Smile. That is the word I would use to describe this book. It just makes you want to smile. Eden and Jace are perfect characters! The Christiansen family is one I'd love to join for a family dinner. A great book overall.
I enjoyed book #2 in the Christiansen family series. Eden has always been her brother Owen's cheerleader/protector/caregiver following him up through the ranks in hockey. He reaches the top but Eden feels stuck writing obits instead of leading her dream job as a reporter. Owen keeps landing himself in trouble and Eden expects team veteran Jase to look out for Owen. When a horrific accident lands Owen in the hospital Eden needs a few moments to herself and stumbles down the hall into a coma patients room. Jase follows her and the end result is the two work together to locate the patient's family. Eden learns that she shouldn't judge a person before she gets to know the real person.
Although the main storyline was somewhat predictable (girl meets boy, they don't like each other at first, then they fall for each other), It Had to Be You had enough twists and turns in the side stories to keep it interesting.
Eden, the nurturing, protective older sister works hard to keep hockey playing younger brother, Owen, in line as he tries to make a place for himself on the hockey team. She is so wrapped up in Owen's life, that she sees her own life and work as boring and meaningless.
When Owen sustains an injury that threatens his hockey career, Eden develops a relationship with the hockey team captain, Jace Jacobsen, and discovers value in her life as well as in the lives of others.
All in all, I would describe this as a "feel good" story with an interesting ending. I look forward to reading other books by this author, Susan May Warren.
After enjoying the first book in this series, I was looking forward to reading It Had to Be You. I was not disappointed. In fact, I liked it even better than the first one in the series! Eden feels stuck in her job writing obituaries and longs to be a "real" reporter. And then there's her other full-time job - keeping her hockey star brother Owen cared for and out of trouble. She is worried that he will follow the same path she has seen some of his teammates take, so of course she would have no interest in the man she blames for not keeping him in line, bad-boy hockey enforcer Jace. Right?
I have absolutely no interest in hockey, but I enjoyed this story. The characters were well developed, and the relationship between them did not feel forced or abrupt. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes clean Christian romance, even if they aren't hockey fans. Definitely a book that I will read again!