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Friday, March 28, 2014

It Had To Be You by Susan May Warren - Book BlogTour Stop and Review

About The Book:

A Christensen Family Novel.

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.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Susan’s website.

My Thoughts:.

I am an unabashed fan of Susan May Warren's writing, and I am so thrilled that she is continuing her series about the Christensen family.  In "It Had To Be You," she tells the story of Eden, the daughter who feels that she is the family cheerleader with no special talents of her own. But she soon finds that perhaps she does have a gift when unlikely hero Jace Jacobsen steps in to show her that she is pretty special in her own unique way.  Perhaps Eden's gift is for showing the people she loves the best in them and by helping them shine, she shines herself.

This is a gentle romance, with uplifting inspirational aspects, that is just a lovely read.  There is a great deal of hockey interspersed throughout the story, and I actually learned a great deal about the sport while I was enjoying the tale.  There is also the influence of the great love and support of the Christensen family continued in this book, and it's nice to have some updates on the rest of the clan.

Susan's writing style is very engaging - her characters are warm and personable, and the setting in the cold of Minnesota is realistic and plays a huge role itself in this story. Susan also includes enough backstory in this book that first-time readers can quickly pick up on the history of the Christensen's and read this as a stand alone novel.

This book also contains a prequel to the Christensen family's story, "I Really Do Miss Your Smile," which tells the story of mom Ingrid and dad John - and it's a lovely beginning of the family's story! And if you haven't read the first book in this series, "Take A Chance On Me," do yourself a favor and pick it up as well! It's just as great.

I highly recommend this series for any fan of inspirational, uplifting stories with a generous dash of romance.  I can't wait for the next book!

About The Author:

Susan May Warren is the bestselling, RITA Award–winning author of more than forty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. She served with her husband and four children as a missionary in Russia for eight years before she and her family returned home to the States.

 She now writes full-time as her husband runs a lodge on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota, where many of her books are set. She and her family enjoy hiking, canoeing, and being involved in their local church. Several of her critically acclaimed novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA's Inspirational Reader's Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. Five of her books have been Christy Award finalists.

In addition to her writing, Susan loves to teach and speak at women's events about God's amazing grace in our lives. She also runs a writing community for authors. Visit MyBookTherapy.com to learn more. For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website at www.susanmaywarren.com

Susan May Warren is celebrating the release of her newest Christiansen Family novel, It Had To Be You, with a $100 Visa cash card giveaway and offering readers a free book club kit.
One winner will receive:
  • $100 Visa cash card
  • Take a Chance on Me and It Had to Be You by Susan May Warren

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 29th. Winner will be announced April 1st on Susan’s blog. Also, visit her website to learn more about the It Had To Be You backstory and Susan’s free book club kit.

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Susan’s blog on April 1st to see if you won.


My thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this tour and for providing the review copy of the book.  I was not compensated for my opinion.


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1 comment:

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Definitely adding this title to my list - sounds so good!