It Had to be You Review

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Susan May Warren is one of my go-to romance authors. Her books are fun and have a spiritual depth I enjoy. It had to be You was no exception. In this book the heroine has forgotten how to live her own life; instead, she is wrapped up in her brother’s life as a NHL hockey player. She has dreams, but she’s forgotten how to pursue them in the light of keeping him out of trouble. And she blames the team captain for the messes her brother gets into. The only problem is he’s living a life that isn’t what he wants either. He doesn’t like who he’s become and doesn’t know how to break out of the image that’s been foisted on him. The book is the exploration of the reluctance we sometimes have to shed the roles we either create or accept in our lives, no matter how poorly they fit. And those roles can prevent us from becoming the people we want and hope to be. These were characters I longed to return to and I hated to see the story end. A double thumbs up for readers who love romance with a strong spiritual thread.


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.

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Susan May Warren


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 to learn more. For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website at

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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.


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