I can always count on Janice Thompson’s books when I need to be cheered up or when I am just in the mood for a good laugh and entertainment. Her signature humor and romance always does the trick. It Had To Be You was no exception. As expected, it was filled with quirky characters, charming romance, rollicking humor, serious moments, and at least one person in desperate need of the Lord in his life.

It Had To Be You wrapped up the Weddings by Bella series nicely with a couple of surprises included for good measure. As much as I looked forward to this installment, I am also sorry to see the series end. I will miss the boisterous Rossi family as well as those quirky but wonderful folks from Splendora. This series will remain on my bookshelf so I can revisit them all again sometime in the future.

I can wholeheartedly recommend It Had To Be You as well as any other book written by Janice Thompson. I look forward to seeing what she has in store for us in her next offering.

This book was provided for review by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


A modern love story that will have readers laughing out loud!

The final installment in the Weddings by Bella series

Library Journal has called the Weddings by Bella series “satisfying” and “delightful.” RT Book Reviews has deemed it “a refreshing page-turner with lovable, off-the-wall- characters.  One comical scenario after another will make you smile.”

Full of the laugh-out-loud humor, Italian passion and Texas gumption that has made the previous books in the series a success, It Had to Be You is the final book in author Janice Thompson’s beloved Weddings by Bella series.

In It Had to Be You, 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?


Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and native Texan. An experienced wedding coordinator herself, Thompson brings alive in her books the everyday drama and humor of getting married. She is the author of Fools Rush In and Swinging on a Star. She lives in Texas.

Available May 2010 at your favorite bookseller from
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

It Had to Be You by Janice Thompson

ISBN: 978-0-8007-3344-5
Available May 2010; $14.99