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It Had to Be You (Weddings by Bella, #3) by Janice Thompson

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It Had to Be You (Weddings by Bella, #3) by Janice ThompsonIt Had to Be You by Janice Thompson
Series: Weddings by Bella #3

Also in this series: Fools Rush In
Also by this author: Picture Perfect, The Dream Dress, Every Bride Needs a Groom
Genres: Christian Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Published by Revell Books on May 1, 2010
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: Author
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A modern love story that will have readers laughing out loud!
The final installment in the Weddings by Bella series

Library Journal has called the Weddings by Bella series “satisfying” and “delightful.” RT Book Reviews has deemed it "a refreshing page-turner with loveable, off-the-wall- characters. One comical scenario after another will make you smile."

Full of the laugh-out-loud humor, Italian passion and Texas gumption that has made the previous books in the series a success, It Had to Be You is the final book in author Janice Thompson’s beloved Weddings by Bella series.

In It Had to Be You, Bella couldn't be happier that her long-feuding Aunt Rosa and Uncle Lazarro 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 Lazarro's 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 amidst the chaos?

*This post is updated with my new format on April 29, 2015.

It Had to Be YouIn November of last year I was introduced to Janice Thompson through her Weddings by Bella series starting with Fools Rush In. Knowing that contemporary fiction is not normally my genre, I was hesitant, but I dove in and was not disappointed. I am simply enthralled by the fun nature of Janice’s stories and could not wait for more. In February I was able to continue enjoying this series and Janice’s writing in Swinging on a Star. My love for the characters and genre have since grown and I could not hardly wait for more in the final episode of this Weddings by Bella trilogy in It Had to Be You. I have to also add that I also enjoy Janice’s writing voice in historical fiction as well such as her Summerside Press title Love Finds You in Poetry, Texas under the pen name of Janice Hanna.

It is no doubt that with this third installment all of my opinions thus far have been complimented and increased. These are tickle my funny bone and giggle almost too loudly to wake the baby humorous. The characters are lively and a stifling chuckle of fun. From the Amazing Grace/take-them-to-the-matresses parrot to each and every individual character quirk I could not turn the pages fast enough. I eagerly and easily recommend any and every title from Janice Hanna Thompson and cannot wait to add more of her past and future titles to my keeper shelves.

Oh and for some humor, check out this picture of AppleBlossom and me while reading Fools Rush In.


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

About Janice Thompson

Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and screenwriter. An expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves into, Thompson offers an inside look at the wedding business, drawing on her own experiences as a wedding planner. She is the author of the hugely popular Weddings by Bella series and the Backstage Pass series, as well as Picture Perfect, The Icing on the Cake, and The Dream Dress. She lives in Texas. Learn more at www.janiceathompson.com.

(You will find her published under Janice Hanna, Janice Hanna Thompson, Janice A. Thompson as well.)

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The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her eight-year-old AppleBlossom, three-year-old Almond Blossom (the Rascal boy!), six-year-old OrangeBlossom (the Princess), and newborn Mermaid Warrior in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.