Review: Telling Fortunes by Benita Huffman

Telling Fortunes by Benita Huffman
Series: Cedar Springs Psychic (# 1)
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Publisher:  self published
Pages: 256
Source:  book provided by the auhtor for review



Psychic Cassie James can no longer use her talents to find missing women, but an ordinary desk job in her Tennessee hometown doesn’t solve her problems, either. The church-going cousin who raised her plans to save Cassie’s soul, and ten-year-old Nate hopes she’ll replace the mother who abandoned him. Teen girls beg for her to read the future in their palms, and Ed McBee, her science-teacher neighbor, wants to discredit her – or does he want to date her?

Rumors of romance between the psychic and the science teacher spark a local scandal that may cost their jobs and uncover facts better left hidden. As the truth about Cassie’s power threatens her new life, old family secrets endanger those she loves. How does a psychic who reads the future deal with the sins of the past?


Review: Telling Fortunes offered a glimpse into the world of a known “Psychic” from the south, but certain jokes and situations bothered me on a personal level and made it impossible for me to complete this book.

Psychic Cassie James is a complex woman. Her ability to read fortunes has been a curse and a blessing. When it landed her in hot water during a missing child’s case, she retreated from the world and returned to her small southern town. The glimpse into the life of a psychic was one I found fascinating. It wasn’t what I expected, and neither was Cassie James. I found Ms. Huffman’s take on a psychic quite different from anything I’d read before.

During her return secrets surface, and the possibility of love is raised by skeptic, and school teacher Ed McBee.  The conflict of a non-believer trying to disprove the psychic abilities of the woman he was semi-dating provided some pretty intense push and pull action. I was constantly waiting for one to conceded defeat to the other, and move forward with the dance they were doing around one another  or end it for good.

Ed McBee was a wounded man healing, and still deciding who he wanted to be. The process made him moody. I liked his intelligence and dedication to his students, but I’m not sure he was the most likeable hero I’ve ever met, which  made him all the more interesting.

There were a lot of  things to like about this story.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t get past the ones that I found offensive.