My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Texas in Janice Thompson’s romantic comedy Fools Rush In. With a quirky cast, hilarious one-liners, and situations that border on the absurd, Thompson leads the reader through a string of events that leave her longing for a cowboy and craving pizza. I know, go figure.
Bella Rossi has brains, looks, and a theme-wedding facility named after her, but along with those perks, she boasts a somewhat insane Italian family, a hovering ex-boyfriend, and has never planned a theme-wedding before in her life. To prove to herself and her family that she’s capable, she takes on a Cowboy-theme wedding, which shouldn’t be too hard in…Texas. When a misunderstanding lands her a deejay with no experience but the perfect model of a good-old fashioned cowboy, Bella pairs up with her own D.J. to pull off the wedding. But will they end up knocking some cowboy boots off or doing the two-step into disaster?
Will her family scare away the budding romance or will D.J. and Bella realize they’re as different as barbeque and biscotti?
My two cents:
Is it a bit farfetched? Yes. Is it at times sentimental? Yes. But, oh boy, is it funny. From singed eyebrows to pizza wars, you’ll laugh at the hilarity and probably learn a few Catholic saints along the way. Don’t worry, Thompson isn’t biased. She mixes cultures and faiths, by throwing a Texas Protestant family in with a Italian Catholic one. There’s no lack of romantic comedy here, so if you’re a fan of My Big Fat Greek Wedding and a little bit of Runaway Bride, you’ll probably enjoy this book.
Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and native Texan. An experienced wedding coordinator herself, Thompson brings the everyday drama and humor of getting married alive in her books. She lives in Texas.
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What people are saying about Fools Rush In
“Janice Thompson is a master storyteller who draws her readers into the tale along with the characters. From page one of Fools Rush In, I felt as if I were Bella’s best friend, sitting down with her over cups of Italian cappuccino while she told me the latest happenings in her zany family. One of my top picks for 2009, Fools Rush In earns a permanent place in my library.”
—Ane Mulligan, editor, Novel Journey
“Janice Thompson’s gift for writing humorous, romantic tales proves true once again in her book Fools Rush In. The story unfolds on Galveston Island, where Bella Rossi, a wedding planner of Italian descent, meets D.J. Neeley, a Texan through and through. Such a blending produces a joyous, fun-filled adventure for readers, whose lives will surely be richer for the time they spend at Club Wed in Fools Rush In.”
—Nancy Jo Jenkins, author, Coldwater Revival
“Fools Rush In is a charming tale about stumbling upon love and finding a bit of your true self along life’s journey. Wedding planner Bella Rossi bounds from one crazy situation to another in this fun read that makes you grateful for the truly important things in life—a loving family and a strong faith. Like fine seasonings in rich gravy, Janice Thompson skillfully blends in several insightful moments to distill truth in a meaningful way.”
—Megan DiMaria, author, Searching for Spice and Out of Her Hands
“Mama mia, let’s escape! Let’s fall in love! Let’s eat chicken parmesan, fettuccine Alfredo, and Bubba’s down-home barbecue without gaining a pound. It’s all possible when we hang out with Bella Rossi in Fools Rush In. Janice Thompson’s first installment in the Weddings by Bella series is a fun, welcome distraction from life’s boredom and stress. You’ll fall for Bella’s D.J. even faster than she does. And you’ll root for the Rossi and Neeley families as they break down cultural barriers and rush toward each other, arms wide open. No fools, they!”
—Trish Perry, author, Beach Dreams and The Guy I’m Not Dating
“From the Lone Star state, where everything is supersized, Janice Thompson brings us the larger-than-life story of Bella Rossi and her transplanted Italian family. I fell in love with the Rossi clan, a delightful collection of quirky characters who feel as passionately about their pizza as Texans do about chili. Add a hunky cowboy with a slow Southern drawl, and you’ve got a recipe for one terrific story. Polish up your line-dancing skills and get ready for a boot-scootin’ good time with Fools Rush In.”
—Virginia Smith, author, Stuck in the Middle