My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
Phone Tree Review: The Christiansens are a remarkable family who have had their fair share of rough patches and hardships. Their underlying faith and the very obvious love that they have for the LORD and for each other always shine forth in the end. In It Had To Be You by Susan May Warren, readers are invited to experience Eden’s story. Eden’s story is the story of a young woman searching to find out who she is and what she has to offer. It is also the story of Jace Jacobsen, a man with a past looking for his own brand of redemption.
In this book, Warren does an incredible job of teaching us about facing our fears, about coming to a place of self-acceptance, and about venturing out on faith. She shows us how to release our control and how to surrender to something greater. This inspired story is about growth and change. It is about confronting self and seeing beyond what is comfortable.
Special Remarks: It Had To Be You was honestly one of the most textured and moving books I have read as of late. It was quite touching. I cried. I laughed. I hoped. I learned. I loved this book! Without a doubt, this is a keeper. I am all for the Christiansens. I highly recommend this book.
Bookshelf Worthy: Yes
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received an advanced copy of this book free from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”