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It Had To Be You

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  662 ratings  ·  98 reviews
Twenty-five-year-old Bea is a hopeless romantic – with a hopeless love life. She’s been single ever since her awful ex broke her heart, and the only thing she gets up to in bed is watching rom coms on her laptop.

When Bea meets Dan, who is basically the man of her dreams, she knows she can’t let him get away. They might not have fireworks, but not everyone can be fighting a
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Published December 6th 2017 by Bookouture (first published December 2017)
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Susanne  Strong
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4 Stars.

A Sweet, Endearing, Rom-Com.

Yes, that’s right, “It Had To Be You” got under my skin. It was funny, light and utterly sweet.

Bea is a dreamer. Ever since she was a little girl she has had this image in her mind. She has dreamed it actually, dreamed of the perfect guy. She saw him, sitting on a park bench, in London. The sun, streaming on his face. He turned to look at her and then she woke up and never saw his face. And this happens - every single time. And Bea knows, that someday, she w
Nov 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
At twenty five Bea seems to have gotten most of her life on track but she is still lacking that Mr. Right that she dreams of finding. Bea has been having a dream of the same man for as long as she can remember and even moved to the city and took her current job to be near the park where she sees him in her dream. She's certain that this is her Mr. Right and she'll find him someday.

In the meantime Bea heads to work with her good friend and roommate every day and watches rom coms on her computer
Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
I received an arc of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Bea has had the same dream involving the man of her dreams for as long as she can remember. Everything in Bea's life hinges on this dream. On a chance day she believes she has finally met him, but is it really him...if I go on, I will give the story away and that would be no fun.

This book is super cute and I loved the author's love of classic rom-com's and pop culture, it came through multiple times amongst the charac
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
Hopeless romantic Bea has been having the same recurring dream for more than ten years. In this dream, she meets a man in a park and knows he's the one. When he dream becomes a reality and she meets Dan, she couldn't be happier. The more she gets to know Dan, the more she wonders if he's actually Mr. Right, or if she's just forcing the relationship because she feels like she's supposed to. Will Bea work up the courage to end things and realize she wants more? 

When I read the premise for It Had T
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley2017
This wasn't much different from other romantic novels around there plot-wise. But its execution was beyond expectations.

Bea has dreamed of a man in a park for ten years. She's found the park, it's right next to the apartment she shares with her coworker and three more friends. However, the man took longer to show up. When she finally meets the "men in her dreams", she has doubts if he's really The One.

This is the romantic comedy I wanted to read. It's quick, it's funny, it's cute. Bea is a very
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
The writing was okay, the "laugh out loud" part wasn´t as out loud as I had hoped. It was okay.
This dream plot was a bit annoying. And by a bit I mean a lot. Who changes their whole life because of a dream?
Suze Lavender
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bea has a recurring dream about a man and she thinks she's meant to end up with this person. She believes in romance and destiny. However, what will she do when she's found the man of her dreams? Is he really everything she's ever wanted or is there something she misses? Bea is working together with Henry, they both love books, they have fun, they get each other and they can talk for hours. Henry isn't the man Bea feels she should be with though, because he isn't the one starring in her dreams. ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is pure chick-lit, an easy light fluffy read. I read this as a mind cleanser to reboot the brain.
The story is simple Bea has been seeing the same dream for years about meeting a man on the park bench and one day she does. DAN. So she believes fate has spoken and asks him out, but there are no fireworks between them. And the story continues... Will she, won't she dump Dan??
This is my second book by the author Keris Stainton, I felt the first one if you could only see me was far better
Manon the Malicious
*2.5 Stars*

I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

It Had to Be You tells the story of Bea, a hopeless romantic who works in a library. She’s had a recurring dream about a man for years, how she will meet him in a park, where he will be sitting, the entire thing.
When it finally happens, she cannot believe it but since he’s literally the man of her dreams, she does everything to make a relationship work.

I really did not like Bea, she drove me insane, I could not rela
Misfits farm
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bea has met the man of her dreams. Yes really. For years she has had almost the same dream nightly where she meets this man in the park, almost knows his name and what he is wearing and then one day she turns around and he is there- for real. She works in a nearby bookshop with her friend Henry who is also her landlord in their shared flat with two others. Is Dan all that she thinks he is or are friendships even more important?How come we don’t always see what is right under our noses that we ta ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you think this is the kind of book where you're casting the Hallmark movie version while reading - you're right. Yes, it may be a bit predictable but the characters are so endearing that it does not really matter. One of our heroine's favorite rom-coms (among many) is Notting Hill and there are definitely shades of the film in this book - the bookshop, the cast of zany characters and roommates and, of course, a hopeless romantic or two. While this book does not specifically reference the holi ...more
Gem ~ Bee
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hands up, Keris Stainton writes the funniest books; guaranteed laugh out loud antics & funny characters you instantly warm to & feel a part of the group dynamic!
I loved that two of the main characters worked in a book store,I loved that they had real wonderful & weird customers. A feelgood, uplifting, real account of life, love, friendships & 'dream romances'. The really interesting part for me was how off the wall from your average book heroine Bea is; she's quirky, gutsy, geeky & gives hersel
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first time reading a Ms. Stainton book and I really enjoyed it. This was such a wonderful, feel good book. I loved it - in fact on finishing it, I could happily have returned to the start to begin reading it again, it was such a good read. I loved the characters and I love the plot. The characters are so lifelike and you find yourself connecting with all of them. The writing was smooth and easy. I was sucked into the story from the first word and I couldn't put it down as I neared the end. Th ...more
Mary Thomas
Dec 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley for my copy.

Bea works in a bookshop along with her friend Henry. Bea is a hopeless romantic who has a recurring dream that she will meet the man of her dreams in the local park. She has very little experience with men and thinks the perfect man is out there.

This is a light fluffy funny read which I enjoyed. It is a great beach read and is a definite chicklit book. It has some laugh out loud moments and a great cast of characters.
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just kept reading and I didn’t even know the book was coming to an end until I read the last page! Ugh I need more! 😭 this book was hilarious, relatable, and adorable and ugh.. full review coming very soon! 😭❤️❤️
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Light sweet romantic comedy. Just what I needed to relax and read.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in just under a week. I loved it so much! I loved the dream that Bea does every night, meeting the man of her dreams in a park. Every night she has this recurrent dream and one day she actually does meet a nice man in this park. She starts dating him and is pretty sure that Dan, is the man of her dreams. But is Dan really the man of her dreams?
I loved the way this book was written, the characters, the plot, the settings, the romance (especially in the last pages... soo good!),
Donna Maguire

I was genuinely excited to start reading the book and I wasn't disappointed.  It was a funny read and had me laughing out loud in places - it is an excellent way to be cheered up if you are ever feeling down!

The plot was great and I thought it all flowed really well.  The characters worked so well together and their interaction really made the story such a good one - I have given the book a five star rating and it's definitely one I would recommend, I real
Lauren James
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love. Keris' romcoms are my happy place, always, and this is my favourite yet. So sweet and warm hearted, with a touch of magic. Henry is my best boy. ...more
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Oh my goodness me this book could not have come at a better time!! Have you ever felt so down, that all you wanted to do was laugh? No, I don’t mean a little snigger at a rubbish Christmas joke. I mean a proper belly laugh, tears rolling down cheeks, sides hurting type laughter. You know the sort I mean? Well, I have to admit that I have been in an absolute funk of a mood lately due to various reasons – all I wanted to
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 “ ...more
Sara Oxton
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It had to be you by Keris Stainton a five-star read that you have to have. How have I never read this author before, she really is laugh out loud funny, I got some very strange looks reading on the train when I was reading this, so read in public at your own risk. The characters are so real and funny that sometimes you get sucked in and think your having a conversation with your mates not reading a book. Honestly there were some parts in this book that I had to stop reading for fear I may leak. ...more
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second book written by Keris Stainton that I have read. The first one ‘If You Could See Me Now’ was released earlier this year and became an instant bestseller. I know that I really enjoyed the first book and so I had high hopes for her second. I was not to be disappointed. I really enjoyed it but more about that later.
I took to Bea’s character from the start. It becomes clear that she has certain issues regarding her family. She shares a flat with some friends, who have become her ‘
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for an advance review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Bea has had the same dream for 10 years; finding "The One" on a bench in a park. When Bea meets Dan in that park sitting on that bench, is it possible that her dream is coming true? Is Dan Mr. Right or has Mr. Right been right in front of her all along? I related to Bea so much more than I could ever express in words. This romantic comedy is the perfect light read that you will be s
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I adored joining the sweet and quirky Bea on her journey to find her 'dream' guy! I totally identified with her as i too have voices in my head (glad to know I'm not a wierdo!) Hennnnrryyyy! and Celine were two of my most favourite characters... I think Ms Stainton has a real talent for writing out BRILLIANT supporting characters!
I'm sorry I did NOT like Dan, he was sweet but seemed like a tool!
I'm glad Bea got her dream in the end!
Kudos Ms Stainton!
Great Cover... Cracking Book... totally LO
Curious Reader
This was pretty much exactly what I had expected it to be. Predictable. Average. At about 20% I considered not finishing it since I knew largely how it would play out, but I have to finish books unless they are unbearably bad.

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Katey Lovell
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Keris's books are the ultimate comfort reads - cosy, witty and full of snappy one-liners. It Had To Be You is no exception as it follows bookseller Bea's pursuit of her dream (literal dream) man. As ever the characters are hilarious - I particularly loved housemate Freya - and I was so sad when the book was over as I wanted more, more, more! ...more
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book. It's the perfect book for curling up under a blanket with. It is warm and charming, and so brilliantly funny. I found that Bea, the main character, was a breath of fresh air - she hasn't got it all sorted, she's hesitant at times and so so easy to identify with. I loved that she doesn't have that sense of confidence and life experience that so many main characters seem to have, here was a character that was so like me and I loved her all the more for it. I loved the supportin ...more
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
Exactly what I needed right now. Funny, adorable, relatable.
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

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