Monday, March 17, 2014

It Had to be You by Susan May Warren *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.

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My Thoughts:
Have you ever felt like you are living on sidelines, trying to look in to the action, and no one notices? That you are living your life through others, by caring for them and making sure they succeed. No limelight ever, but instead constantly supporting those around you.

 That is how Eden is. She is always there for her family, supporting her siblings and parents, going unnoticed despite her constant background help. Especially for Owen who takes full advantage of having his biggest cheerleader being his older sister. Sometimes it takes someone totally unexpected to see the effort of that person. 

Eden is a beautiful person inside and out, but she doesn't see it. Jace is a rough guy on the outside and believes that is all he is, though he is much more inside. Throw these two together, the limelight tough guy and the sideline sweet girl, and we have an explosion of character! I really loved how this relationship worked it's self out, that as these two helped others they realized the depth of their own character through the eyes of the other. 

This was one of those books that I couldn't put down, and stayed up too late reading to get it finished! God has a place for each of us, and Susan May Warren does a great job of showing a variety of people and how they fit together into the grand plan. You will be able to find someone you can relate to in this series. 

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 to learn more.

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