- Series: Kinsman (Book 2)
- Paperback: 174 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 8, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 197406042X
- ISBN-13: 978-1974060429
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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Precisely at Midnight (Kinsman Book 2) Paperback – October 8, 2017
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About the Author
Joyce and Alexandra Swann are mother and daughter. Joyce homeschooled her ten children from the first grade through master’s degrees. She is a well-known author and speaker homeschooling. For nearly a decade she was a popular columnist for "Practical Homeschooling Magazine". In addition to their "Kinsman" series, Joyce and Alexandra have co-authored four novels: "The Fourth Kingdom", "The Twelfth Juror", "The Chosen", and "The Force". "The Fourth Kingdom" was a top-four finalist in the "Christianity Today" 2011 book of the year awards. Joyce’s personal story of her experiences raising and educating her family is chronicled in "Looking Backward: My Twenty-Five Years as a Homeschooling Mother", published in February of 2011. Her novel, "The Warrior", which tells the story of one woman’s ten-year prayer vigil for a man she has never met, has been downloaded on Kindle over 100,000 times since its release in May of 2012 and has over 500 five-star reviews on Amazon. She is also the author of two children’s books, "Tales of Pig Isle" and "The McAloons", which began as stories that she told to entertain her grandchildren, and the young adult series "N". She lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband of over 50 years. Alexandra is author of "No Regrets: How Homeschooling Earned me a Master’s Degree at Age Sixteen", "Writing for Today" and "The Planner". She works in Dallas, Texas, in financial services and manages Frontier 2000 Media Group.
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Precisely at Midnight is the second book in The Invitation series. This time, we follow Kevin’s sister, Carol, as she accepts her own Invitation for a new life. It only seems right that she would get an Invitation because, after all, she was the one who nominated Kevin to receive his Invitation, even being willing to completely sacrifice her own dream in order for her little brother to get a chance to make a better life for himself. We learn that Carol has a history of putting others ahead of her own happiness and desires. She also treats everyone, no matter what their station in life is, equally. Carol is such a loving, beautiful person that it really made me happy to think of someone like her getting the chance for a better life for herself, too. I also enjoyed getting to see what happened to Kevin and Jenna after The Invitation. Honestly, the characters in this book are all wonderful, especially now that Kevin no longer has to work for the manager who tormented him for so many years, or his unfaithful, manipulative ex-fiancé, Teri. Honestly, I enjoyed this book even more than I did the first, and that doesn’t happen too often. I really hope that there will be at least one more book to the series, because I really want to find out what happens in the future for both Kevin and Jenna, and Carol and Clint. I’d love to watch some more as they grow in their faiths, and in their relationships. I’d also really love to see what happens with the women that Carol redeemed. This was just such a beautiful, uplifting story and I’d love to read more of these authors’ writing.
“Sooner or later, everyone receives an Invitation. When you receive yours, how will you respond?” The Invitation Series deals a lot with the concept of the Kinsman Redeemer. While the Bible doesn’t actually use the words “Kinsman redeemer, it’s a concept that’s mentioned many times in the Bible. The story of Ruth is an excellent example, as Boaz served as Ruth’s Kinsman redeemer. But, the best example is definitely Jesus because He offers to be all of our Kinsman redeemer. And, He isn’t just wanting to free us from financial debt or wanting to put us on a path to this world’ Idea of success. Jesus wants to give us redemption from a far larger debt than any financial debt could ever be. He offers each and every one of us a real Invitation to begin a brand new life, within facing the debt caused by our sins. His Invitation is worth far more than money or worldly gain because He wipes the slate clean and pays the penalties for our sins. He offers us a truly brand new life, as a person made brand new. And all we have to do is be willing to set aside our pride and our desires to have everything our own way, and accept His Invitation. What will you do when you receive your Invitation?
Carol is beginning a charming friendship with a widower connected with the Kinsman project. But even that friendship won’t stand in the way when Carol’s heart is touched by a special message shared at church. A young woman shares the trauma of girls trapped into prostitution, sold by family or kidnapped and caged to be used as sex slaves with no hope of release. Carol hasn’t told anyone about the cry for help she has been hearing. Now she knows that she is being called to help the women in this situation.
Kinsman helps Carol travel to a foreign country to meet with leaders of an organization that rescues young women. There Carol meets a young woman and is determined to change her live provided they escape the dangers around them.
I found this story lovely as well as informative. I really liked the personal way the authors shared the heart wrenching situation. The authors also share Biblical messages in very natural settings and dialogue. I was fully engaged, and this read very quickly.
Although this has a beautiful holiday cover and is listed under "Holiday", it can be read and enjoyed anytime of the year. I recommend this story to readers who might want to know about female trafficking and who enjoy Biblically based stories.
I received this through NetGalley. My Rating 4.25.
This story has several characters, many from The Invitation, and also new ones. The event that struck me the most was when Carol went to India. She heard a woman's voice calling to her and decided to go search for her. Through bravery and determination she found the woman. What does the woman do with the invitation she is given? What do the others do who had received an invitation and accepted? I couldn't stop reading until I found out, and now I can't wait for the next book in the series.
What will you do with your invitation? Turn it down, accept it and stay as you are, or accept it and do more?
I received a free copy in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.