Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Swinging on A Star

Title: Swinging on a Star
Author: Janice Thompson
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3343-8

From the back cover:

Bella Rossi's life is nearing perfection. Not only does she have the perfect guy, but she's also running a successful wedding planning business and is about to plan its 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 only one hitch. The best man just happens to be Hollywood's hottest and most eligible bachelor, and he's showing an interest in Bella. Oh and did we mention he's staying at her house to avoid the paparazzi?

With all the pressure surrounding this wedding, Bella's not sure she's going to make it through. Add her starstruck sister and her feuding aunt and uncle, and you've got a recipe for disaster -- and a lot of laughs.

My take:

I 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 (on page 1 and available on the Amazon preview) "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 talking about how she landed herself in jail ~ and due to the Food Network no less ~ you know has got to be interesting, especially when you know the Rossi clan. :o)

It's rare for a sequel to stand up to the original in movies. This book stands up to the first. We see Bella move from the first blush of love with her handsome cowboy to thinking about whether their love is the kind that will last and the difference between love and attraction. More than one romance blooms in this book and though Janice does a great job at making us laugh, she also grabs our hearts and makes us care about these people. My teenage son wants to lodge a formal complaint about how many times I said "awww" while reading this book. :o)

The author manages to tickle our funny bone, stir our hearts, challenge us not to judge others based on... anything and encourage us to dare to do anything put on our hearts. It's all tied up in a fabulous package of memorable characters who live long after the cover is shut. Treat yourself, you'll be glad you did.

Make sure you've eaten something first, otherwise you'll get hungry while reading all about Aunt Rosa's cooking. You'll have to get up and make yourself a snack to eat while reading. Then you might get food on your pages and then where would you be? lol


  1. AWESOME! I'm so happy to read that the first one is as good as the second! I have a copy and I'm chomping at the bit to get started!Thank you for sharing your thoughts Lee!

    xoxo~ Renee

  2. I didn't realize this was the sequel to Fools Rush In! Great review :) I really want to read this series!!

  3. I can't wait to read this. I loved "Fools Rush In". Janice has such a way with humor!
    Deborah M.

  4. Lee, you've made my day! I'm tickled pink that you liked book 2 as well as book 1. Just WAIT till you see what happens with Rosa and Laz in book 3! (Oh, and GUIDO! Just wait!)

  5. This looks like a great read! It is going on my TBR list.

  6. Great review, Lee! :) I am going to HAVE to get these books...I keep hearing such good things about this series.

  7. You have a great page and reviews! I clicked follow!