Author: Georgia Clark
Publisher: Atria Books/Emily Bestler Books
Publication Date: May 4, 2021
Book Description: 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.
Rating: 4 Stars
Review: This is such a cute story about second chances that you will not want to miss. When the book opens we meet wedding planner Liv. She is middle of a hellish wedding and waiting for their husband/partner to get there to help. She gets a phone call that her husband is dead, everything for her changes. Savannah moves to New York after her boyfriend, also Liv’s husband, leaves half their wedding planning business to her.
The setup for this book is so unbelievable, yet it totally works. Told in multiple points of views from Liv, Savannah and their friends who also help with the weddings, Georgia Clark, writes a light breezy novel about friends, relationships, and the coming together of the two women in an unexpected partnership that is just simply delightful, with plenty of laugh out loud moment.
This is a perfect book to read on the beach with a nice cool beverage. It goes down super smooth and sweet.
Thank you NetGalley and Atria Books for an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.