Monday, September 21, 2015

Blog Tour Review ~ Diverging Cadence (Book 2) by Katie Hamstead

Rating: 5/5 Stars
Author: Katie Hamstead 
Available Formats: eBook & Paperback
Publishers: REUT-S Publications
Publication Date: 08-25-15               Pages: 282
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.

In this emotional conclusion to the story that began in Deceptive Cadence, relationships will be tested, identities revealed, and the past will overshadow the future, putting the finishing touches on an unforgettable tale of courage, sacrifice, and, above all, love.

My So-Called Review: 
Diverging Cadence is the second book and conclusion to the Cadence Series by author Katie Hamstead. I absolutely loved the first book, Deceptive Cadence but will honestly admit that I was both excited and terrified to read its conclusion! At the end of the first book I had such mixed feelings on where I wanted Hamstead to take the story and how I wanted it all to end. Who should Cadence end up with? I was so swept up in the romance between her and James that throughout the majority of the first novel I was absolutely settled that I wanted her to choose him. But then I’d think back to the beginning, her absolute heartbreak over the loss of her husband and daughter and I’d wonder how could any mother honestly choose her current love over the future child she’s already loved and lost but now has a chance to get back? See, I just couldn’t decide who I thought Cadence should choose and therefore couldn’t see how Hamstead would make it all work in a truly satisfying and realistic way. Thankfully, it became clear that Hamstead did indeed have a plan from the beginning. There were several directions she could have taken the story and in the end I was both happy and satisfied with the path she chose!

Diverging Cadence is of course the second half of Cadence’s story which spans her journey into adult life as she heads off to college to discover if she should continue on with the life she came back to save or perhaps forge a new path with the man she’s now in love with. At the end of book one I wanted desperately for Cadence to choose James and my heart broke for him as he was left wondering why she wanted to leave at all. But then, once Austin was introduced in book two I fell just as in love with him and became even more confused and panicked over what Cadence would do. I loved all three of these characters; they were just so beautifully flawed and real, each one crawled their way into my heart and it will be a very long time before I can let them go!

I devoured this book in just over a day; I couldn’t bring myself to put it down until I figured out how it would all end. If I could have done anything differently it would have been to read these books back to back, luckily we didn’t have too long to wait in between! I actually went back and re-read the last few chapters of Deceptive Cadence to put myself in the proper emotional state and to reconnect with the story before starting Diverging Cadence. It worked too because I was an emotional wreck throughout book two and cried many, many times! In the hands of a lesser author this story could have really fallen apart or fallen flat but Hamstead expertly weaved a conclusion that was torturous and heartbreaking yet perfect, absolutely perfect!

I would highly, highly recommend both Deceptive Cadence and Diverging Cadence for anyone who loves a heart wrenching, new adult romance. But more than that, this is a truly original story and like nothing I’ve ever read before. Cadence’s story will make you think; about karma, about our choices, and about all the “what if’s” in our lives. A perfect choice for Book Clubs, I cannot recommend these enough so please, just stop what you’re doing and go read these books, like right now!!

Once again, thank you so much to author, Katie Hamstead for providing me with a complimentary, advanced copy of her this book in exchange for my honest review. And a special thank you to Tiffany at REUTS Publishing for putting on an amazing Blog Tour!
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. Find Katie Hamstead on:


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