It Had to Be You is a witty and heartfelt romantic comedy featuring a wedding planner, her unexpected business partner, and their coworkers in a series of linked love stories.
For the past twenty years, Liv and Eliot Goldenhorn have run In Love in New York, Brooklyn’s beloved wedding-planning business. When Eliot dies unexpectedly, he even more unexpectedly leaves half of the business to his younger, blonder girlfriend, Savannah. Liv and Savannah are not a match made in heaven, to say the least. But what starts as a personal and professional nightmare transforms into something even savvy, cynical Liv Goldenhorn couldn’t begin to imagine.
It Had to Be You cleverly unites Liv, Savannah, and couples as diverse and unique as New York City itself, in a joyous Love-Actually-style braided narrative. The result is a smart, modern love story that truly speaks to our times. Second chances, secret romance, and steamy soul mates are front and center in this sexy, tender, and utterly charming rom-com.
It Had to Be You is a book that totally caught me by surprise. I picked it up because I will be reading the ARC of Georgia Clark’s upcoming book, Island Time, later this month. I ended up being pretty blown away by this heartfelt and warm story filled with romances and real life obstacles.
It Had to Be You is a book modeled similar to Love Actually. There are numerous romances and stories all connected and intertwined. The people in these eventual relationships are all connected to a Brooklyn wedding planning business.
It Had to Be You starts off with a bang – a death and an affair. But do not be dissuaded by this somewhat stark beginning. By the end of the novel, your heart will be warmed and your hope for the world renewed.
Personally, I really loved the characters in this book. There were, of course, some I liked more than others. I also appreciated that the main characters were diverse in both race and sexuality. There truly is a romance for everyone in this book.
Clark managed to expertly weave in the different relationships without chapters feeling like abrupt when the POV changed. I also loved the generational quips she fit into the dialogue and the references to New York landmarks, like Books Are Magic. However, you should note that if spice is a must for you, you will not find it much in this book.
Overall, It Had to Be You was simply a pleasant read filled with an interesting plot and loveable characters. I really enjoyed this novel and will be recommending to anyone who loves a good romance.
It Had to Be You
May 4, 2021