Here's my review of this wonderful novel:
First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Susan May Warren and her publisher for sending me a copy of "It Had to be You" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
In “It Had to be You” by Susan May Warren, Eden Christiansen is bending over backwards to see that her younger brother, Owen, doesn’t blow his shot in the NHL following in his hero’s, Jace Jacobsen’s, footsteps. Jace is a tough guy hockey star on his way out of the game. He is also Owen’s teammate and Captain of the Minnesota Blue Ox. Neither Eden nor Jace ever dreamed that the other would be their “special someone”, but as they find themselves repeatedly in each other’s company, the attraction grows and relationship builds. This is an incredibly touching love story from an incredibly gifted author!
Susan May Warren has taken two of my favorite things, her books and hockey, and combined them to give me such enjoyment and a few things to think about. Her narrative of the hockey is spot on! Her characters are multi-dimensional and so real that I want them as my friends. I thank the Lord for Christian fiction like this that challenges me in my own walk and pushes me to pray and study the Word about the changes God wants to make in me. This novel led me to speak with Jesus about snap judgment of people, compassion and hope. Although this is a terrific continuation of the stories of the Christiansen family, this novel reads beautifully as a stand-alone.