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It Had To Be You

(2011)
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1952. Orphaned as a young child, Emma Booth was raised by her grandparents in a Lancashire village. Following her grandfather sudden death, Emma assumes she is now without family, until she unexpectedly finds a letter written in 1940 from a certain Mrs Lizzie Booth. The letter reveals that her widowed father had, before his death at Dunkirk, married again, and left Emma with a half-sister, Betty Booth. Determined to find her, Emma is drawn away from the countryside to the austere city life of post-war Liverpool. Discovering her sister house was bombed in the war and is now derelict, she enlists the help of policeman Dougie Marshall to find Betty in the city. Even then, she still has to overcome dogged obstruction from Betty Aunt Elsie in order to establish a relationship with the sister she never knew she had. Despite the different lives the women lead, they discover common ground and get along well. That is until Emma friendship with Betty cousin Dorothy, who with a difficult stepfather and a brother missing in Korea harbours her own familial pain, threatens to reveal secrets in Emma and Betty parents past that may disrupt their newfound relationship and life. When trouble inevitably comes, Emma rises to the challenge, and in doing so finds love and romance, taking her life in a whole new direction; meanwhile, Betty has to overcome devastation before her dream can come true.

 
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Hardback Editions

January 2012 : UK Hardback
Title: It Had to be You
Author(s): June Francis
ISBN: 0-7505-3533-4 / 978-0-7505-3533-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Large Print Books
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January 2011 : UK Hardback
Title: It Had To Be You
Author(s): June Francis
ISBN: 0-7490-0985-3 / 978-0-7490-0985-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY
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Paperback Editions

March 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: It Had to Be You
Author(s): June Francis
ISBN: 0-7490-0959-4 / 978-0-7490-0959-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

December 2013 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: It Had to be You
Author(s): June Francis
ISBN: 0-85714-375-1 / 978-0-85714-375-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Story Sound
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

December 2013 : UK Audio CD
Title: It Had to be You
Author(s): June Francis
ISBN: 0-85714-376-X / 978-0-85714-376-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Story Sound
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

December 2013 : UK MP3 CD
Title: It Had to be You
Author(s): June Francis
ISBN: 0-85714-377-8 / 978-0-85714-377-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Story Sound
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

March 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: It Had To Be You
Author(s): June Francis
Publisher: Allison & Busby
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