Title: Deceptive Cadence
Author: Katie Hamstead
First Published: 2015
Genre: New Adult
Buy on: Amazon
Rating: ★★★★

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**I received an eARC of Deceptive Cadence from REUTS Publications, in exchange for an honest review.**

      “Cadence Anderson has the perfect definition of happily ever after . . .

Until she doesn’t. A freak earthquake shatters her life as surely as her home, taking away everything she holds dear. She wakes in a hospital to find that her beloved husband and infant daughter have been killed, crushed by the earthquake’s wrath. Disoriented, injured, and alone, Cadence refuses to accept the loss. So when a man claiming to be her guardian angel appears and offers her a chance to go back in time to save her family, she doesn’t need to give it a second thought. She accepts.

Thrust back eleven years, she now faces the ordeal of high school all over again. But this time, she’s armed with all the knowledge of her adult life and the determined to do everything better, from preventing the loss of her best friend to avoiding her original, drama-inducing boyfriends. She’s focused solely on Austin, her future husband, and is content to bide her time until she meets him again.

But then James Gordon crosses her path. Cadence wants to remain single, but James has his sights set. He is determined to win her over, and he’s very hard to resist. As Cadence starts to develop unwanted feelings for him, she realizes he threatens to disrupt everything, changing the future and distracting her from her original goal. Now, Cadence must choose: deny the unpredictable and exciting path James offers her, or stay true to the life she had and is trying desperately to resurrect. Second chances are more complicated than they seem.

Deceptive Cadence combines the soaring emotion of a heartfelt romance with the innovative storytelling of magical realism, crafting a uniquely moving, intricate tale about love and loss that asks: what would you do if given the chance to right all your wrongs?”


Deceptive Cadence is absolutely amazing. It shows how our choices in life affects not only ourselves, but the lives of others around us.

When Cadence awakes in a hospital after an earthquake, she finds out that her husband and baby both perished. She is visited by an angel whilst in the hospital, and is given a chance to go back and attempt to save her husband and child. She takes the chance, only to wake up younger than what she was at the time of the earthquake. She’s back to being in the 9th grade, with memories of the life she’s already lived.

Given this new opportunity to relive her life, she tries to make better choices and correct her past mistakes. When her life starts to stray off-course, she has a tough deicision. Does she stay with the new, unexplored path or does she go down the safe, fanily-life path?

I was astounded by Deceptive Cadence. It was well-written, and very captivating. It was a perfect book to read after a long day at work. The plot was very unique, and explored appropriately. I thinkthat the author did very well with the concept, and really showed how our choices make a huge impact on our lives.

I would highly recommend this to anyone who’s a fan of the NA genre, or anyone who’s looking for something fresh and exciting.

Have a great day!

About the author, Katie Hamstead:


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.

Find Katie Hamstead on twitter, facebook, and her website.


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