It Had to Be You, Christiansen Family Series #2   -     By: Susan May Warren
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Tyndale House / 2014 / Paperback

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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414378424
ISBN-13: 9781414378428
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Series: Christiansen Family

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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.

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Why you should read it: I love that author Susan May Warren is writing each book of this series to stand alone, all while growing reader affection for the tightknit Minnesota family from which her characters come. This installment in the Christiansen family saga focuses on Twin Cities¬–relocated daughter Eden, whose presence and help are often taken for granted. She is the family caretaker, the nurturer, and she has no real grip on who she is outside of that identity. With an understated loveliness just waiting to be brought to the surface, Eden is the perfect mix of tough loyalty and personal vulnerability—and she needs help to figure out who she is and what she wants out of life, rather than only enabling the pursuit of dreams for those she loves. Enter, Jace.

Oh, Jace. *fans self* This guy is a professional hockey player with longish dark curls, a bit of beard, the physique of a Scottish warrior and a past that haunts him. He is a devoted friend, cooks a mean grilled cheese, and little children don’t even think twice before curling up in his lap to listen to him read stories — with sound effects! And did I mention he can sing along with Sinatra and Bublé? *fans self again* Jace Jacobsen is total book-boyfriend material . . . and may soon be taking up residence among my “favorite tortured heroes of all time.”

If you have not added this book to your shopping cart by now, check your pulse. It Had to be You is a sigh-worthy, coming-into-her-own romance highlighting the importance of family, the necessity of faith, and how losing yourself for the right reasons can open your heart to something beautiful.

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  1. bookworm
    Pennsylvania
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Another great novel about the family from Deep, Minnesota
    August 25, 2014
    bookworm
    Pennsylvania
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    It Had to Be You is another good book about the Christiansen family from Deep, Minnesota. This time the spotlight is on Eden who really loves her family and is especially protective of her little brother, Owen. The story takes place mostly in the city and we see Eden really struggling with finding out what her place is in life because she feels she is just on the sidelines especially since her family seems to rely on her too much. She also dreams to be a successful reporter and through her work, she meets Jace. Jace seems to be a bit rough at first and wishes that he could be seen as more than just an enforcer for the National Hockey League. As Eden and Jace get to know each other, hints of interest and romance trickle however, they are too fearful to allow love to blossom. Will Jace and Eden overcome their fear and make a life together? Will Eden find out where she belongs in life? Will Jace ever come to terms with his career and being in the spotlight a lot?
  2. reli
    WI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I like it
    August 25, 2014
    reli
    WI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    I like Susan May Warren and this book didn't disappoint. Yes, it's pretty clear from the beginning what is going to happen, but she doesn't make every character's life be just perfect. Owen lost his ability to play hockey because of an accident caused by anger; Jace fought headaches and gave up playing because of the risk to his health. But overall, I think it's a good Christian Romance. I really enjoy reading about the Christiansen family.
  3. joy
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    It Had to be you
    August 23, 2014
    joy
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for It Had to Be You - eBook.
    Really enjoyed this book. The content was great and it kept your interest.
  4. Ruth
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    It Had to Be You
    August 8, 2014
    Ruth
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Well written, captivating style. I will be looking up more of Susan Warren's books!
  5. Nicki Olsen
    Appomattox,VA
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Can't put it down Christian Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter Read!
    August 6, 2014
    Nicki Olsen
    Appomattox,VA
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    Eden Christian has always been there for her little brother Owen ever since he was a little boy. Always cheering him on from her place in the stands as he does what he loves: plays Hockey. Only problem is, he isn't ten anymore and he is starting to resent her bossy, big sister attitude always trying to keep him out of trouble.It seems the better his Hockey career gets the more Eden sees it as her life and not Owen's. Not to mention the team's enforcer Jace Jacobsen is no help and is definitely NOT someone Eden wants around Owen. His seemingly beastly nature both on and off the ice is known by everyone and she certainly doesn't want her kid brother going that way, even if he is 20 and old enough to choose his own friends. Unfortunately the more Eden merges her life with Owen's the more he pushes her away. Then a trip to the hospital could change Owen's future forever, as well as Eden's and the rest of her family. Will they get through it and be stronger in the end? Or will there seemingly tightly woven family unravel with the pain one family member must endure? Meanwhile Jace has his hands full as well trying to figure out how to pull his Best friend's life back together again. Eden and Jace both need a break. Somehow they both end up in the same place, right in the mist of the perfect story for Eden. Will they work together to solve their problems as well as someone else's? Or will they yank apart in resentment towards one another? Are their assessments of each other correct or will they need to take another look? Find out in this wonderful story of faith, hope, love and not only sticking together but also knowing when to Let Go.
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