"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,
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?