This is a wonderful story about Eden Christiansen, obituary writer who really wants to be a reporter and sister to up-and-coming hockey player, Owen. She tries to take care of him, yet worries that she'll fail. She also feels like life is passing her by. She clashes with Jace Jacobsen, the team captain who she worries her brother is trying to emulate, on and off the rink. Not only does he get into fights on the court, but has a reputation with the ladies. As she gets to know him, however, she realizes she may have judged him too quickly. Jace feels like the only thing going for him is hockey. After too many concussions, he faces serious repercussions if he gets hurt again, but he doesn't know what else he could do. When Owen is hurt, will they work together to help him? Will Eden open his eyes to new possibilities?
I absolutely love this book! It's well-written and I did not want to put it down! I love the Christiansen family and that we get to know each of the siblings in this series. Each book works as a stand-alone, but you won't want to miss either of them. I really like the sub-plot about Jace's friend, Sam and his daughter, Maddy, as she has serious health problems and he struggles to understand how God can allow her suffering. There's also a great bonus of a novella included in the back that tells the story of the Christiansen parents! The characters are wonderful and they just leap off the page. I like that they're not perfect; they struggle with their faith and figuring out what they want out of life. I love the romance! Can he really trust a "reporter" and can she trust a famous hockey player known for his way with the ladies? You'll have to read this to find out and I highly recommend you do!
I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
This is the second book in the Christiansen Family series and although I hadn't read the first book, I didn't have any problems following along (but now I will have to go back and read book 1, Take a Chance on Me (Christiansen Family). I really loved the characters in this book. Eden was a character I could relate to; she felt stuck in her job as an obits writer when she really wanted to be a reporter and she felt overshadowed by all her talented siblings. The one thing she is known for, taking care of her younger brother Owen, is endangered when he suffers an off-the-ice-possibly-career-ending injury. Jace, aka J-Hammer, has a reputation in the hockey world, one that he feels he must maintain even though he doesn't want to. When Eden and Jace collide--definitely fireworks. I really enjoyed their relationship together, lots of ups and downs, but very sweet and genuine. I especially appreciate how the author weaves God throughout the book and how both Eden and Jace come to realize that God didn't just save them because He loves them, He likes them too! There was a heart-tugging subplot with Jace's best friend, Sam and his daughter who needs a heart transplant. Although the subplot was well-written I wasn't sure where the author was going with that since it took up several chapters but in the end, the plots are all tied together. The only piece still hanging is the situation with Owen but I assume that will be resolved when his own book comes out. Excellent book! I look forward to reading about all the members of the Christiansen family. Oh, and this edition included a series prequel novella (I Really Do Miss Your Smile) which was the love story of John and Ingrid, the Christiansen parents. It was very well-done and evoked a lot of emotion for a novella. Ingrid was in love with John while he only had eyes for her older sister. The novella starts when Ingrid is 15 years old. Each subsequent chapter is a year in Ingrid's life and follows her relationship (or lack of) with John. Enjoyed this novella!
I enjoy this author's descriptions of scenes and people. She understands the many feelings brought to the surface in a hospital; and she makes the characters come alive. I was rooting for certain characters to resolve their misunderstandings. The subplot was very touching. There were sad events, but it wasn't a sad story. It was more of a romance, with life lessons. I recommend it.
It Had to Be You by Susan May Warren is a Christiansen Family novel. This one follows Eden, a simple obits writer who is waiting for her time to do something great. She has little faith in herself and feels like everyone else in the family has really made it but she hasn't. But what will happen when she starts to become friends with Jace, the star of her brother's professional hockey team. Is he really a bad boy as she initially assumed? Can they both get past their insecurities and allow God to heal them so they can love again? And what about this mysterious John Doe they find in the hospital? Will they figure that mystery out?
This is another great story just as you would expect from Susan May Warren. Yes it is a love story, and as such many parts are predictable. It is, however, still very enjoyable and there is a bit of a mystery and other elements involved. This would make a fabulous beach read this summer.