Thursday, March 20, 2014

It Had to be You

Book Review:

It Had to be You by Susan May Warren is the first volume of a new series about the Christiansen family. The book includes a prequel for free. This novel is set in Minnesota, both the Twin Cities and a town Warren calls Deep Haven on the North Shore. As I live in Minnesota this interested me and I felt that Warren does an excellent job showcasing this beautiful state.
If you are a reader who enjoys athletics – especially hockey, Minnesota’s favorite past time – this will be an enjoyable book. Warren gave a glimpse into the world of the NHL that is not pretty. She also touched on football and track, showing how one wrong move really changes the life of an athlete.
This is not a book just for sports fans, however. It is a love story and – spoiler alert – it is a book that will probably make the reader cry. Warren illustrated well what happened when one person becomes too responsible for another. As a parent, I felt that through fiction, the author was able to dish out some excellent advice. It is good lesson for anyone too invested in another person.
Warren’s characters are presented honestly, showing all the warts and blemishes; but still revealed the goodness that is there when individuals invite Jesus into their lives. I fell in love with the Christiansen family – Mom, Dad and six kids – and I look forward to additional books in the series. They were one of those families that made me not want to say goodbye. Single Dad, Sam also worked his way into my heart.
The author also knew her way around the transplant center and Children’s Hospital at the University of Minnesota. This portion of the book also gave the reader much to think about. Warren touched on topics loved ones surely go through like fearing an organ will not be available and researching ideas like how to buy an organ.
There is much to like and enjoy and also much to think about in It Had to be You. I recommend this book and as stated am looking forward to additional volumes in the series. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author:

(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.

About the Book:

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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