It Had to Be You

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Get ready for a double dose of wedding frenzy!

Bella couldn't be happier that two of her long-feuding relatives have finally admitted their love for one another and are getting married. Their forties-style wedding is sure to be a night to remember. But when the Rossi house begins to fill up with family from Italy—and an old mobster from New Jersey—life starts to get complicated. Will a friend from the past drive the happy couple apart once ...

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Overview

Get ready for a double dose of wedding frenzy!

Bella couldn't be happier that two of her long-feuding relatives have finally admitted their love for one another and are getting married. Their forties-style wedding is sure to be a night to remember. But when the Rossi house begins to fill up with family from Italy—and an old mobster from New Jersey—life starts to get complicated. Will a friend from the past drive the happy couple apart once more? And will Bella ever have time to think of her own rapidly approaching wedding amid the chaos?

Full of humor, plenty of Italian passion, and a bit of Texas gumption, It Had to Be You will have you laughing out loud and wiping a tear from your eye.

Praise for the Weddings by Bella series:

"A fun, welcome distraction from life's boredom and stress."—Trish Perry, author, Beach Dreams and The Guy I'm Not Dating

"I fell in love with the Rossi clan, a delightful collection of quirky characters who feel as passionately about their pizza as Texans do about chili."—Virginia Smith, author, Third Time's a Charm

"Thompson is a master storyteller. I felt as if I were Bella's best friend, sitting down with her over cups of Italian cappuccino while she told me the latest happenings in her zany family."—Ane Mulligan, editor, Novel Journey

"Sweet romance that sizzles and simmers on every page."—Allison Pittman, author, Stealing Home

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.

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Wedding planner Bella Rossi (Fools Rush In; Swinging on a Star) is up to her eyeballs in Italian relatives and chaos as she plans the wedding of her once-feuding Aunt Rosa and Uncle Lorenzo. With all of the hoopla, will she have time to plan her own upcoming nuptials? Hilarity ensues as cultures clash and former mob connections resurface on the way to wedded bliss. VERDICT This romantic comedy is full of laugh-out-loud moments as Texas and Italian cultures meet. The emphasis on ethnicity and family dynamics is sure to appeal to fans of Adriana Trigiani's more secular Lucia, Lucia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800733445
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Series: Weddings by Bella Series , #3
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 411,152
  • Product dimensions: 8.72 (w) x 5.64 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet 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.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

    Cute story line

    Felt like a lot was thrown into this book but I believe that was the point. In this book Bella is getting Rosa & Larz's wedding organized, her own, then of course a few more are thrown in...quite a few actually. Of course there is drama when Sal the mobster friend of Larz's makes some unwelcomed comments about Larz getting married but I don't want to ruin the story. Another good book in the series. I believe this is the last book in the series... but I'm not 100% sure the ending with all the other potential wedding on the horizion left me wondering if there'd be more.
    Just found her Blog & I quote:
    July 13, 2011 4:52 PM
    Janice Thompson said...
    "Thank you so much! I'm actually writing four more books that will include Bella, DJ and the whole gang as sub-characters. The series is called "Bridal Biz" and is about four people in the bridal business--a cake decorator, a florist, a wedding dress designer and a photographer. What fun! In this series, Bella and DJ will have a couple of children. Can you imagine?!"

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Im hooked

    Just finished the first book and bought number two. Cant wait to watch bella marry that cowboy....i hope. Love the author. Great seres. Inspires me to be a better woman of God. Thank you to the author.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    I loved this series.

    I love faith based romance stories.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Loved the Series

    Found the first book very randomly, read it and loved it. Was so happy to see there were more after reading the first! Loved the series! The Rossi's are so easy to fall in love with. The problems Bella faces are definately a page turner, always wondering what will happen next. By the way this book ended, wasnt so sure it was the last of the series.. Left a lot on the line with little to no details!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    wonderful, warm and witty italian family

    The third in the Weddings by Bella series, a warm funny faith based book on an italian family in Texas. Family from Italy come to visit, as well as an old friend from NJ with ties to the Mob. This family will have you laughing and crying. An easy, feel good story.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Awesome!!!!!

    Reading this book right now! I cant put it down! I really wish that Janice would continue the Rossi family story! I have fallen in love with Bella, DJ, and the whole Rossi clan! WE NEED MORE OF THEM JANICE!!!!!! This is the best book so far! It is really suspenseful and keeps you wanting more! Love the story and cant wait ti finish reading to see what Bellas wedding is like!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2011

    Wonderful read!

    I've read all books in the series. My wife and I (yep..married with children) enjoyed them all. Very nice mix of humor and chick-flick tear jerker...all wrapped in a beautiful Christian atmosphere. Not preachy, just nice and real. I recommend this series for all ages.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2011

    fun reading #3 of the series

    I have enjoyed all of the books in the series to this point very much.
    Bella always has a fun dilema to make the book a fast read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    What a likeable story. So glad I picked it up!

    What a likeable story. So glad I picked it up!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Sad to see it end

    I just endded the 3rd & last book. I have loved them all & hopes she writes more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    BEST BOOK!!

    This is a great book for all ages! ( 11 and up). This a Christan romance where two people who love Jesus meet up and find true love! I enjoyed this book so much! That I cant believe I just finished the best series EVER!

    READ THE SERIES YOU WONT REGRET IT!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Awesome book

    She is supposed to be writing a couple more with the same characters but a different series name. I cant wait because i honestly enjoyed this book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Great Series

    A perfect end to an amazing series

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Love this series

    i hate how bubba an the other girl got married soo mad. ):O

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    very cute series

    As a native Houstonian I love this series. Hate that it's over.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    highly

    This is a great series!! loved every minute of it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Recommended

    Great book, from a great series. Would recommend for all readers

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Better than good.

    Better than good. Give Thompson a try!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Fun Series

    I am a lover of Christian Fiction, if you like Romance and Love Jesus this series is for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Loved it!

    Loved this series!

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