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It Had to Be You (Christiansen Family Series #2)

It Had to Be You (Christiansen Family Series #2)

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by Susan May Warren

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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


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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Why you should read it: I love that author Susan May Warren is writing each book of this series to stand alone, all while growing reader affection for the tightknit Minnesota family from which her characters come. This installment in the Christiansen family saga focuses on Twin Cities¬–relocated daughter Eden, whose presence and help are often taken for granted. She is the family caretaker, the nurturer, and she has no real grip on who she is outside of that identity. With an understated loveliness just waiting to be brought to the surface, Eden is the perfect mix of tough loyalty and personal vulnerability—and she needs help to figure out who she is and what she wants out of life, rather than only enabling the pursuit of dreams for those she loves. Enter, Jace.

Oh, Jace. *fans self* This guy is a professional hockey player with longish dark curls, a bit of beard, the physique of a Scottish warrior and a past that haunts him. He is a devoted friend, cooks a mean grilled cheese, and little children don’t even think twice before curling up in his lap to listen to him read stories — with sound effects! And did I mention he can sing along with Sinatra and Bublé? *fans self again* Jace Jacobsen is total book-boyfriend material . . . and may soon be taking up residence among my “favorite tortured heroes of all time.”

If you have not added this book to your shopping cart by now, check your pulse. It Had to be You is a sigh-worthy, coming-into-her-own romance highlighting the importance of family, the necessity of faith, and how losing yourself for the right reasons can open your heart to something beautiful.

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Christiansen Family Series , #2
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It Had to Be You 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only bad thing was that some pages were missing and i couldnt turn the pages sometimes.
WifeMommyMe More than 1 year ago
Susan May Warren has a gift of giving an authentic voice to her characters along with true to life personalities that match your friends and family. It Had to be You is the second novel in the Christiansen family series and while I haven't read book one, I have read Warren's work before so I knew this was going to be a book that left me aching for more. It Had to be You is the perfect mixture of love, godly romantic relationships. Eden and Jace couldn't be more opposite from the outside looking in yet they both struggle with trying to show the world their true colors. Eden is in the shadow of her NHL playing brother while Jace shines bright in the spotlight as a rough guy, on and off the ice. Both are unhappy with the roles the play in life and are looking for a chance to let the "real me" shine through. Their friendship is built on unstable turf but with love, patience, God's guidance, they come together to help others around them in the most moving way. In the end, Jace and Eden discover there is more to a person than what you read in the papers.
MCRx More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am enjoying this book but the first page of every chapter is missing! I don't know when I can get to a B & N store for them to look at it, but I'm afraid to keep reading it and miss something important. So annoying.
TCramer More than 1 year ago
This series just keeps getting better and it was quite spectacular to begin with. Be still my heart. Hockey players. Yes, this author goes there and you’ll not be able to put this book down. It Had to be You, is the 2nd book in the Christiansen Family Series and the stars of this story are Eden Christiansen and Jace Jacobsen. Eden lives in Minneapolis and helps manage and care for her 20 year old “baby” brother, Owen, who is a rising star among the NHL. She is also an aspiring writer/reporter who feels stuck in the obit department at the Star Tribune. Eden is her family’s greatest cheerleader. She loves and supports her parents and siblings but seems to fall short in her own eyes. Jace is the NHL veteran of the team with a raucous bad boy reputation due to being the team’s Enforcer.  Oh, I would be so amiss to leave out Jace’s best friend, Sam, a retired NHL player, widower, and daddy to adorable 9 year old Maddie. Maddie is a heart transplant recipient and Sam is giving his all to keep her healthy. He has literally given everything he has in order to pay the bills incurred over years of medical treatment. Throw in a strong mix of the remaining Christiansen clan, and you have the makings of an amazing story! I feel as though I’ve hit the literary gold mine with this series.
Reli0 More than 1 year ago
I like Susan May Warren and this book didn't disappoint.  Yes, it's pretty clear from the beginning what is going to happen, but she doesn't make every character's life be just perfect.  Owen lost his ability to play hockey because of an accident caused by anger; Jace fought headaches and gave up playing because of the risk to his health.  But overall, I think it's a good Christian Romance.  I really enjoy reading about the Christiansen family.  
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, captivating style. I will be looking up more of Susan Warren's books!
JennyNordell More than 1 year ago
The Christiansen Family series is one of my absolute favorites right now. I am always super excited when a new one comes out and usually cannot put it down until I have read the whole thing. Of course it helps that I am from Minnesota where these books, for the most part, take place. Currently there are three books in this series and this one is by far my favorite. Each book focuses on one of the Christiansen siblings while also keeping track of things going on in the lives of each family member. This book focuses on Eden who is the oldest sister in the family. She is one of my all time favorite characters from a book. There was just something about Eden that I could really relate to and I found myself not just wanting to read the book to know what happens in the story but also to get to know Eden more. The story begins with Eden acting as a second mother to her youngest brother who is a professional hockey player. The two of them live hours away from the rest of the family and this causes Eden to feel it is her responsibility to keep her younger brother in line and basically take care of everything for him. As an older sister to a younger brother I was able to completely relate to Eden in this perspective. The story of course does not stop there, it follows Eden as she attempts to care for her brother but of course cannot 100% of the time and also have her own life. Eden struggles with career issues, with finding a relationship, and with the meaning of family loyalty. And then there is Jace who is looking for more in life than just his Hockey career. This story follows the relationship that begins to build between Jace and Eden as well as Jace's career as it goes through ups and downs and he seeks his ultimate purpose in life. When it comes to Jace's character and the story of his life it is not completely unexpected how it turns out especially as it relates to the career of a professional athlete. However, it is still well written and has unique aspects to it that keep it from being like every other story about professional athletes who are nearing the end of their careers and afraid of finding something to do after. Overall this series of books are exceptionally well written and if you like reading about realistic characters with a little bit of romance mixed in than this book is for you.
chrisGA More than 1 year ago
What does an athlete do when he can no longer find his identity and purpose in a game? This book examines this question as one hockey player considers retirement and another faces career-ending injury. Do hockey fans really expect blood on the ice after a game? Does the game of hockey create the violence in the players—or is it something within themselves that seeks hockey as an outlet for recklessness and glory-seeking? Even though I admit I have never seen more than a few minutes of a televised hockey game, I couldn’t help but be caught up with the emotional turmoil of Jace and Owen. As a counterpoint to the hockey angle of the story is the suffering of Sam as his nine-year-old daughter begins to reject her transplanted heart. Also, we follow Eden as she deals with her sense of failure and inadequacy in the midst of what she sees as amazing accomplishments of her family’s members and her need to find her own path in life, other than just being Owen’s big sister and caretaker. This is definitely a book to wring every emotion from the reader as these characters we come to know and care about flounder around trying to find secure footing and meaning for themselves as individual children of God. The Christiansen family is the type of family we all long to be a part of—loving and supportive-and the reader enjoys the time spent in their presence. It is the story of the John Doe, however, and what happens at his funeral that tie up all the individual strands of the various storylines into one very satisfying and heart-warming ending. Good story about the little bit of hero in all of us.]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very few authors have the ability to completely engage their readers like Susan May Warren does in the book "It Has to Be You." In the second book of the Christiansen Family series, readers follow the story of Eden Christiansen, who had become the head cheerleader and sometimes conscience of her younger brother Owen. In the midst of being caught up in Owen's rise in professional hockey, Eden embarks on a journey of faith, love, and perseverance throughout this phenomenal book! Susan May Warren once again creates wonderful and relatable characters which only caused me to become even more caught up in the story. "It Had to Be You" is definitely on the top of my favorite Christian fiction book list!
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
Eden Christiansen hates her job (writing obits when she wants to be a reporter), hates playing mother to her younger brother (who now that he is an NFL player calls her to rescue him and do his dirty, stinky laundry), and hates her love life (she seems to only get asked out by rabid hockey fans who just want to get close to her brother or go to games with her tickets). Everything changes when she yells at the hockey team captain and to keep from getting thrown out of the hospital they go into an “empty” room. But it is not empty. Can they figure out the mystery of the man in the room? Can Eden figure out who God has made her to be? Is Jace who he appears to be? Wonderful story showcasing that God has made everyone unique and that although some may appear to be invisible, God sees and loves his children.
rlighthouse More than 1 year ago
Great book! I enjoyed book #2 in the Christiansen family series.  Eden has always been her brother Owen's  cheerleader/protector/caregiver following him up through the ranks in hockey.  He reaches the top but Eden feels stuck writing obits instead of leading her dream job as a reporter.  Owen keeps landing himself in trouble and Eden expects team veteran Jase to look out for Owen.  When a horrific accident lands Owen in the hospital Eden needs a few moments to herself and stumbles down the hall into a coma patients room. Jase follows her and the end result is the two work together to locate the patient's family.  Eden learns that she shouldn't judge a person before she gets to know the real person.
CGirl87 More than 1 year ago
After enjoying the first book in this series, I looked forward to reading It Had to Be You. I was not disappointed. In fact, I liked it even better than the first book! Eden feels stuck in her job writing obituaries and longs to be a “real” reporter. And then there’s her other full-time job – keeping her hockey star brother Owen cared for and out of trouble. She is worried that he will follow the same path she has seen some of his teammates take, so of course she would have not interest in the man she blames for not keeping him in line, bad-boy hockey enforcer Jace. Right?   I have absolutely no interest in hockey, but I enjoyed this story. The characters were well developed, and the relationship between them did not feel forced or abrupt. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes clean Christian romance, even if they aren’t hockey fans. Definitely a book that I will read again! 
givemethebible More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It was about learning to let go and trust God, and also not to judge people before you get to know them. I also enjoyed the short story about Ingrid and John.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BeachNana8 More than 1 year ago
It Had To Be You is an exciting book about hockey players, a sick child needing a heart transplant, and an obit writer. One interesting point she makes in the book is the way fans seem to want the players to injure each others by the rough way they hit them on the ice.
Shopgirl152ny1 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story about Eden Christiansen, obituary writer who really wants to be a reporter and sister to up-and-coming hockey player, Owen. She tries to take care of him, yet worries that she'll fail. She also feels like life is passing her by. She clashes with Jace Jacobsen, the team captain who she worries her brother is trying to emulate, on and off the rink. Not only does he get into fights on the court, but has a reputation with the ladies. As she gets to know him, however, she realizes she may have judged him too quickly. Jace feels like the only thing going for him is hockey. After too many concussions, he faces serious repercussions if he gets hurt again, but he doesn't know what else he could do. When Owen is hurt, will they work together to help him? Will Eden open his eyes to new possibilities? I absolutely love this book! It's well-written and I did not want to put it down! I love the Christiansen family and that we get to know each of the siblings in this series. Each book works as a stand-alone, but you won't want to miss either of them. I really like the sub-plot about Jace's friend, Sam and his daughter, Maddy, as she has serious health problems and he struggles to understand how God can allow her suffering. There's also a great bonus of a novella included in the back that tells the story of the Christiansen parents! The characters are wonderful and they just leap off the page. I like that they're not perfect; they struggle with their faith and figuring out what they want out of life. I love the romance! Can he really trust a "reporter" and can she trust a famous hockey player known for his way with the ladies? You'll have to read this to find out and I highly recommend you do! I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
J4Life5 More than 1 year ago
This is my second visit with the Christiansen family and I enjoyed it every bit as much as the first. Warren has a gift for imagining the ways a large family might fit together and crafting characters that share the same love and moral upbringing, but have unique thoughts, experiences, and characteristics. In this book, Eden is the self-assigned cheerleader of the others in her family. Her brother, Owen, is in the spotlight and Eden acts more like his unpaid personal assistant. This book was not as predictable as these kinds of books usually are. There are several different story lines woven together, and I wasn't quite sure what was going to happen with each of them. I liked the way Warren tackled a lot of different medical situations with tact, clarity, and education. If you are looking for a wonderful book to read while enjoying the beach or pool this summer, this is a great choice! Another nice thing in this series is that if you haven't read the previous book, it will not affect your enjoyment of this book. Each book stands alone.
Miss_CindyH More than 1 year ago
Another visit to Deep Haven and the Christiansen family.  This is book two in their spin off series.  I think I've read all of Susan May Warren's books.  Her writing is contemporary and realistic.  "In It had to be you" the book centers more around Eden Christiansen.  For the Christiansen fans, no worries, they all appear in the story along with other Deep Haven characters.  Eden feels lost and unnoticed.  She's the care giver, nurterer, worrier, cheerleader, dependable family member.  She wants something more.  Often overlooked in a family with 6 kids, all of which excel at something, Eden feels so ordinary and normal.  She thinks she wants a man like that.  Ordinary and normal.  When she meets Jace he is anything but ordinary and normal.  However she soon realizes all the "normal" things she wanted in a man, Jace has.  But he's in the spotlight.  Infamous for the fighter of his NHL team, Jace is struggling with who he was portrayed to be and who he is deep inside now that he has found Christ.  He cannot forgive himself for his past. He feels that he can accept a God that loves him, but God certainly cannot like Him.  Therefore, how can he be worthy of Eden?  Eden on the other hand feels she is to insignificant for someone like Jace to notice.  Interwoven throughout the story are the family and friends with problems of their own.  As is often the case, they see in others what they cannot see in themselves.  The subplots were developed as was the main plot.  I enjoy how Warren stretches and grows her characters as they live out their faith.  Eagerly awaiting the next book in the series which releases later this summer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the story. I thought it was a bit slow in places.
altalbert More than 1 year ago
Susan May Warren has written a fun novel in "It Had To Be You". It's the story of hockey player Jace Jacobsen and newspaper reporter Eden Christiansen. Eden is her brother Owen's number one fan, and he is on the same hockey team as Jace. Throughout the novel, Eden and Jace continue to butt heads even though there is an obvious attraction between them. I think the only problem I had with this novel is something that is very common in most romance novels - there are a lot of miscommunications and misunderstandings. There are a lot of things thought but not said, which causes most of the disagreements between Eden and Jace. It was kind of aggravating, but it was probably quite realistic. Eden was definitely on a journey to self-discovery in this novel so it was pretty nice to see that journey and the conclusion of it. I did like this story and the characters, even during all their misunderstandings! If you like Christian romance you will enjoy this novel. Thank you to Litfuse Publicity and Tyndale Fiction for the opportunity to review this book in exchange for a copy of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
** spoiler alert ** I hope that there is anther book in this series. As I would like to know what ended up happening to Owen. And of course I would like the details if the two Christenson siblings that are now engaged.
AnotherBibliophile More than 1 year ago
Great Writing Style; I enjoy this author's descriptions of scenes and people. She understands the many feelings brought to the surface in a hospital; and she makes the characters come alive. I was rooting for certain characters to resolve their misunderstandings. The subplot was very touching. There were sad events, but it wasn't a sad story. It was more of a romance, with life lessons. I recommend it.
thecraftyhome1 More than 1 year ago
It Had to Be You by Susan May Warren is a Christiansen Family novel. This one follows Eden, a simple obits writer who is waiting for her time to do something great. She has little faith in herself and feels like everyone else in the family has really made it but she hasn't. But what will happen when she starts to become friends with Jace, the star of her brother's professional hockey team. Is he really a bad boy as she initially assumed? Can they both get past their insecurities and allow God to heal them so they can love again? And what about this mysterious John Doe they find in the hospital? Will they figure that mystery out? This is another great story just as you would expect from Susan May Warren. Yes it is a love story, and as such many parts are predictable. It is, however, still very enjoyable and there is a bit of a mystery and other elements involved. This would make a fabulous beach read this summer.