Swinging on a Star was incredible. There were enough romantic moments to make even the stodgiest woman swoon. And the kisses were to-die-for romantic. Did I mention that D.J. is probably the hottest hero ever? Mainly because he lives his faith from the inside out and he's so genuine! Granted, I know he's just a pretend person, but I feel like the characters in this book are people I actually know. There are so many funny one liners in this story that I found myself laughing quite a bit. And as far as surprises go, this story was loaded with them. The author also does an amazing job of torturing her characters and showing crazy Italian drama like nobody's business. I can't get enough of Bella and her amazing weddings. The details are so rich and fun. I feel like I am participating the whole time. It's cool that the only character whose point of view you are in is Bella's for both books, but the author makes is so smooth you can't tell you are in first person and you feel like you know the other people as if you were in their heads even though you aren't. This amazing novel had many spiritual and emotionally insightful moments about human behavior and people in general that, IMHO, puts this series light years above the rest of Christian fiction in terms of takeaway value. The author delves into many truths, is frank about the Christian faith, and she warms your heart at the same time. It didn't feel preachy, but totally natural given the way this family interacts with each other. And Brock, now there was a hottie to be reckoned with. I enjoyed getting to know him, too. My eyes misted on several occasions as I got to know him and other characters better. I ended the story with a satisfied sigh. That, to me, makes for a perfect story. Janice has a unique voice that is snarky in a fun-loving way and isn't mean at all. She really knows how to deliver on all accounts and I'm loving this series because of it. Highly recommended.
Janice Thompson has done it again with this great second book in the Weddings by Bella series. The characters we know and love are back and better than ever, with some new lovable characters too. But things such as a medieval wedding extravaganza, the Food Network team coming to her house (the day before the wedding), nosy little neighbor children, a serious case of mistaken identity, a startling event involving uncle Laz, and a tropical storm threaten to destroy all of Bellas struggles for balance (and sanity). Not to mention the Hollywood hunk that is staying at her house to hide out from the paparazzi and who seems to be falling for her. The craziness is sure to make you laugh, and the ending is sure to make you sigh. Be sure to check this series out!
After reading Fools Rush In, the first book in the Weddings by Bella series, I knew that I had to read Swinging on a Star. I think I said this in my review of Fools Rush In too, but Janice Thompson has a talent for creating scenarios that are just so funny. She writes in a way that makes it easy to visualize what is happening, which makes the funny scenes funnier. Now, I found that Swinging on a Star was not as laugh out loud funny as Fools Rush In. That is by no means a criticism. This book was still very funny, but I could tell the author was not trying to outdo herself or go over the top with silliness. This book had a more romantic and sentimental feel to it than the last one, and I loved that. Swinging on a Star has Janice Thompson's wonderful humor and flair for creating beautiful weddings, but the main message of romance, love, and trusting God made this a sweet and uplifting story. Guido was still my favorite character, only for a different reason this time. I had such fun reading this book and found myself with tears in my eyes as I saw the miracles God was creating. If you are looking for a book that will make you laugh, smile, and appreciate God's blessings more, get yourself a copy of Swinging on a Star.
Swinging on a Star by Janice Thompson is the second book in the Weddings by Bella series. Bella is back, along with the rest of the raucous Rossi family. This time she is planning a grandiose medieval wedding complete with castle, moat, authentic food, and traditional style clothing for all attendants and guests. That's stressful enough, but Bella's Aunt Rosa has been selected by the Food Network for a segment that will be filmed the day before the medieval wedding. Now throw in a best man, umm I mean first knight, who is the equivalent of George Clooney, and life is about to get crazy for Bella. Thank God for D.J. her steadfast and handsome cowboy boyfriend who keeps her grounded and feeling loved. Readers can't help but fall in love with the antics of the Rossi family. Mama, who's obsessed with opera; Papa, who complains about all the cheese in Aunt Rosa's spectacular meals; Uncle Laz who owns the local pizzeria and battles Rosa daily about who's the better crooner: Sinatra or Martin; and Sophia, who falls in and out of love daily. Plus a trio of Full Gospel ladies who love their sequins and cruises! Thompson has filled this book to overflowing with delightful and funny characters who will keep readers laughing. Bella is sweet and almost perfect, but her faith is what makes the reader root for her to succeed and get her man.
There are times when I am in the mood to just be transported away to a different place. Swinging on a Star does just that!This book provides a glimpse into the life of the Rossi family from Galveston Island, TX. The main character, Bella Rossi, is a 20-something wedding planner who's just taken over Club Wed, the family business. Bella has decided to go in a different direction planning themed weddings.This book is chock-full of colorful characters highlighting Bellas large Italian family all living under one big roof. Joining in on the frivolity is D.J. Neeley, Bellas sweetheart of 3 months. The latest wedding that Bella is planning is a Renaissance-themed wedding. The couple are Rob & Marian. Rob's best man is his best friend, Brock Benson the hottest actor in Hollywood! Hilarity & antics ensue as Bella works to ensure that the wedding is not ruined by reporters & paparazzi, etc Janice Thompson writes with humor & lots of wit!I was happy to see Jesus being glorified and lifted up in this wonderfully entertaining book. Heres one example:I guess the real difference is in figuring out that were all royalty. Were Gods kids. So the whole princess theme is very real. Thats why it resonates with women so deeply. Were waiting for Prince Charming to sweep us away, of course, but thats just a symbol of God sweeping in and loving us in spite of our flaws. He doesnt see our warts. Or our wrinkles. He only sees that were his little princesses. And he wants us to hang out in his throne room. (p. 283)Mrs. Thompson, who lives in TX & has personal experience as a wedding planner, spares no expense in the details. The only inaccurate detail was that one of the characters owned a (pink!)1983 Ford Pinto; the last year of production of that model was 1980. But I digress! This book is lots of fun! This book was provided to me by Revell.Reviewed by Ponderings by Andrea http://andrealschultz.blogspot.com