It Had to Be You: An absolutely laugh out loud romance novel

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‘Utterly addictive. I LOVE it!’ Colleen Coleman

Twenty-five-year-old Bea is a hopeless romantic with a hopeless love life – until now. New beau Dan ticks all the boxes: he’s good-looking, kind and thoughtful. The complete opposite of Bea’s ex, who once threw her out in the middle of the night when she was ill so she didn’t disrupt his sleep.

So when her friends point out that she and Dan don’t have fireworks, Bea ignores them. Dan is the whole package. And yet Bea can’t stop comparing him to her best friend Henry… Because Dan doesn’t get Bea’s jokes. Or like books. Or make her laugh until she can’t breathe. Or become speechless when Bea puts on her favourite black dress for a night out…

As time goes on, Bea can’t shift the feeling that something just isn’t right. On paper Dan is the perfect man. But in reality… Will Bea be brave enough to ask for more from life – and get the fireworks she deserves?

A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy for fans of Giovanna Fletcher, Cate Woods, and Mhairi McFarlane.

Read what everyone is saying about It Had to Be You:

Utterly charming and adorable, top quality romantic comedy, simply joyous.’ Rowan Coleman, author of The Summer of Impossible Things 

‘A wonderful, feel-good book. I loved it… I couldn’t put it down… A very enjoyable read!… Will have you laughing out loud… Definitely one to look out for.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Best Romcom of 2017.Well Read Pirate Queen, 5 stars

‘A five-star read that you have to have… Laugh-out-loud funny… I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone… Funny and amazing.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Eye-wateringly funny… Romance fun at its greatest. Fabulous.Goodreads reviewer, 4 stars

Love, love, love. Keris’s rom-coms are my happy place… Sweet and warm-hearted.’ LGBT YA Reviewer, 5 stars

A great, funny, feel-good read… Would definitely recommend this one!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars  

I loved this book… Highly recommend.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Laugh-out-loud funny… I was rooting for all of the characters.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

I read it in one sitting… I nearly died from laughter.Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Great cover… Cracking book… Totally LOVABLE characters!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Exactly what I needed!… Hilarious! If you are looking for a refreshing story this is perfect for you!’ Read More Sleep Less, 4 stars

I smiled from ear to ear… Joyous book.’ Wit and Wonder Books, 4 stars

I love this… Believable, sympathetic characters who hook into your affections and stay there… An utterly satisfying read, laugh-out-loud funny… I started it last night and stayed up to finish it because I had to know what happened.’ Making them Readers, 5 stars

‘This clever premise is hilariously explored… Makes you wish you could hop on a plane to London!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Super cute.Saturday Nite Reader, 4 stars

Adorable!… This is perfect.’ Goodreads reviewer, 4 stars

Makes you laugh out loud… Charming and enchanting… Keris Stainton did good.Goodreads reviewer, 4 stars

Ratings and reviews

10 reviews
Gaele Hi
December 8, 2017
Bea is a twenty-something woman who always compares every man she meets to her recurring dream – one she’s had since she was a teen. A bit shy and slightly awkward, her best friend Henry is also her landlord and co-worker at the bookshop. Both Bea and Henry are more than a bit on the conservative side – their flatmates are not – Freya a mouthy lesbian and the couple who are either fighting loudly or making up at decibels loud enough to inform the neighborhood. With her own back and forth about “him” the man in her dreams – Bea’s entire life has been arranged around this one London park and place – the park where her dream is staged. Bea is overlooking everything and everyone until one day, on an errand to get milk for their tea at work she sees “him”. Him is Dan, a man biding his time in the park before an interview – and Bea, in a very non-Bea like reticent mode introduced herself to the man she believes is ‘the one’. Oh Dan is very nice – but they have NOTHING in common – he doesn’t read, and she is a bookworm, and the chemistry is just ‘meh’. Meanwhile, poor Henry is the one everyone can see she needs to be paired with – their banter, their camaraderie and their similarities they are meant to be together. Throughout the story, we are given multiple versions of Bea’s recurring dream – subtle changes to the dream as she meets Dan, as she deals with her own past (which is pretty sad) and the constant input from Freya (wanted or not) and the slow days at the shop which allow her to muse and dream of her relationship with Dan to no end. There are some moments that have laugh out loud reactions, and situations that are clearly depicting life in a flat share with multiple people – but there is a sense that Bea is someone out of her time and element –striving to be what Dan wants, convincing herself that as her “one’ they are fated to be together and that doesn’t come with fireworks and butterflies. I was sad to see her so untethered to her own likes and desires in an effort to ‘keep’ someone who really wasn’t all that decided on being kept. Stanton’s writing is wonderful and smooth, from dialogue to interior voice each comes of clear and distinct, the path that Bea is travelling is clear to everyone BUT herself – even as she perseveres forward – eyes on the prize. Dealing with old hurts, new expectations and even newer revelations, Bea’s journey is clear to everyone – and you wish the best for her (Henry) even more so when her own romantic and childhood histories are revealed. Clever, sweet and despite what felt like an over-reliance on her ‘dream interpretations’, Bea is a character that could be any young person trying to discover their way and just who they are. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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