Georgia Clark comes to the blog with an integrated story that all starts with a death and a wedding planner in
It Had to be You
Liv and Eliot have a well-known and respected wedding planning business, In Love In New York, that they have run for most of their marriage. But when Eliot has a sudden and fatal heart attack, Liv is left unmoored – focusing on her grief, her young son and little else. A knock on the door after the will was read brings her back to earth quickly – the woman Eliot was with when he died is there – and she has his half of the business.
Savannah moved to New York from Kentucky to grab at this opportunity – and now must find a way to manage the changes her life has brought, an understandably recalcitrant partner in Liv and just finding her way. Fortunately, she finds a friend, and this opens all sorts of questions – not the least of which is what she truly wants, feels and who she is attracted to.
Through the story we meet Liv’s friends Gorman and Henry a couple with their own issues around marriage (Henry wants it, Gorman doesn’t), Zia and Darlene and their own trials with boyfriends (or not) and of course we meet Sam, in to interview as caterer for a wedding that Savannah has promised, gratis, in return for Social Media exposure.
The multiple perspectives, storylines and the growth that EVERY character achieved throughout the story was wonderful, even if, at times, it felt as if you were getting into one person’s head and suddenly were ripped away to start with another. Feeling much like an ensemble piece, the constant touchstone of the story is weddings and the planning business – and all the bits, pieces and struggles to deal with dates, scheduling, brides, grooms and the never-ending wafts of hope – hope for a happily ever after that comes with each new couple. From Liv discovering her own heart again to Savannah learning that what makes her happiest isn’t what her parents would have wished for her initially, to the inclusion of Liv’s son and his dealing with his father’s death, the ramifications and questions that surrounded everyone were nuanced and felt plausible. While many of the resolutions seemed to appear quickly – there was truly an arc to each couple / relationship / person, and all tied together to make this a lovely read.
Title: It Had to be You
Author: Georgia Clark
Genre: Comedic Elements, Coming of Age, Contemporary Elements, Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Dual Narration, Family Saga, Friendship, Grief, Humor elements, Interracial, LGBTQ, Multi-Cultural, Older Heroine / Hero, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: American, Woman's Fiction
Published by: Atria Books
Published on: 4 May, 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 13 Hours: 10 minutes
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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.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.