Friday, June 6, 2014

It Had To Be You by Susan May Warren

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.

My Thoughts:

I absolutely love Susan May Warren's novels, and it always feels like forever until I can get my hands on the next one.  Her new series takes on the Christiansen family, a group of siblings with unique personalities and giftings...and they own slightly skewed ways of viewing life!

Ah, but never fear...Mom and Dad Christiansen get their own spotlight in a novella featured at the end of "It Had To Be You." 

So, why do I adore Susan and her books?  She writes movies for the mind.  I can envision every scene, put myself easily into the heroines shoes, and the heroes?  They are always perfectly flawed and easy to relate to.

Plus, Susan packs in a healthy amount of faith without preaching a sermon, and the message is always a 'boots on the ground', practical lesson you can live out...with the help of Jesus, of course!

"It Had To Be You" tells Eden's story, while "Take A Chance on Me", the previous book introduces the family and shines the light on oldest sibling Darek.  I'm so eager for Grace's book, coming this summer, that I can barely stand it!

My thanks to my friends at Tyndale Publishing for my advance copy, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.  You cannot go wrong with a book by Susie Warren.  She's the best of the best, and that's the honest truth.

Happy Reading!



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