Review: "Diverging Cadence" (Deceptive Cadence #2) by Katie Hamstead

Diverging Cadence by Katie Hamstead
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

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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"Diverging Cadence" is the second and final book on this magical series by Katie Hamstead! In book 1 Cadence's choices led her family and friends in different, better choices. Now, she must choose between Austin and James, the love she knows and the love she found in her second chance.

The story spans months in the college life of Cadence. She gets to change some of her choices there too and as a result she gets to know Austin earlier. There are many parts in which humor made me laugh but mostly after a point Cadence became too torn from those around her to the point of anger and tears.

I didn't like how her parents acted; to my opinion it was too harsh. James also had a little, somewhat kind of obssession which didn't work well in the long distance relationship.

But despite all the above, I was very surprised from the choice Cadence made and in what that brought her. Seriously the ending had me, crying over my tablet along with Cadence, especially towards the end.

Magical realism finally got under my skin and I wouldn'y be surprised if I devoured yet another book by this talented author!

About 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.

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