A review of Deceptive Cadence by Katie Hamstead. Second chances offer tough decisions.

Deceptive Cadence by Katie Hamstead


I just finished the latest release by Katie Hamstead called Deceptive Cadence published by REUTS. Here’s the blurb that’s listed on Goodreads :

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 determination 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.

My take on Deceptive Cadence

What a mind blowing concept. Cadence awakens in the hospital after a wreck that has taken the life of her husband and sweet baby girl. She’s given the chance to relive her life from the age of fourteen onwards to slightly change the end result and save both her husband and daughter. (There are a few golden caveats she must respect – no warning of large events, no benefitting, etc)

Hamstead handles the plot with ease as she sends Cadence back to the 9th grade armed with a greater understanding of life and more maturity than a fourteen year-old could ever posses. But Cadence is thrown a few curveballs as she settles into her new- younger body and finds herself once again victim to emotions and hormones of that age. Although she’s armed with a certain understanding of what the future holds, the decisions she faces in securing that future are not as easy as anticipated. Her influence on those around her begins to slightly change their lives and hers in turn.

I enjoyed reading Deceptive Cadence not just for the almost squirm-worthy memories it elicited of my own high school experience, but at the thought of reliving those years as a wiser and kinder person. I found the concept both wickedly brilliant and terrifying at the same time. I’ll certainly read the next installment as Deceptive Cadence leaves the reader unsure about the decisions Cadence will make as she heads off to college.

I would definitely recommend Deceptive Cadence.

Deceptive Cadence was written by Katie Hamstead and is available at Amazon.

Katie TellerBorn 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 dog.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.
When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels now available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.
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.

2 thoughts on “A review of Deceptive Cadence by Katie Hamstead. Second chances offer tough decisions.

  1. What a dilemma! We always think we want to ‘go back’ with extra maturity and knowledge, but as this book indicates, it’s never completely in our control! Great plot concept. Thanks for this recommendation!

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