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1.29.2014

It Had to Be You ~ Review

It Had to Be You
A Christiansen Family Novel #2
By Susan May Warren

It Had to Be You is the second book in the Christiansen Family novels this book follows Eden Christiansen.  Eden has always felt like she's the Christiansen who is in the shadows.  Someone whose job it is to help others fulfill their dreams.  Eden wants to celebrate life with her writing, but she is stuck writing obituaries.

Eden is trying help her younger brother Owen to keep his life on track.  But Owen wants to live life his way and no one is going stifle him even a bossy older sister.  When Owen gets himself into yet another almost mess, Eden confronts team captain Jace Jacobsen about his lack of leadership.

Little did she know that by confronting the infamous J-Hammer Jacobsen she was about to change her life.  Eden is about to be shown her true worth and the value her life is to those she hasn't ever met.

When Owen faces a potentially career ending injury Eden discovers that first impressions aren't always right and there is more to Jace than just the media bad-boy image that has been presented.  But both of them are dealing with insecurities that keep them from thinking that the other could ever see them as they truly are.  A potential big-break story may just pull them together or it could drive them apart.  

I really love the way Susan May Warren's writing draws you in to the story.  You feel for these characters - when they hurt so do you, the joy they feel is yours.  All the song references through-out the book made me pull out my Michael Buble and my James Darren This One's From the Heart cd's.  I love all the songs that were referenced and had to have them playing! 

As an added bonus there is a series prequel at the end of the book - I Really Do Miss Your Smile.  This sweet novella takes place over 11 years and it is John and Ingrid's story - a story almost wasn't.  But one that was meant to be.

It Had to Be You is a lovely book that will touch your heart.

I was provided a copy of this book by the Tyndale Blogging Network in exchange for my honest review, all opinions expressed are my own and no expectations were placed upon this review.


About the Book:

Eden Christiansen never imagined her role as her younger brother Owen’s cheerleader would keep her on the sidelines of her own life. Sure, it feels good to be needed, but looking after the reckless NHL rookie leaves little time for Eden to focus on her own career. She dreamed of making a name for herself as a reporter, but is stuck writing obits—and starting to fear she doesn’t have the chops to land a major story. If only someone would step up to mentor Owen . . . but she knows better than to expect help from team veteran and bad-boy enforcer Jace Jacobsen.

Jace has built his career on the infamous reputation of his aggressive behavior—on and off the ice. Now at a crossroads about his future in hockey, that reputation has him trapped. And the guilt-trip he’s getting from Eden Christiansen isn’t making things any easier. But when Owen’s carelessness leads to a career-threatening injury and Eden stumbles upon a story that could be her big break, she and Jace are thrown together . . . and begin to wonder if they belong on the same team after all.