Fools Rush In (Weddings by Bella, #1)
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Fools Rush In (Weddings by Bella #1)

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  8,349 ratings  ·  807 reviews
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 liste...more
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Revell
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papalbina
I don't have time to waste in this crap. It's very poorly written with situations bordering the stupidity and the absurd (come on, choking in a restaurant to have a reason these two kiss, are u kidding me?). Besides I don't have any problem with christianity or anybody else's faith, but I do have a problem if they try to rub it in. Probably you can find the word "God" in this book more often than any character's name ¬¬

I would recommend the author to read something by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma to...more
Grace
Note to self: do not download free Kindle books from Amazon. These books are free for a reason and that reason is that very few people would willingly pay to read this garbage. I think the author meant well when she tried to combine cheese read chick lit with contemporary Christian fiction. She probably figured that the blending of the two genres would bring more readers to Fools Rush In, which to my dismay, is the first book in a series! Ugh!

When I downloaded this book to my phone, I thought "...more
Sarah Wilson
Yes, this is a Christian novel. Yes, the mingling of cultures (Texan and Italian) is an interesting substory throughout the novel. I knew what I was in for when I started reading. Even though I knew what I signed on for, it didn't stop me from (literally) rolling my eyes during multiple points of this book.

The story of Bella, an Italian-American wedding planner transplanted in Texas, falling in love with hertrue-blue Texas deejay, D.J., and trying to make it work in spite of the cultural differ...more
Effie
This is a Christian book. You can't escape it - the references are all over the place, all the time. I don't mind that, but I do mind the realization that Christian fiction is apparently limited to Protestant faiths. The family is Italian - very Italian - and yet they all converted to Methodism years ago during a revival. Sorry, but that's just not realistic. Entire families of Catholic Italians do not just convert like that. I've known too many people of Italian heritage to buy that. When the h...more
Mercedes Cordero
Wow. Very, very bad. And it's a shame too because it has a nice premise.
The problem here for me was that the author tried too hard to be funny all the time, in almost very page. This tried to be a sort of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but with cowboys and Italians. However, it failed. It's supposed to be a romantic comedy, but the author should be aware that less is more. She had everything (and be advised, there may be a few SPOILERS ahead):

Main characters meeting based on a dumb misunderstanding:...more
WendyR
I really want to like this book. It is a clean, Christian-based book but there were so many underdeveloped and inconsistent parts to the story that it drove me crazy. I wasn't even sure at first who the main love-interest was because the description of him made him sound too much like a backwoods yokel so it was hard to picture her falling in love with him. The ex-boyfriend sometimes sounded decent and in the next scene sounded like a crazed maniac. The story was being developed to have the sist...more
Cathleen
1 1/2 stars. Reminiscent of the film Return to Me, this book wants to capitalize on the charm of mixing ethnic eccentricities, though in this case it is Italian/Texan rather than Italian/Irish. It's somewhat entertaining and the writing is executed with a light touch. However, that's also a problem: it's too light a touch. This story skims on a surface, even inexplicably building up to scenes then skipping the pay-off (e.g., a dramatic confrontation in a public restaurant between a lovey new cou...more
Margaret
Nov 12, 2009 Margaret rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantic comedy lovers
Recommended to Margaret by: Janice Thompson
Contemporary Romantic Comedy is the genre that author Janice Thompson's new series Weddings by Bella falls within and boy does she know how to write it well. "Fools Rush In", book #1 is a heart beating, goosebump raising, giggles under cover read. I was able to read this in less a day, which considering my teething, growth spurt experiencing, 3 month old daughter is quite the feat. *wink*

Bella Rossi is a New Jersey Italian relocated with her whole family to the shores of Galveston, Texas and sh...more
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Bella Rossi and her loud, boisterous Italian family run a couple of connected businesses – Bella’s Weddings (a/k/a Club Wed) is a reception hall and wedding planning service owned by Bella’s parents. Her uncle Lou owns a nearby restaurant – Parma John’s – and catering business. Now, at age 29 and still single, Bella is in a near panic at the thought of planning her first “theme” wedding. Her parents want to retire and have turned over the business to her. Problem is she has never planned a theme...more
Bubbles
This was one of the books I picked up for free on my nook, and I'm starting see a trend in the books that are free. Namely, I don't like them.

This book has a lot of problems. For one thing, the main plot, the wedding that Bella is planning, ends a good 30 pages before the end of the book. Now, I could understand having some sort of wrap-up chapter, but the wrap-up in this book drags on for far too long. It doesn't help that there is very little conflict to begin with. In the case of a romance, r...more
Nora
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Rachael
This book was a huge let down. The author was inconsistent, the details seemed very inaccurate. How can a family who has lived in Texas for at least 15 years not be familiar at all with the Country/Western stuff? I am not saying all Texans enjoy country music, but it seems like everyone has heard of most of the big Country stars, or the Grand Ole Opry. And there were lots of details that were repeated over and over again, like the Italian phrase & it's meaning.

Another reviewer has already c...more
Jennifer
I actually enjoyed the story and writing in this book, but I only gave it two stars because I kept getting it annoyed. I almost put it down after the first couple of chapters. The thing that annoyed me the most was the overly religious aspect of it. Don't get me wrong, I'm a religious person. And I liked the idea of Christian fiction because I knew the story would be clean. However, I felt like Thompson went just a little overboard. I felt like I was having it rammed down my throat. There were t...more
D.M. Webb
I downloaded this as a freebie, but rest assured that I will soon want it on my bookshelf. If a book lands on my bookshelf, then it is there to stay.

Some might think the family is ridiculous or that Bella is immature, but hey, a lot of us southern families are like that. We live life to the fullest; we are loud; we love immensely; and we love our Lord. We aren't called the Bible Belt for nothing!

Thompson's book takes a fresh and absolutely hilarious approach to a transplanted Italian family in a...more
Crystal S
Cheesy, cheesy, cheesy. Tries to be funny, but it's really just ridiculous. A bit too preachy. Boring romantic lead. Ditzy heroine (cannot stand these). With just one of the problems I could have persevered and finished, but all of them together equals a big, fat DNF.
Miss Kim
I read about 1/4 of this and bailed on it. I couldn't get past all the 'praise the Lord' for everything that happened. Not for me.
Natalie
This was different. It's a nice read. It was kind of fun. It's definitely light material.
Lori
Dec 03, 2009 Lori rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian fiction fans, contemporary romance fans
This was my very first glimpse of Janice Thompson's work as a writer, but it will definitely not be my last! I absolutely adored Fools Rush In!! It is my new favorite Christian Fiction Contemporary Romance for 2009. If you haven't given Janice's books a try...please grab your own copy of Fools Rush In...that's right, I'll be putting MY copy on my Keeper Shelf, to read again and again! :o)

Get ready for some side-splitting fun when you meet the Rossi's and the Neeley's!!! They are a GREAT bunch of...more
Beth Peninger
In all fairness my rating of the book probably leans closer to a 3 star. It was a light, easy read that was fairly enjoyable in that way. It was interesting enough that I will probably, at some point, pick up books 2 and 3 of the series just to finish out the story line Thompson created.
Bella Rossi is a transplanted Italian living in larger-than-life Texas. She's lived there almost her whole life but hasn't quite taken to the culture of Texas. Her entrepreneurial family runs a couple of success...more
Casey
If I could give this 1.5 stars, I would. I'm halfway between "didn't like it" and "it was okay."

It's sad, because my father is a full-blooded Italian from an eccentric family, my mother is a Texan from an eccentric family, and I am a devout Christian. With that in mind, this book ought to be perfect for me: An eccentric Italian-American family moves to Texas and mixes with an eccentric southern family, and the main character has to lean on her faith in God to get through all the little dilemmas...more
Janice Thompson
Hi everyone! This is Janice Thompson, author of Fools Rush In (book one in the Weddings by Bella series). I'm so excited about this book! I had a blast writing this series about a quirky Italian family and a true-blue hunky Texas cowboy. If you love Italian food and/or "opposites attract" love stories (heavy on the humor), then this is the book for you!

Here's what a few readers have said:

"Mamma mia, let's escape! Let's fall in love! Let's eat chicken parmesan, fettuccini alfredo, and Bubba's dow...more
Ruth
When Bella Rossi was a child, her very Italian, New Jersey-based family relocated to Texas – Galveston to be exact – where her uncle opened an authentic pizzeria and her parents opened a wedding planning facility, named after her. Now she finds herself running the family business and attempting to expand the customer base by offering exclusive, elaborately themed weddings. Only with her first big booking for a “boot-scootin’ wedding,” Bella may have gotten in way over her head. Coming from a fam...more
LaFleurBleue
This book is written at the first person. Sometimes it can be a success, more often than not, it just reflects poor writing skills, as it seems easier to write thus. The vocabulary is poor, full of slang, the syntax bad; it's as if it supposed to look like the inner thinking of the heroine, but that did not work at all for me.
Second thing : the heroine is almost 30. But her thinking, her expression and everything about her could be exactly the same, if she were 12 and this book were in the Young...more
Katie
At first, I admit, this book intrigued me. I thought the blend of cultures was going to be interesting, and I also liked the tone of the book. Well, that quickly got annoying. I am not really sure if I should put spoiler alert on this because there is really nothing to spoil. Here's my list of grievances.

1) The Italian/Cowboy thing. First of all, I think this book makes huge cultural stereotypes which are completely unnecessary in the modern world. This author should study Post-Modernism. The It...more
Aimie
I couldn't decide on whether this book should get 4 stars or 3. I finally decided on the 3 because although I went into this book knowing it was a Christian Fiction. I felt it went on about praying to God unnecessarily. Don't get me wrong I don't have a problem with religion, Even though I myself am an atheist, I often enjoy reading Christian Fiction. To see how people have faith. At times i'm even a little jealous, wishing I could have that faith/belief. Anyway as I was saying it just seemed to...more
Salyna
This was a very funny read! Tons of crazy things happened that had me laughing from the beginning. From Bella's crazy family to how D.J. deals with it all, their is not stop laughter and family bonding.

I loved how in this book Bella's whole family loves eachother to death, not to mention D.J.'s family as well. I also like that even though you know everyone loves each other, it showed how a family can and will butt heads, but everything will be alright and back to normal in the end; That after a...more
Casey
Mama Mia, what a novel! I have never laughed so hard over a novel in my entire reading life!

Bella Rossi doesn’t know what she has gotten herself into when she took over the family wedding planning service. Certainly not 800 boots, a deejay that isn’t a deejay- or is he?- her BBQ cook with singed eyebrows and one pesky neighbor who is always finding himself at the wrong end of her aunt’s broom.
I heard great things about this novel, so I picked it up, though still a little skeptical if the humor c...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Fun. This was simply a fun book to read. I don't normally love first person narrative, but Bella is terrific. Her voice is funny and poignant. Her family is typically Italian: loud, boisterous, involved and loving. She's given the family wedding-planning business and to make it her own, decides to host themed weddings. Her first one is a down-home cowboy wedding that threatens to take on a life of its own. But, God and family prevail and Bella finds not only herself, but a life of her own.

I love...more
Honey Bee
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 U...more
Dana
The main reason I didn't like this: it's poorly written and didn't engage me. I found myself reading faster so I could get through it. Bella just seems a bit whiny. Another major reason - I UNDERSTAND you're a Christian, but please stop rubbing it in my face. God is the only reason anything happens? There's no other motivation? I'm sorry, but I had enough about 20 pages in. And it never stopped - there was a mention of the Lord, God, or praying for things on EVERY PAGE. That's way too much, espe...more
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My name is Janice Thompson. (You will find me published under Janice Hanna, Janice Hanna Thompson, Janice A. Thompson as well.)

I’m a Christian freelance author of novels, non-fiction books, magazine articles and musical comedies for the stage. I live in the Houston area, where the heat and humidity tend to reign, regardless of the season.

I’m the mother of four beautiful daughters, (Randi, Courtney...more
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“He flashed the warmest smile I'd ever seen, and my heart felt comforted. Maybe D.J. saw my insecurities, my fears. Maybe he knew God still had a lot of work to do in my life before I'd be good girlfriend material.
Or maybe, just maybe, he saw beyond all that and simply wanted to flirt with the wedding coordinator instead of rehearse for the big night.
I did my best to relax...and let him.”
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“I had to wonder if the Lord above had flashed a heavenly spotlight over my head and whispered, "Preach this sermon just for her. She's not going to get the message otherwise.” 10 likes
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