Friday, May 14, 2010

Blog Tour: It Had To Be You (Review)

Bella's back, better than ever, trying to plan a wedding for her long-feuding Aunt Rosa and Uncle Lazarro, all while trying to arrange her fabulous wedding to the love of her life.

Will the details surrounding Rosa and Lazarro's forties-style wedding, the growing number of family members arriving from Italy - and an old mobster from New Jersey and the unexpected decision by her closest friend lead Bella to a breakdown or a break-through? Will she find her "happily-ever-after" with DJ after all?

What I Though
It Had To Be You, book three in the "Weddings By Bella" series arrived at the right time in my life. I was looking for something fun, light and well, happy, to read in the midst of a stressful week.

Janice Thompson's book - the second I've had a chance to read/review - did not disappoint me. This book picks up shortly after the end of book two - Swinging on A Star.

It re-introduced me to a fun cast of characters including Lazarro and Rosa, along with bringing a few new characters - such as Bella's slightly crazy, and absolutely passionate family from Italy.

Through it all, Thompson weaves a story that will have you laughing at times at Bella's antics. You may also find yourself cheering on Lazarro's efforts to share the gospel with his "former mobster" friend.

I recommend this book. I think it helps that I read at least one of the other books in the series, but I think if you are just looking for a fun book - and not worried about the "back story" of the main characters, you'll truly enjoy "It Had To Be You" by Thompson.

Meet The Author
Meet Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and native Texan. An experienced wedding coordinator herself, Thompson brings alive in her books the everyday drama and humor of getting married. She is the author of Fools Rush In and lives in Texas.

You can read more about Thompson by visiting her website:

Want to Read More About Bella?
Check out Book One - Fools Rush In, the first Weddings by Bella Novel
Bella Rossi may be nearing thirty, but her life is just starting to get interesting. When her Italian-turned-Texan parents hand over the family wedding planning business, Bella is determined not to let them down. She quickly books a "Boot Scoot'n" wedding that would make any Texan proud. There's only one catch--she's a country music numbskull because her family only listens to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Where will she find a DJ on such short notice who knows his Alan Jackson from his Keith Urban?

When a misunderstanding leads her to the DJ (and man) of her dreams, things start falling into place. But with a family like hers, nothing is guaranteed. Can the perfect Texan wedding survive a pizza-making uncle with mob ties, an aunt who is a lawsuit waiting to happen, and a massive delivery of 80 cowboy boots? And will Bella ever get to plan her own wedding?

Check out Book 2 - Swinging On A Star
(You can read my review here!)

A Renaissance themed wedding, complete with period costumes and foods, a horse-drawn carriage and even a castle - no problem for Bella Rossi, owner of Weddings by Bella.

In her newest tale, Janice Thompson explores Rossi's life - which includes a perfect guy, a successful business and an ambitious themed wedding.

Her only glitch - the best man just happens to be Brock Benson, Hollywood's hottest and most eligible bachelor. (Who just happens to be staying at her house to avoid the paparazzi.)

Find "It Had To Be You" Online
At The Publisher - Revell Books
Read an Excerpt Online

More About The Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

1 comment:

  1. Aw! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book! Thank you so much for the sweet review!


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