This series just keeps getting better and it was quite spectacular to begin with. Be still my heart. Hockey players. Yes, this author goes there and youll not be able to put this book down. It Had to be You, is the 2nd book in the Christiansen Family Series and the stars of this story are Eden Christiansen and Jace Jacobsen. Eden lives in Minneapolis and helps manage and care for her 20 year old baby brother, Owen, who is a rising star among the NHL. She is also an aspiring writer/reporter who feels stuck in the obit department at the Star Tribune. Eden is her familys greatest cheerleader. She loves and supports her parents and siblings but seems to fall short in her own eyes. Jace is the NHL veteran of the team with a raucous bad boy reputation due to being the teams Enforcer.
Oh, I would be so amiss to leave out Jaces best friend, Sam, a retired NHL player, widower, and daddy to adorable 9 year old Maddie. Maddie is a heart transplant recipient and Sam is giving his all to keep her healthy. He has literally given everything he has in order to pay the bills incurred over years of medical treatment. Throw in a strong mix of the remaining Christiansen clan, and you have the makings of an amazing story! I feel as though Ive hit the literary gold mine with this series.
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?
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.