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4 Stars Out Of 5
Realistic Young Adult Romance
August 16, 2011
Marry a talented Christian author and the popular genre of young adult fiction and you have a winning partnership. K. Dawn Byrd sensitively portrays the trauma of adolescent dating and has a knack for the voice of a teenager. Teens will relate to Eden and Lexi, two girls who fall for the same guy, but aren't aware of the other's feelings. Pertinent issues like GPA's, driving tests, broken families, under-age drinking and sibling rivalry will capture the audience of young readers who live close to home with these real-life problems.
Christian young people will admire Eden for her determination to follow God's path, despite the peer pressure surrounding her. We identify with Eden's list of six goals for the summer and feel for her when she realizes the fallacy of "everything will be fine if I just had a boyfriend" thinking.
K. Dawn Byrd is a prolific author of Christian historical romantic suspense, contemporary romantic suspense, young adult, and romance. She holds a master's degree in professional counseling from Liberty University. That education gives her insight into the minds and feelings of people of her characters. This Time for Keeps, an inspirational WWII romance will release on October 15, 2011. K. Dawn Byrd's young adult Zoe Mack romance mystery will debut in January.
The author graciously provided a copy of Mistaken Identity for my unbiased review.
Wow! I loved this story because it brought me back to my high school years and all of the dating drama that went with it. Sometimes I really miss those days. Not! Seriously, this story appealed to me so much that I read it straight through. I couldn't put it down, and because of that it'a making my favorites list for 2011.
Mistaken Identity has the heart-warming feel of an inspirational novel, but with a heap of delicious YA drama from real life situations stacked on top. The romantic elements in the story were a real draw for me. I totally loved the tension between the characters. I was falling in love with the hero right along with her. That's great writing.
I really liked Eden and wanted to see her happy because her heart was so good. She wasn't fake at all, but a genuine person, which is why I think Channing was so intrigued by her. She was a good Christian girl and so typical of the teen girls I know from my church and other places. I loved her family, too. And that two-faced friend of hers, Lexi, was just like my "best" friend that I had in high school. She was always seeing my boyfriends behind my back, too. Grrr... And lying about it to my face. But that's an aside.
Seriously, this novel was swoon-worthy, top-notch fiction. In fact, it's the best YA Inspirational Romance I've read in the past few years, hands down...and I've read a good number of them. If you read the story you'll see what I mean. Your heart will flutter from the tender romance and you'll enjoy every minute. I was so lost in this novel that I felt like I was living the character's life. I forgot about everything else going on around me. What a great escape for the weekend! Now I want to go find a romantic chick flick to watch to keep the yummy mood going. Sigh. Great read. Very inspiring. Perfect beach novel. Great message for teens. All-around fantastic book. Can you tell I loved it?