IT HAD TO BE YOU is simply a lovefest.  Filled with humor, honesty, and vulnerability where everyone takes a chance and follow their hearts.  The stories are connected by a common bond however each of the four stories could be its own book, yet they blend brilliantly together

Meet Liv Goldenhorn, widow and her new business partner Savannah Shipley, her husband’s girlfriend.  Elliot Goldenhorn died and left his share of the wedding planning business In Love In New York to Savannah.  Two unlikely and complete opposite partners who find friendship in the most funny and unexpected #GirlSquadGoals way.

The great thing about It Had to Be You,  Liv and Savannah road to friendship is sprinkled with four love stories – spectacular diverse love stories.  The stories included second chance romances, LGBTQ+ romances plus a great interracial secret  celebrity romance – my favorite.  I love a great Hollywood Romance!

The book’s charm is you spend the perfect amount of time with every character’s story. Even though the plot is devoted to Liv and Savannah’s emerging relationship, each love story has its own arc and amazingly easy to track and stay connected.  My #1 is Clay and Zia because they are simply perfect and adorable. 

If you like reading warm and fuzzy stories set in my favorite city in the world – New York City, grab a copy of It Had to Be You.  Trust me, you will find yourself singing the song by the end of the book.  I certainly did….


For the past twenty years, Liv and Eliot Goldenhorn have run In Love In New York, Brooklyn’s top wedding planning business. That is, until Eliot dies while visiting his younger, blonder girlfriend, Savannah Shipley, an events intern from Kentucky. In a twist no one sees coming, Eliot leaves his half of the business to Savannah, who had no idea Eliot was still married.

To Liv’s horror, Savannah won’t sell: she wants to help Liv build the now-failing business into the thriving company it used to be. Liv finds herself widowed and shackled to the inexperienced if optimistic Savannah, her polar opposite in every way. But what starts as a personal and professional nightmare transforms into something even savvy, cynical Liv Goldenhorn couldn’t begin to imagine.

Sexy, tender, and utterly charming, It Had to Be You cleverly tells multiple modern love stories, featuring Liv, Savannah, and the various florists, caterers, musicians, and other vendors of the business, in a joyous Love Actually-style braided narrative. Second chances, secret romances, and steamy soul mates are front and center in this smart, emotional, laugh-out-loud rom com that’ll renew your faith in love and have you swooning on every page.


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