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Vendor: Desert Breeze
Publication Date: 2011
CJ is the new guy in town. His next door neighbor, the cute Eden Morgan, is the first girl he meets. After school starts, girls are throwing themselves at him. Lexi, the most popular girl in school, makes no secret of her feelings and tells him she always gets her guy. He thinks Eden likes him, but it's hard to tell because she's a little shy.
When Eden sees Lexi on a date with CJ, he says he's paying her back for tutoring him in math. Lexi says it's the real deal. Eden doesn't know who to believe and is forced to choose between her best friend and the guy of her dreams. Nothing is as it seems and no matter who she chooses, someone will get hurt.
Holly WeissNew YorkAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Realistic Young Adult RomanceAugust 16, 2011Holly WeissNew YorkAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Marry 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.
Reviewed by Holly Weiss, author of Crestmont
Michelle SuttonArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Best YA romance I've read in a long time!!!July 2, 2011Michelle SuttonArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow! 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?
Author: K. Dawn
Submitted: June 19, 2011
Tell us a little about yourself. I write Christian romance and romantic suspense. Mistaken Identity is my third book, but my first young adult. I'm an avid reader, but writing is my passion. It's such a joy to put words on the page!
What was your motivation behind this project? I really admire Christian teenagers. Life can be so hard when one takes a stand for God. I wrote this book for those who might sometimes wonder if it's worth it all.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope readers will be encouraged that even though life is hard, living for God is worth it all.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I had so much fun writing this young adult novel that I've signed a contract for a young adult mystery series. My main character, Zoe Mack, will be a lot like Nancy Drew, but more modern and there will be more romance in her books. The first one comes out in January.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I must have read every Nancy Drew book in print while growing up. I read a lot of Christian fiction and am afraid to list all my favorite authors for fear I'll leave someone out.