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Fools Rush In (Weddings by Bella, Book 1) Paperback – Bargain Price, September 1, 2009
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Welcome to the wacky, wonderful world of inspirational author Janice Hanna Thompson, where romantic comedy rules the day, and where crazy characters like Bella, DJ, Rosa, Laz and even a parrot named Guido turn their world (and yours) upside-down! I hope you love to laugh, because I make it my goal to tickle your funny bone at every turn in my light-hearted tales, especially these "Weddings by Bella" stories. Why do I focus on the light-hearted stuff? Because life is hard! My readers lead busy, chaotic lives and need those special "Calgon, Take Me Away!" moments! Providing "Love, Laughter and Happily Ever Afters" brings me great delight. Lest you think it's all fluff, think again! Woven between the lines of each cheerful tale you will find the ultimate love story, one guaranteed to stir your soul and get your heart fluttering. Talk about a real happily ever after!There's something for everyone in my inspirational romances, so settle back in your chair, grab a cup of Earl Grey tea, and get ready to have a blast traveling to Galveston Island with Bella Rossi and the gang! Hugs!
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- The deejay/ D.J. Meet cute: Galveston has eBay but not Craigslist? Any college kid with an ipod could MC a wedding.
- A pizza cook off? For a woman he's know for like, 24 hours?
- She's been raised in a wedding facility but can't seem to plan the basics
- Parrots have no concept of religion. Why would teaching a bird new words convert a dying mobster?
- Giving away $8,000 shoes is not an act of faith, it's an act of stupidity. Plus, she lives at home. What is she spending money on that she can't cover an $800 credit card bill?
- Both sets of parents dropping marriage hints inside of a week of meeting?!?
- Why is she stressing about moving to the country? He doesn't live in the country now, he lives in walking distance of her house.
- Taco pizza is not new or novel. It is delicious though.
- Tony is a stalker. Why is he at a fancy steak place alone?
- Only old Italian music - her car doesn't have a working radio?
- She's been in Texas for 17 years, why is she still surprised at the accents and country music?
- Why did it take 3 chapters for someone to realize lawyers don't tape letters to front doors?
Finally, as a Roman Catholic from New Jersey I was appalled, almost offended at the rude and dismissive way the author stereotypes people of other faiths and other areas of the country. NJ is not a sovereign nation where lasagna is the official food; we do have some understanding of other cultures and viewpoints. Please stop watching The Sopranos. And poor Aunt Rosa, mocked because she refuses to convert from the Catholic Church that her family has probably been a part of for generations. Shame on you, Janice Thompson. Your piety just reads as bigotry.
Bella runs her family's wedding center business. Despite it being the family business, she seems to know virtually nothing about how to plan a wedding. The smallest details throw her for a loop. The family has lived in Texas for years, but they're all seemingly ignorant of the basic culture of their home state. Bella, for example, doesn't know anything about country music and can't even figure out how to find a DJ to play country music for a wedding. Apparently none of her friends in high school listened to it, she never hears it by chance on the radio, and not even the younger people in her family are interested in it. And no clients of the wedding center have ever wanted country music played at their receptions until the wedding that takes place in this book.
Bella's family is immersed in an extremely stereotypical Italian-American culture, where everything seemed to stop around 1955. Dean Martin is their main cultural touchstone, but even this isn't pulled off in a way that doesn't raise more questions. Despite listening almost exclusively to Dean Martin, when a character gets a new album, it's "The Very Best of Dean Martin." Wouldn't they already have that? If you're listening to Dean Martin all the time, wouldn't you at least move on to some deep cuts eventually? The characters in Bella's family don't interact with modern Italian or Italian-American culture at all and they don't interact with the culture of Texas until Bella begins dating DJ. The "research" the author did on Italian-Americans seems to be limited to sitcom-style references to rosary clutching and "gravy."
Oh, and they try to convert a parrot.
Overall, this book is a toothless and meandering "Oh, my wacky life!" Christian contemporary romance. Bella's family is predictably wacky and embarrassing in all situations, including some that are unlikely (if you were paying a professional wedding planner, would you expect her entire family to show up and party with your guests through the reception?).
Bella is preparing for a themed wedding. Her brother, who usually runs the sound, is unavailable, so she's on the lookout for a deejay. She thinks she's just had the best luck when she overhears someone talking to a deejay. What she finds out later is the man's name is DJ, and he has no idea how to deejay a wedding. She's instantly in love and starts mentally planning their life together.
I started out liking this book, really I did. The characters seemed quirky and enjoyable, but then nothing was happening. I'm used to at least some sort of conflict in the books I read, even the romances. Instead, everything was lovey dovey, and the only bumps in the relationship existed in Bella's imagination. Without DJ doing anything, she imagines all the problems that could occur between their families or if she could move to the country. Neither of these things made sense.
The whole section of the book about coincidences just grated on my nerves, since most of them weren't coincidences at all. Inhaling a piece of beef and then choking isn't a coincidence, it's cause and effect. And I felt like if I read the words "boot-scootin'" one more time, I was going to scream.
Normally, I'd go ahead and quit, but I kept waiting for something to happen. Like an argument or a real problem. By the end, I felt obligated to finish. It just wasn't for me.