It Had to Be You by Susan May Warren

ithadtobeyouGenre: Romance
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication Date: January 2013

Eden Christiansen has lived her life on the sidelines. She is her family’s number one cheerleader and supporter — especially her hockey player brother, Owen. But caring for the young and impetuous NHL rookie is consuming all of Eden’s time and focus, leaving little to spare for her own life and career. When tragedy strikes, she is forced to consider and analyze aspects of herself that Eden had hoped to never face.

Enforcer and team captain Jace Jacobsen is tired of the bad-boy image that follows him. He feels trapped by the reputation that essentially created his hockey career, and he doesn’t know how to shake it — not without losing everything he has ever wanted. He doesn’t appreciate Eden’s disdain or the speeches she gives him about needing to step up and be a true leader to his team.

When Owen’s career-threatening injury thrusts Jace and Eden further into each other’s lives. The pair must find a way to work together, not only for Owen’s sake, but also for the comatose stranger they discover lying in a hospital bed without a name, family, or friends.

The Christiansen Family saga continues with It Had to Be You. Susan May Warren delivers another beautiful, hope-filled story of faith that makes the reader fall further in love with this captivating and intriguing family. The Christiansens are that fictional book family everyone dreams of having. I LOVED the first book in the series Take a Chance on Me, and couldn’t wait to continue the journey with them once again. As I read Eden’s story, I often felt as though I were looking in a mirror.

Powerful storytelling gripped me from beginning to end, pulling me in deeper as the novel progressed. Loveable characters (both main and secondary cast) ensure that the reader becomes invested in their lives, feeling their ups and downs, joys and fears, laughter and sorrow. Warren brings home the harrowing and emotional turmoil of those facing organ transplants (both from the side of the donor and receiver). Prepare for bittersweet moments filled with tears. I strongly recommend It Had to Be You to Warren’s followers, as well as romance fans in general.

Review copy provided by publisher. Thanks!

**Originally posted on Radiant Lit.

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3 thoughts on “It Had to Be You by Susan May Warren

      • Oh, that’s really awesome then! I still remember my teenage shelf falling head over heels for her original Deep Haven novel, ‘Happily Ever After.’ Plus she can write all of the genres (suspense, historical, etc.) and she does it very well. 🙂

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