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Book Review: Precisely at Midnight by Joyce Swann and Alexandra Swann

Kinsman Series, #2

Pages: 142
Genre: Christian/Christmas/Clean Romance
Publication Date:
October 6, 2017
Relationships, Christianity, Second Chances, Love

This book was given for free, courtesy by NetGalley.


When Carol accepts her invitation to start a new life, she begins her first assignment which leads her to learn about human trafficking. Simultaneously, she is drawn to a specific woman who is calling to her in her dreams.

Determined to help in anyway that she can, Carol travels to India, and there she finds Leela. Leela was forced into prostitution and is now homeless. Can Carol help Leela get another chance in life?

my review

When I picked up this book, I fell in love with the cover and was curious of the content. I knew it was Christian based and thought ‘what a perfect book for the Christmas Season!’ Unfortunately, this is where my excitement ended.

The writing, in general, was one that was more tell, than show. Every thought was explicitly said and no inferences were made. I find this frustrating because when authors do this, perhaps not on purpose, it makes me feel as if I’m not intelligent enough to figure some things out on my own. The other aspect I found frustrating was the amount of monologues throughout this book. Sometimes, when someone is sharing some feeling or concern, it’s believable that they just need to get it all out, but it happened so much here that it seemed unrealistic. 

Told in multiple perspectives, the characters are very one-dimensional and don’t really show too much growth. Leela, who experienced human trafficking, grew in the way that she was able to start a new life, but when transitioning to a new life, there didn’t seem to be a struggle or a challenge that she really had to overcome.  I feel like something as forced prostitution would leave some pretty deep scars and would leave anyone emotional unstable. However, this didn’t seem to be the case here. On top of this, I actually kept forgetting who characters were. Whenever a perspective switched, I had to think really hard who’s thoughts I was reading about.

Honestly, the plot was also just so slow. When the reader was taken to a kotha, an Indian prostitution house, I felt some excitement. However, this scene was just a few pages and my excitement quickly dwindled afterwards. The monologues, as I mentioned previously, made the scenes drag so much, as well. To be honest, there didn’t really seem to be any real conflict or big resolutions here, which probably contributed to the slowness of the plot.

The only reason this book isn’t getting a one-star rating is because the editing was fine and maybe I missed something since I didn’t read the first book.

Overall, I did not enjoy this book and did not gain anything while reading.

My Rating

2 stars


I wouldn’t recommend this read. Perhaps those who enjoyed the first one, may enjoy this one. However, if you’re looking for some with more substance and some depth, you may want to skip this one.

Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
1 out of 50 books for (NetGalley) review for 2018!

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Precisely at Midnight by Joyce Swann and Alexandra Swann

  1. Oh I’m sorry to hear this was such a “tell more than show” kind of book as I hate those as well! Definitely feel like my intelligence is being questioned, or at least like I’m being treated like a child – either way, not good at all.
    As for the monologues, I’ve also encountered that a few times with some books and felt it was indeed super realistic. Unless they’re an old black and white Hollywood movie or a musical, they have no business having that kind of structure!
    Not connecting with the characters or their inner demons (which didn’t seem to actually exist in the end, so disappointing) makes it even worse. If an author wants to explore such a dark theme, they need to properly research it and make sure the characters act accordingly.
    I’m sorry this was not a very good reading experience, Heidi :/ Hopefully the next book you pick up will make up for it!

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    1. Thank you for saying so. No worries, though. Not every book is going to the next best one. I think this one was extra frustrating because I had finished another book with “tell more than show” while reading this one, and my mind was just going nuts thinking “what am I doing reading these books?” lol.

      It’s hard to describe these monologues. I felt like the characters were rambling about nothing or they already stated their thoughts and all their doing was restating what they already said within the same speech.

      As far as the inner demons part – I completely agree. Being forced into prostitution (after an attempted murder, FYI), then left homeless, I feel would leave anyone in shambles. It was such a missed opportunity to dive deeper and give the character more substance.

      Oh well. It was a fairly “short” read (>200 pages), which was a plus. Thank you, Sophie! I hope my next one is good, too! The one I’m focusing on now seems better, so far. We’ll see!

      Thank you for reading and commenting! 🙂

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