Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Swinging on a Star by Janice Thompson

There's a fine line between ambitious and crazy.

Bella's just not sure where it is.

Bella Rossi's life is nearing perfection. Not only does she have the perfect guy, but she's also running a successful wedding-planning business and is about to plan its most ambitious wedding yet--a Renaissance-themed fairy tale come true, complete with period costumes and foods, horse-drawn carriages, and even a castle. There's only one hitch. The best man just happens to be Hollywood's hottest and most eligible bachelor, and he's showing an interest in Bella. Oh, and did we mention he's staying at her house to avoid the paparazzi?

With all the pressure surrounding this wedding, Bella's not sure she's going to make it through. Add her starstruck sister and her feuding aunt and uncle, and you've got a recipe for disaster--and a lot of laughs.

"If you enjoy weddings, Italian cuisine, and stories filled with humor and romance, you're going to love Swinging on a Star."--Anita Higman, award-winning author, Love Finds You in Humble, Texas

"Swinging on a Star has more layers of love than Aunt Rosa's lasagna. A sweet romance that sizzles and simmers on every page."--Allison Pittman, author, Stealing Home

About the Author
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 Swinging on a Star. She lives in Texas.

Here is my review of this sophomore offering in the Weddings By Bella Series:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Janice Thompson and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Swinging On A Star" to review for them. I have always been grateful for this generosity, and I am trying to improve at being consistent in taking the time to thank these wonderfully giving individuals in a public forum. I really appreciate your time, effort and expense in making a reviewer copy available to me.

"Swinging On A Star" picks up where the first offering in the Weddings By Bella Series left off. Janice Thompson paints a beautiful, loud and rowdy picture of an Italian family living in Galveston, Texas with great authenticity and humor. The cast of characters from "Fools Rush In" are back as Bella prepares her second major wedding extravaganza. This time, it's a medieval themed affair and the best man, make that "first knight", is a super-famous Hollywood hunk that Bella must hide from the paparazzi until the big day. Toss in Rosa's anticipated debut on the Food Network, Sophia's crush on the movie star and the movie star's crush on Bella, and you've got a recipe for complete chaos.

I really enjoyed the development of the main characters, Bella's relationship with D.J., Bubba's debut at the opera, and the engaging moments over dinner at Bella's home. I also loved the addition of the unconventional Hollywood entrance into this wild and wacky world of the Rossi family. Bella's guidance of Brock (aka Vinny - aka Hollywood hunk) in spiritual matters was a lovely touch as well. But I will say that I enjoyed the first book more. It's not that I didn't enjoy this one, but let's just say that this second offering wasn't quite as spicy as the first. Still, it was delicioso!

“Available January 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

1 comment:

Janice Thompson said...

Thank you so much for your sweet review. I think you'll find the third book to be a lot of fun. The Italian relatives are coming to Galveston for Rosa and Laz's wedding. And, as for those Splendora sisters, you'll NEVER believe who's falling in love with who! (Or would it be whom?) Anyway, romance is in the air in that third book - and it all happens as Bella is TRYING to plan her own wedding to D.J. (Stress "trying") Ha!