plotline with some intrigue, danger, and action kept the story moving along at a steady pace. It felt quite authentic as real people and events from the early Civil War years are included along the way. The author reveals in the interesting end notes that she has also loosely based the main character's profile on a real person who really did sing to soldiers and worked as a nurse during the war. Perils of war, medical traumas, and difficult issues surrounding slavery made it a bit gritty at times, but added to the authenticity. The author does a good job of adding just enough detail to keep it real. I admire the grit and determination of both Cadence and Joshua as they put themselves in danger to help others. Their relationship was dynamic and grew into something solid. The romance was beautiful and tender. I like the faith moments that shaped them both as they struggled against negative voices from their pasts, and helped them grow stronger. We all probably have things that we need to let go of that weigh us down that way, and need reminders that "there is a God who sees and hears us, even in the darkest night." Highly recommend for older teens and up who enjoy a story set in real history with grit, faith and romance. (An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carol Andrade | _carolcabrita

    Ahhhhhh this was such a pleasant surprise! I wasn't expecting to be historical accurate. I only thought this was a book about a girl that wanted to be a nurse but it's much more than that. I love that there's talks about abolition, adoption, secret societies, etc. I couldn't help but think about Hamilton the muscial when Joshua was out doing his abolitionists things hahaha. Like if he had more than a friends, I would started singing My Shot all the way 😂 The romance was on point. I laughed many ti Ahhhhhh this was such a pleasant surprise! I wasn't expecting to be historical accurate. I only thought this was a book about a girl that wanted to be a nurse but it's much more than that. I love that there's talks about abolition, adoption, secret societies, etc. I couldn't help but think about Hamilton the muscial when Joshua was out doing his abolitionists things hahaha. Like if he had more than a friends, I would started singing My Shot all the way 😂 The romance was on point. I laughed many times with their conversations. That scene where Cadence got a bouquet and a note was touching and meanful (also that note probably ruined men for me). Lastly it was really nice the inclusion of Fanny Crosby. Her poems and hymns are truly beautiful and it was the first time that I ever saw her mention in a book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kailey

    Wow! This book! I loved it! Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop! I loved Cadence and Joshua! Tara Johnson does such an excellent job of including detail to her stories that they just come to life! I highly recommend this book! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Becca-Rae Weidel

    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 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.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    All Through the Night by Tara Johnson is an excellent historical fiction novel that takes place during the early years of the American Civil War. It gives the reader a peak into several different aspects: the medical establishment, the injuries/wounds/sacrifices that soldiers made on the battlefield, and also a glimpse into monstrosities such as the Knights of the Golden Circle (secret societies and groups that were dedicated to foul and horrific behavior). I enjoyed reading the stories of Caden All Through the Night by Tara Johnson is an excellent historical fiction novel that takes place during the early years of the American Civil War. It gives the reader a peak into several different aspects: the medical establishment, the injuries/wounds/sacrifices that soldiers made on the battlefield, and also a glimpse into monstrosities such as the Knights of the Golden Circle (secret societies and groups that were dedicated to foul and horrific behavior). I enjoyed reading the stories of Cadence Piper and Joshua Ivy. Both are upstanding, genuine, like able, realistic, complex, and flawed individuals. Both have their own faults, insecurities, and strengths. Both have strong moral compasses and their foundation and hearts placed in a greater purpose. I really enjoyed both of them finding their true purpose spiritually, professionally, and romantically. It was nice to see both see their own beauty and the beauty of others. I was impressed with all that both had to give to helping others. I really enjoyed their path to happiness and romance. I also enjoyed the mystery and suspense components that involved Tate, abolitionists, and the evil Knight society. It definitely added a heightened sense of urgency and rawness to the glimmers of hope that the main characters brought to the story. I enjoyed the plot, pacing, time period, character cast, and ending. There were times that the descriptions of the battlefields and the devastating conditions, that I truly felt completely immersed and literally there myself. I could see the flies buzzing, the fields and tents overwhelmed, and the stagnancy that was hovering over all. The author was impressive in her ability to place the reader into the situation time and time again. It was hard to read, but important all the same. I also liked the inclusion of real-life historical figures sprinkled throughout the story. It also added another aspect of authenticity to the story. I really enjoyed this book and it was uplifting to see right conquering wrong, and good replacing evil. Rays of light peaking through the dark clouds are always welcome and needed. I found it fascinating to see that some of the main characters and this society were all based off of real occurrences and people during this time. I learned quite a bit about "the Songbird of the North" during this story, and it was great to see that she actually did exist. The author's note at the end of the book was a welcome addition. A very inspiring and uplifting book to let the reader know that we may be imperfect and flawed, yet we are always loved, we all have a purpose, and we all have something to add. A great message. 5/5 stars Thank you EW and Tyndale House Publishing for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon and B&N accounts upon publication.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlyn S.

    Oh, you dear characters . . . where do I even start? How do I put words to all the thoughts I have about this one in any type of cohesive manner? I have no idea . . . This was an interesting book that caused quite an stir for my mind. I was really invested in the story line, but not really invested in the characters. I found the story intriguing, while the characters got on my nerves more than a bit. Parts of it were simply unrealistic, while others were hair-raisingly factual. And the history . Oh, you dear characters . . . where do I even start? How do I put words to all the thoughts I have about this one in any type of cohesive manner? I have no idea . . . This was an interesting book that caused quite an stir for my mind. I was really invested in the story line, but not really invested in the characters. I found the story intriguing, while the characters got on my nerves more than a bit. Parts of it were simply unrealistic, while others were hair-raisingly factual. And the history . . . the historical facts and the way I felt invested in the historical aspect of the story, even though -- and this is a big one, guys -- it was told 100% from the Union perspective, and not at all sympathetic towards the South, was simply a mark of a talented writer. I appreciated not having the gory details glossed over, and the horror of the second battle of Bull Run was truly unutterable for anyone living during the war. And the medical aspect . . . oh, the medical aspect! The cameo portraits of Fanny Crosby and Dorothea Dix and all the hymns included within the pages . . . my musically inclined heart was happy! Maybe I should start with the history since I really enjoyed it. I've read countless books, novels and history books alike, on the subject of the War Between the States. It was the war with the largest number of American deaths -- brothers fighting brothers, sons fighting fathers, uncles and nephews and sons-in-law fighting their relatives. This story brought that reality to life. The carnage, the deaths, the medical aspects, all of it was portrayed so realistically. I've never heard of the "Knights of the Golden Circle" and when I can read over 100 books, easy, about the war, and suddenly learn something new in a novel? You know that I'm caught hook, line, and sinker at that point! I just want to know why it isn't more commonly mentioned in books, now. The medical aspect *could* be classified as a bit detailed and too much for some squeamish people, or those gentle souls who dislike all mentions of blood. For me, I was comfortable reading it. You had many mentions of amputations, many mentions of blood poisoning, the stench, the blood-soaked clothing, bullet extractions . . . all of it was very realistic and true to history. I mean, even in today's medical field, there's blood and gore, so . . . Seriously, though, I've always enjoyed nursing and reading medical textbooks, and reading about medical history. So for me, it wasn't too much, but for some people, I could absolutely see where it *could* be too much. And, if it were a movie, it would probably be a bit much for me, as well, so there's that too. The writing and the story line was amazing! There weren't many huge twists and turns -- the one plot twist that I didn't necessarily see coming was the one that caused an event that I saw happening anyways, just not in the way that it happened. I guessed at most of it before it was revealed, but it was still enjoyable. The writing style was one that drew me in made feel as if I was there, a part of the scenes being portrayed. I can't say that I cried or anything, even though there were some touchingly sweet scenes, but I was still emotionally invested in the story. And then we have the characters, which I personally think could have had more depth, and I would have liked to see more of their backstories. Quite honestly, I became very annoyed whenever anything happened, to read that Cadence (the perfect name for the Songbird of the North, by the way) would immediately revert back to the diagnoses the doctor had told her, and Joshua always went back to the fact that he had been told he would never amount to anything. I mean . . . ?? After ten or more mentions in the first 1/4 of the story, it just got repetitive and I didn't feel anything for them anymore. I don't really feel like either of those characters grew much, in a real, probable way, which could just be me. There *was* growth, so don't get me wrong, but after what they had been through, you'd think there would have been much more than there was. The children were absolutely adorable, though, and I loved how they were so willing to take them in, even though it was socially unacceptable at times. And I LOVED how the prologue fit right in the story. Loved it. Tate Piper was actually one of my favourite characters, although I would have liked to see more of what caused the initial estrangement between him and his family. I loved how he grew, how he became repentant, and how he found grace in the sight of God and could rest secure in His mercy. Albert Piper was a disappointment. I understand that he was disappointed in the diagnoses his daughter had received, but after so many years of viewing her as less than mentally competent, the way that whole issue was resolved was a bit quick. A few words from this guy you just met, and everything is hunky dory? Umm . . . I'm thinking not, but that could just be me. I also didn't think the ending quite satisfactory. I loved the whole hospital army thing, but there seemed to be a really quick resolution to the issue (SPOILER: I mean, no shots fired, no injuries, simply a warning that you're surrounded, and let them go now, and we'll let you free to terrorize someone else? And all this happens in less than half chapter? SPOILER END). The romance aspect was another issue that was interesting. In some ways, they built their relationship on working together, and they did try to avoid each other. But if they really wanted to avoid each other, they could have, instead of running into each other and exchanging kisses, even though they've vowed never to think about the other person again. And if I'm mad at you, and you attempt to kiss me to shut me up, I'm not thinking it's gonna end the way this story does, but again, that could just be me. *shrugs* Anyways . . . there was a scene where a soldier almost rapes a nurse, but it was barely detailed. There were multiple kisses that I skimmed over, and there was a a whole chapter on the honeymoon that I skimmed through, because it was just too detailed for my personal tastes -- it did seem as though the scenes faded away before anything happened, but I skimmed, so I'm not 100% sure 'bout that. So, for the writing and the story line and the history and the medicalness, It's definitely worth your time to read it., skimming certain scenes, of course. If you're a lover of romance, then you might really enjoy this one. It's not a terrible book, but it's not a swoon-worthy one, either. Kind of more middle of the road. I did enjoy it, immensely, and stayed up way too late reading, even though I didn't really connect with the characters, and it WAS really well written. I'd recommend this one for 18+, simply because of the battle scenes, the multiple mentions of death, and the romance. *I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers to review. I was not required to enjoy this book, merely to give my honest opinion.*

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    I went in with high expectations for this book, as I’d heard only good things so far from other readers. Well, my expectations were exceeded. This was an excellent book and I really mean it. It was deep in so many ways. Tara Johnson puts her readers in the midst of the civil war. As you read page after page you can see it and feel it. It takes a good author to make readers feel as though they are in the midst of their story. Faith was approached boldly which I so appreciate. It really hits home I went in with high expectations for this book, as I’d heard only good things so far from other readers. Well, my expectations were exceeded. This was an excellent book and I really mean it. It was deep in so many ways. Tara Johnson puts her readers in the midst of the civil war. As you read page after page you can see it and feel it. It takes a good author to make readers feel as though they are in the midst of their story. Faith was approached boldly which I so appreciate. It really hits home in a truly touching way. The characters were superbly written and I enjoyed getting to know them as I worked my way through the novel. The plot had plenty of twists and turns which left me reading late into the night. I can’t recommend this book enough. This is a must read. I’ve since added all of Tara Johnson’s other books to my TBR list.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rosalyn

    A beautiful story about nursing during the civil war. This was my first experience with reading the writings of Tara Johnson, but it definitely won't be my last! This book brought to life for me in such a tangible way the realities of the Civil War. It's beauty, it's humanity, and of course, it's tragedies. Cadence was such a lovely heroine. She's always believed herself to be less than. She's tried so hard to gain her father's approval, to make up for the loss of her mother, and for what her brot A beautiful story about nursing during the civil war. This was my first experience with reading the writings of Tara Johnson, but it definitely won't be my last! This book brought to life for me in such a tangible way the realities of the Civil War. It's beauty, it's humanity, and of course, it's tragedies. Cadence was such a lovely heroine. She's always believed herself to be less than. She's tried so hard to gain her father's approval, to make up for the loss of her mother, and for what her brother did to them. But it's never enough. When she hears of the opportunity to be a nurse, she wants that so desperately. But then, she gets rejected there too. Until their need is so desperate, they are willing to accept her, even if she is too young and too pretty. Cadence discovered nursing was something she could do really well, even if she did have a rocky start (my heart went out to her when she had to stand in on that first dreadful surgery, the one that caused her to faint...). And then there's Joshua Ivy. So much tension between these two characters. I loved seeing their relationship grow and change. I loved seeing real characters from history in this book - Dorothea Dix, Fanny Crosby, to name a few. Tara Johnson just did a really good job at bringing that day and age to life on these pages. The characters felt real. The setting was beautifully depicted. Nursing in those days definitely had a romance all its own. But it was not a thing of beauty. It was terrible. And tragic. For lovers of historical fiction, I definitely recommend you read this book! Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

  26. 5 out of 5

    Perrianne

    Cadence Piper has set her heart on becoming a nurse after the death of her mother. She has a stutter and sweet nature but in the Civil War times, nursing was not an occupation for a single young lady and definitely not for the faint at heart. She is gifted with a beautiful singing voice and is well received at patriotic events, and even sings to the soldiers recovering from battle wounds. Cadence has such a sacrificial heart that you can't help but love her. If I put myself in her shoes, I certai Cadence Piper has set her heart on becoming a nurse after the death of her mother. She has a stutter and sweet nature but in the Civil War times, nursing was not an occupation for a single young lady and definitely not for the faint at heart. She is gifted with a beautiful singing voice and is well received at patriotic events, and even sings to the soldiers recovering from battle wounds. Cadence has such a sacrificial heart that you can't help but love her. If I put myself in her shoes, I certainly could not have taken care of these soldiers during this time period. Cadence has been told more than once that nursing is not for her, but if nothing else, could her songbird voice lend a comfort to the diseased and dying soldiers? Dr. Joshua Ivy is not such a stellar character and one does wonder why he often slips away from the Washington Infirmary for days on end. I felt that Cadence's father did not value her because of her speech impediment, and instead favored her troublesome brother, Tate. Can Dr. Ivy set aside his reservations about Cadence and let him into his life? Can Cadence allign herself with a man who has a shadow life that she knows nothing about? Tara Johnson always writes an incredible novel and it's no secret that I've read everything she's ever published. I certainly look forward to her next novel. I obtained a copy of this book in a blog giveaway and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    With her third, Tara Johnson has carved out a place as an author of Civil War-era fiction. All Through the Night has a little bit of everything I enjoy in a book. First, there are the characters. From Cadence, who struggles to find her worth, to Joshua, who has his own secrets and reasons behind his drive, I connected with the main characters, even when they were butting heads. But even the secondary characters were well-developed and added depth to the story. And whether in a Washington DC hospit With her third, Tara Johnson has carved out a place as an author of Civil War-era fiction. All Through the Night has a little bit of everything I enjoy in a book. First, there are the characters. From Cadence, who struggles to find her worth, to Joshua, who has his own secrets and reasons behind his drive, I connected with the main characters, even when they were butting heads. But even the secondary characters were well-developed and added depth to the story. And whether in a Washington DC hospital or on the Civil War battlefield, Johnson plunges readers into the setting with all of their sense and many emotions. And while many of the horrors of the war are described, the author shows the truth without going into gory details. Add to those a romance that develops over the course of years, some family dynamics that need some work, and a secret society that’s a little-known fact (at least to me) of Civil War history, and this is a book that you will not want to set down. Disclosure statement: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Waltz

    All her life Cadence Piper has tried to to gain the approval of her father , despite the limitations charlatan doctors put on her because of her stutter at an early age. In a stroke of luck, she uses her voice to inspire a group of soldiers one day and is thrusted into the limelight. On the other hand, she finds her passion in helping nurse others back to health. On the other hand, Joshua is wary of cadence love of nursing. Beautiful ladies always have a alternative motive. It is only when Joshua All her life Cadence Piper has tried to to gain the approval of her father , despite the limitations charlatan doctors put on her because of her stutter at an early age. In a stroke of luck, she uses her voice to inspire a group of soldiers one day and is thrusted into the limelight. On the other hand, she finds her passion in helping nurse others back to health. On the other hand, Joshua is wary of cadence love of nursing. Beautiful ladies always have a alternative motive. It is only when Joshua is low on help that he enlists her help. Over years of war, the two develop a rapport based on love and respect. But he still has a secret. This book shows God's worth of his chosen people despite our weaknesses and shortcomings

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Roemer

    Tara Johnson has written a stirring tale that captures the essence of where true worth resides. Beautifully written, All Through the Night holds a poignant message that is certain to resonate with readers. At the onset of the Civil War, Cadence Piper longs for meaning, to make herself useful. When her beautiful singing entrances Union soldiers, she is soon dubbed the Songbird of the North. Hoping to gain her father's approval, she agrees to sing at an array of prestigious events, while longing i Tara Johnson has written a stirring tale that captures the essence of where true worth resides. Beautifully written, All Through the Night holds a poignant message that is certain to resonate with readers. At the onset of the Civil War, Cadence Piper longs for meaning, to make herself useful. When her beautiful singing entrances Union soldiers, she is soon dubbed the Songbird of the North. Hoping to gain her father's approval, she agrees to sing at an array of prestigious events, while longing instead to bring comfort and healing to wounded soldiers. Her desire to prove herself leads her on a journey of self-acceptance. Cadence crosses paths with Joshua Ivy, a no-nonsense doctor who at first find her vain and caddy. But as the story progresses, the pair discover secrets hidden within that spur them to delve deeper into each other's true nature--a connection that fosters affections, as well as lands them in harm's way. Love the dramatic ending!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Bryant

    Another jewel from consummate storyteller Tara Johnson! This beautiful story touched me to the depths of my heart and soul on multiple levels—emotionally, sensorily, cognitively, and spiritually! Ms. Johnson has a gift for connecting you to the story in such a way that you feel like you are experiencing it in real life. The prose is fluent, clear, and effective with vivid descriptions and imagery that transport you to the scene. The well-crafted characters primary and secondary are endearing and Another jewel from consummate storyteller Tara Johnson! This beautiful story touched me to the depths of my heart and soul on multiple levels—emotionally, sensorily, cognitively, and spiritually! Ms. Johnson has a gift for connecting you to the story in such a way that you feel like you are experiencing it in real life. The prose is fluent, clear, and effective with vivid descriptions and imagery that transport you to the scene. The well-crafted characters primary and secondary are endearing and memorable. The captivating plot moves at a steady pace twisting and turning with a few surprises along the way. The sweet romance is heart-warming and special. The strong faith element incorporated as a natural part of the characters’ lives expounds the truth of God’s unconditional love and care. The historical aspect of the story is amazing. The real-life characters are seamlessly meshed with the fictional ones. I especially enjoyed Candace’s encounter with Fanny Crosby which so wonderfully captured the essence of Miss Crosby’s personality. Also, I love how the significance of the power of music is woven throughout the story. This book is now at the top of my “favorite books I have read this year” list, and I highly recommend it! I received a complimentary copy of this book but am under no obligation to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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