When Cadence Anderson woke to find her husband and infant daughter had been killed, she thought her life was over. Instead, she was offered a second chance and sent back in time to do it all again.
She’s made the most of this opportunity, repairing her relationship with the best friend she lost the first time, avoiding the romantic mistakes she made originally, and even bringing her family closer together. But she’s also done something she wasn’t planning on—she’s fallen in love with someone other than her future husband.
Stepping onto a plane and flying across country to attend university is the hardest decision she’s had to make. But unless she follows through with it, her future with Austin might never happen. And what becomes of her beautiful baby if she stays with James, the man she was never supposed to love?
The only thing she knows for certain is that she has to see Austin again, and she’s intent on reliving that part of her previous life exactly like she did the first time. Even if that means she has to lie to James to do it. Because, deep down, she can’t quite bring herself to let him go.
Now, past and future are about to collide, and Cadence has to make her final choice—follow the uncertain path of a life with James, or the one she came back to save . . . with Austin.
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About the Author
Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing. After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dogs. She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing. Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
ARC kindly provided by Katie Hamstead via YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Review ‘Deceptive Cadence’ sounded really intriguing to me right from the go; sort of like a mix between the earthly and heavenly which I found absolutely captivating. I was incredibly eager – some may say over-eager – to read this novel as the whole aspect of being given a second chance and going back in time to right wrongs was something I couldn't deny. I also must strongly recommend this novel and its sequel for mature and older young-adult readers. There are some pretty hot and heavy moments in the novel so this is a warning to the people who would like a cleaner novel to read. The chemistry between James and Cadence is THAT GOOD! The novel starts off nicely but I felt like it was slightly unbelievable and a bit of a pretence. When Cadence reacts to the death of her husband and eighteen-month-old daughter I felt like it was too stereotypical and unconvincing. Surprisingly the novel got better and better. I must admit that it felt slightly strange reading from the perspective of a fifteen year old in high school because stuff happened to her that was more likely to happen to a seventeen year old. The fact that she behaved like an adult most of the time even though she was a teenager didn't put me off. Instead, I really admired the character for her matureness though Cadence most likely acted like a silly girl before her traveling back in time. The author seemed to build and build on the events that happened previously and steadily increased the amount of drama and emotions that enhanced the plot. I loved the diversity of characters and their dynamics. I felt that the variety of her friends perfectly captured the ones we readers most often shared ourselves when we were in high school. The stuff these characters said were also pretty impressive: the author managed to effectively capture the most stereotypical yet true words of teenagers who are influenced by the advertising media and social norm around them. It made the story and Cadence's traveling back in time so much more realistic! Cadence herself, as I said previously, was a great character. This WAS mainly because of her mature and grown-up behaviour in the novel but I also liked how she was so willing to change her past and didn't seem to take advantage of the fact that she was younger and therefore had a longer life to live. Cadence did seem teeny-tiny bit too good at times but I still like that about her. James Gordon...well, what can I say about him? I absolutely LOATHED and HATED him at the beginning of the novel. He was such a *insert expletive here*!! He did drugs and smoked; he dressed like a bum (that was a direct quote from the novel) and drank alcohol. He seemed very pushy and misogynistic as he tried to get Cadence to date him and I strongly disapproved of his physical contact with her at first. But then... Well, I'll leave you to ponder over what happens but it is VERY EXCITING! I loved this turn of events and looked forward to the follow-up action INTENSELY! To put things simply: I REALLY enjoyed reading about James afterwards. Read more at: https://staceykym.wordpress.com/2016/01/30/review-deceptive-cadence-cadence-1-by-katie-hamstead/
Diverging Cadence, Cadence 2, Katie Hamstead Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance, New Adult I loved the first book, but was gutted that it was a two part instalment. I HATE waiting for sequels, find I lose the momentum. I had to reread the last few chapters of that one before starting this just to remember where we left Cadence and what was happening. Its not that long ago I read it but I read a lot... So Cadence is off to W. Australia, other side of the country where she met Austin the first time round. James hates that she’s so far away and feels he’s scared her off by asking her to marry him. He’s such a lovely man, been through so much to be with her and I so felt for him. Poor Cadence too – its not as if she can explain. All her family and friends are mystified at her decision, and its so tough for her to try to justify her reasons to them, but she feels she has to go, she has to meet Austin again. She misses James terribly, and he’s so unhappy she wonders if she’s doing the right thing. But if she doesn’t then what about Austin, her first love and Melody, their daughter? They deserve a chance to live. Then she meets Austin and just as before falls in love. She’s so torn and to be honest I was angry with her at times, unfairly of course as she didn’t chose to be in this position, but it just seemed the way she’d gone this time round someone was going to get hurt with both James and Austin in love with her. The middle section where she has to lie to both is really gut wrenching, and that’s where I felt so angry at her. I can’t think of what else she could do though, she didn’t set out to cheat but has been forced into a position where she’s in love with two amazing men, and underneath she’s loyal to both though it doesn’t seem like it. Of course she can’t keep that secret forever and it causes some huge blowouts from family and friends. Its an incredibly emotional read, and I just couldn’t see how on earth Katie could resolve it without someone getting totally broken. Even Cadence wasn’t without risk, whichever she chose she’d know that choice was responsible for the other one being heartbroken, and the consequences that could bring. and she truly loves them both. She knows what happened the first time though, and all this has been at an attempt to stop the events of that time round, but things keep changing and what seemed so simple when she started has become incredibly complex. She’s making decisions but so are others and they affect her choices too.... I shouldn’t have worried though, Katie does a superb finish, giving me the ending I needed but dared not hope for. There’s some surprises coming, things play out in a way I’d never imagined! These two books are a story I’d recommend for anyone who loves an angsty read, full of emotion, real people, issues lots of us face ( though without Cadence’s extra knowledge!) and a perfect, satisfying ending. Definitely one I’ll re read, and I know going straight through the two books will work far better for me than reading in separate parts. Stars: Five, an amazing, satisfying and surprising conclusion ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers If you enjoyed my review I'd love it if you would please click “Like” and if you didn't I'd love to know why, so I can make future reviews more helpful.
Diverging Cadence picks up where Deceptive Cadence leaves off, but not in typical sequel fashion, where you’re quickly brought up to speed even if you missed the first book. No, to truly experience the emotional roller coaster that is this series, you have to read both, and preferably back to back. Together, the duo create a traditional narrative arc, with Diverging Cadence being the latter, more appropriately tense, climatic portion. And trust me, the emotional pay-off of reading the series in its entirety is well worth the investment of time. The second half of Cadence’s journey encompasses her adult life — attending college, finding independence, marriage — but is fraught with turmoil unique to her slightly supernatural circumstance. Namely, her decision between forging a new path and reclaiming the life she returned for. Unlike other love triangles, the relationship drama rings with more than a shred of truth, as Cadence wrestles between letting go of the comfortable (her relationship with James) and exploring the promise of her life with Austin. Hamstead expertly crafts a scenario that is heartbreaking, torturous, often maddening, and ultimately human. Cadence is allowed to make mistakes, to make the wrong choice, and the consequences of that speak volumes. I won’t lie, there were many times that I felt uncomfortable with the choices Cadence made, and there were quite a lot of tears shed during the last third of the book, when we’re finally shown the horrific earthquake scene in real time, but the final resolution more than made up for all the heartbreak. It’s poignant, beautiful, and exactly what I wanted as a reader. Hamstead will rip your heart out before you get there, but that makes the ultimate satisfaction all the more powerful. With beautifully simplistic prose, Hamstead captures a cast of characters who feel entirely real by the end. Flawed, human, and brilliant, Diverging Cadence wraps up all the threads left dangling at the end of Deceptive Cadence, providing a conclusion to a tale that will likely haunt me for years to come. If you’re looking for a light, upbeat story, this might not be for you, but if you want a thought-provoking tale that tugs on every element of your empathy, I cannot recommend this series enough. Seriously. Read it. Now.