“A wedding planner dies and leaves the business to his wife—and his mistress. What could possibly go wrong? A charming rom-com to kick off your summer.”—People
An Elin Hilderbrand Entertainment Weekly Summer Reading Pick
“The book-equivalent of a perfect first date... Highly highly recommend.” —Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A heady kaleidoscope of romance, heartbreak, and healing that’s both rich in insight and enchantingly funny.” —Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author
The author of the “emotional, hilarious, and thought-provoking” (People) 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—perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Casey McQuiston.
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 that is “so much fun” (Casey McQuiston, New York Times bestselling author).
The First Wives Club meets Love Actually in this entertaining story of friendship and second chances from Clark (The Bucket List). Liv Goldenhorn and her husband, Eliot, run a New York City wedding planning business, working with a diverse team that's become more like family until Eliot dies while in Kentucky visiting his much younger girlfriend. While Liv and her eight-year-old son grieve, the girlfriend, Savannah Shipley, turns up in Brooklyn to announce that Eliot left her half of the family business. Liv and Savannah's eventual friendship is sweet, albeit too good to be true, and as they work together to revamp the business, all those involved find their way into new romantic entanglements including a pair of florists who debate getting married, a musical duo who fake a relationship, and a waiter who's swept off her feet by a celebrity. Liv, meanwhile, finds new love with a chef and Savannah realizes her feelings for a female fashion student. Alternating between the five budding couples, Clark delivers a humorous, poignant story about rebuilding after tragedy. Though the tidy ending is a touch saccharine, the appealing characters will draw readers in. This is a charmer
From how they met to all of their challenges, this is a true reflection of love today, messy and so wonderful. Really enjoyed this book.
Cute but a little too tidy
Some of the characters were fun, but none were very well-developed. Still, it was a light, fun read. It would have been better if all the loose ends were not so neatly tied up at the end, since that rarely happens IRL.