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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

First Hand Knowledge (Oracle Bay #2) by Amy Cissell

First Hand Knowledge 
(Oracle Bay #2)

Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published November 27th 2018 by Broken World Publishing

Goodreads synopsis: 
Welcome to Oracle Bay, the town where the local psychics were already expecting you! Once the playground of various divinities, it’s now the home of their preternaturally talented descendants.

Tourists come for the psychics, the quirky shops with punny names, and the quaint, small town vibe, but they stay for the Autumn Bazaar organized by the head of the psychics’ union, Misty Greene. Born and raised in Oracle Bay, she’s known Joseph McEwan all her life. What she doesn’t know is why the affable kid she knew in high school turned into the town crank when he took over the family goat farm.
Burdened with the weight of family secrets, Joseph struggles to maintain his life in Oracle Bay and his grumpy façade. When the pressure causes Joseph to pull his crowd-pleasing goat cheeses from the Autumn Bazaar, tensions with Misty come to a head. When she confronts the cantankerous farmer about his perceived sabotage, the friction breaks with a kiss. But secrets, mistrust, a mysterious stranger, and some missing goats all conspire to keep Misty and Joseph apart. Will they be able to get over a decade of bad blood compounded by mutual distrust to find Billie Holiday, Joseph’s prize goat, or will Joseph’s desire to keep his secrets outweigh his desire for Misty? Most importantly, will everything be resolved in time for the Bazaar?


4.5 Stars 

This is the second book in the Oracle Bay series by Amy Cissell.

After reading book one, I found book two a bit harder to get into. For one thing, we didn’t start from where the last book left off. We retraced our steps at the beginning of this story to back before Sandy even came to town and we were introduced to Joseph the goat farmer and his relationship with Misty.  This was a bit of a mind bender for me since I was ready to move forward from the last book and not jump backward. 

In a way, I almost wish this book and the previous book would have been put together to keep the continuity of the timeline. They kept mentioning some big event in book one but I couldn’t grasp onto that since I had nothing to base these fears on.

Overall, it was a good story. Love all the gods and magical stuff littered all throughout the book. Definitely liked book one so much better. The love story was just my jam. This one didn’t speak to me as much, not sure why.

If you love a good contemporary romance, cozy mystery, definitely check this one out.

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