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? Full of laugh-out-loud humor, plenty of Italian passion, and a bit of Texas gumption, It Had to Be You is the satisfying conclusion to an entertaining series.
Bella's dreams come true...
By Ruth Anderson "Book Reviewer" - May 15, 2010
Bella and the rest of the Rossi clan return for a third outing of wedding-fueled hilarity in It Had to Be You, the final novel in Janice Thompson's "Weddings by Bella" series. Bella's beloved Aunt Rosa and Uncle Laz have finally foregone constant feuding in favor of marriage, and tasked Bella with planning an elaborate forties-themed wedding, complete with live swing music. Several long-distance members of the Rossi family descend on the household for the celebration, complicating the wedding preparations with their own personal drama and opinions. When a former mob boss is added to the mix who disapproves of the bride-to-be, Bella's best friend disappears, and interest in Club Wed explodes, Bella wonders if plans for her own dream wedding to her cowboy fiancé D.J. will be lost in the drama and busyness of everyone else's lives. In order to make her own happily ever after come true, Bella has one final lesson to learn about trust and control in order to step fearlessly into her... read more
Quirky, classy series comes to a close
By Janna R. Ryan - May 13, 2010
Janice Thompson has created a wonderful, fun series about an Italian family in Galveston, Texas and all the culture shock that comes with that. The family has a wedding coordinating business that Bella has just started running and by book #3 she has her feet planted firmly underneath her and she actually is starting to turn her focus to her own upcoming wedding. The first two books introduced a quirky cast of crazy characters to surround Bella and in "It Had To Be You" we get reacquainted with the cast and even get to meet a few new characters that just add to the ambiance. This book is a perfect ending to the series, not quite as cute and clever as the first two, but just a great addition and wonderful wrap up!
It Had to Be You [Weddings by Bella book 3] by Janice Thompson
By Trinity Rose "book lover" - May 9, 2010
I didn't read the first two books in the Weddings by Bella series, but it was easy to understand and follow along with this book. It is a good stand-alone book, but would probably be better if you read the others first. There are many things I like about this book. The Christian values, the close-knit family ties, friendship, joy and happiness. This book tells us that we are important and worthwhile even when we ourselves don't think so. We don't need to try and prove we are a great person. Just do the Lord's will and He will bless us. It's a lighthearted romance that has it share of problems and good solutions. If you like this kind of book you would love It Had to Be You. I like a book that has more depth to it and a stronger story line. This is a well-written book, but not my cup of tea. So if you like the more light hearted, happy kind of romances you will love this book. One thing I love about this book as I said before is the Christian values. It is very important to the... read more
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 ...