It Had To Be You
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It Had To Be You

Book Description of Beth Moran‘s It Had To Be You

Growing up, sisters Libby and Nicky never knew who they’d find at breakfast.

Their parents fostered children of all ages, and although the girls loved playing their part in providing a safe haven, it meant that life was rarely peaceful.

Now as a single mother of two, Libby’s life is still anything but peaceful. In her work as an antenatal coach, as well as for the charity she and Nicky run for teenage mothers, Libby uses all the skills she learnt growing up surrounded by children. Her days are full, caring for her family, the mothers-to-be and the latest strays she has welcomed into her home. But in the dark of the lonely nights, Libby worries she’s falling apart at the seams.

One troubled boy and a reckless decision she made thirteen years ago still haunts her.

Two hearts that were broken, still not mended.

The time has come for Libby to look out for herself. As her family, friends and her community have known forever, Libby is one of a kind, and if she can just learn to love herself, she may be able to welcome back the love she let slip through her fingers.

Uplifting, heart-warming and irresistibly good for the soul, it’s impossible not to fall in love with a Beth Moran story. Perfect for all fans of Jill Mansell, Julie Houston, and Jenny Colgan.

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My Review of It Had To Be You

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a heartwarming tale that delves into the complexities of family, love, and self-discovery.

From the outset, Moran captures the reader’s attention with the character of Libby, a compassionate and selfless woman who dedicates her life to caring for others. As a single mother, an antenatal coach and co-founder of a charity for teenage mothers, Libby’s days are busy with nurturing those around her, leaving little time for herself. Yet beneath her outward strength lies a vulnerability stemming from past mistakes and unresolved heartache.

The narrative skillfully navigates between past and present, gradually unraveling the events that continue to haunt Libby. She’s forced to face her past and reassess her life when a man from her past arrives, triggering memories from thirteen years ago. Moran deftly explores themes of forgiveness, redemption, and the healing power of love, as Libby embarks on a journey of self-discovery and learns to confront her insecurities.

The cast of characters adds depth and richness to the story, from Libby’s family and friends to the eclectic mix of women and their partners who bring both chaos and joy to her life.

Moran’s writing, as always, is filled with warmth and compassion, drawing readers into Libby’s world with its vivid descriptions and heartfelt emotions.

It Had to Be You is a story of hope and resilience, reminding readers of the importance of self-love and acceptance and allowing for second chances.

The Author

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Beth Moran is the award winning author of ten contemporary fiction novels, including the top ten bestselling Just the Way You Are. Her books are set in and around Sherwood Forest, where she can be found most mornings walking with her spaniel Murphy. She has the privilege of also being a foster carer to teenagers, and enjoys nothing better than curling up with a pot of tea and a good story.

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I received a copy of this book from Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood Books via NetGalley for a review and participation in the blog tour. Read what others on this tour are writing about the book

A lover of words. A self-acceptance blogger. A creativity coach. A book reviewer. A woman happily journeying through midlife, moving from self-improvement to self-acceptance and enjoying being herself. I write about life, wellness, relationships at Everyday Gyaan. An avid reader, I review books at and offer coaching to writers and bloggers and anyone looking to explore their creativity at The Frangipani Creative, located in Secunderabad, India.

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