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.
It Had To Be You is the second book in Susan May Warren's series The Christiansen Family. This time the focus is on Eden Christiansen and also Owen Christiansen. Owen is a NHL rookie for The Blue Ox's and Eden is his biggest fan. She is there for every game cheering him on. She is like a surrogate mother. Eden has always wanted to be a reporter but with taking care of Owen she hasn't gotten where she wants to yet. She is writing obituaries and feels that it's not real reporting and worries she won't make it as a real reporter. One night Owen has a fight and Eden has to come get him, there she runs into veteran NHL player Jace Jacobsen. Jace is team captain and well known bad boy and Eden takes him to task about talking to Owen and getting him off the track he is headed. Not long after this Owen gets hurt, a career-threatening injury to his eye and everything turn upside down. While at the the hospital Eden happens upon a boy in a coma, a John Doe that gets her investigative juices flowing. Eden finds herself paired up with Jace Jacobsen to find out what they can about this boy before time runs out for him.
It Had To Be You is another fantastic book by Susan May Warren. This book takes place in both Minneapolis and Deep Haven, Minnesota. Susan May Warren writes with authority on Minnesota, hockey, professional sports players, writing, transplants, and all things medical. Again I love having the ability to get to know new characters and seeing where life is taking old friends from past novels. As I said in my review of Take A Chance On Me, I love the Christiansen family, they are a fantastic family who support one another. Their lives are not simple but they have one another and their faith. I loved all the characters in this story but I think Jace Jacobsen was my favorite. He is not who he seems and as the story progresses you see who he is and who he wants to be. I could not put this book down, I found myself completely taken in with this book. I found myself laughing in parts and crying in others as events unfolded. I really felt like I was there watching it all unfold. As with the first book in this series, It Had To Be You started with a letter to Eden from Ingrid about what she sees in Eden and hope for her future. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Fiction, you will not be disappointed. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series. I give this book 5 STARS.
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