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Swinging on a Star (Weddings by Bella #2)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  1,970 ratings  ·  133 reviews
Bella Rossi's life is nearing perfection. She's got the perfect guy, she's running a successful business, and she's about to plan her 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 just one hitch. The best man just happens to be Brock Benson, Hollywood's hotte ...more
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Published January 1st 2010 by Revell
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With the success of her first themed wedding – a country-western extravaganza – Bella Rossi has taken on an even bigger challenge. She must plan an elaborate, authentic, Renaissance style wedding, complete with a castle and moat. As if installing a temporary castle wasn’t enough, the wedding party happens to feature one of Hollywood’s hottest stars, Brock Benson, as the best man. In an attempt to remain anonymous so the paparazzi can’t crash the ceremony, Brock takes up residence with Bella’s fa ...more
Nora St Laurent
Last week I saw the movie, Guys and Dolls with Frank Sinatra and Marlin Brando for the first time. I loved the music. It was fun to see these actors together in a musical. While I was reading Swinging on a Star I felt as if I were transported into a Frank Sinatra movie with a bonus feature. Janice talks about the Lord in the most natural way in her book; you won’t see that in any movie Frank Sinatra or Marlin Brando made. I’m so thankful to have received a review copy of this book.

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I want to say here and now I simply adore Bella and her quirky Italian family!
The struggles aren’t over for Bella in her wedding planning business. A medieval wedding is in the works and nothing must stop this wedding. Not the food network showing up to film Aunt Rosa, not the neighbor kid on the roof taking pictures and not even the best man living with her family- and did I mention he is a hot Hollywood movie star, trying to avoid paparazzi? And the struggles aren’t going to end any time soon,
I didn't think it was possible for Janice to top her last book, Fools Rush In, which made my top fiction list for 2009. Well, I liked this story even better, so it's definitely making my top fiction list for 2010. 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! G ...more
A story of love and laughter, Swinging on a Star is book 2 in Janice Thompson's Weddings by Bella series. Though, I didn't read book 1 on the series, Fools Rush In, I am truly happy that I got the chance to read Swinging on a Star! I wasn't confused in anyway by the plot or characters, so this, though I'm sure it's best read with the series, makes a good stand alone title, as well.

Janice Thompson uses lots of humor in this book, making it one that will be a memorable book that you will want to
Clockstein Lockstein

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
Margaret Metz
couldn't wait to get my hands on this book ever since I finished "Fools Rush In." I knew it was going to be just as good, if not better, when I read "If Aunt Rosa hadn't landed that gig on the Food Network, I probably wouldn't have ended up on the national news. And if their pesky camera crew hadn't shown up at our house on one of the most important days of my life, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have been hauled off to the Galveston County jail."

Now any book that starts off with the main character
Apr 29, 2015 Margaret rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by: Revell Books
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Swinging on a Star

It was no secret that I really enjoyed reading Janice's first Weddings by Bella novel "Fools Rush In" and my opinion is no different with the second "Swinging on a Star". The romance is palpable and the giggles and chuckles are endless. This is the second novel in the series and though I highly recommend that you read the first one to really understand the family quirks, you could definitely appreciate this one alone. Every page radiates God's love and I love this book. I'm
The first book in this series "Fools Rush In" was cheesy, but cute enough to get through with minimal eye-rolling. This book, however, was 10X as cheesy and my eyes are permanently scarred from the rolling. Yes, it is Christian fiction - HOWEVER, I am a strong Christian, surrounded by other strong Christian, and none of us talk this way! The Christian-ese was totally overdone. Surely there is a way to have a novel about a family of faith without overdoing the cheesy language! The story is predic ...more
Just - The romance reader
I would give this 3.5 stars. The message was good, heart-warming and very positive, and we met the Rossi and Neeley families again, along with their friends and a few new characters. I found myself growing a little bored from time to time with Swinging on a Star. I wasn't so bored that I wanted to give up without finishing, but toward the end I started skimming.

I found that I enjoyed the first book in the series, Fools Rush In, better. But I look forward to reading book three to find out what h
Another good one that had me laughing. I love all the chaos that the wedding brought, from the logistics of it to a surprise celebrity. I found it funny how they managed to keep the celebrity under wraps for as long as they did. I thought it was great that not only the wedding couple got their HEA, but 2 more of them. It will be interesting to see what Bella does next.
Angela Good
Cute!!!! I love Guido -- the reformed once a gangsta chatty parrot. His first owner loved The Godfather. In the first book, Guido came to live with the Rossi's clan. By the end of this book (the 2nd), Guido is singing "Amazing Grace" and quoting Bible verses...and still calling people "Wise Guys!" :)
Alison S
Good story overall, but I really started to feel like religion was getting shoved down my throat.
I read the previous book in this series and it had many christian parts, but it was subtle and secondary to the main story line. In this one it really got to me. So if you like that then this may be for you, if not then avoid this book.

The story of Bella and her crazy Italian family and circle of friends is entertaining, excluding previously stated, I found them as entertaining and lovable as they we
Janice Thompson
Dec 28, 2009 Janice Thompson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the "Weddings by Bella" series. I hope you enjoy it, everyone!
Feb 20, 2010 Lori rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lori by: Revell Publishing
I fell in love with the Rossi clan back in book one, Fools Rush In (my review), so I couldn't wait to get my hands on Swinging on a Star. I was very excited to find out what everyone's been up to. Well, as I discovered, total chaos has broken out at the Rossi home. Whew-weeee! There is so much going on, that I had to stay on my toes just to keep up!

Bella is in the midst of planning her second "themed" wedding, medieval this time, while Aunt Rosa is getting ready to be featured on Italian Chefs f

Bella Rossi, is doing the biggest wedding of her career. And if anything goes wrong, she figures with her family it will, beginning with the Food Network showing up the day before the wedding to tape her Aunt Rosa, who won a contest to do a cooking show episode.

The Rossi family is not your everyday family, they live as an extended family in a large Victorian house and there is always someone coming and going, and it is a large Italian family. So when her bride of this big wedding suggests they
Victor Gentile
Janice Thompson in her new book, “Swinging On A Star” Book Two in the Weddings by Bella series published by Revell returns us to Galveston Island where Bella Rossi, is the Wedding Planner. This book is a slice of life, it is 2 weeks in the life of Bella Rossi and her delightful Italian family and friends as she prepares to do her first ever Medieval wedding.

To complicate things Bella’s Aunt Rosa is going to be filmed by the Food Network for a show on Italians and then, to further complicate life
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 ...more
Valerie (Val's Vicinity)
Bella's at it again! She's has another themed wedding to get off the ground, and it's even bigger and more astounding than the last!

Bella Rossi's newest client has asked for a dream come true wedding, and Bella's doing her best to see the wish made reality: a medieval themed wedding, complete with a castle, horse drawn carriages, authentic food, and renaissance costumes. With the wedding only two weeks away the plans are in full-swing, keeping Bella busy and happy doing what she loves. But when
Once again the crazy and raucous Rossi clan will have you laughing-out-loud and shaking your head!!

In the midst of trying to put together and coordinate a Renaissance themed fairy tale wedding for Rob and Marian, poor Bella is forced to deal with more than she bargained for.

A famous Hollywood actor, Brock Benson, ends up staying at the Rossi home undercover in hiding from the media. Brock is the best man at Rob and Marian’s wedding. The Food Network is coming to film Rosa for a feature on their
Bella Rossi works as a wedding planner. She wants to make sure everything goes perfectly for her latest couple. This includes housing the groom’s best man at her house till the wedding. This is because the best man is none other than famous Hollywood actor, Brock Benson. Word has gotten out about who the best man is. The people of Galveston, Texas are going wild to get a glimpse of Brock. Bella is trying hard to convince herself to not get caught up in the hype surrounding Brock but it is hard w ...more
Wow, this book is too good to be true.
I really enjoyed the first book in this series but the 2ndone was such an overemphasized fairytale. I know the author tried her best to stir up drama but the love stories not to mention the entire story sounded way too good to be true, including the part with the Hollywood character obtaining ‘too good to be true ‘ salavation. I can’t help it, I always cringe when the plan of salvation is falsified in books..ITS NOT JUST A SINNERS PRAYER PEOPLE! That is not
I think I liked this book, better then the first. Although I enjoyed them both, this one wasn't quite as 'stressful' for me. I think I am slowly getting over my triggered anxiety response to the words wedding and planning in the same sentence. I almost wish I could have been at the wedding in this book. It sounded like so much fun.

There are only a few things I question about the book... one being: can you seriously plan such an elaborate wedding in 3 months? What happened to the much touted the
Joanna Brocklehurst smith
This, the second book in this series was also an amazing read. Bella has the perfect life. Her business is thriving and so is her love life.
In this book Bella has to arrange a renaissance themed wedding with all the trimmings, horse carriage included, which is a challenge itself. Then add in to the mix that the bestman is a big Hollywood star and that just makes it more 'fun'.
Was funny and kept me reading and I downloaded the third book straight away
Karen Baney
The story of Bella continues as she plans her second themed wedding - a renaissance wedding. The antics caused by the groom's famous best man provide most of the momentum for this book.

Some of our favorite and colorful characters return in this sequel. At times, the pace seemed to drag a bit and I found myself wondering what the scene had to do with the story. There were a few scenes that were set up for future interactions, but they were a little weak on their own.

Of course, in Janice Thompson
Back with the Rossi Family in Galveston TX at Clubb Wedd. Bella Rossi has a new themed wedding for another couple with a dream of a Renaissance-themed fairy tale.
Bella has DJ but with a big time Hollywood hottie Brock Benson who needs to hide till the wedding from paparazzi. Lots of crazy fun with Bella's family, DJ's family, and a hurricane.
I enjoyed this Christian romance a lot and couldn't wait for the next chapter of their story.
Wilani Wahl
This book was so enjoyable and well written. I loved the continued story of Bella and DJ that was begun in the first book in the series. Fools Rush In. I love the way the author mixes humor with the romance making it a wonderful combination. One of the things I loved was the gospel message that was woven throughout the book. Ready to read the third book in the series.
Second in the series of 3 books. I got the first one for free on my Kindle and purchased this one and the last one to read. I really enjoy this author and this story line. It's about an Italian American family living in Galveston TX, and the daughter Bella who runs the family wedding business. There's a lot of family living under one roof and they also own a pizzeria/coffee shop. She meets a cowboy from Texas whom she falls in love with, and the three books follow their relationship, as well as ...more
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 Bella’s struggles for bal ...more
  ღ☆ღ  Brenda
I simply love Bella and her family.They will climb right into your soul.The crazy bantering going on at all times in the house is refreshing.You feel like you are part of the commotion.these characters really come to life on the pages.Any book that can make you feel what the characters feel,is a great book! It's a work of art!Looking forward to more of Bella and D.J. They truely are a match made in heaven.
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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
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Other Books in the Series

Weddings by Bella (4 books)
  • Fools Rush In (Weddings by Bella, #1)
  • It Had to Be You (Weddings by Bella, #3)
  • That's Amore (Weddings by Bella #4)
Fools Rush In (Weddings by Bella, #1) It Had to Be You (Weddings by Bella, #3) Stars Collide (Backstage Pass, #1) Picture Perfect (Weddings by Design, #1) The Icing on the Cake (Weddings by Design #2)

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