It Had To Be You by Susan May Warren, a 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 dreams 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 onto 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. 

Learn more and purchase a copy at Susan’s website.

About the Author:

Susan May Warren is the bestselling, RITA Award–winning author of more than forty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. She served with her husband and four children as a missionary in Russia for eight years before she and her family returned home to the States. She now writes full-time as her husband runs a lodge on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota, where many of her books are set. She and her family enjoy hiking, canoeing, and being involved in their local church. Several of her critically acclaimed novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. Five of her books have been Christy Award finalists. In addition to her writing, Susan loves to teach and speak at women’s events about God’s amazing grace in our lives. She also runs a writing community for authors. Visit to learn more. For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website at 

My Review:

Wow! What a great follow up to the first book of the Christiansen Family series-- Take a Chance on Me!  

It Had To Be You is the story of Eden Christiansen, the one Christiansen who feels she has no talent or purpose in life.  She's everyone's cheerleader and for the last many, many years, she has been her brother Owen's cheerleader, laundress, maid and whatever else he needed.  Unfortunately, this has caused her to sit on the sidelines in her own life.  Eden finds herself frustrated .... with her job, with her lack of committed boyfriends and friends and with life in general.  

I believe that most everyone can relate to one character in this book or the other.  Maybe you are the shadow... on the sidelines of life and cheering everyone else on or maybe you have a reputation that you don't want and maybe don't even deserve.  God is bigger than both of these situations and so much more... He has a plan for your life.  

This book is a great read. Not only does it have a beautiful love story (that most girls want), but it also has an uplifting and encouraging message.  I would definitely recommend this book to a friend (or stranger!).  While you don't have have read the first book in the series, I would suggest that you do.  Once you read one, you'll want to read them all.  Included in this book is a free novella, the love story that started-- I Really Do Miss Your Smile.