Divorced and estranged for nearly two decades, Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence accidentally met again and rediscovered their lost love. In IT HAD TO BE US, Harry and Elizabeth share their feelings about the poignant events that brought them back together. Filled with humor, emotion, suspense, and a surprising Las Vegas encounter, this heartfelt romantic memoir proves genuine love can survive any of life’s problems. An amusing new honeymoon revelation and a section devoted to some of Elizabeth’s favorite romantic movies are also included in this 2010 expanded version of Harry and Elizabeth’s award-winning E-book.
Misha Zubarev’s sizzle reel about IT HAD TO BE US (featuring original music by composer Vadim Zubarev)
Reviews for It Had To Be Us
"What an incredibly written story! I am not sure I have enough accolades to describe this true story. Elizabeth and Harry (not their real names) is a couple with a past, to say the least! Their distinctive interpretation of their lives is such a fascinating slant on authorship. The book is written in a ‘He Said/She Said’ format. When reading these memories by each of them, it is obvious that men and women certainly view situations differently. I truly believe that, no matter your preferred genre, you will enjoy this book.IT HAD TO BE US is a marvelous pick-me-up, fast-paced rendition of how lives can come full circle! You will be thrilled if you take time to read this book!" – ♥♥♥♥♥ Five Hearts from Brenda Talley, The Romance Studio.
“In this heartwarming and inspired true story, the Lawrences prove that true love really does stand the test of time.” -- **** Four Stars from Missy Andrews, Romantic Times Magazine.
“This slender but sturdy novelette offers an extraordinary portrait of the power of love and forgiveness. It packs more of an emotional kiss than many a supersized book.” --- Phil Hall, The New York Resident
“This is an awesome saga of two lives brought together that were never really apart.” --- Chris Mansel, The Muse Apprentice Guild
Elizabeth Lawrence, writing as Betty Jo Tucker, is also the author of CONFESSIONS OF A MOVIE ADDICT (First Place Winner in the Memoir category at the 2012 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards Contest) and of SUSAN SARANDON: A TRUE MAVERICK (Honorable Mention at the 2007 New York Book Festival).
IT HAD TO BE US won First Place in the Ebook category at the 2006 Hollywood Book Festival.
Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence donate their authors’ royalties from IT HAD TO BE USto the Imagination Library, a children’s literacy project sponsored by the Dollywood Foundation.
An Interview with Elizabeth Lawrence
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Elizabeth, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is It Had to Be Us and features a special tale of two reunited lovers. Where did you get the idea for their emotionally-engaging story?
EL: Thanks so much for calling IT HAD TO BE US an emotionally-engaging story. My husband and I really appreciate that description of our award-winning romantic memoir. The idea for writing it came as a result of so many friends and relatives wanting to know how in the world we could have reunited after being divorced and estranged for almost twenty years. We decided each of us would write about our feelings concerning the key events that brought us back together, so we wrote the memoir in a “He remembers/She remembers” format.
HH: What do you like best about our heroine and why will readers empathize with her?
EL: Wow! Because the heroine in IT HAD TO BE US is me, that’s a tough question. Let’s see. Well, although Elizabeth seems quite shameless in certain parts of the story, I like her willingness to take a risk where Harry is concerned despite her feelings of vulnerability. She really has to be a bit daring in terms of re-igniting this relationship! I think many readers will understand and empathize with Elizabeth’s emotional reactions to this romantic “second chance” journey.
HH: What do you like best about our hero and why will readers love him?
EL: I absolutely love Harry’s wonderful sense of humor, which comes through loud and clear in most “Harry remembers” sections of our memoir. And I also admire his courage to take another chance with Elizabeth after so many years have passed. Readers will love Harry’s candid descriptions of his changing attitude and sometimes amusing decision-making process.
HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this story and what do you think readers will take away from it?
EL: Writing this memoir became a highly emotional task for both of us, but it was cathartic and helped us come to grips with how we misunderstood each other in the past. I think most readers come away inspired -- and with a feeling that “true love really does stand the test of time.”
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
EL: This Kindle version of IT HAD TO BE US also includes a humorous honeymoon segment, some yummy vegetarian recipes and over 20 of my reviews of favorite romantic movies. Readers who are movie fans might also enjoy reading CONFESSIONS OF A MOVIE ADDICT, my life-at-the-movies memoir (writing as Betty Jo Tucker), which won First Place in the memoir category at the 2012 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest.
HH: How does 2013 promise to be different from 2012 for you?
EL: 2013 should be quite exciting for me because I’ll be collaborating with filmmaker Misha Zubarev on plans to make a feature movie based on IT HAD TO BE US. Misha is the multi-talented artist who created and edited the beautiful sizzle reel (book trailer) for our memoir, which also includes lovely original music by Misha’s father, composer Vadim Zubarev. This will be a new experience for me! Although I’m a professional film critic, I’ve never been involved in actually making a movie.
HH: Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
EL: Inspiration for my stories comes from personal experiences and a desire to share them with others in an entertaining and meaningful way.
HH: What's your writing schedule like?
EL: My writing schedule looks something like this: three hours each morning, two hours each afternoon, and one hour each evening.
HH: What's your favorite way to interact with readers?
EL: I love hearing from readers via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). It’s such a treat to get feedback from them, and I enjoy interacting with interested readers.