Review: It Had to Be You by Georgia Clark

☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

The author of the novel The Bucket List returns with 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. 

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/it-had-to-be-you-by-georgia-clark

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55436532-it-had-to-be-you

My Thoughts:

It had to Be You is a large-cast, ensemble story featuring a recently widowed wedding planner, Liv Goldenhorn, and the various people with whom she works. The individual stories threads are told in parallel timelines and loosely woven together as the story progresses.

The characters are each interesting, but I found I had the most invested in Liv.  I loved her sense of humor, her acerbic wit, but most of all, I appreciated her ability to rebound and rise above the mess her husband left her upon his death.  If your cheating husband leaves his half of the business to his way-too-young for him mistress, it would be really easy to pack up shop and wallow in self-pity for a decade or so.

Beyond the characters’ individual paths to love, some serious topics are brought up. Author Georgia Clark covers politics, racism, privilege and more without being too heavy handed about her messages.  It Had to Be You is a well written, character-driven story that was a pleasure to read.

About the Author: A Brooklyn-based novelist and host/founder of a couple different live shows. I love improv, sleeping in, and fun snacks that are salty.  I’m originally from Australia, and have been living in New York for 11 years.

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